This is a neat place located in the historical section of Fredericks. It’s not a winery – per say – but they do have a tasting room that showcases local wines from all across the Maryland area. We sat at the bar and tasted five wines for, get this, only $2. The gentleman behind the bar told us all about the flavors and the locations of the wine it was really a great, quick education on wine. I don’t have the biggest palette for wine but my wife does and she really enjoyed it.
If you watch Top Chef you might remember Bryan V. – he is the head chef here. The interior is decorated in a very modern, playful way which reminds me of the restaurants you’d find in NYC. Even though this is a five-star restaurant the staff are dressed very casually. Our waiter had on converse shoes which I have to admit was cool. I had the potato leek chowder for an appetizer and it was mouth-watering. For my meal I got a steak, which seems boring, but not here.
How I love me some barbeque. I heard about this place from a couple of friends and I just had to try it. I ordered the BBQ pulled pork sandwich and when it arrived I had to pick my jaw up from the table. It was humongous! The sauce they used was a midly sweet, vinegar-based sauce which was unique to my palette. I’m used to more mustardy sauces but this was actually very good. The corn bread they served with it was fabulous and reminded me of Mom’s growing up.
This is one of the most unusual bar’s I’ve ever been to. Perhaps by its name you could conclude that too. We discovered it one night after eating at Jug Bridge. It’s located underneath it and it’s very tiny so you might miss it. Just look for the giant statue of lizard and you’ll know you’re there. The bar is decorated in this kitschy Caribbean theme which is pretty endearing. We went on a Wednesday night and we were greeted with a crowd of locals doing karaoke.