Best of Frederick 2020 Winners

Posted on 02.10.20 – Destinations, Dining, Feature, Food & Drink, Frederick Scene, History, Lifestyles, Music, People & Places, Style, Travel

It isn’t the intent of “Best of Frederick” to memorialize businesses that no longer exist. In fact, we would rather our annual list of the best things in Frederick County pay tribute strictly to those great things we can still enjoy. But when voting takes place several months before the results are published, things can happen.

That is why the following list of winners and finalists includes a couple names no longer in business. In fact, our readers deemed that Crisafulli’s Cheese Shop was both the best lunch and best sandwich in Frederick County, but that was before Crisafulli’s closed its doors in Downtown Frederick in late 2019.

Like we said, things can happen.

On the following pages you will find what our readers believe are the best things in Frederick County—the best restaurants, the best entertainment, the best services, the best recreational activities and more. As always, the list is open for debate, but the voters have spoken and here are their results.

Now, on to this year’s winners!

Don’t not forget your BOF Bash Tickets! It’s the BEST party of the year!



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Food and Drink

Overall Restaurant: The Tasting Room

2nd Place: Ayşe Meze Lounge

3rd Place: Dutch’s Daughter


Steak: The Tasting Room

2nd Place: Dutch’s Daughter

3rd Place: Red Horse Steak House


New Restaurant: Fratelli’s Italian & Seafood 

2nd Place: Hometown Harvest Kitchen

3rd Place: Plaza Mexico


Special Occasion/Romantic: Dutch’s Daughter 

2nd Place: The Tasting Room 

3rd Place: The Wine Kitchen


Sunday Brunch: Dutch’s Daughter

2nd Place: Family Meal

3rd Place: Wilcom’s Inn


Crab Cake: Dutch’s Daughter

2nd Place: May’s 

3rd Place: Ragin’ Reef


Service: VOLT

2nd Place: Dutch’s Daughter

3rd Place: Madrones


Kid-Friendly: Silver Diner

2nd Place: Family Meal

3rd Place: Il Forno Pizzeria


Italian: Manalù Italian Restaurant

2nd Place: il Porto

3rd Place: Pistarro’s


Pizza: Il Forno Pizzeria

2nd Place: Manalù Italian Restaurant

3rd Place: Pistarro’s


Asian: Lucky Corner

2nd Place: Modern Asia

3rd Place: Sumittra Thai Cuisine


Sushi: Lazy Fish

2nd Place: Old Dominion Grill and Sushi

3rd Place: Sushi Densha


Latin-American: Cacique 

2nd Place: Cafe Bueno

3rd Place: Taco Bar


Burrito: Cafe Bueno

2nd Place: Taco Bar

3rd Place: Fajita Grande


Seafood: Avery’s Maryland Grille

2nd Place: May’s

3rd Place: Ragin’ Reef 


Specialty: Isabella’s Taverna & Tapas Bar 

2nd Place: Lazy Fish

3rd Place: Roasthouse Pub


Deli/Carryout: Crabapples New York Delicatessen

2nd Place: 7th Street Sandwich Shop

3rd Place: South Market Sandwich Co.


Lunch: Crisafulli’s Cheese Shop

2nd Place: The Orchard

3rd Place: Madrones


Sandwich: Crisafulli’s Cheese Shop

2nd Place: South Market Sandwich Co.

3rd Place: Crabapples New York Delicatessen


Breakfast: Cafe Nola

2nd Place: Glory Dough & Diner

3rd Place: Beans & Bagels 


Bagel: Beans & Bagels 

2nd Place: Zi Pani

3rd Place: Panera Bread


Coffee House: Dublin Roasters

2nd Place: Frederick Coffee Company & Cafe

3rd Place: Glory Dough & Diner


Hamburger: Wag’s

2nd Place: Roy Rogers

3rd Place: Beef ‘n Buns ‘n Paradise


Chili: Black Hog BBQ 

2nd Place: Wag’s

3rd Place: Oscar’s Alehouse


Overall Barbeque: Black Hog BBQ

2nd Place: CarterQue BBQ & Grilling Co.

