Eating Out = Eating In

With the shelter in place directive, for many of Frederick residents, the kitchen is now referred to as “The Kitchen” Restaurant. However, “The Kitchen” restaurant doesn’t provide the meals that you have grown to love from Frederick County restaurants.  You may be missing the alley burger from Brewer’s Alley, the crab cake at Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant, the filet at the Main Cup or the pizza at Stravros Pizza. You may want to try new cuisines or celebrate major events like birthdays and anniversaries and “The Kitchen” restaurant is not the place you want to go for your meal.

You do have options.  Frederick residents are fortunate that our local restaurants are stepping up to the plate and pivoting the way they do business.  According to Helen Propheter, Executive Director of the Economic and Workforce Development, “The way our restaurants are doing business has changed but their menu offerings and customer service are the best in the area and our owners/operators are rising to meet the changing times.”

Support your favorite local restaurant!  The Frederick County Office of Economic Development is keeping an ongoing list of restaurants and can be found here.  The listing includes all areas of the county and is updated on a daily basis. Whether you prefer curbside pickup or would rather have meals delivered to you, there are many options for you. Additionally, some restaurants are now providing lower cost meals, family style meals, and delivery options.

Some of our local restaurants have joined forces and are providing meals to our front line health care providers and first responders.  An effort through Meal Train.com, coordinated through Frederick Health Hospital to feed the heroes and first responders and supporting our Frederick restaurants is in full swing in Frederick County.  This week alone In10se BBQ will be serving over 30 firefighters at their homes.  Avery’s Maryland Grille will be feeding the ICU at Frederick Health Hospital and Il Forno Pizzeria will be providing hot, catered meals to the hospital. If you would like to help with the costs of these meals, use the Meal Train link to make a donation.

Besides bringing smiles to your household by getting takeout or delivery from your favorite place, what else can you do for our community restaurants?  Buy a gift card to use later; leave a review on yelp, or trip advisor; and leave them a kind note on their facebook page.  These essential businesses are working hard for each of us and we thank them for being there for us.

Happy eating!