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DINING IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS: Frederick County Edition

Eat outside in Frederick this Summer and increase the chance of a bug landing on your food at some tasty, full service restaurants in Frederick.

Streetside- A few tables, usually on a sidewalk, and can be with or without a barrier between you and fellow street-walkers.
Creekside- Along Carroll Creek in Downtown Frederick
Patio- A designated area next to, but not directly on, the sidewalk.
Courtyard- A designated area away from the street. It is a more secluded dining area.
Rooftop- A designated dining area either on an upper floor or truly on the roof of an establishment.

Braddock Heights

The Braddock Inn Patio


Beans in the Belfry Streetside
Potomac Street Grill Patio


Buckeystown Pub Courtyard


Rube’s Crab Shack Patio

Frederick City

A.k.a Friscos Restaurant Patio
Avery’s Maryland Grille Patio
Ayse Meze Courtyard
Barley and Hops Patio
Beans and Bagels Streetside
Black Hog B.B.Q. (2 Locations) Streetside
Blue Side Tavern Patio
Bonefish Grill Patio
Brew’d Pub Courtyard
Brewer’s Alley Roof Top + Streetside
Cacique Streetside
Cafe 611 Patio
Cafe Anglais Courtyard
Cafe Nola Streetside
Cafe Rio Mexican Grill Patio
Capital Crave Patio
Champion Billiards Sports Bar Patio
Coal Fire Patio
Doner Bistro Creekside
Dutch’s Daughter Courtyard
Fajita Grande Patio
Family Meal Patio
Firestone’s Market Streetside
Five Guys Streetside
Frederick Coffee Company Courtyard + Streetside
Glory Days Grill Patio
Glory Doughnuts Streetside
Greek Aroma Streetside
Hootch and Banter Streetside
JoJo’s Restaurant Streetside
Il Forno Streetside
Isabella’s Streetside
La Paz Creekside
Los Toltecos Patio
Lucky Corner Streetside
Magoo’s Pub and Eatery Streetside
Manalu Italian Restaurant Patio
Mariachi Restaurant Patio
May’s Crabs Courtyard
Mayta’s Peruvian Cuisine Patio
Mexicali Cantina Patio
Monocacy Crossing courtyard
Nido Italiano Courtyard
Old Dominion Grill and Sushi Patio
Opa Creekside
Pistarro’s Streetside
Pretzel and Pizza Creations Streetside
Reina Courtyard
Serenity Tearoom Courtyard
Shuckin’ Shack Streetside
Smashburger Courtyard
South Market Sandwich Co. Streetside
Sushi Densha Patio
The Orchard Streetside
The Wine Kitchen Creekside
Vini Culture Streetside
Volt Courtyard
Zi Pani Cafe Bistro Courtyard


Guide House Grill Patio


TJ’s Roadhouse Patio


The Main Cup Patio
Schroyer’s Tavern at Maryland National Golf Club Patio

Mt. Airy

Laurenzio Brick Oven Cafe Patio
Mt. Airy Tavern Patio
Concetta’s Main Street Bistro Streetside
Memories Charcoal House Patio
J&P Pizza Patio
Bolder food/drink Courtyard

New Market

Pasquale’s Patio
Milo’s Casual Dining Courtyard


The Furnace Bar and Grill Patio


Atlantic Grille Patio
Mangia e Bevi Patio


Trout’s Towne Restaurant Inc. Patio

Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!! 


The “Heat is On” for Main Street Middletown’s First 5K!

Main Street Middletown is proud to present their first annual “The Heat is On” 5k and Fun Run, Saturday- August 29th. This exciting 5k to benefit Main Street Middletown and Frederick County Public Libraries- Middletown Branch will guide runners through a scenic route past beautiful historic buildings and views out into the Valley. Warm-ups will be of no worries for experienced or beginner runners alike thanks to Rockstar Fitness’ stretch session prior to the start on Saturday morning.


