Best of Frederick 2017 Winners

Photography by Turner Photography Studio | Posted on 02.16.17 – Biz Ink, Feature, Food & Drink, Frederick Scene, Lifestyles, Music, People & Places, Tastings

Twenty-five years seems like a long time, but it can feel like the blink of an eye. Think about how differently Frederick County looked 25 years ago—the places, the economy, the culture—and how it also feels like yesterday for many people.

At Frederick Magazine, we have been looking back at 25 editions of our “Best of Frederick” awards. In some ways, it feels like a lifetime ago; many of the early winners no longer exist, and some fixtures-to-be on “Best of Frederick” were years from opening their doors. But the years also feel like they have gone by quickly, with many familiar names appearing year after year. Could this really be our 25th “Best of Frederick” already?

In keeping with the retro vibe, we are going back even further than 25 years to the days of discos, mirror balls and far-out fun to present this year’s winners, both on these pages and at our annual Best of Frederick Bash, which will be held Feb. 25 at the Frederick Fairgrounds. ( We hope to see you there to celebrate the winners … and Frederick.

Despite its age, “Best of Frederick” is hardly set in its ways. It changes every year, mostly because of comments from readers. Categories have been added and deleted, and we are always looking at ways to present the winners in a way that is engaging and entertaining. If you would like to see new categories added next year—or have other suggestions about “Best of Frederick”—please let us know.

Now, let’s get to the winners!

Overall Restaurant: The Tasting Room

2nd Place: The Wine Kitchen

3rd Place: VOLT


Special Occasion/Romantic: The Tasting Room

2nd Place: VOLT

3rd Place: Dutch’s Daughter


Steak: The Tasting Room

2nd Place: The Red Horse

3rd Place: Madrones


Dessert: The Tasting Room

2nd Place: Madrones

3rd Place: Cakes To Die For


Service: The Tasting Room

2nd Place: VOLT

3rd Place: JoJo’s Restaurant and Tap House


New Restaurant: Hootch and Banter

2nd Place: Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar

3rd Place: Silver Diner


Italian: Nido’s Little Italy Ristorante

2nd Place: il Porto

3rd Place: Pistarro’s


Pizza: Il Forno Pizzeria

2nd Place: Pistarro’s

3rd Place: Coal Fire Pizza


Asian: Lucky Corner

2nd Place: China Garden

3rd Place: Lazy Fish


Sushi: China Garden

2nd Place: Lazy Fish

3rd Place: Old Dominion Grill and Sushi


Latin-American: La Paz Mexican Restaurant

2nd Place: Cacique

3rd Place: Mexicali Cantina


Burrito: La Paz Mexican Restaurant

2nd Place: Chipotle Mexican Grill

3rd Place: Cafe Bueno


Seafood: Dutch’s Daughter

2nd Place: May’s Restaurant

3rd Place: Avery’s Maryland Grille


Crab Cake: Dutch’s Daughter

2nd Place: May’s Restaurant

3rd Place: Avery’s Maryland Grille


Sunday Brunch: Dutch’s Daughter

2nd Place: Madrones

3rd Place: Firestone’s Culinary Tavern


Breakfast: Family Meal

2nd Place: Cafe Nola

3rd Place: Barbara Fritchie Restaurant


Bagel: Beans & Bagels

2nd Place: Zi Pani

3rd Place: Panera Bread


Coffeehouse: Dublin Roasters

2nd Place: Frederick Coffee Co.

3rd Place: Cafe Nola


Specialty: Ayse Meze Lounge

2nd Place: Roasthouse Pub

3rd Place: Isabella’s Taverna & Tapas Bar


Lunch: Madrones

2nd Place: Brewer’s Alley

3rd Place: Rex’s Downtown Grill


Deli/Carryout: Crabapples New York Delicatessen

2nd Place: a.k.a Friscos

3rd Place: 7th Street Sandwich Shop


Sandwich: a.k.a Friscos

2nd Place: Crabapple’s New York Delicatessen

3rd Place: South Market Sandwich Co.


Hamburger: Wag’s

2nd Place: Brewer’s Alley

3rd Place: Madrones


Hotdog: Wag’s

2nd Place: North Market Pop Shop

3rd Place: Rex’s Downtown Grill


Overall Barbeque: Black Hog BBQ & Bar

2nd Place: Famous Dave’s

3rd Place: CarterQue BBQ & Grilling Co.


Barbeque Ribs: Black Hog BBQ & Bar

2nd Place: Famous Dave’s

3rd Place: Madrones


Chili: Hard Times Cafeé

2nd Place: Wag’s

3rd Place: Black Hog BBQ & Bar


Kid-Friendly: Roy Rogers

2nd Place: Family Meal

3rd Place: Silver Diner


Fried Chicken: Roy Rogers

2nd Place: Giant Eagle

3rd Place: Trout’s Market


Chicken Wings: Glory Days Grill

2nd Place: Black Hog BBQ & Bar

3rd Place: Buffalo Wild Wings


Worth the Drive: Antrim 1844

2nd Place: The Inn At Little Washington

3rd Place: Big Cork Vineyards


Bakery: Cakes To Die For

2nd Place: Angelcakes

3rd Place: Stone Hearth Bakery


Ice Cream/Frozen Treat: Jimmie Cone

2nd Place: Yogi Castle

3rd Place: Rita’s


Chocolate: The Perfect Truffle

2nd Place: Zoe’s Chocolate Co.

