Best Frederick Restaurants with Outdoor Seating for Summer

Pistarro's Patio

Looking for a place to eat in Frederick where you can enjoy the beautiful weather? We’ve created a list of the best restaurants with outdoor seating in the area. Enjoy a quick meal at Black Hog or splurge at The Wine Kitchen. Either way, you’ll soak up the sun while doing it.

10 Best Frederick Restaurants with Outdoor Seating for Summer

1. Pistarro’s Restaurant and Pizzaria

Walk along East Street and you’ll come across Pistarro’s, where pizza is their passion. They’re perfect for big groups and families with kids.

2. The Wine Kitchen

On Carroll Creek right in Downtown Frederick, this restaurant offers classic American bistro food with wine and craft cocktails to pair.

3. Ayse Meze Lounge

Also located Downtown Frederick, Ayse Meze Lounge has diverse Mediterranean dishes that can be enjoyed on their outdoor patio with weekend music and friends.

4. Brewer’s Alley

In the heart of Downtown Frederick, Brewer’s Alley has a unique and historic feel after being restored from an old opera house. They offer classic upscale pub food and handcrafted beers.

5. La Paz

This Mexican restaurant in Downtown Frederick offers creekside dining on a dog-friendly patio. With classic Mexican cuisine and legendary margaritas it’s perfect for anyone looking for a festive meal.

6. Isabella’s Taverna and Tapas Bar

If you’re looking for genuine Spanish cuisine, your search can stop here. Isabella’s offers a variety of unique dishes and handcrafted cocktails.

7. Black Hog

With multiple locations in the Frederick area, one in Downtown Frederick. The Black Hog has classic American BBQ, with ribs, wings and sides.

8. Monocacy Crossing

Located a little off the beaten path, five miles south of Downtown Frederick is Monocacy Crossing. Here they offer contemporary American food in a relaxed outside patio environment. An experience best paired with a wine off their extensive list, you won’t regret spending an evening sipping and tasting at this location.

9. Mangia e Bevi

This restaurant has classic home cooked Italian meals perfect for family and friends. The outdoor area creates a warm, welcoming Italian ambiance.

10. Manalù

Authentic Italian food is Manalù’s main goal and it is achieved through brick oven pizzas and homestyle recipes straight from Italy. Offering a warm family environment that extends to a casual outdoor patio, it’s a great place to enjoy a meal on a warm spring evening.

Everything You Need to Know About the Unity Campaign

Five years ago, Joe Gatewood was approached by a local pastor who asked if he would take over raising money for what was then called the Frederick 48. It involved raising money for local non-profits. While the mission was inspiring, it wasn’t enough to get Joe to commit just yet. At least, that was until Joe and Troyce decided to take a nighttime walk in Baker Park.

As they walked, the couple passed by several homeless men sleeping but it wasn’t until they saw a homeless woman dressed in business clothes that it hit him. There she was, sitting under a tree with her suitcase and belongings, instantly relatable. Homelessness could happen to anyone. It was at that moment Joe knew he had to do something.

What is the Unity Campaign?

Over the past five years, the Unity Campaign has raised upwards of $2 million for local nonprofits with Joe’s help. Sure, the name has changed, and it was turned over to United Way for management purposes, but the mission has stayed the same: to raise money to help the non-profits that strengthen our community.

Recently Joe was asked to come back as chairman. His primary role is to help raise money for the incentive funds. Here’s how it works.

  1. Money is raised throughout the year for incentive funds. This bucket of money helps every dollar expand and essentially become more than a dollar, which has an even bigger impact on the community. This year, Troyce Gatewood & Partners are raising $100,000 in Incentive Funds for the 32 non-profits participating in this year’s campaign.
  2. The Unity Campaign launches in September, which means for one week our non-profits are encouraged to ask for donations through the Unity Campaign website. 100% of donations are given to the charity that the donor chooses.
  3. Incentive funds are divvied up based on the percentage of donations received for each non-profit. The funds start at zero each year.

