Best of Frederick 2021 Winners

Posted on 02.01.21 – Feature, Food & Drink, History, Lifestyles, People & Places, Travel

In the nearly three decades we have published the annual “Best of Frederick” list, outside influences have certainly had an affect on the results. From economic shifts to vigorous campaigning for votes, we have seen poll numbers swing dramatically from year to year and category to category.

And then came 2020.

The Year When Everything Happened must’ve left its mark on “Best of Frederick,” especially with so many categories and businesses affected by the COVID-19 restrictions and economic fallout. How, for example, could voters gain a fair knowledge of the local dining and entertainment scene when it was turned upside-down in 2020? Nonetheless, they did, or at least gave it their best effort. On the following pages you will find what our readers believe are the best things in Frederick County—the best restaurants, the best stores, the best professional services, the best recreational activities and a lot more. Sure, the results are open to debate and likely influenced by outside forces. We will leave that for you to decide.

Now, on to this year’s winners.

Epicures and The Hungry


Overall Restaurant: The Tasting Room

2nd Place: Dutch’s Daughter

3rd Place: Brewer’s Alley


New Restaurant: Cucina Massi 

2nd Place: Tsunami

3rd Place: Gambrill Mt. Food Co.


Special Occasion/Romantic: Dutch’s Daughter

2nd Place: The Tasting Room 

3rd Place: The Wine Kitchen


Restaurant Service: Tasting Room

2nd Place: Dutch’s Daughter

3rd Place: Madrones


Steak: The Tasting Room

2nd Place: Dutch’s Daughter

3rd Place: Red Horse Steak House


Kid-Friendly: Silver Diner

2nd Place: Il Forno Pizzeria

3rd Place: Pistarro’s


Italian: Manalù Italian Restaurant

2nd Place: il Porto

3rd Place: Cucina Massi


Pizza: Il Forno Pizzeria

2nd Place: Pistarro’s

3rd Place: Manalù Italian Restaurant


Asian: Lucky Corner

2nd Place: Modern Asia

3rd Place: Lazy Fish


Sushi: Lazy Fish

2nd Place: Old Dominion Grill and Sushi

3rd Place: Chef Lin


Latin American: Cacique

2nd Place: Cafe Bueno

3rd Place: Taco Bar


Burrito: Cafe Bueno

2nd Place: Casa Rico

3rd Place: Mexicali Cantina


Seafood: Avery’s Maryland Grille

2nd Place: May’s

3rd Place: Ragin’ Reef 


Crab Cake: Fratelli’s Italian and Seafood

2nd Place: May’s 

3rd Place: Dutch’s Daughter


Specialty: Isabella’s Taverna & Tapas Bar 

2nd Place: Cucina Massi

3rd Place: Sumittra Thai Cuisine 


Lunch: a.k.a. Friscos

2nd Place: Canapés Catering

3rd Place: The Orchard


Deli/Carryout: Juliet’s Italian Market and Café

2nd Place: Crabapples New York Delicatessen

3rd Place: a.k.a. Friscos


Sandwich: a.k.a. Friscos

2nd Place: Juliet’s Italian Market and Café

3rd Place: Gambrill Mt. Food Co.


Hamburger: Wag’s

2nd Place: Brewer’s Alley

3rd Place: Oscar’s Alehouse


Sunday Brunch: Dutch’s Daughter

2nd Place: May’s

3rd Place: Isabella’s Taverna & Tapas Bar


Breakfast: Cafe Nola

2nd Place: Glory Dough & Diner

3rd Place: Silver Diner


Bagel: Beans & Bagels Coffee Bar

2nd Place: Zi Pani

3rd Place: Panera Bread


Coffee Shop: Dublin Roasters

2nd Place: Baltimore Coffee and Tea

3rd Place: Frederick Coffee Company & Cafe


Worth the Drive: Antrim 1844

2nd Place: Bavarian Inn

3rd Place: Old South Mountain Inn


Overall Barbeque: P.I.G.S. (Pork Is Good Stuff)

2nd Place: Black Hog BBQ

3rd Place: CarterQue


Barbeque Ribs: Black Hog BBQ

2nd Place: P.I.G.S.

