Top 50x2: La Paz Mexican Restaurant and Linganore Winecellars

In this year’s special edition of Frederick Top 50x2, we are recognizing Frederick County’s most resilient businesses that have been serving our community for 20 years or more.  Each week we will be highlighting businesses and organizations that were selected for the publication.  These are the companies that prove that Frederick County is a great place to do business. 

La Paz Mexican Restaurant
51 South Market Street | Frederick
Established: 1978

Founder: Graham Baker

La Paz Mexican Restaurant is a family owned business that has been serving the Frederick community since 1978.  We are known for our fresh, homemade salsa, our legendary margaritas, and our beautiful outside patio dining along Carroll Creek.  And yes, our patio is dog-friendly! We pride ourselves on our personalized service, and our customers become part of our extended family.  It is our mission to provide a one-of-a-kind experience filled with amazing, homemade Mexican dishes, delicious drinks and a place to relax and enjoy yourself with friends and family.

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

Frederick County is a diverse and vibrant area that puts value into its rich culture and community spirit.  The county prioritizes supporting and sustaining homegrown businesses, big and small.  Downtown Frederick has been the perfect home for us to serve the community and beyond for the past 43 years.

Describe a significant event in your company’s history.

La Paz has been fortunate to call two locations in Downtown Frederick home.  Moving from 18 Market Space to 51 South Market Street was a pivotal moment in our history. The move gave us more visibility, and allowed us to expand our dining experience to include outdoor creek-side dining.

What is your advice to a young company?

Love what you are doing.  Stay the course, even through the ups and the downs.  The relationship that you form with your customers and the community will be your greatest accomplishment. 

Linganore Winecellars
13601 Glissans Mill Rd | Frederick
Established: 1976

Founder: Jack Aellen

In 1972, amidst rolling hills, dairy cows, and cornfields, a small vineyard was planted in the fertile soils of an old dairy farm. That one small vineyard has proudly become Linganore Winecellars. Now operated by the founder’s children, we welcome you to share in our growing family tradition. Linganore Winecellars cordially invites you to partake in an enjoyable and relaxed afternoon, tasting our award-winning wines produced by our fertile soils, abundant sunshine, and skilled winemakers.

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

Besides the rich soil where we grow our grapes, Frederick County offers a fantastic quality of life, a large number of thriving small businesses, and a cohesively-hardworking community that works well together, sharing best business practices.

Describe a significant event in your company’s history.

Gaining international recognition from one of the most renowned wine connoisseurs in the world, James Suckling. Mr. Suckling gave our Albariño a rating of 93 and a rating of 90 for our Cabernet Franc.

What is your advice to a young company?

Share your ideas with your fellow businesses in the community and remain humble in accomplishments. We are all stronger and more successful when we work together.

Frederick County is very fortunate to have an amazing business community, especially those that have been in business for over 20 years.  We understand that there are more than 100 legacy businesses in Frederick County, but unfortunately, we were not able to include all these businesses in the Top 50x2.  The businesses included were selected from responses submitted to a business survey.  OED staff verified the responses and then selected the businesses on a first come first serve basis.  If your business would like to be included in future opportunities, please email

Some photographs included in the publication were taken pre-COVID.  OED encourages everyone to follow precautionary guidelines set forth by the Frederick County Health Department.