Make a Donation

Did you know that over 1 in 3 households can’t afford basic human needs?  Frederick County non-profits work hard to solve our largest issues. Issues of providing food, shelter, clothing, healthcare and support for at-risk children.

We are committed to making an impact of our own.  We want to ultimately impact positive growth and change in our community and extend our help to those with the greatest need.  And that’s our plan.

If you would like to join us in making a difference, donating is easy. Click here to make a donation or text TGPGIVES to 71777.

We are Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

Mark Your Calendars: 13 Must-See Summer Events in Frederick

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There’s never a shortage of fun and interesting things to do in Frederick. Summer brings a special magic, with additional events and activities that make us all happy to live here. From baseball games to live music, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Here’s a list of what’s in store this summer for guests of Frederick and those lucky enough to live here.

  1. Frederick Keys Game
    Home to a well-loved minor league baseball team, The Keys, Frederick residents and visitors alike swarm to the stands to cheer them on as they compete with other regional teams.
  2. Summer Concert Series
    Bringing families and friends together to listen to live music every Sunday evening in Baker Park from June through August.
  3. Frederick Jazz Festival
    Now in its third year, The Frederick Jazz Festival takes place in Carroll Creek Linear Park from 1:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 29. In addition to the fabulous musical entertainment, several local food trucks, Rockwell Brewery, Knob Hall Winery, wine, and local crafts vendors will be on site. Performers include Scott Ambush, Kenny Wesley, Aggie Brown III, Tashera, the Todd Marcus Quartet, and several other talented solo and group acts.
  4. Whiskey History: A Spirited Summer Series
    Presented by the Tenth Ward Distilling Company of Frederick, the Frederick County Public Libraries, and Frederick Heritage, this three-part educational series is available to those over the age of 21. Dates are June 10, July 12, and August 14 — each date falls on a Wednesday. The lectures begin at 7 p.m. and cover, consecutively, bourbon, rye, and applejack. Each lecture is followed by a tasting.
  5. Summerfest Family Theatre
    Designed to enchant little hearts by introducing them to the magic of the performing arts, Summerfest Family Theatre happens every Thursday in Baker Park from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. However, the 4th of July falls on a Thursday this year, and there will be no show on that day. Highlights of this 16-year-old tradition include puppeteers, clowns, and magicians — some who’ve obtained national recognition, such as Milkshake and Laurie Berkner.
  6. Frederick Food Truck Festival
    Get a taste of Frederick food trucks at the county fairgrounds on June 29 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Frederick Food Truck Festival is in its first year, but it’s sure to become a longstanding community favorite. You’ll find fabulous food created by local culinary wizards, music, and local arts-and-crafts vendors.
  7. Frederick 4th
    Brought to you by Celebrate Frederick, the community’s 4th of July celebration begins at noon in Baker Park and end with a vibrant firework display at dusk. You’ll find family-friendly activities such as rides, a volleyball tournament, dunk tank, food and beverages, and two entertainment stages featuring live regional and national musical acts. Beer and wine are available for the 21 and over crowd.
  8. Mama Mia!
    This international stage sensation will delight Frederick residents and visitors from June 14 through August 24. Live performances happen every Friday and Saturday evening, with the doors opening at 6 p.m. for dinner, while the theatrics are slated to start at 8 p.m. Matinees performances are on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month, with lunch starting at 12:30 p.m. and the curtains open at 2 p.m.
  9. Frederick Jams
    New Spires Stages hosts Frederick Jams on June 22 and July 27. This is an all-ages music event in an environment specifically created for showcasing local, regional, and national music acts in a large capacity venue.
  10. Alive @ Five on Carroll Creek
    Live music, cold beer, and wine are waiting for the over-21 crowd at Carroll Creek Amphitheater every Thursday evening from June 20 through October 3 except for the 4th of July. The fun starts at 5 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for Downtown Frederick Partnership.
  11. Key City Steampunk Festival
    Steampunk aficionados will enjoy three days of themed fun and games at the Key City Steampunk Festival. The event is held at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center and happens on August 16-18. The theme for this year’s festival is “The Many Worlds of Jules Verne.”
  12. Comedy Under the Stars
    Sky Stage presents improv and standup comedy every fourth Friday beginning on June 28 and running through Oct. 24. Seating is limited, and although Comedy Under the Stars is open to those of all ages, parents are asked to be mindful of possible PG-13 content in some of the performances.
  13. Dog Days on East Street
    Because it wouldn’t be fair to leave furry friends out of Frederick fun, Dog Days on Easy Street happens on August 3 from noon until 4 p.m. The festivities include a dog-owner lookalike contest and a talent contest where canines can show their stuff. A cooling-off station is provided, and free dog treats will be available, so please feel free to stop by Everedy Square and Shab Row with your pooch.

