Firestone is a well known name in Downtown Frederick. There is the famous and classy Firestone’s Culinary Tavern where you can indulge in some pretty delicious food. Some of my Firestone favorites include the Grilled Flank Steak Salad (with seasonal berries, nuts and GOAT CHEESE), Seared Scallops, Crab Dip and Truffle Fries! (previous visits here, here and here)
A few doors down, is the location of newly placed Firestone’s Market on Market that carries amazing specialty foods, local wines, fresh breads and lunch bites. I love grabbing a quick lunch to go at the market (pastrami sandwich!) and eating it on Carroll Creek! They also have a great selection of gifts for your favorite foodie or host(ess).
In between the two Firestone staples you will find the brand spanking new Firestone’s Raw Bar. The new spot is a raw bar (duh) specializing in fresh oysters, charcuterie and other delicious items such as pates and ceviches.
Firestone’s Raw Bar had an event a few weeks back, but unfortunately I was out of the county. Lucky for me I was able to meet with Co-owner Kathy for lunch to taste some menu items and see the new restaurant in all its glory.
I took Kathy’s recommendation and went with the Rockfish Ceviche with Avocado Mousse, Artichokes & Sesame Tortilla and the Duck Terrine de Foie Gras with Celeriac Slaw, Black Truffle and Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette. I am a huge ceviche fan and this rockfish ceviche did not disappoint- fresh & flavorful. Even the avocado mousse and tortilla chips were delicious!
I had never tried Foie Gras before and have only had duck a time or two in my life. Not going to lie I was a bit worried about trying this dish. But I put my faith in Kathy and I am so glad I did. If you end up going to Raw Bar you HAVE to try the duck terrine! The foie gras melted in my mouth and the duck was delightfully savory. I saw so many items on the menu I was dying to try (and cocktails) so I decided to return with my girlfriend, Sara for happy hour the following week.
Firestone’s Raw Bar is on the smaller side and shares a kitchen with Firestone’s Culinary Tavern next door. Many of its menu items either need to be fresh behind the counter or easily prepared and taken into the restaurant. It is the place you go for Happy Hour (as mentioned before) lunch or pre-dinner bites. Many meals are perfect for sharing- which is exactly what Sara and I did on my second visit. We ordered some drinks which were on HH special (I a pino noir and Sara a Aperol Spritz- which was delicious and reminded me of our time in Venice, Italia)
We ordered the Chef’s Board to share which is a mix of Charcuterie (Sopressata, prosciutto, etc), Artisan Cheeses, Pickles, Nuts and Crostini. Chef Andrew (who is also the Chef for Firestone’s Culinary Tavern) was present and it was pretty awesome seeing him prepare our plates right in front of us!
I am a HUGE fan of oysters. Some people hate them- I used to be that person when I was younger as it is hard to get past the texture thing. But man oh man do I love them now. Raw bar even has them on special EVERY DAY for happy hour for $1! I had to order some. They were delicious as expected and I loved that the restaurant served them with mignonette- even better than lemon juice!
Now it was time for another drink- the ‘Red’ cocktail looked intriguing- Cranberry infused whiskey. It was strong but oh so good!
We decided to also order the cold smoked kielbasa served with a house kraut, relish and brown sugar mustard. I never had eaten cold kielbasa previously but was surprised it is just as good cold as it is hot!
I cannot wait for another visit and to try some other items on the menu (like the Ahi Tuna Crudo!)
Have you visited Firestone’s Raw Bar yet? Get to it!
** this post was done in collaboration with Firestone’s Raw Bar. As always all opinions are my own.