3rd Place: P.I.G.S.


Barbeque Ribs: Black Hog BBQ

2nd Place: Madrones

3rd Place: P.I.G.S.


Chicken Wings: Il Forno Pizzeria

2nd Place: Buffalo Wild Wings

3rd Place: Glory Days Grill


Food Truck: Knife & A Kitchen

2nd Place: Boxcar Burgers

3rd Place: Blues BBQ Co.


Dessert: The Main Cup

2nd Place: Cakes To Die For

3rd Place: Piece O’ Cake


Ice Cream/Frozen Dessert: Beef ‘n Buns ‘n Paradise

2nd Place: Frederick Fudge & Ice Cream

3rd Place: South Mountain Creamery


Chocolate: The Perfect Truffle

2nd Place: Zoe’s Chocolate

3rd Place: The Candy Kitchen


Bakery: Angelcakes

2nd Place: Cakes To Die For

3rd Place: Stone Hearth Bakery


Local Beer: Smoketown Brewing Station

2nd Place: Flying Dog Brewery

3rd Place: Olde Mother Brewing


Local Wine: Catoctin Breeze Vineyard

2nd Place: Linganore Winecellars

3rd Place: Black Ankle Vineyard


Cocktail: Hootch & Banter

2nd Place: The Tasting Room

3rd Place: Brewer’s Alley


Liquor Store: Riverside Liquors

2nd Place: Frederick Wine House

3rd Place: Ye Old Spirit Shop 


Distillery: McClintock Distilling

2nd Place: Tenth Ward Distilling Company

3rd Place: Dragon Distillery


Caterer: Canapés Catering

2nd Place: Love and Dishes Catering

3rd Place: The Savory Spoon Catering Company


Fried Chicken: Roy Rogers

2nd Place: Family Meal 

3rd Place: Watson’s Carry-Out


Hot Dog: Beef ‘n Buns ‘n Paradise

2nd Place: North Market Pop Shop

3rd Place: Wag’s


Overall Bar: JoJo’s Restaurant & Tap House

2nd Place: Firestone’s Culinary Tavern

3rd Place: Brewer’s Alley


Happy Hour: Firestone’s Culinary Tavern

2nd Place: Brewer’s Alley

3rd Place: Wag’s 


Singles Bar: Firestone’s Culinary Tavern

2nd Place: Brewer’s Alley

3rd Place: JoJo’s Restaurant & Tap House


Worth the Drive: Antrim 1844

2nd Place: Bavarian Inn

3rd Place: Shamrock



Sports Bar: Champion Billiards Sports Bar

2nd Place: Buffalo Wild Wings

3rd Place: Il Forno Pizzeria


Billiards: Champion Billiards Sports Bar

2nd Place: Belles’ Sports Bar & Grill

3rd Place: Crusaders Sports Bar


Reception Venue: Ceresville Mansion

2nd Place: Morningside Inn 

3rd Place: Springfield Manor


Charitable/Social Event: Leprechaun Luau

2nd Place: Catoctin Affair

3rd Place: Soles of Love


Festival/Event: The Great Frederick Fair

2nd Place: In the Streets

3rd Place: Frederick’s Oktoberfest


Art Gallery: The Delaplaine Arts Center

2nd Place: TAG/The Artists Gallery

3rd Place: McGuire Fine Arts Gallery & Framing


Museum: National Museum of Civil War Medicine

2nd Place: Rosehill Manor

3rd Place: Roads and Rails Museum


Entertainment Value: Surelocked In Escape Games

2nd Place: Weinberg Center for the Arts

3rd Place: Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre


Radio Station: 930, WFMD-AM

2nd Place: 99.9, WFRE-FM

3rd Place: 106.9 The Eagle, WWEG-FM 


Radio Personality: Bob Miller

2nd Place: Dina Carole

3rd Place: Tom Whalen


Cover Band: The Reagan Years

2nd Place: Vinyl Rhino 

3rd Place: Guys in Thin Ties


Original Music Band: Waste Down Rebels

2nd Place: Jack Funk

3rd Place: Sticktime


