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Jollof rice and dibi from Le-Mandingue African Restaurant.

There’s plenty of unusual food flying under the radar in Frederick if you know where to look. Take Maxwell’s Kitchen. The fast-casual option on East Patrick Street boasts burgers, brisket, and soft-serve ice cream — the latter in creative flavor combinations like orange-chocolate and vanilla-beet. Sure, beet ice cream might sound a little strange, but the option pairs the richness of vanilla with the juicy earthiness of the ruby red root.

Kinklings, or fasnachts, are another sweet staple of the Frederick area. The fried treats are traditionally served on Fat Tuesday, but you can find them year-round at the Jefferson Pastry Shoppe on Jefferson Pike. Expect square doughnuts sprinkled with powdered sugar or dunked in a sweet glaze. They’re proof that good things don’t always have to be served in moderation.

Stray outside the limits of downtown Frederick and you’ll also find out-of-the-box options for lunch and dinner. Le-Mandingue, a Liberian restaurant, offers takeout West African cuisine in a tiny space on West South Street (you can eat in, too, but it’s a bit of a squeeze).

In Market Square, across the street from Wegmans, there’s Wok In Wok Out — a new Asian fusion restaurant that packs plenty of flavor in another small setting. The casual spot offers customizable stir fries and fried rice bowls along with popular noodle dishes including pad Thai and drunken noodles. But the real draw is chef Josh Tjin’s “Big Wok” burger, a thick patty topped with fried egg and served on a deep-fried steam bun.

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Kate Masters is the features and food reporter for The Frederick News-Post. She can be reached at kmasters@newspost.com.

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