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“The "Volt" that will satisfy everyone!”
Review of Family Meal

Family Meal
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Ranked #23 of 402 Restaurants in Frederick
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: American, Diner
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Chef Bryan Voltaggio's modern American diner offers affordable all-day meals in a former Frederick car dealership transformed by clever design and raw, natural materials into an open, airy space, with a long counter fronting an open kitchen; its menu elevates the comfort-food canon, while adult beverages include boozy milkshakes as well as wine, beer and cocktails. Signature dishes include Fried Chicken with Buttermilk Biscuits, Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy and Duck Fat Fried Potatoes.
frederick, maryland
Level 6 Contributor
685 reviews
432 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 550 helpful votes
“The "Volt" that will satisfy everyone!”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

After a dozen meals at Volt and one trip to the Lunch Box, it was a great pleasure to discover this happy medium. There is something for everyone here, from a hamburger or good selection of interesting veggies to nicely cooked skate over small lentils. We tried both of the soups - butternut squash (with cotton candy dropped into it) and wild mushroom soup (a.k.a. shitake veloute at Volt, or something pretty close to it) - both were delicious. I enjoyed the skate; everyone liked their entrees. We shared two desserts between two couples - the apple crisp (not a "cobbler" thankfully) and the pumpkin creme brulee (presented in a chilled acorn squash) - terrific desserts!! Nice blend of flavors. High quality food and preparation. Good service but servers should be more knowledgeable about the menu. We really enjoyed this place, although good company added to the great evening. We will definitely eat here again.

  • Visited November 2012
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Frederick, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Such delicious food!”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

I had breakfast at Family Meal. Sat at the counter. Excellent attention to my needs; The food was delicious. I had eggs, bacon and grits. Yummy! Will go back soon!!

  • Visited October 2012
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Cumberlan, MD
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Diner Goes Upscale!”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

Spacious interrior with glass all around creates a modern upscale feel. Food is upscale as well with duckfat fries to die for. Fried chicken that is crunchy on the outside and tender and juicy inside for 13 bucks. Desserts are made on premesis and are extraordinary. The lemon curd torte wiith rasberry sauce with a browned marshmellow topping had big time fresh fruit flavor with fresh rasberry puree. The wait staff were not terribly knowledgeable. The drink menu has some fun cocktails and martinni's for sure. I would not hesitate to return for really high quality food at moderate prices! Great and fun place!!!

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Bryanlikesit
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Relaxed Quality- a true gem!”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

We celebrated my husband's birthday at this upscale diner. The shrimp and grits were amazing...creamy grits and shrimp delicate and seasoned perfectly. My husband had the fried chicken...a brined perfection! We shared a lemon square with ricotta and berry sorbet that melted in our mouths. Great wine selection and service that makes you feel at once at home and secure in their competence!

Amazing! And to be repeated when our children are home for the holidays.

I would suggest reservations, but first come, first serve bar seating is available!

  • Visited November 2012
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Carroll County, MD
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Food!”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

Went to Family Meal a few weeks ago and found the food to be excellent. Fried chicken to die for!! Yummy deviled eggs and pot pie fritters. My friend had the salmon which looked delish - served with roasted brussels sprouts that were really good. They were also very accommodating - my hubby saw spaghetti and meatballs on the kids menu and they were more than willing to make him a grown-up portion. Only negative is that it is a bit loud - the building is an old car dealership and is very open. Sometimes a bit hard to carry on a conversation.

  • Visited October 2012
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