3rd Place: Madrones


Food Truck: Bub-B-Que Barbecue and Catering

2nd Place: In10se BBQ 

3rd Place: Boxcar Burgers


Chili: Black Hog BBQ 

2nd Place: Wag’s

3rd Place: Canapés Catering


Chicken Wings: Il Forno Pizzeria

2nd Place: Anchor Bar

3rd Place: Buffalo Wild Wings


Dessert: Canapés Catering

2nd Place: Gladchuk Bros. Restaurant

3rd Place: Firestone’s Culinary Tavern


Ice Cream/Frozen Dessert: South Mountain Creamery

2nd Place: Frederick Fudge & Ice Cream

3rd Place: Sweet Babe’s Creamery


Chocolate: The Perfect Truffle

2nd Place: The Candy Kitchen 

3rd Place: Zoe’s Chocolate


Bakery: Angelcakes

2nd Place: Sweet & Savory Bake Shop 

3rd Place: Stone Hearth Bakery


Local Beer: Flying Dog Brewery

2nd Place: Attaboy Beer

3rd Place: Olde Mother Brewing


Local Wine: Linganore Winecellars 

2nd Place: Catoctin Breeze Vineyard

3rd Place: Springfield Manor


Distillery: Tenth Ward Distilling Company 

2nd Place: McClintock Distilling

3rd Place: Springfield Manor


Cocktail: Hootch & Banter

2nd Place: The Tasting Room

3rd Place: Brewer’s Alley


Liquor Store: Riverside Liquors

2nd Place: Ye Old Spirit Shop 

3rd Place: DJ Liquors


Caterer: Canapés Catering

2nd Place: The Savory Spoon Catering Company 

3rd Place: Celebrations Catering


Fried Chicken: Roy Rogers

2nd Place: Watson’s Carry-Out 

3rd Place: Trout’s Market


Hot Dog: North Market Pop Shop

2nd Place: Black Hog BBQ

3rd Place: Beef N Buns N Paradise


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: Madrones


Singles Bar: Cellar Door

2nd Place: Brewer’s Alley

3rd Place: Firestone’s Culinary Tavern


All That and More


Sports Bar: Champion Billiards Sports Bar

2nd Place: Valley Grill Sports Bar

3rd Place: Il Forno Pizzeria


Billiards: Champion Billiards Sports Bar

2nd Place: Oriole’s Nest

3rd Place: Belles’ Sports Bar & Grill


Reception Venue: Walker’s Overlook

2nd Place: Ceresville Mansion

3rd Place: Springfield Manor


Charitable/Social Event: Catoctin Affair

2nd Place: Soles of Love

3rd Place: Leprechaun Luau


Festival/Event: The Great Frederick Fair

2nd Place: Frederick’s Oktoberfest 

3rd Place: In the Streets


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


Theater Troupe/Group: Maryland Ensemble Theatre

2nd Place: Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre 

3rd Place: Other Voices Theatre


Entertainment Value: Surelocked In Escape Games

2nd Place: Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre 

3rd Place: Weinberg Center for the Arts


Cover Band: The Reagan Years

2nd Place: Vinyl Rhino 

3rd Place: Guys in Thin Ties


Original Music Band: Sticktime 

2nd Place: Words for Hands

3rd Place: The Knight Brothers


Radio Station: 106.9 The Eagle

2nd Place: Key 103

3rd Place: 99.9 Free Country


Radio Personality: Bob Miller

2nd Place: Dina Carole

3rd Place: Tom Whalen


Blog: RMNB

2nd Place: Housewives of Frederick County

3rd Place: Out 40


High School Sports: Frederick High School

2nd Place: Urbana High School

3rd Place: Walkersville High School


High School Marching Band: Linganore High School

2nd Place: Frederick High School

3rd Place: Urbana High School


Swimming Pool: Edward P. Thomas Pool

2nd Place: Braddock Heights Pool

3rd Place: YMCA


Park: Baker Park

2nd Place: Gambrill State Park

3rd Place: Cunningham Falls State 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: IN-FIT Studio

