The premise of a greasy spoon is simple. Tasty food at a good price. Luckily, Frederick has plenty of options.
First among them is Watson’s Carry Out in Jefferson, home to some of the best fried chicken in the county. Don’t expect fancy ingredients or elaborate presentation, just a super-moist bird under a crackling, golden-brown crust. The lunch and dinner spot also offers subs, hot meals, and some delicious desserts, including a house-made peanut butter pie.
Up the road in Emmitsburg, there’s Chubby’s Barbeque, a roadside attraction that’s maintained a diner-esque allure. The menu varies wildly from velvety cream of crab soup to burnt ends — a staple of Kansas City barbecue — but almost everything is a sure bet. Favorites include tender baby back ribs and juicy barbecue chicken, along with a zesty starter of fried dill pickle chips.
You can also diversify your options in Frederick with visits to Cafe Bueno and Ana’s Restaurant, two under-the-radar spots with excellent Mexican and Salvadoran cuisine. At Cafe Bueno, go for the tacos or tortas (a type of grilled sandwich), washed down with a cool glass of cinnamon-y horchata. At Ana’s, you can’t miss the pupusas, steaming hot pockets of masa and melted cheese. The restaurant also offers an excellent sopa de res, a hearty beef stew fortified with corn, cabbage, carrots and jicama. It’s the perfect remedy for a cold or a rainy day.
If you’re craving diner food, there are a couple can’t-miss options in Frederick and Woodsboro. The first is Nannie’s Diner, a spot off US-15 with excellent burgers, breakfast, and homemade pie. In Woodsboro, there’s the Olde Towne Restaurant, a family-run diner with golden pancakes and a heavily patriotic motif. Locals swear by the omelettes and home fries.