Theater Troupe/Group: Maryland Ensemble Theatre

2nd Place: Other Voices Theatre

3rd Place: Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre


Blog: Decorating Date Night

2nd Place: Housewives of Frederick County

3rd Place: Dream Free Art


High School Marching Band: Oakdale High School

2nd Place: Governor Thomas Johnson High School

3rd Place: Linganore High School


High School Sports: Oakdale High School

2nd Place: Urbana High School

3rd Place: Walkersville High School


Fit and Fashion

Swimming Pool: Edward P. Thomas Pool

2nd Place: YMCA

3rd Place: Spring Ridge Community Pool


Park: Baker Park

2nd Place: Gambrill State Park

3rd Place: Heritage Farm Park


Hiking Trail: Gambrill State Park

2nd Place: Cunningham Falls State Park

3rd Place: Sugarloaf Mountain


Golf Course: Clustered Spires Golf Club 

2nd Place: Holly Hills Country Club

3rd Place: Whiskey Creek Golf Club


Fitness Center: YMCA

2nd Place: Soldierfit

3rd Place: William R. Talley Recreation Center


Personal Trainer: Kip Jawish

2nd Place: Quron Lewis

3rd Place: Tim Scaccia


Dance Studio: 24/7 Dance Studio

2nd Place: Fred Astaire Dance Studios

3rd Place: Elite Feet Dance Studio


Yoga Studio: Yogamour Yoga and Healing Arts Center

2nd Place: Sol Yoga

3rd Place: Luna Yoga


Men’s Fashion: Hunting Creek Outfitters 

2nd Place Men’s Wearhouse

3rd Place: Macy’s


Women’s Shoes: DSW

2nd Place: Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse

3rd Place: Boscov’s


Women’s Fashion: Molly’s Meanderings 

2nd Place: Pearl Clothing Co.

3rd Place: Velvet Lounge 


Jewelry: Colonial Jewelers

2nd Place: Gold Thumb Jewelry Creations

3rd Place: Yaneth Reyes


Hair Salon: New York New York Hair Salon and Day Spa

2nd Place: Thomas Scott Salon and Spa

3rd Place: Belleza Hair and Nail Studio


Nail Care Salon: Thomas Scott Salon and Spa

2nd Place: Belleza Hair and Nail Studio

3rd Place: New York New York Salon and Day Spa


Day Spa: New York New York Hair Salon and Day Spa

2nd Place: Thomas Scott Salon and Spa 

3rd Place: City Magnolia Day Spa


Barbershop: Gentlemen’s Choice II

2nd Place: Classic Barber Shop

3rd Place: Whittier Barber Shop


Tattoo Parlor: Classic Electric Tattoo 

2nd Place: Time Bomb Tattoos & Curiosities 

3rd Place: Key City Tattoo 


Home and Garden

Antiques: Emporium Antiques 

2nd Place: Great Stuff by Paul

3rd Place: Old Glory Antique Marketplace


Home Furnishings: Gladhill Furniture

2nd Place: Wolf Furniture 

3rd Place: HomeGoods


Farmers Market: Frederick City Market

2nd Place: Field Fresh

3rd Place: Middletown


Garden Center: The Dutch Plant Farm

2nd Place: Stadler Nurseries

3rd Place: Thanksgiving Farms


Grocery Store: Wegmans

2nd Place: Common Market

3rd Place: Aldi


Pet Store: Wagsmore

2nd Place: Paws in the City

3rd Place: Central Dogma


Veterinary: Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital

2nd Place: Linganore Veterinary Clinic

3rd Place: Glade Valley Animal Hospital


Pet-Friendly Venue: La Paz Mexican Restaurant 

2nd Place: Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital & Luxury Pet Resort

