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Family Meal

The Frederick News Post reports that Bryan Voltaggio’s (and Hilda Staples’- don’t forget the other half of the team.  The media, including this article, always seems to forget her) new restaurant will be named Family Meal.  A first or second week of June opening is slated.

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Six Rules For Dining Out

I came across a great article in the May 2012 Atlantic Magazine by Tyler Cowen.  Its called Six Rules for Dining Out and I found it fascinating.  Amongst the rules are: in the fanciest restaurants, order what sounds least appetizing.  Sound nonsensical?  Read the article and see his logical explanation.  I also loved his take on Thai food.  It reinforces my concerns about Thai food that I’ve expressed here previously- do I really know what authentic Thai food tastes like?  Give it a read.  I also saw at the end of the article that this was adapted from his forthcoming book.  FCPL has it on order and I’m third in the holds line, so number one and two read quickly!

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East Street Diner Update

Just noticed that the Volt blog was updated with some information and pictures on the new diner project that they are working on.  Interesting transition from car dealership to diner.  Blog entry here.

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Delicious Asian

Just wanted to say that I’ve been on an Asian kick lately.  In the space of a week I have eaten at both Lucky Corner and Sumittra.  I’ve reviewed Sumittra before and found it to be excellent.  I been back at least half a dozen times since that review  and it has never disappointed.  It has become our go to Thai place in Frederick (Sorry Thai Rice!).  However, this was the first time that I had been to Lucky Corner and I had to wonder what took me so long.  I sampled the chicken Pho, mango chicken, veggie egg noodles and veggie hot pot. I don’t have time to do a full review, but the food was uniformly delicious, the menu was filled with dozens of things I would have been happy to try, and the service was perfect.  I’m curious as to how it stacks up to the other two Vietnamese restaurants in Frederick?  Comments anyone?

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Lunchbox

Word is that Lunchbox opens tomorrow.  I will stop by next week and let you know.  Anyone care to post any of their impressions in the comments?

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Lunchbox- A New Restaurant From the Makers of Volt

Word is  that the team of Voltaggio and Staples are opening a new restaurant in early December on Carroll Creek.  From the description its going to have to be on one side or another of the Wine Kitchen.  It will serve sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts in a casual setting.  Here is the website.  Not much to see right now.

UPDATE:  Hadn’t seen this when I wrote the above entry, but Tom Sietsema of the Washington Post has a more in-depth article here.  BV is going to be busy next year!  He also reports on some major changes at Volt:

Come January, Voltaggio plans to introduce some significant changes at his flagship restaurant. Volt will dispense with its a la carte menu and offer instead a four-course list for $80 that will completely change at the start of each month. Lunch service will be cut back to Saturday and Sunday, a move that will help Voltaggio and his team “push Volt to the next level” — finetune dishes, prepare additional canapés, re-write those menus — since the kitchen space will be free weekdays.

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Danielles Closed

Just saw that Danielle’s restaurant at Shab Row shut its doors for good.  There was some indication they were going to try something different but apparently now they are just plain closed.  I remember when the space was occupied by Tauraso’s.  It seems to me that local restaurants who are  serving higher end “American” cuisine are having a harder time of it than some other more specialized restaurants.  What do you think?

UPDATE 10/26/11: The Frederick News Post is reporting that the restaurant owed more than $353,000 in sales and witholding taxes.  Ouch!

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VOLT ink party

Got an email from VOLT.  They’re having a party at Harry Grove stadium next Tuesday the 18th:

Please join the Voltaggio Brothers for an action packed night at the Harry Grove Stadium
– Home of the Frederick Keys Baseball Team – Tuesday, October 18, 2011 6 -10 p.m.Two of America’s best chefs have joined together in the creation of VOLT ink, a new cookbook by Bryan and Michael Voltaggio… and we are throwing a party to celebrate!

Concession food courtesy of the Voltaggios take on ballpark food. Beverages by Flying Dog Brewery and Brewers Alley.  FACKA Double Header (Frederick Adult Co-ed Kickball Association) featuring one regular game and a second All Star Game with the brothers playing on the East
Coast vs the West Coast team.  Concert provided by the Regal Beagles Yacht Club Band and the Blatant 80’s.  Kids Fun Zone for oodles of fun for the kids.

Entry tickets $8 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Children will need a ticket for entry.

Early release of the book will be on sale for $40 and the brothers will be on hand for signatures.

I’m going to keep an eye on the forecast for Tuesday, but right now it looks decent. You can get tickets by calling 301-815-9939 or clicking here.

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Nilgiris Gone

It has been a little over three years since I first reviewed Nilgiris Indian Sizzler.  Well their website may still be up for now but the restaurant is gone.  Yesterday I drove by and noticed it was closed.  Sad to see that since it was my favorite lunch buffet.  With the demise of the Bombay Grill a year or so ago that leaves only the Clay Oven on the Golden Mile as your source for Indian dining in the Frederick Area.

UPDATE:  There is a sign in the window that says Delhis will be opening soon.

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Coal Fire Pizza- Frederick

The other day I stopped by the new Frederick Wine House location at the Wegman’s shopping center.  I’ll do a full review of that later, but while I was there I noticed the Coal Fire Pizza restaurant located just a few doors down.  I’ve been talking about this place since December 2009 and alas they are still not open.  They have  a hiring and opening soon sign out front but it is still clear that construction is going on.  I will definitely review this place once it opens.  Perhaps it will give Il Forno a run for its money as the best pizza joint in Frederick?  We will see.

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