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“wonderful surprisingly good meal”
Review of Family Meal

Family Meal
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Ranked #19 of 398 Restaurants in Frederick
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Washington DC Metro area
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64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“wonderful surprisingly good meal”
Reviewed August 23, 2014

We stopped at Family Meal at an odd time, 3 pm on a Saturday, we expected to have no issue finding a table. We luckily found one, it was packed. The food was delicious, we had the chicken pot pie fritters and the duck fat french fries. Both were super yummy. Next was a Roasted beet/heirloom tomato salad that was absolutely delicious. A bowl of cauliflower soup and an eggplant sandwich rounded out the meal, all of it amazing, and all of it presented beautifully. The wait staff was attentive, but not overly, the atmosphere is open and bustling. I personally found the prices to be very reasonable for what we ordered. I guess it is all relative. We will definitely be heading back for another meal.

  • Visited August 2014
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Frederick, Maryland
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83 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Very Good Upscale Diner”
Reviewed August 19, 2014

Family Meal is a delicious upscale diner opened by the same chef who owns Volt in downtown Frederick. I've tried several different dishes and have not once been disappointed. The burger and the fried chicken are my two favorite and we love to get the chicken pot pie fritters to start with. Last time we ate here, our food was slow in coming out so the waitress brought us complimentary onion rings. Be sure to order dessert as well - the Earl Grey donuts and the Smith Island cake roll were to die for!

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank MoonliteMaven
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Frederick, Maryland
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Doesn't meet the hype”
Reviewed August 8, 2014

Another Frederick-area restaurant that doesn't meet the hype that is linked to it by those who believe celebrity ownership automatically qualifies as a great dining establishment. The food is good, but significantly over-priced. Service was below average. One of our entrees was served well after the rest, and instead of just telling us that they made a mistake on the order, the server kept saying it "will be right up." Server also rarely came back to check on our group unless we waived her down.

  • Visited August 2014
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1 Thank 7405
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Frederick, Maryland
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Overpriced, over-rated”
Reviewed August 6, 2014

The name "Family Meal" implies affordable. It was way too expensive for a "I just don't feel like cooking" nite. The food was good, but not spectacular. Decor was bland.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank P C
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Frederick, Maryland
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55 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Stellar Deep Fried Honey Crisp Chicken”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

Words only begin to begin the Culinary Epicness of the goodness of this offering . . . add to that Duck Fries, and you may be over the mark in cholesterol; however in moderation a good smile in eating well is food for the weary Soul when comparing to the mediocre offerings by out of the box no recipe standard fare offered by others that just add salt and hope you like it. Add to that a Top Notch Service, and you have an over the top experience in Class and what is Good: AT A VERY REASONABLE PRICE. i ws by myself @ the Bar that is the lenght of the entire place.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank ThunkWhat
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