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  1. What this place lacks in ambiance, it makes up for in bountiful, fresh and flavorful food (at a very reasonable price!) I’m an adventerous omnivore who walks past this cafe every day on my way to work---and boy is it tempting to stop in everyday! Sweet Sin Cafe has a menu that will satisfy anyone who has food allergies, vegans and vegetarians and hard core carnivores. My personal favorite is the cream of mushroom soup that’s got a bit of a coconut-curry flare to it. They serve breakfast, lunch ,and dinner and their specialty is gluten-free desserts. I know cupcakes are all the rage right now, but these cupcakes re-define cupcakes. I had an assortment of their cupcakes at my wedding and everyone loved them! My personal favorite is the Cherry Almond, but since it’s one of their special seasonal flavors it’s not always available. The Cookies n’ Cream, Carrot Cake, Caramel Apple and Chocolate Cheesecake cupcakes are all part of their regular line up that I highly recommend. Their portions are huge! Two people could split a cupcake. I love that I work a few blocks away from an independently owned restaurant where I can get a filling, nutritious lunch for about $3-4! When my husband and I go together, we’ll often split one of their platters--and we also love the tacos. It’s kind of an eclectic menu with mouth-watering channa masala, gf pizza and tacos among their many offerings--but they pull it off really well. It’s a good spot for people who appreciate honest-to- goodness GOOD food without any pretentious frills. The only thing I’d change about this place is the space. I wish the seats and tables were nicer and I wish it was easier to bring big groups to join me in this delicious food. There’s a coffee shop at the other end of the block (Charmington’s) that serves bad coffee and disappointing food--but they have a beautiful, comfy space and free wi-fi. I wish I could boot them down the block and promote Sweet Sin to their beautiful corner shop. Until I have that power, I’ll just keep stopping by on my way to or from work and support them one cupcake and a bowl of soup at a time.
  2. Scottish Highland Creamery located in Oxford Maryland (314 Tilghman Street, Oxford, MD 21654) on the Eastern shore has quite possibly the BEST ice cream I have ever had. Run by Husband and Wife, Victor (a legit Scott) and Susan Barlow. It has been several years since I have been back, but from what I hear it has not diminished in quality. They also make really good fudge. If you are ever in St. Michaels, you can take the ferry, which is also fun. If you haven't been to Oxford, it is a charming town, nice for spring or fall day, or a quiet weekend.
  3. Seafood and gluten-free options/easy accommodations? Can be high-end.
  4. After the holidays, I've committed to a strict gluten-free (wheat gluten) diet for at least a month. I don't want to avoid eating out during that time, so I have been gathering information on menus and ingredients. I think most Asian food is out, because of the wheat in most soy sauces used in cooking. I'd love to know about any exceptions. I'd love to hear from folks in the industry on this: What, if any, menu items are truly wheat-free in your restaurant (I'll bet a large number are)? What is your experience in serving patrons with this particular dietary requirement? What should I, as a patron in your restaurant, say or do before and during my meal? Thanks in advance!
  5. For me, the trifecta is interesting food, good service and fair pricing. Add in some scenery for bonus points. The Orchard in the middle of downtown Frederick hit the trifecta and then some. The Orchard is Vegetarian and Vegan friendly while offering a pretty wide selection of fish, shrip and chicken dishes. What's neat is that they aren't really tied to a particular food genre like Italian, rather they build their menu generally around fresh vegetables, then around the preparation type. So for instance, you have a few main groups, including Entrees, Salads, Stir-Fries, Sandwiches and Pita Melts. Within the Stir-Fry group you have Indonesian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, etc. The onion ring appetizer was nicely done with thin rings and light batter. It suffered from being not enough for my hungry group of 5. The Monkfish over quinoa special had some spiciness to it and was excellent. We tried 2 Stir-Frys: The Polynesian was blessedly NOT that jarringly sweet; it allowed the vegies to shine through. The Indonesian was very good, maybe I could have added some more of the lime to my taste. My daughter got a chicken dish over brown rice that was also excellent. In all the dishes, the veggies were cooked but not to death. There are times when I understand that lightly cooked vegetables are the ideal; ones with snap. Other times, like here, I like a balance - our brains evolved in part so (and because) we can cook things - and The Orchard does. Service was spot-on, as good as I would expect at the very best restaurants. Nothing missed and an enhancement to the experience. The prices were very nice. We had an 1 app, 2 wines, 3 sodas, 4 meals, 1 soup, 1 salad, 1 kids meal - all for $20 a head pre-tip. Given the level of service and overall food quality, this was a very nice surprise. As for scenery, the inside of the place is just sort of average. The entrance is right in the middle of downdown, across from the tasting room and near Volt. On a late afternoon like we had Saturday, it makes for a really nice walk and downtown experience. The Orchard has been around for 25 years (how did I miss this place until now?!?!) and it shows. They really know their stuff and I look forward to returning.
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