9800A Liberty Rd, Mt. Pleasant, MD 21701·301-898-9673
Expensive bar food. Don't bother. You can get much better food from a chain restaurant for less money.
Yes, I was just getting on line here to find the phone number for Avalon so I could make a reservation for tomorrow night. Having been there several times specifically for Crabs and having lived in the Frederick area most of my 50 years, I agree with many of the comments herein; the Best Crabs in the area, nice quaint little place, very nice folks there. No complaints.
What a wonderful and dramatic difference! I had only dined there once two years ago.My previous experience with it's dry food, dreary wood paneling and Formica counters, left me feeling I had dined at a really sad and decrepit nursing home. Recently however,bad weather and a shortage of time forced me to give it another go. I was in for a very pleasant surprise.
As I walked in I noticed the decor had undergone a radical change. Gone was the tiny Formica bar and wood paneling. In it's place a beautiful U-shaped bar with pin spot lighting and three flat screens, which separates two dining areas. Three high tops with intimate seating for two on the right and an open family style area on the left. I later discovered the impressive wainscoting surrounding the restaurant and the bar itself were handmade by a local craftsman. Dated flooring had been replaced by crisp tile. White paint completed the clean, fresh look.
My partner and I took a seat to the left. We were welcomed warmly and waited on promptly. We ordered two sodas and at crab dip for starters. Very tasty and served with an ample supply of perfectly toasted bread rounds. I ordered the fried clams while he ordered a half cheeseburger sub. Given the extremely reasonable prices,I wasn't expecting much in way of quality or portion size. Once again I was pleasantly surprised. My plate arrived with a healthy order of clams and french fries. The clams were perfect crispy yet tender golden strips, many of which were quite large. The fries were hot,tasty and crispy on the outside; flaky and moist on the inside. Best of all,being fried foods, there was no puddle of grease on the plate when I was done.
The sub looked equally appetizing, so I eagerly traded some fries for a sample of my friends bounty. It was also amazingly delectable. Fresh ground beef topped with real cheese, crisp lettuce and thick tomato slices that actually tasted like vine ripe tomato. We left full and happy for around $25
Writing this has made me so hungry that I called and asked for a sub for carryout,but with bacon. The sub was as good as I remembered
and the bacon was nicely crisp with a thickness you usually don't find anymore.
They offer karaoke entertainment on Friday nights and a prime rib night, both which I can't wait to try. Also noticed a number of splurge worthy seafood entrees, rounding out a menu designed to satisfy those looking for a quick bite as well as those wanting to live it up a little.
I'm excited to have discovered such a great place so close to home. I'm may have to start burning dinner at home once a week to make sure I get to try everything they have to offer
I'm giving it five stars because it's good comfort food done right, served in a pleasing environment, at a price that doesn't make you break open the piggy bank.
I love thier reubens they are the best in maryland!!! Great place, friendly people, great food, could you ask for more??
My favorite crab house in frederick, this is a down home, clean as a whistle GREAT SEAFOOD SECRET. Small, intimate and great "country folk",Dottie will keep you straight and serve you well, while Marlene (owner)will tell you the worst jokes you ever wanna' hear! Absolute best, freshest crabs around!
I've had dozens of awesome crabs from the Avalon. The owners are great and the food is reliably good. And the celebrations I've had here are truly memorable. I heard last year they were going to have to close, so I hope it is not true.
Great little place w/ great prices and GREAT crabs! :)
Best Steamed Crabs In Maryland
I grew up in Frederick and moved away in 1981. The Avalon always will and STILL has the best crabs in all of Frederick County. I know- my son does selection and steaming.
I am not sure why the Avalon is not listed under the seafood category, but this is practically the only place in Frederick where I eat crabs. They do not do all-you-can-eat, which keeps the quality high. If you will be ordering crabs, it is best to call ahead to make sure they will have the quantity and size you want.
The owener's are FANTASTIC. Very accommodating. The crabs are wonderful, priced fairly and delicious! Quaint roadside home cooking!
Jimmy Carl Black
A tiny place but with good seafood and good prices. Excellent apple dumplings. An old fashioned little roadside restaurant.
Generally a very good value, I have had some great crabs there at decent prices. Very busy weekend nights, if you want crabs on a Friday make reservations. Other menu items are ok, nothing to rave about but certainly adequate. Atmosphere is like, well, a small local place. The staff is extremely friendly and pleasant and helpful, like, well, you'd expect at a small local place. ;-) A nice place to take the family.