If you live in Frederick or have talked to anyone from Frederick, you’ve probably heard of Dutch’s Daughter. This is my all-time favorite restaurant in Frederick, hands down! A winner in nearly every category of restaurant rating in Frederick (and sometimes DC), everything about Dutch’s Daughter is done right.
I haven’t been for dinner in years, but their brunch buffet is something not many places can compete with. Buffets are not typically my cup of tea, but this is a much more upscale restaurant than the everyday buffet so please don’t let that scare you away. Erin and I went about two weeks ago for brunch with my parents and, as always, it was delicious. When we pulled into the parking lot, we were greeted by a kilted man playing the bagpipes; I’d never seen this before and it was awesome (I really wanted to take a picture with him but he was gone when we left… darn it!). The inside of the restaurant is very grand and reminds me of an old country home – lots of natural wood, large rooms, fireplaces in every room, and tables set with china. The staff is very nice and always seats parties within a couple of minutes.
Brunch is served on the top floor of the restaurant; as soon as you start walking up the stairs (there’s an elevator available as well) you can smell all the delicious food that’s waiting! When seated, the server comes over and explains the items on the buffet, offers tea, coffee or soda (included in the price) and also offers a mimosa or bloody mary which are complimentary. I know what you’re thinking, complimentary drinks are never as good as drinks you buy. That’s not the case here – the bloody mary was in a nice sized glass and tasted great (and it had a good kick to it!), and the mimosa was served in a big wine glass and you could taste the champagne.
Typically, the buffet has similar items every weekend – French toast, scrambled eggs, crab and cheese omlette, bacon, chipped beef gravy, blackened salmon, Dutch’s chicken, prime rib along with a soup and salad bar that has cream of crab soup, Maryland crab soup and hot crab dip that are to die for (I could literally make a meal just off the soup and salad bar). After brunch, chocolate covered strawberries, homemade cream puffs, and endless homemade pies await you. Really, you need to save room for the dessert and make sure you taste a little of everything!
Overall, Dutch’s Daughter is a great place to have brunch and is always such a treat. It’s always good to make a reservation here because it’s one of the nicer places in Frederick and there’s always a wait. If you’re in the Frederick area or want to take a nice drive from the DC suburbs on a Sunday morning or early afternoon, this place will surely not disappoint.