Becky Reich, Main Street Middletown Manager, truly believes this event will really enhance the Main Street programs! “This year, we have plans to add way-finding signage to direct more people downtown, revise our Main Street brochure, and revamp the heritage marker program to update the downtown walking tour, Reich said. “These are just a few of the things that Main Street Middletown is doing to help bring more residents, shoppers, and visitors to our lovely downtown!” The race will begin at Rockstar Fitness, located at Green Street and Route 17.


The full-circle course promises a flat fun run experience with a downhill finish, sure to provide runners with a great fast finish. Race time starts at 8am. Children 8 years old and under can participate in a shorter “Fun Run” that begins at 8:30am. Awards will be given for top 3 finishers in each age category. Parking is free at designated lots throughout the town. On-street parking will not be available on race morning to accommodate runners.


All interested runners are encouraged to sign up at www.mainstreetmiddletown.org. Event sponsors include Zion Lutheran Church, Middletown Valley Bank, Candlelight Floral Designs, Sportsland, Hello Gorgeous Salon, The Garden Center, The Main Cup, Middletown Valley Family Medicine, Rockstar Fitness, Mountain Spirit Yoga, C. Basil Grossnickle Inc. Insurance, and FiND iT FREDERiCK Magazine.

Local Musician Paul Pfau Shares His Voice

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“Unreal.” That’s the word local musician Paul Pfau chose to describe his experience on NBC’s The Voice. Although Paul said his farewell on The Voice last night, it surely won’t be the last time you hear him sing. The Middletown native holds a prominent presence in the DC area music scene with an award-winning debut album “Happy To Be” on iTunes and Spotify. His soulful rendition of Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me To the Moon wow’ed judges on the hit TV show, but Pfau won’t stop at just the moon when he knows the sky holds no limits.

I remember meeting Paul a few years ago and I can still recall his passion for music radiating throughout the room. He is a man on a mission with the tools for success, from his stunning guitar skills to his elegantly simple, yet soulful, vocals. I was ecstatic to get the chance to talk with Paul and discuss all things music, The Voice, moonwalking, and his go-to pizza place.

What was that defining moment when you knew you wanted to pursue a future in music?

I can remember- I was riding in my dad’s car going to the grocery store when While My Guitar Softly Weeps by the Beetles came on the radio and it hit me- I want to do this! Back then I listened to all sorts of music. When I was that age [around 14 years old], I knew I needed outlets to express myself, and that outlet turned out to be music. I started experimenting with music in high school, but I was in college when I started writing songs and playing guitar. There were those days when career fairs came to campus and all of my friends were going, but I thought to myself- “I don’t want to do that. I want to make music.” I started going to local shows and open mics and I was able to gain a lot of support. People liked what I was playing and it was incredible. I graduated and started touring and playing at different colleges. And now here I am on The Voice! It’s been quite the journey!

You have been on tour across the country and also in the studio as you compiled your album “Happy To Be” in 2013.  Which do you prefer- studio sessions or live shows?

They are very different, but I love them both! They are similar because they allow you to go off of other people’s energy in both environments. When you’re live, you have fans coming in and they are excited. They bring a lot of energy. This pulls something out of you that you didn’t know you had. That’s what I love about music across the board.  Staying open in the moment. You never know where the inspiration is coming from. In the studio, you create a different energy on your own. There’s energy in the studio that is so different and allows you to get lost in just creating. There is no audience in front of you so you can always go back and work on things, too. There is that time delay from when you create a record in the studio to when you release it months later and then you just hope people dig what you’re doing. When you’re live, you can see how people react to you in the moment. I guess it’s just like with your children, you can’t pick a favorite. 

You have met some pretty big names during your music career including The Lumineers and the Beach Boys. What was that like?