3rd Place: Candy Kitchen


Overall Bar: Bushwaller’s

2nd Place: Brewer’s Alley

3rd Place: Firestone’s Culinary Tavern


Happy Hour: The Tasting Room

2nd Place: Isabella’s Taverna & Tapas Bar

3rd Place: Wag’s


Cocktail: The Tasting Room

2nd Place: Hootch and Banter

3rd Place: Firestone’s Culinary Tavern


Singles Bar: The Tasting Room

2nd Place: Firestone’s Culinary Tavern

3rd Place: Brewer’s Alley


Dance Club/Bar: Bushwaller’s

2nd Place: Champion Billiards Sports Cafe

3rd Place: Olives Ristorante and Lounge


Sports Bar: Champion Billiards Sports Cafe

2nd Place: Buffalo Wings & Beer

3rd Place: Buffalo Wild Wings


Billiards: Champion Billiards Sports Cafe

2nd Place: Hard Times Cafe and Cue

3rd Place: Belles’ Sports Bar & Grill


Local Beer: Milkhouse Brewery

2nd Place: Barley and Hops

3rd Place: Flying Dog Brewery


Local Wine: Linganore Winecellars

2nd Place: Black Ankle Vineyards

3rd Place: Elk Run Vineyard and Winery


Liquor Store: Gateway Liquors

2nd Place: Riverside Liquors

3rd Place: Ye Old Spirit Shop


Caterer: Canapés

2nd Place: The Savory Spoon

3rd Place: Renaissance Chef


Reception Venue: Ceresville Mansion

2nd Place: Springfield Manor

3rd Place: Dutch’s Daughter


Charitable/Social Event: Pink Ribbon 5K Run/Walk

2nd Place: Family Fundraiser FUNomenon

3rd Place: Catoctin Affair


Festival/Event: The Great Frederick Fair

2nd Place: In The Street

3rd Place: Festival of the Arts


Best Entertainment Value: Weinberg Center for the Arts

2nd Place: Maryland Ensemble Theatre

3rd Place: Holiday Cinemas


Theater Troupe/Group: Way Off Broadway

2nd Place: Maryland Ensemble Theatre

3rd Place: Comedy Pigs


Art Gallery: The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center

2nd Place: TAG/The Artists Gallery

3rd Place: Griffin Art Center


Museum: National Museum of Civil War Medicine

2nd Place: Roads and Rails Museum

3rd Place: Rose Hill Manor Park and Children’s Museum


Cover Band: The Reagan Years

2nd Place: Guys in Thin Ties

3rd Place: Vinyl Rhino


Original Music Band: Hard Swimmin’ Fish

2nd Place: Higher Education

3rd Place: The Muddy Crows


Blog: Housewives of Frederick County

2nd Place: Pursuit of it All

3rd Place: Frederick Local Yokel


Radio Station: Free Talk 930 WFMD

2nd Place: 99.9 Free Country

3rd Place: Key 103


Radio Personality: Bob Miller, Free Talk 930 WFMD

2nd Place: Dina Carole, 106.9 The Eagle

3rd Place: Tom Whalen, 99.9 Free Country


High School Marching Band: Linganore High School

2nd Place: Gov. Thomas Johnson High School

3rd Place: Tuscarora High School


High School Sports Teams: Walkersville High School

2nd Place: Oakdale High School

3rd Place: Linganore High School


Park: Carroll Creak Linear Park

2nd Place: Baker Park

3rd Place: Gambrill State Park


Hiking Trail: Gambrill State Park

2nd Place: Cunningham Falls State Park

3rd Place: Sugarloaf Mountain


Swimming Pool: Spring Ridge Community Pool

2nd Place: Frederick High School

3rd Place: Edward P. Thomas Jr. Memorial Swimming Pool (Baker Park)


Golf Course: Clustered Spires Golf Club

2nd Place: Maryland National Golf Club

3rd Place: Whiskey Creek Country Club


Fitness Center: IN-Fit Studio

2nd Place: YMCA of Frederick County

3rd Place: Sport & Health


Personal Trainer: Kip Jawish (IN-Fit Studio)

2nd Place: Rick Davis (Achieve Fitness)

3rd Place: Barbie McCarron (Player’s Fitness & Performance)


