By Kate Oczypok - 11/18/09 12:39 AM EST
Volt is a great place to head for a weekend road trip. Historic Frederick is a beautiful, quaint little town with lots of fun shops reminiscent of Old Town Alexandria. The restaurant is housed in a 19th century brownstone and is decorated in quite a modern fashion, but still holds plenty of historic flair.
Volt has three dining options: the chef’s dining room, which includes a six-course tasting menu; the main dining room, which is an a la carte menu; and a 21-course tasting menu with seatings on Saturday at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. and Wednesday through Sunday at 7 p.m.
Serving traditional American food with fresh local ingredients, Volt’s best feature during the four-course meal my guests and I chose was its dinner rolls. The rosemary and olive roll was served hot with homemade butter. The bacon brioche rolls were absolutely delicious.
For the first course, the yellowfin tuna was tasty, the sesame lavash being the perfect touch. The market vegetable salad was good, although it was more of your typical salad. The farm beets and local heirloom tomatoes looked like they were a little more adventurous. For the second course, we chose the goat cheese ravioli and veal sweetbreads. Having never had sweetbreads before, I found them tasty, almost like a dumpling.
There are seven main courses to choose from, including rabbit, chicken and angus strip loin. I chose the lobster, which was served over “forbidden” black rice. It was simple and rich, and the rice was seasoned just enough to complement the lobster. My dining partners chose the Border Springs farm lamb, served with eggplant, lima beans and artichoke puree, and the Colorado striped bass served with saffron risotto. Both were pleased with their meals and upon tasting both, I could really tell that all ingredients were fresh.
Desserts were quite the treat at Volt. The chocolate peanut butter mousse was not too rich, as many peanut butter dishes tend to be, and the dulce de leche dish was great. My favorite though, was the banana split, presented whimsically and the perfect sweet end to such a savory meal.
Volt also gives a complimentary to-go food item at the end of the meal. Cross your fingers that you get the miniature ice cream sandwiches; the small gourmet cookies are to die for. The restaurant also gives out muffins in various flavors. We got the cranberry orange ones, a great breakfast item the next morning, especially buttered and warmed in the microwave.
Volt is located on North Market Street in Frederick, Md. For more information, visit voltrestaurant.com.