I met the members of the Beach Boys in Virginia at a pre-show party. I met musicians Bruce Johnston and Mike Love [members of The Beach Boys] and asked them for their advice. They told me to stay in school and don’t do music in this crazy industry… But I guess I didn’t listen. A few years back, I had a four song EP out and I put together an east coast tour by myself. I did one show- Puck Live in Doylestown, Pennsylvania- and I was 1 of 3 acts. The Lumineers played then, and that was when their one song [Hey-Ho] was featured on TV. We went record shopping before the show. It just goes to show you that you never know what is going to happen- you just have to stay open to possibilities.

Your presence is growing on iTunes- What’s that like knowing that people are living their lives and having your music be a part of it day to day?

It’s wild. People tweet their pics with my album saying things like, “waking up with Paul’s music”. It’s so cool. It’s every artist’s dream to write music and have people simply enjoy it. Being the soundtrack to someone’s day or week… It’s just super humbling and extremely gratifying.

You were a contestant on “The Voice”. With a number of different shows out there for aspiring musicians, why did you choose to audition for “The Voice”?

Last May, I got a phone call from a California number. I didn’t recognize it so I let it go to voicemail. They left me a message and asked me to come out to LA for a private audition.  And then I made it into the blind auditions on that stage. Crazy! Honestly, I never thought I could make it out to this kind of show because I am a very simple singer. My range isn’t over the top, but that is what makes me, me.

You auditioned with  “Fly Me To The Moon” by music icon- Frank Sinatra. Do you find Sinatra to be a great inspiration for you? What music icons do you look up to when creating your own music?

I look up to Sinatra for the fact that [his music] is not about range. He sings and there are no bells or whistles. It’s focused on how he can convey the message of the sound. The classic tone of voice and motion of a song are important to me. I never want to do anything other than “me”.

I also look up to The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Maroon 5, Gavin Degraw, and Jason Mraz. Shooter Jennings is also an influence- he’s in Country music. My experience on the show has opened many windows and doors to different kinds of music. All contestants on the show are different and it’s great. Working on my next record, I want to focus on mixing genres and creating a sound that’s never been done…. Kind of like ambient folk. Think Bob Dylan mixed with Explosions in the Sky. It’s such a cool thing to grow as a musician- John Mayer once said something like, as you grow, you listen to different styles of music, so why can’t my own music grow too? Working with Pharrell was great because he’s genre-less and focuses on making music from the heart. Another thing is that some people try to plan too much. It’s when life is so planned out that people don’t open up for spontaneity. I am so pumped for the unknown. Enjoy not knowing what’s coming. I mean… that’s how this [The Voice] started! 

What did it feel like the minute you saw Blake Shelton and Pharrell, two huge names in music, turn their chairs and beg to be your vocal coach?

Well, first off, I never thought I’d be on that stage.  Once I got on the stage, I never thought anyone would turn around.  After both chairs turned around, I couldn’t believe it. Not in a depreciating way, I just never thought my voice was for this kind of show. I remember heading home after the auditions and just giggling on the airplane. I just couldn’t believe it! Now it has happened. Now people know about me. The first time I talked to Pharrell, he approached me when we were getting ready for the show and I heard him say, “Mr. Pfau”. I mean, just for them to know who I am and support me, there’s nothing more I could ask for.

Coming back towards home, what do you like most about playing in and around the DC and Maryland area?

There is so much talent in this area. The Voice band that plays the songs for the contestants in LA is actually made up of many people from Maryland and Virginia. The amount of talent that comes out of this area is crazy. The local music scene is supportive and all of that talent makes you want to be better everyday. In LA, Nashville, and New York, you can talk to musicians and many way say they originated from around the DC area. There must be something in the water.

You grew up and have family around the Middletown area. When you get a chance to come home, are there any local spots you like to visit when you come back to the area?

Every Friday is pizza night in the Pfau household and when I’m home we head to Il Forno’s. I grew up with two younger brothers and two older sisters, and so for our big family it was always so important to share this time together. That’s our spot. 

And finally, any exciting or unusual facts about yourself you think people would love to know about you?

Hm… You know, I have always wondered what I would say if someone asked me this question. Oh, I’m an awesome Moon Walker… like Michael Jackson!



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