Yoga Studio: Yogamour

2nd Place: IN-Fit Studio

3rd Place: Sol Yoga


Hair Salon: Thomas Scott Salon & Spa

2nd Place: New York, New York Salon and Day Spa

3rd Place: Sam Wong Salon


Nail Care Salon: Thomas Scott Salon & Spa

2nd Place: New York, New York Salon and Day Spa

3rd Place: Rose Nails


Day Spa: New York, New York Salon and Day Spa

2nd Place: Thomas Scott Salon & Spa

3rd  Place: NUVO Salon & Spa


Barber Shop: Wastlers’ Barber Shop

2nd Place: WT Mills

3rd Place: Citizen Frederick


Tattoo Parlor: Marks of the Spark Tattoos

2nd Place: Time Bomb Tattoos & Curiosities

3rd Place: Classic Electric Tattoo


Dry Cleaners: ZIPS Dry Cleaners

2nd Place: Rainbow Cleaners

3rd Place: Prospect Cleaners


Carpentry/Home Improvement: Talon Construction

2nd Place: Topper Construction

3rd Place: Dorman Home Remodeling


Men’s Fashion: Jos. A. Bank

2nd Place: Macy’s

3rd Place: Men’s Wearhouse


Women’s Fashion: Shabby Chic Creative Studios & Boutique

2nd Place: Velvet Lounge

3rd Place: Macy’s


Women’s Shoes: DSW

2nd Place: Boscov’s

3rd Place: Off Broadway Shoes


Fine Jewelry: Colonial Jewelers

2nd Place: Gold Thumb Jewelry Creations

3rd Place: Yaneth Reyes Jewelry


Antiques: S.A. Little & Co.

2nd Place: Emporium Antiques

3rd Place: Great Stuff by Paul


Home Furnishings: Gladhill Furniture

2nd Place: Fitzgerald’s Home Furnishings

3rd Place: Wolf’s Furniture


Gift/Specialty Shop: The Muse

2nd Place: Flower Fashions

3rd Place: Retro-Metro


Bookstore: Curious Iguana

2nd Place: Barnes & Noble

3rd Place: Wonder Book and Video


Comic Book Store: Brainstorm Comics & Gaming

2nd Place: Beyond Comics

3rd Place: Wonder Book & Video


Grocery Store: Giant Eagle

2nd Place: Wegmans

3rd Place: Common Market


Farmers Market: West Frederick

2nd Place: Shab Row

3rd Place: YMCA of Frederick County


Garden Center: The Dutch Plant Farm

2nd Place: Meadow Farms

3rd Place: Stadler Garden Center


Florist: En Masse

2nd Place: Abloom

3rd Place: Flower Fashions


Landscaping: Clearwater Landscape & Nursery

2nd Place: Haga Lawn

3rd Place: Landscape Concepts


Heating/Air Conditioning: N.E. “Bob” Waltz Plumbing & Heating

2nd Place: Frederick Air

3rd Place: Tri-State Home Services


Electrician: Provident Electric

2nd Place: Little Sparkie Electric

3rd Place: Tri-State Home Services


Plumbing: Tri-State Home Services

2nd Place: N.E. “Bob” Waltz Plumbing & Heating

3rd Place: Putnam Plumbing


Computer Tech/Repair: Computer Enhancement Systems

2nd Place: Geek Squad

3rd Place: Mac Business Solutions


Auto Repair: 40 West Auto Care & Towing

2nd Place: Carriage House Automotive

3rd Place: Spectra Auto Services


Car Wash: Fredericktowne Auto Spa

2nd Place: Frederick Shell

3rd Place: Riverside Car Wash


Car Dealer: Shockley Honda

2nd Place: Frederick Motor Company

3rd Place: Fitzgerald Auto Mall


Hotel: Marriott

2nd Place: Hampton Inn

3rd Place: Homewood Suites by Hilton


Doctor: Dr. John Vitarello

2nd Place: Dr. Stephen Williams

3rd Place: Dr. Brandon Steinbar


Dentist: Dr. Nils Olson

2nd Place: Pediatric Dental Center of Frederick

3rd Place: Frederick Pediatric Dentistry


Lawyer: John Hanrahan

2nd Place: David Weaver

3rd Place: Andrew Murphy


Bank: Frederick County Bank

2nd Place: My Bank! First United Bank & Trust

3rd Place: PNC


Financial Planner: Key Financial Group

2nd Place: Murray Financial Group

3rd Place: McCaskill Financial


Veterinary: Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital

2nd Place: Linganore Veterinary Clinic

3rd Place: CARE Veterinary Center


Pet Store: PetSmart

2nd Place: Petco

3rd Place: Paws in the City


Pet-Friendly Venue: Baker Park

2nd Place: Downtown Frederick

3rd Place: La Paz


Neighborhood: Walkersville

2nd Place: Spring Ridge

3rd Place: Downtown Frederick


Best “I wish Frederick had”: Aquatics center

2nd Place: Downtown hotel

3rd Place: Less traffic


Best “I wish Frederick would bring back”: Snow White Grill

2nd Place: Frederick Towne Mall

3rd Place: Freez King