The above listings are just a brief sampling of available activities offering summer fun in Frederick — this community truly has something for every taste and lifestyle. Did we miss anything? Add it in the comments section below!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you’d like more information about enjoying life in beautiful Frederick!

Join the Frederick Random Acts of Kindness Facebook Group


If you ask what makes Frederick a great place to live, most will respond that it’s the people. But what makes the people so special?

Frederick is filled with amazing artists, musicians, and small business owners. We have festivals that bring families together, dozens of places for beer or wine lovers to connect, and an exciting nightlife scene for those night owls. This isn’t it, though.

Frederick is a great place to live because the people are friendly, giving, and kind. We help other people whether it’s volunteering at the soup kitchen or a selfless act for a stranger.

That’s why we created the Frederick Random Acts of Kindness Facebook Group.

About the Group

Our Facebook Group is a place for all of us to share our Random Acts of Kindness stories. Our goal is to encourage others to be the best version of themselves by spreading love and positivity. Too cheesy? How about: We want to share the stories that make Frederick a great community.

  • Did you do something nice for a stranger? Inspire us all by sharing your story! It will help everyone generate ideas for how they, too, can give back to the community.
  • Did someone do something nice for you? That’s even better. Tell us about the person who paid for your coffee or meal. The person who held the door for you when you had your hands full. That time when everyone helped search for your purse because you couldn’t remember which bar you left it. (Not that this has happened…)
  • Did someone you know give or receive a random act of kindness? We’d love to hear that story, too!

You never know what someone else is going through. That’s why it’s so important to treat everyone with respect. Be patient and be kind.

Frederick is one of the best places to live. Why would an out-of-towner want to move to Frederick? Join the Facebook Group, read the stories, and there’s your answer.

We Tried Over 60 Burgers in Frederick. These are our Top 5.

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You might be surprised to know that Troyce and Joe are slightly obsessed with finding a perfectly crafted burger. In fact, they’ve driven 60 miles to try a new place and return to Frederick that same day! Their enthusiasm has rubbed off on the team. This led to taste tests, excursions, a few fist fights (kidding), and ultimately a vote on who has the best burger in Frederick. Have you tried these bangin’ burgers?

Our Top 5 Picks for Best Burgers in Frederick

There’s a lot that goes into finding the right burger besides the patty. Toppings that range from your standard American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion, to creative combinations like sharp cheddar, BBQ sauce, and crispy onion rings that offer a taste variety for the burger connoisseur.

In no particular order, here are our favorite burgers in Frederick. You know, the ones that makes you say, “My goodness, it’s good to be alive!”

