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Barbara Fritchie Candy Stick

W US40, Frederick, MD 21701·301-662-2500

Reviews (28)

Jimmy Carl Black

BF is a great old-fashioned diner. Don't expect gourmet cuisine here, but expect good all-American comfort food. It is inexpensive and the desserts, especially the pies, are an irrestible temptation.

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March 6, 2011

Lou

Hometown, days-gone-by restaurant. It's about family and slowing down, enjoying the company you're with, not feeling pressured by the waitress to hurry and finish b/c she wants her next tip. Quiet, laid back. Yep, probably for us older folks who appreciate the slower times, and yester years. Food is palatable, not exquisite, not floating in butter and sour cream like most of today's high caloric restaurants brimmng with fattening foods and liquor. Unprentious. Great desserts. Appreciate children and grandchildren. Definitely a walk back in time. Today's kids won't appreciate it...too bad.

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April 26, 2009

jason

I have fond memories of BF restaurant. I grew up in Columbia and had grandparents that lived in Frostburg. In my early years We would stop @ BF because it was the only place to eat on the way! Now of course you have unlimited choices and 8 more lanes of highway to travel on. When I get back to Maryland I always try to stop @ BF to get a bite, enjoy the diner style food, enjoy the "wierd" service, and quirky atmosphere all of which make it unique dining experience. Something you don't find with the corporate frozen dinners you get everywhere else.

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February 12, 2009

Pierre

This is hands down the finest dining in Frederick. I love this place and I think it is comparable to any French Restaurant in Paris. Viva La Barbera Fritchie Restaurant!

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February 1, 2009

Suzie

Under the new owners, it's getting some real quality dishes. And it IS a diner, not a fancy place. The prices reflect that. But now the salads are fresh, the vegetables are well done. It's a plain old family diner that has lots to recommend it. They will always accommodate you. We tried Shamrock, Mountainview, and BF for the St. Patrick's Day special, and BF won BIG time with the freshest vegetables, nicest meat, and best presentation. Weren't we surprised! GREAT cakes.

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October 10, 2008

Anonymous

I LOVE the Barbara Fritchie Restaurant!! The food is excellent, the people working there are amazing, and it's a fun place to be! If you do find something unsatisfactory or want to make a request for a special, the owners listen, and don't be surprised if your suggestion does indeed become the special.

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September 30, 2008

S

I stopped by the restaurant the other day. The pumpkin pie was to die for. The barbecue beef was pretty good, but the barbecue sauce was more like a jelly, than a sauce. I could have used a larger portion of fries, but pretty good fair. Someone in my party ordered the hot turkey & guess what? The turkey was real, thick sliced turkey, not the crappy pressed stuff you end up with elsewhere. I will definitely come back here again.

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September 21, 2008

Debra Sandoval

Loved it! Took my 7 yr old there and she loved the grilled cheese and fries! She is a picky eater, too! I had a huge and tasty turkey club with home-made potato salad! Great, fast and friendly service...always wanted to go there on my way to and from Ohio..finally did it and loved it! Took 1/2 the club and a side of potato salad back to my husband...he loved it, too! We have a new family place to stop in Frederick! Hope they never change! Thanks! DSS, Reston, VA

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June 29, 2008

Sue

I have enjoyed eating at fine restaurants all around the world for over ten years. That being said, however, I have always had a particular taste for good all-American diner food and, as a result, have enjoyed eating at Barbara Fritchie's Restaurant several times with my family. The menu is typical for that of a diner and the food is good. What makes the experience of eating there pleasantly memorable, however,is the service. Everyone is always friendly. Perhaps, those who have noted on this website that they've been exceptionally disappointed that the food is not four star should eat at a four star restaurant and not at a diner.

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January 4, 2005

J R M

Great hometown cooking

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August 23, 2007

idzen

Real nice! Many thanks, Cheers!

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June 28, 2007

Shelly

I was really in the mood for diner food this weekend. We have lived in Frederick a long time but never been to BF. After reading the reviews, we decided to check it out.

The set up is a bit strange. They have a large lunch counter in the middle of the room, but the pink vinyl booths are lined up and sitting about three feet from the wall, leaving a gap on both sides. Kind of odd, but whatever.

Service was slow to start, but it was near closing so the waitresses were trying to get cleaned up. Once we ordered, our food came quickly.

I got crabcakes, which were very nice. Good flavor with very little filler. Husband got a steak, which he said was good. The sides are nothing special. Canned veggies and soup. Although it did taste like the cole slaw was house made.

The real reason I went was because of the glowing reviews I heard about their desserts. Husband was too full, but I had to try the apple dumpling. Very good. Served warm with ice cream or milk (or plain if you prefer). I have to say, after the hearty portions at dinner and the size of the apple dumpling, our waitress only put a small scoop of ice cream on top. It seemed out of place next to such a large pastry. Still, quite delicious.

For decent diner food and comfort food, we'll be going back. Prices were okay. Almost $40 for the two of us, but we did order seafood and steak. Other entrees would not cost as much, if you are on a budget and they had a good selection of sandwiches too.