3rd Place: Baker Park


Bookstore: Curious Iguana 

2nd Place: Wonder Book

3rd Place: Barnes & Noble


Gift/Specialty Shop: Olive & Basket

2nd Place: Retro-Metro 

3rd Place: Ec’clectibles


Florist: Candlelight Floral Designs

2nd Place: Freesia and Vine

3rd Place: Flower Fashions


Services and More

Dry Cleaners: ZIPS

2nd Place: Rainbow Cleaners

3rd Place: Westridge Dry Cleaners


Photographer: Rebecca Mitchell Photography

2nd Place: Turner Photography Studio  

3rd Place: Picture Perfect


Hotel: Marriott

2nd Place: Hampton Inn

3rd Place: Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center


Comic Book Store: Brainstorm Comics & Gaming

2nd Place: Beyond Comics

3rd Place: Wonder Book


Car Dealer: The Frederick Motor Company

2nd Place: Shockley Honda

3rd Place: Fitzgerald Auto Mall


Auto Repair: Carriage House Automotive

2nd Place: East County Auto

3rd Place: Brownie’s Auto Repair


Car Wash: Frederick Shell Carwash

2nd Place: Fredericktowne Auto Spa

3rd Place: Dolphin Car Wash


Carpentry/Home Improvement: Dorman Home Remodeling 

2nd Place: Talon Construction

3rd Place: Nysa Construction


Landscaping: Clearwater Landscape & Nursery

2nd Place: Meadows Farms Nurseries and Landscape

3rd Place: Landscape Concepts


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

2nd Place: Frederick Air

3rd Place: TriState Home Services


Electrician: Provident Electric

2nd Place: Horn Electric Service 

3rd Place: Brandenburg Electric


Plumbing: TriState Home Services

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

3rd Place: All Around Plumbing


Computer Tech/Repair: ITNeedsHelp 

2nd Place: Computer Enhancement Systems

3rd Place: Rollins Data Systems


Bank: Frederick County Bank

2nd Place: Woodsboro Bank

3rd Place: PNC


Financial Planner: McCaskill Financial

2nd Place: Betsy Pakenas/The Berkheimer Group

3rd Place: Key Financial Group


Business Support: Mac Business Solutions

2nd Place: Business Management Co. 

3rd Place: Copy Doc Business Solutions


Real Estate/Realtor: Stacy Chapman Reno/Century 21 Redwood Realty

2nd Place: Jim Bass/Jim Bass Group of Real Estate Teams

3rd Place: Jill Coleman/RE/MAX


Architect: Proffitt & Associates Architects

2nd Place: Bates Architects

3rd Place: Caddworks


Doctor: Dr. Ali Afrookteh 

2nd Place: Dr. Edward Fisher

3rd Place: Dr. Robert Parnes


Lawyer: Jeffrey McEvoy

2nd Place: Scott Alan Morrison

3rd Place: Leslie Powell


Dentist: Dr. Amaris Little, Woodsboro Dental

2nd Place: Dr. Richard Rogers/Yellow Springs Dental

3rd Place: Smile Frederick Orthodontics


Alternative Medicine: Euphoria Wellness

2nd Place: Kannavis

3rd Place: Holistic Health Associates


Senior Living Community: Homewood at Frederick

2nd Place: Buckingham’s Choice

3rd Place: Somerford House Frederick


Senior Living Services: Daybreak Senior Services

2nd Place: Visiting Angels

3rd Place: Right at Home


Neighborhood: Lake Linganore 

2nd Place: Whittier

3rd Place: Worman’s Mill


Best “I wish Frederick had…” Top Golf

2nd Place: Trader Joe’s 

3rd Place: Cheesecake Factory


Best “I wish Frederick would bring back…” Freez King

2nd Place: Roller skating rink

3rd Place: Mays Hardware