  1. Chili Burger, Wags: It’s easy to miss this restaurant on Market Street due to its underground location but don’t be fooled. Wags has some great food. This burger is topped with homemade chili—which is delicious on its own, but we’re here for the burgers. Our recommendation? Add cheese and savor every bite.
  2. Double Stack, White Rabbit: When one patty isn’t enough. Enjoy this burger with your typical toppings (American cheese, LTM, and pickles) or get it animal style. What does that mean? Loaded with caramelized onions + their take on 1000-Island dressing. (Side note: they have really good homemade sauces.) You’ll be devouring it like, well, an animal.
  3. Maryland Burger, The Main Cup: If you’ve ever stared at a menu and wondered if you should choose crab or a burger, this is your ideal dish! The Maryland Burger at Main Cup is topped with crab imperial made in-house. It’s a bonus for your taste buds when some of that crab falls into your fries.
  4. The Dude Burger, Surf House: The burgers at Surf House are a 1/2 lb blend of brisket, short rib, and chuck, making the patty quite tasty on its own. Add the traditional toppings and both provolone AND American cheese…you have a smash hit!
  5. Irish Bacon Cheese Burger, Bushwallers: You know that happy tingly feeling in your stomach when you first make eye contact with your crush? That’s also the feeling when you get when you stare at the Irish Bacon Cheese Burger. Toppings include Kerrygold cheddar cheese, Irish bacon (basically Dublin the size of regular bacon), pickled onions, lettuce, tomato, and 1,000 Island dressing. Eat slowly and enjoy with a pint!

Make sure you vote for your favorite by commenting on our Facebook post! If you have another place to add to the mix, we’d love to hear it.

Coming in June!  Our Platinum Club Members will be given the opportunity to try our team’s favorite burger joints on us.  We can’t wait to hear who they select as Frederick’s top pick.

We know Frederick and we love it here. If you’re looking to buy or sell your home, reach out to us!

6 Reasons to Live in Frederick

It’s no secret that we love Frederick. The food, the community, the creek…there are many reasons to live here. If you’re new to the area and considering relocating to Frederick, here are six reasons why Frederick deserves more than a second look.

1. Different Neighborhoods to Choose

Depending on your ideal living situation, there’s a community in Frederick that’s right for you!

The City of Frederick, which encompasses the downtown area, features classic row houses, attached homes, and apartment buildings. With the majority of the residences built before the year 1939, this extremely walkable neighborhood is loaded with vintage charm.

The Hood College/Rosemont area is a popular choice for students of Hood College and people seeking an urban lifestyle experience. It’s located near Baker Park and Culler Lake, where the city puts on an extravagant Independence Day celebration each year.

As you expand to outside of the City of Frederick, other areas in Frederick include Clover Hill, which is an upscale suburban neighborhood that features larger-than-average homes. Braddock Heights, which has mostly medium-sized homes, and Urbana, a neighborhood mostly comprised of homes built after the year 2,000, many of them in traditional row home style.

2. Best Schools in the Country

With a graduation rate of over 95 percent, the Frederick County Public School district has earned consistent rankings as one of the best in the country. Area employers report that over 99 percent of high school graduates are job ready, and the senior class of 2016 generated more than $44 million dollars in college scholarship offers. Frederick also has its own community college and a small Liberal Arts college called Hood College.

3. Rich History & Heritage

With roots reaching back to 1742 when it was founded by German settlers, Frederick enjoys a rich heritage that shines in its 40-block historic district. One of the remaining remnants of the original settlers is the Evangelical Lutheran Church, which was built in 1752, and construction of other churches soon followed suit. One of Frederick’s defining characteristics is the skyline produced by the spires of the historic churches in its downtown area — this is even portrayed on their official city seal.

Frederick’s placement on the Mason Dixon Line resulted in it becoming a significant hospital center during that war, and Civil War buffs now come from all over the world to visit the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Frederick’s 40-block historic downtown features over 200 shops, restaurants, coffee shops, museums, art galleries, and other businesses.

American author and poet Francis Scott Key was born and raised in Frederick. You can visit the final resting place of the creator of The Star Spangled Banner at Mount Olivet Cemetery, and if you’re a minor league baseball fan, you can catch a Frederick Keys game at Harry Stone Stadium.

4. Creativity, Culture, & Craft Beer

Frederick also enjoys a well-developed arts scene, with three community theaters, a symphony orchestra that showcases classical masterpieces, a classical ballet school, numerous art galleries, an annual film festival, and an abundance of creative and striking public art. Frederick is designated as an Arts and Entertainment District by the state of Maryland, which basically means that the city enjoys a high concentration of culture and the arts.

