2012 Frederick Restaurant Week runs from Monday, March 5 through Sunday, March 11, and includes over 20 different restaurants in downtown Frederick and surrounding areas within Frederick County.
As a foodie I could happily eat at all of the restaurants, and if my schedule, wallet and day-job’s PTO allowed? I would.
In reality, however, the only restaurants I’ll probably make it to are the ones that work for bringing my kids in tow – either for dinner during the week, or for lunch next Saturday. So which participating restaurants are the most kid-friendly? I’ve got you covered!
A nice big dining room – especially now that the brewing tanks have been moved northward on Market Street to a new location – means you don’t have to try and keep the kids super quiet, and there’s room to spread out a little. Both the lunch and dinner menus include kid-friendly options like Roasted Chicken and Pomme Fritts (if you haven’t tried these thin, stringy, crispy French fries – please do; I could make a meal of them alone!), Grilled Vegetable Panini and Meatball Calzone. And? Oreo Cheesecake is on the dessert menu. Yes.
ISABELLA’S TAVERN & TAPAS BAR
Lots of little plates always make for a fun meal with kids. Isabella’s is the queen of tapas in Frederick, and their Frederick Restaurant Week menu doesn’t disappoint. Think your kids won’t eat asparagus? Have lunch and order Isabella’s Asparagus Fries with Smoked Tomato Alioli. I can’t visit Isabella’s without ordering them – they’re that good. Also on the lunch menu is a Shrimp “BLTC” Wrap – what kid doesn’t love bacon? The dessert options include homemade ice cream – every kid’s favorite after dinner treat.
MOXIE BAKERY AND CAFE
Desserts include “Daily Rotation from Our Pastry Case.” If that, alone, isn’t worthy of a visit with the kids during Frederick Restaurant Week, then I’m not sure what is! Moxie does include other delicious items on their menu, however, and the lunch menu includes two choices that my kids would love: Grilled White Panini and Flatbread “Pizza”. If you’re looking for dinner, Moxie’s serving – just be mindful that they have only one dinner seating (7:00 p.m.) and it’s communal, which means everyone will sit family-style at one large table. Fun, but maybe not with younger kiddos.
Things to note:
- Fixed-price meals mean you can plan your budget ahead of time! Lunch is $15.12 for a 2-course meal, and $20.12 for a 3-course meal. Dinner is $20.12 for a 2-course meal, and $30.12 for a 3-course meal.
- Make reservations! Frederick is well-known across the DC Metropolitan region as a little foodie-gem, and people will (and do) travel here to eat well.
- The menus prices are fixed, but they do not include tax and gratuity – so make sure to tip your server!
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About Liza Hawkins
With her down-to-earth approach to food, and a dash or two of snark, Liza enjoys eating, reading, cooking, dining and writing on a daily basis. By day, she's an insurance professional, by night she gracefully (or not sometimes) barrels through life keeping up with her blog (a)Musing Foodie, other freelance writing jobs, non-profit work, Twitter and Facebook, her kids, her husband, and whatever else happens to fill her plate. Read her blog here: www.amusingfoodie.com