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Firestone's

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Firestone's Review

With its embossed tin ceiling, dark-wood bar, and cheerful service, Firestone's serves up old-fashioned elegance with a nouvelle menu and a telephone book of a wine list. Locals rave about the food. Start with the lobster, mango, and avocado salad tossed with ginger-shallot vinaigrette and move on to the veal strip steak with tangy goat cheese gnocchi and oyster mushrooms, or the "shank of swine" braised in hard cider and served with sautéed bacon and bok choy. An easy, but sophisticated Sunday brunch can be kicked off with a bottomless mimosa.

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  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed Mon.

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    Interesting, Beautifully Presented Dishes

    My spouse and I dined at Firestone’s Culinary Tavern for Saturday lunch in late December 2012. We were in Frederick to dine at VOLT restaurant that evening, and we took a drive to the downtown area in the afternoon to acclimate ourselves to where we would be eating while there was still daylight. Frederick is such a cute little town! There are many restaurant options, many of which look pretty upscale, including Firestone’s. The website address for this establishment includes the word “restaurant”, however, the name on the building that says “culinary tavern” is a much catchier description that better represents the creative food they serve and the atmosphere in which they serve it. Firestone’s is open for lunch (Tuesday through Saturday), dinner (Tuesday through Sunday), and brunch (Sunday), and they take reservations using the Open Table reservation system, by using their website form, or by telephoning (or just walk in, like we did!). The restaurant space used to be a department store, and it still retains its high ceilings, balcony, hardwood floors, and grand staircase. This restaurant has seating on two levels - on the street/ground level as well as on the upper/balcony level that overlooks the main floor and bar. There is more casual seating on the main floor, as well as at the large bar. (From what we could see from the balcony, it seemed that the menus might even be different depending on where you were seated.) Every item on the lunch menu sounds delicious, using unique ingredients and flavor combinations, and each dish is composed and presented with flair. We loved the presentation of the deviled eggs (instead of being cut lengthwise like most restaurants do, just the tops were cut off, with the yummy stuffing topped with caviar squeezed down to the bottom. The beet salad with duck prosciutto was beautifully presented. We are not normally food “paparazzi”, but we felt compelled to take a few photos of the dishes served here. From outside the restaurant, we expected to find standard bar fare, so we were thrilled when we received so much more! We also shared the charcuterie plate and a complex orange-flavored cake/ice cream layered dessert accompanied with homemade jellied candies. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch dining experience, and we would highly recommend this restaurant!

    by fluffnfold, 3/14/13

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