Frederick also boasts many fine restaurants, a wine trail covering 90 acres of gently rolling hills and scenic vistas, and some excellent craft beer establishments. The First Saturday in Downtown Frederick is a great way to experience downtown area, with activities planned around specific themes. This event is so popular that it draws guests from neighboring towns and cities.

5. Business-Friendly Climate

While many residents of Frederick enjoy an easy commute to jobs in Baltimore or Washington, D.C., over 34 percent of the city’s workforce is employed in Frederick, and the unemployment rate is lower than the national average. Major employers include the Fort Detrick Campus, Frederick County Board of Education, Frederick Memorial Health Care System, Leidos Biomedical Research, AstraZeneca, and Frederick County Government. Here’s a complete list of the Top 20 Frederick employers.

Frederick also offers a competitive tax structure and business-friendly environment that makes it a great choice for those seeking to start their own enterprises.

6. Changing Seasons

If you’re from Maryland, you know that our state offers four distinct seasons, with the average summer highs in the 90s while winters are cool and crisp with snow. Fall foliage color is spectacular throughout the state, and spring brings explosions of flowers and fresh green leaves in all parts of the state. One of the most stunning spring sights exists in nearby Adamstown when the water lilies in Lilypons Water Gardens begin blooming by the thousands in the middle of May.

No matter what your household size or desired lifestyle and cultural amenities, Frederick has something for you! Ready to find your home in Frederick? Complete this form or give us a call.

Best Real Estate Agent of the Year – Troyce Gatewood!

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We’re excited to announce that Troyce Gatewood has been named Best Real Estate Agent by readers of the Frederick News Post in the 2018 Best of the Best competition! In response to the news, Troyce expressed her amazement, “I am shocked, honored and thrilled to be named the Best Real Estate Agent in Frederick County! There are so many great agents here and to be singled out this way is very humbling.”

“I attribute this victory to those around me who make selling real estate such a wonderful business. I want to thank all my clients for placing their trust and confidence in me and to those who took the time to vote for me. I am overjoyed.”

Thank you so much for taking the time to vote for Troyce. This award means a lot to us because it comes from you. Congratulations to all the winners!

About the Best of the Best Awards

The Best of the Best Awards recognize the small businesses and individuals who are the heartbeat of Frederick. The readers of the Frederick News-Post determine the winners in more than 200 categories. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!

Maryland Homes For Sale: Current Listings, September

Urbana Home for Sale

Maryland Homes for Sale by Troyce Gatewood: September, 2018

3674 Byron Ct., Frederick, Maryland

Urbana Home for SaleThis beautiful, brick-front colonial home is located within walking distance to Urbana High and all the stores, dining, and other conveniences Urbana has to offer. You’ll love that it backs to trees and sits quietly on a cul-de-sac location with mature landscaping and a 2-car garage. Outback, a beautiful deck looks over the wooded lot with plenty of outdoor yard space to enjoy as well.

The spacious 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home boasts newly finished hardwood floors, fresh paint, new carpet, and new granite. It’s roomy and bright with plenty of natural light. The home received a new dishwasher in 2016, and an upstairs AC unit in 2015!

Basement with walkout, as well as a bar and projection/media space that is perfect for entertaining!

Interested in seeing it for yourself? Take a peek at the property photos and info here: Byron Ct. Home Listing



124 Copper Oaks Ct, Woodsboro, Maryland

Woodsboro Home for Sale

When you first drive up to this house be prepared to fall in love with the wrap around front porch and the cul-de-sac location. Once inside, you’ll notice the light and bright foyer sharing space with the formal living and dining room. There’s plenty of room for meal prep in this large kitchen with breakfast bar. The kitchen shares space with the family room featuring patio doors leading to the rear yard. There is plenty of space to play in the back yard but if you want a little more, you’ll have easy access to Woodsboro Park baseball diamond, tennis and basketball courts steps from your back fence. This 4 bedroom, 2 bath colonial features new paint, new carpet, new fence and new roof. AC replaced 2014, windows and garage doors replaced in 2015. Basement has dry walls and electric installed but needs your decision for paint and flooring! Perfect place to call home.

