Friday, July 30, 2010

Zagat Releases 2011 Washington/Baltimore Dining Survey - Two Frederick Restaurants Score High Marks

Frederick, MD – Two downtown Frederick restaurants, Volt and The Tasting Room, scored extremely well in the 24th edition of the Zagat Survey – a poll of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD area eating establishments.

More than six-thousand diners were polled about their experiences; the survey covered 12-hundred restaurants in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. The survey indicated that local diners eat out 2.6 times per week compared with Zagat’s 3.2 national average. With virtually no inflation, the average cost of a meal in the Washington area this year is $36 and $34 in the Baltimore area, bookending the U.S. average of $35.

Volt ranked second in the Top Food category, second in the Top Service category and third in the Most Popular category. The Tasting Room ranked sixth in the Top Food category (see lists below). In addition to these category winners, many Frederick area restaurants are Zagat rated and have favorable reviews.

“There was a time when Frederick area restaurants were scarcely reviewed by Zagat, but today there are over a dozen,” said John Fieseler, Executive Director of the Tourism Council of Frederick County. “Frederick is a significant regional dining destination where visitors know they can find unique settings and a variety of options,” he added. The first Frederick Restaurant Week was held in 2010, and a second event is planned for 2011 although dates have not been announced. For more information and survey results, visit

Winners: This year’s survey winners across the major categories in the Baltimore-Frederick areas are as follow:

Top Food
1. Charleston
2. Volt
3. Prime Rib
4. Samos
5. Di Pasquale’s
6. Tasting Room

Top Service
1. Charleston
2. Volt
3. Prime Rib
4. Tersiqiel's
5. Linwoods

Most Popular
1. Woodberry Kitchen
2. Charleston
3. Volt
4. Cinghiale
5. Prime Rib