When you're seated at the Tasting Room (TR), you quickly realize it's got a different feel than any other restaurant in downtown Frederick (have yet to eat at Volt). It's more upscale, from a server stanpoint to the surroundings. It's an extremely modern decor, servers in all black and huge windows surround the corner location (great for people watching!). With that said, when the bread came out and TR was enscribed in the butter, I definitely get where other reviews feel this place is quite snooty. If I ate here every week, the snootieness would get to me, but every once in awhile makes you feel like you're at an important place.
I ordered the crabcakes....I'm new to MD, but thusfar, they're the best crabcakes I've ever eaten. It was served with scalloped potatoes, which were also amazing! The best meal I've had since moving to Frederick. The only downside is the price. $35 for two small crabcakes and potatoes is about as steep as it gets. Like many other establishments, you're paying for atmosphere, quality, etc...
All in all, TR was excellent. I'll definitely visit the restaurant again on special occasions and whatnot due to their high prices. Other than that, I could see myself popping in for a drink/appetizer. Their bar area, while small, seems like a popular 'happy hour' spot.
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