4302 Rolling Acres Ct., Mt. Airy, Maryland: UNDER CONTRACT!

Mt. Airy Home for SalePrepare to fall in love with this move in ready brick split level home located on 1.03 acres in Urbana High School district.

With 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, this light & bright home features newly finished handscraped hardwood floors in the kitchen, dining room, main living area and bedrooms. You’ll also find updated light fixtures, updated bathrooms and new paint throughout.

The finished and roomy lower level features a woodstove in a second family room where you can enjoy relaxing.

Outside you’ll encounter a spacious yard with a fire pit for warming up your fall evenings and entertaining friends and family.

Huge carport & plenty of storage.

10417 Sweepstakes Rd., Damascus, Maryland: UNDER CONTRACT

Damascus Home for SaleThis lovely Colonial is located in the highly sought after Damascus High School district. It is also within walking distance to 2 parks where you can enjoy tons of greenspace and recreational activities!

Prepare to be impressed by this well cared for, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home backing to a fully fenced, private backyard.

Once inside you’ll notice the hardwood floors and property updates which include an open concept kitchen with granite counters, updated bathrooms, a 2016 heat/ac pump replacement, a 2010 water heater installation, and a 2018 dishwasher addition.

Click here to get more info and see all of the amazing property photos.


4001 Bowling Green Ln., Frederick, Maryland

Villages of Urbana Home for Sale

This expansive, western facing, luxury home is a Tolstoy Model with over 6,000 sq.ft. of finished living space with additional 957 unfinished in the walkout basement.

It features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, including a gorgeous master suite with a sitting room and tray ceiling. The master bath provides a luxury soaking tub.

The 2-story great room has a floor to ceiling stone fireplace, that shares views of the secluded deck and patio. You’ll love the beautiful hardwood floors in the living room, dining room, music room, and great room.

Enjoy the amenities of the Villages as well as the top-rated Urbana schools.

Learn more and take a peek at the property photos by clicking here.


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You’re Invited to a Free Happy Hour!

Join Troyce Gatewood & Partners on July 17th, from 6:15 to 8pm at Jojo’s Taphouse in Frederick.

This event, geared at buyers, sellers, and investors is your chance to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of one of Frederick’s favorite dining locations while also learning how one of Frederick’s top selling Realtors sells homes in just 13 days. With Troyce’s expert tips, you can finally understand the Frederick real estate market and how to win when it comes to buying and selling homes.

No gimmicks, no short cuts, just the real deal on how to enjoy a financially profitable, honest, and safe buy or sale of a home.

No matter what stage of the buying or selling process you’re in, this event is for you!

We’re providing drinks and light fare for anyone who attends the event and all attendees will also receive a $20 giftcard to Jojo’s!

To get a ticket, RSVP to our event on Facebook and we will direct message it to you.

Don’t have Facebook? Shoot us an email at [email protected], and we will send it right over to you.

We can’t wait to see you next week!

Nominated Best Realtor in Frederick, Maryland 2018

We are super excited to announce that Troyce Gatewood & Partners has been nominated as one of the best real estate agents in Frederick by readers of the Frederick News Post in the 2018 Best of the Best competition.

We are so thankful that so many of you took the time to nominate us for this great honor.

We are among great company in the competition and realize that there are several wonderful Realtors in our area, but we hope that our attention to detail, our dedication to helping to make the buying and selling process seamless, and our commitment to the Frederick community shine through and help us to earn your vote.

The first round of voting is only open until July 6th and we hope you will help us make the top 5 so that we can move on to the next round. It only takes 30 seconds to click vote for us and enter your ballot and you can easily do so by clicking here: Vote4Troyce

We’d also love to take a moment to share some of the local businesses and people who make Frederick the best for us with hopes that you might cast your vote for them too.

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Thank you again for this great honor. We hope we get the chance to work with you this year.