2nd Place: Planet Fitness

3rd Place: Barre East Fitness Studio


Personal Trainer: Kip Jawish

2nd Place: Andrew Simpson

3rd Place: Shannon Wallace


Yoga Studio: Sol Yoga

2nd Place: Yogamour Yoga and Healing Arts Center

3rd Place: Luna Yoga


Dance Studio: 24/7 Dance Studio

2nd Place: Elite Feet Dance Studio

3rd Place: Dance Unlimited


Men’s Fashion: Hunting Creek Outfitters 

2nd Place: Men’s Wearhouse

3rd Place: Macy’s


Women’s Fashion: Velvet Lounge

2nd Place: Macy’s

3rd Place: Alicia L Boutique


Women’s Shoes: DSW

2nd Place: Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse

3rd Place: Boscov’s


Photographer: Engin Photography

2nd Place: Rebecca Mitchell Photography

3rd Place: Turner Photography Studio  


Jewelry: Colonial Jewelers

2nd Place: Gold Thumb Jewelry Creations

3rd Place: Yaneth Reyes


Hair Salon: Thomas Scott Salon and Spa

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

3rd Place: Belleza Hair and Nail Studio


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

2nd Place: Thomas Scott Salon and Spa 

3rd Place: Verbena Day Spa


Nail Care Salon: Thomas Scott Salon and Spa

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

3rd Place: Belleza Hair and Nail Studio


Barbershop: Gentlemen’s Choice II

2nd Place: All About Men Barbershop

3rd Place: Wastler’s Barbershop


Tattoo Parlor: Time Bomb Tattoos & Curiosities 

2nd Place: Classic Electric Tattoo

3rd Place: Key City Tattoo 


Antiques: Old Glory Antique Marketplace

2nd Place: Emporium Antiques 

3rd Place: Great Stuff by Paul


Home Furnishings: Gladhill Furniture

2nd Place: At Home

3rd Place: HomeGoods


Farmers Market: Middletown 

2nd Place: Urbana

3rd Place: Field Fresh


Garden Center: The Dutch Plant Farm

2nd Place: Barrick Garden Center

3rd Place: Meadow Farms Nurdery


Grocery Store: Wegmans

2nd Place: Common Market

3rd Place: Giant Eagle


Veterinarian: Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital

2nd Place: Kingsbrook Animal Hospital

3rd Place: Linganore Veterinary Clinic


Pet Store: Rick’s Fish & Pet Supply

2nd Place: Petco

3rd Place: Central Dawgma


Pet-Friendly Venue: Baker Park 

2nd Place: Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital & Luxury Pet Resort

3rd Place: Downtown Frederick


Bookstore: Curious Iguana 

2nd Place: Wonder Book

3rd Place: Barnes & Noble


Comic Book Store: Brainstorm Comics & Gaming

2nd Place: Beyond Comics

3rd Place: Wonder Book


Gift/Specialty Shop: Olive n& Basket

2nd Place: The Muse 

3rd Place: Retro-Metro


Florist: Abloom

2nd Place: Freesia and Vine

3rd Place: Ory Florals


Dry Cleaners: ZIPS

2nd Place: Magic Touch Cleaners

3rd Place: Westridge Dry Cleaners


Hotel: Residence Inn by Marriott

2nd Place: TownePlace Suites by Marriott

3rd Place: Hampton Inn


Car Dealer: Shockley Honda 

2nd Place: DARCARS

3rd Place: Fitzgerald Auto Mall


Auto Repair: Carriage House Automotive

2nd Place: East County Auto

3rd Place: Bill & Earl’s Auto Services Center


Car Wash: Frederick Shell Carwash

2nd Place: Auto Spa

3rd Place: The Detail Shop


Carpentry/Home Improvement: Dorman Home Remodeling 

2nd Place: Nysa Construction 

3rd Place: Talon Construction


Landscaping: Clearwater Landscape & Nursery

2nd Place: Hawkins Landscaping

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


Plumber: TriState Home Services

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

3rd Place: All Around Plumbing


Computer Tech/Repair: Computer Enhancement Systems 

2nd Place: ITNeedsHelp

3rd Place: Geek Squad


Bank: Woodsboro Bank 

2nd Place: FCB Bank

3rd Place: PNC


Financial Planner: McCaskill Financial

2nd Place: Murray Financial Group

3rd Place: Higher Ground Financial Group


Business Support: Mac Business Solutions

2nd Place: Copy Doc Business Solutions 

3rd Place: Business Management Co.


Real Estate/Realtor: Jim Bass, Jim Bass Group of Real Estate Teams

2nd Place: Charis Realty Group

3rd Place: Peggy Magnanelli, RE/MAX Results


Architect: Bates Architects 

2nd Place: Proffitt & Associates Architects

3rd Place: ZA+D


Doctor: Dr. Ali Afrookteh 

2nd Place: Dr. Robert Parnes 

3rd Place: Dr. Edward Fisher


Lawyer: John Hanrahan

2nd Place: Craig Habicht

3rd Place: Arthur Crum


Dentist: Dr. William Hall

2nd Place: Smile Frederick

3rd Place: Opal Ridge Dental


Alternative Medicine: Euphoria Wellness

2nd Place: Holistic Health Associates

3rd Place: Namaste Studios


Senior Living Community: Homewood at Frederick

2nd Place: Buckingham’s Choice

3rd Place: Edenton Retirement Community


Senior Living Services: Visiting Angels 

2nd Place: Right at Home

3rd Place: Daybreak Senior Services


Neighborhood: Ijamsville

2nd Place: Lake Linganore

3rd Place: Walkersville


Wish Frederick Had: Trader Joe’s

2nd Place: Top Golf 

3rd Place: BGR Burger


Wish Frederick Would Bring Back: Freez King

2nd Place: Roller skating rink

3rd Place: Mays Hardware