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June 3, 2007

Anonymous

I remember and loved Barbara Fritchie products when I was a kid in the States 1948 - 1953, - and have been missing them here in OlīEurope since!
Woogie

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May 27, 2007

JJ

I have always loved the food here at the Barbara Fritchie, and now with new ownership, it is cleaner, brighter and better. (The grumpy old lady is gone!) They still have their graham cracker pie, egg custard pie, and the BEST darn Cheesecake I have ever had!!

They have a separate room now for private parties too. I will continue to go here.

This is also a non-smoking environment for those with a chemical sensitivity!

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March 10, 2006

Dave

The best food is the pie (Lemon Meringue, Coconut Cream). Next best food item is the cup of noodles in broth. This is the greatest comfort food in town!

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February 25, 2006

Anonymous

LOVE the candy stick restaurant! Mostly an old folks diner, so it's always fun to walk in and be the youngest one present. The apple dumplings, macaroni and cheese, homemade pies, real milkshakes, just everything can't be beat! Prices are cheap, especially if you get the night's special. Barbara Fritchie, never leave!

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November 2, 2005

gb

Great friendly, polite service. Squeeze their orange juice fresh every morning. The kinda place you can go in for breakfast and donít have to waste time looking at the menu, just tell them what you want.

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October 19, 2005

Anonymous

We haven't gone there in years, but my mother always cites the Barbara Fritchie restaurant as the dirtiest restaurant she has ever been to. I remember the food as being pretty bad, overcooked and unappealing. Hopefully, they've improved over the years.

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May 8, 2005

Aja Broadway

I can never understand how the owner, in good conscience, put the words 'Fine Food' on their outside signage. In fact, the only thing I would describe as "fine" from BF are the mile-high pies, desserts, and their ice cream desserts. Otherwise, the food is almost institutional except for their awesome and filling breakfasts. And the service? Spotty. Sometimes non-existent, although the breakfast bunch is snappy and on their toes. If you dine in the late afternoons or evening, you will likely agree that the elderly woman who takes your payment has no business interacting with customers. No smile. A muttered Thank You. Let me get back to my newspaper. Have a good night. Just like that. Not a real pleasent way to end your dining experience.

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April 19, 2005

Ann

My family likes to stop for a late breakfast to break up the trip to Grandma's house. We always enjoy it and the price is right. What has won my heart,though, is the service. My son has a dairy allergy. The waitress explained our situation to the cook who offered to make special french toast for him with only egg, no milk. What great service!

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November 23, 2004

Missterrys

Dont expect fine dining here dears! Food is dreadful. It does not even have the excuse of being bland, it is just plain awful. The atmostphere is delightful, however, and might be worth one trip if only for the experience of a Frederick institution. Just dont take out of town guests there.

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June 29, 2004

Kelisa Kehne-Cliff

I haven't actually been to the restaurant since the 1970's (grew up in Frederick), but my father had designed a candy box for the restaurant, and I think they still use the artwork. So that's pretty exciting for me. I'm pleased that the Barbara Fritchie Restaurant is still in business and the big candy cane is still out front. What a great historical icon for Frederick!

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June 27, 2004

Sylvia

After reading the other comments, maybe I should give this one another chance, but we were very dissapointed in our experience there back in the year 2000 when we first came to Frederick.

As a child, my family would drive past the restaurant and I always wanted my parents to stop and eat here, probably because of the big peppermint stick out front.

The food was like bad cafeteria food - canned vegetables that were just terrible. The restaurant furnishings needed to be updated, too. I might drag my family there for the milkshakes, to see what we might have missed on our first visit 4 years ago.

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June 6, 2004

Jay Lowe

Barbara Fritchie's was a MUST stop on our way to Grandma's house when I was growin' up (1970's). I continued to stop EVERYTIME I went through the 1980's. I had the fortune of stopping by recently for the first time in over 10 years. It still is everything I remember! Good food, fast & friendly service and big portions in a quiet old diner atmosphere. If you want a taste of Grandma's cooking and are passing through Frederick, do yourself a favor, STOP HERE!

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March 30, 2004

lori wright

Comments on this restaurant?

This restaurant has been a favorite of my for many years. I especially like the atmosphere as well as their excellent food at reasonable prices. Their milkshakes are the best!

Hope they don't change a thing.

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February 10, 2004

Anonymous

It has high school cafeteria quality food. It's not too expensive, but you can find much better food in the area for the same price.

My girlfriend and I will not be going back.

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February 4, 2004

Angela

Tasty,home-style cooking. Staff is friendly. Food is inexpensive and served FAST. The deserts are wonderful,including delicious pies and ice cream treats. On a cold day try their hot peppermint tea and an apple dumpling for a treat. Also great is their creamy maccoroni and cheese and their thick rich milkshakes.

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October 8, 2003

Munchee

This place is not pretentious. Be prepared to be waited on by your "grandmother", who just might scold you. Simple and inexpensive comfort foods, but save room for their incredible desserts. Apple dumplings are legendary.

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