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“Go there for the brussels sprouts--seriously!”
Review of Ayse Meze

Ayse Meze
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Ranked #2 of 405 Restaurants in Frederick
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Greek, Lebanese, Turkish
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: East Patrick and North East
Reviewed January 1, 2014

We stopped in at Ayse Meze in the early afternoon on New Year's Day. Boy, were we glad we did! Everything we ordered was excellent--and the servers were happy to explain food items and check with the chef about various things on the menu (food allergy). We started with the "cigar trio," pastry rolls stuffed with various mixtures of feta cheese, lamb, and chicken with wonderful dipping sauces. And, on the server's recommendation we tried the brukel lahanas (brussels sprouts--truly amazing dish. Try them, you won't be sorry. Finished up with the Maryland seafood pide (Turkish pizza) with crabmeat and Old Bay aioli. Oh, and the walnut-stuffed caramels with sea salt. Yum! The venue is beautiful--a nice combination of old and new, with soaring windows and up-to-date light fixtures. The bar area looks nice, too, and we can't wait for warmer weather so we can try the outdoor seating area. Only criticism is that the flat breads were lackluster, compared with what we've had in Turkey. The olive oil that came with the bread basket was wonderful, though. Suggestions to management: think about adding hookah pipes for the outdoor area, upgrading the bread (take advantage of your wonderful wood-fired oven), selling your olive oil by the bottle. We'll be back! Also, we ordered by courses, which were served at a leisurely pace. It was pleasant, but maybe this is not the place for a quick lunch break during work hours. But, maybe they have weekday lunch specials…. can't say. The space would be a perfect place for a reception or party, I think.

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Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

Make reservations. ...drink the Turkish coffee....share anything. ....skip the whiskey Manhattan. ...the flambe cheese appetizer and the shrimp were notable for originality and taste respectively. ...so many things to try we will be back....parking behind the building accessible by driving in alley between buildings

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Reviewed December 26, 2013

Wonderful Greek food - all served hot and very flavorful. All that great food was overshadowed by the very loud bar area and a server who talked too much and wasn't there when we needed him. We should have asked to move to the less casual dining room and we will be sure to eat in there IF we go again.
The nature of the service is helter-skelter: I know we were served things that other tables had ordered and I'm also pretty confident that other tables got food we ordered since at least one item we ordered never arrived at our table. Things seemed out-of-control in the kitchen.
So: Great Food eclipsed by noise and not-so-great service. Our table of five was happy to leave. If you go, be sure not to eat in the bar unless you just want to drink.

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Reviewed December 25, 2013

I live in historic Frederick and have been to this restaurant on multiple occasions. What I have found to be consistently good has been anything that has come out of the brick oven. The lentil soup is also amazing. If you are a lamb eater the donar kabob and lamb burgers are amazing-wow!

Great outdoor seating for evenings when the weather is nice. Ask to be seated in the back where the restaurant has a more mediterranean feel. The front of the restaurant hasn't been updated so the experience is very different.

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Reviewed December 14, 2013

According to www.urbandictionary.com, Ayse means "she whom must be obeyed" or "when your girl (or boy if you want) demands something and you give in... or OBEY as the name suggests... this is called an Ayse". Meze translates to appetizer in Turkish. So, if you've been to a Spanish tapa restaurant before, this is similar except Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisine is served here instead.

We arrived for dinner early and were allowed the table of our choice which was inside back in the corner bordering the patio area. This was nice since there's a long cushioned bench seat aligned with pillows on one side of the table or "lounge" seating. We enjoyed our service as our waiter answered all our questions, was extremely courteous, and didn't rush us at all.

We each shared some Kalamar ($9.00) which was fried calamari served with a lemon and some Turkish peppers. It tasted wonderful altogether. So much so, we ordered a second round of it. We also had to try the flaming Saganaki ($10.00) just for the experience of course. This was a melted cheese dish that was flambeed at our table by the waiter. Yes, after he lit the flame he also shouted out Opa! We scooped up the cheese and spread it onto our complimentary pita bread. Next, came a dish called Maryland Pide ($9.00) which was a warmer pita with a scrumptious crab dip with peppers, old bay aioli, and cheddar stuffed inside. It was served with scallions atop. Pide is Turkish for pita, and they offer several different ones to choose from. We begged for the Bronzini which is a Mediterranean seabass, but it wasn't available when we were there as it hadn't arrived yet fresh from shipment.

To drink I had an Apple Pie ($9.00) which was hot apple cider, rum, cinnamon, and whipped cream. We finished off our evening with an order of Ayse chocolate mousse cake and an order of pistachio ice cream. I asked for blueberry ice cream, but the waiter told me they don't offer it despite another TA reviewer's claim.

Location bonus for a downtown Frederick restaurant - free parking out back in the Everedy Square parking lot. Total price of dinner for 2 before tip was $63. This was our first time dining here and we both intend to come back as often as we can. I can't say enough good things about this place. Go now!

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