Brunch was quite the norm when we lived in the city, but it’s a treat these days when one of us gets to go. We recently were in Maryland to visit T’s parents. While there (Q’s first road trip!) I made plans to catch up with my friend Alison over brunch.
We made plans to head to Sunday brunch at Volt, a spot in old town Frederick is been curious to try since she and I last had a meal in that same area. It’s in an old house which proved to be a fun backdrop. It’s full of all sorts of interesting art throughout the space. Still curious the significance of all these creepy looking baby faces? You can see them somewhat, below.
You have three options for brunch at Volt – a la carte, three courses ($35) or the chef’s tasting. We went for the three courses – a nice mix of options but not quite the full shebang.
To start, we both went with the Chesapeake Crab, which was an avocado with mint, apple and creme fraiche topped off with a heaping spoonful of fresh crab. If the avocado hadn’t been perfect this wouldn’t have been so impressive. This was such a refreshing way to start the meal on a warm July Sunday.
They also had an extensive and interesting cocktail menu. I decided to live on the edge and go with a few options that weren’t particularly “brunchy.” I enjoyed the “Bad Bad Leroy Brown,” which was chamomile infused single malt, Benedictine, guavaberry and ramazotti. My favorite though was the “Anita Banana” – earl grey tequila, banana liquer, honey, lemon, cinnamon and cream. Such a fun unexpected mix and the earl grey totally makes it brunch appropriate, right?
For my main course, I went with their omelette – which was a lovely mix of country ham, peas, cheddar and carmelized onions. Alison had their savory waffle – hollandaise with a soft poached egg.
Hard to not love a brunch that ends with a bit of something sweet. I couldn’t resist their chocolate brownie, which was drizzled with fudge and accompanied with malted ice cream. I think Alison’s choice – their cheese plate – was by far the most photogenic. This assortment of cheeses was served with strawberry, balsamic and port jam. Such a nice touch too that the preserves were from an area farm.
The service and food was impeccable. It was such a treat to get to finally get to check out this spot – and even better to do so catching up with an old friend. Would love to come back and check out dinner. Highly recommend!
228 North Market Street – 301.696.8658