Thurmont Kountry Kitchen

17 Water St
Thurmont, 21788
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Was passing through the area on business recently and found this place on Yelp so stopped in. It's on a side street just off of the town center with street parking, a small lot and a municipal lot across the street. I parked right out front. When I walked in (9am ish on a Wednesday) there were 3 tables occupied. I sat at a high top to the side. There was one woman working the front and it appeared that there were a few people out back. Each place setting had the metal utensils in a small sanitary paper bag. Odd. Service was efficient, coffee was decent and refilled. I got 2 eggs over medium, bacon, homefries and wheat toast. Eggs were cooked perfectly and bacon was thick and crisp. Home fries were big chunks of potatoes that were deep fried. They were tasty. Near the front counter was a salad bar and buffet station stuck in the corner for use later in the day. That was odd as were the crocheted ice pop holders for sale on the counter. All in all a solid breakfast to which I would return.
More like a 3.5. Simple country restaurant with tasty food. Pros 1. Awesome scrapple. Perfect flavor and crisp on the outside and smooth and moist on the inside. 2. Homemade bread. Cons 1. Egg and bacon portion is a bit on the small side. 2. 1 waitress for a packed back room. She was nice though and was working as fast as she could.
The broasted chicken is all that and then some, crisp, dark and awesome. From what I read in the reviews, that's what most people rave about and they are correct. So what exactly is broasted and does it actually involve bros? The answer is broasting is the method essentially combines pressure cooking with deep frying chicken that has been marinated and breaded. It involves specialty trademarked equipment only sold within the industry. It's apparently super popular in the Middle East, who know they were crazy for fried chicken. I plan to fly out there and introduce waffles too and pretend like it was my original idea. I'm not gonna lie, this was darn good fried chicken. For $9.95, I basically got a whole chicken (4 pieces) on my plate. It also comes with potato wedges, which are realistically potato halves, or accurately just a whole potato nearly, cause they are huge and kinda hard to eat, because they are cut too wide they don't get fully crispy or cooked through. Just mushy potatoes, which I saved for the dog. You're also given your choice of two sides as well or a trip to the salad bar. Seeing what people brought back from the salad bar, I would actually opt for the salad bar that was fully loaded. I ended up getting crescent apples (which is basically dessert) and amish cucumber salad. We also got the crab pretzel (skip it, it's just a lot of cheese on a pretzel bun with some crab served with tartar sauce) and bacon cheese waffle fries (don't skip that). As the name describes it is very much a country kitchen. A great stop before or after a hiking trip to the Catoctin Mountains.Filled with locals. While our lunch was ok, I think it's a better idea to stop in here for breakfast based on the menu and the dishes we were seeing around us.

(301) 271-4071

American (Traditional), Breakfast & Brunch

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Dunkin’ Donuts

130 Frederick Rd
Thurmont, 21788
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Open early. Very convenient. Lastly, very friendly employees. I came in at 5:30 am for some early morning commuting coffee and the employees were already awake and alive. When it's early and you haven't had your coffee yet, you usually do not want to start your day with bad customer's service. At this place that will definitely not be the case for anyone. Country side dunkin donuts are the best. Happy employees make happy customers!

(240) 288-8746

Coffee & Tea, Breakfast & Brunch, Donuts

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Subway

224 N Church St,Ste K
Thurmont, 21788
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The $5 subs are a good deal and a great break from the hamburger joints. I get the foot long BLT and they really load it with bacon. Quiznos has better toasted subs.

(301) 271-4239

Sandwiches, Fast Food

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New Win Hing

2011 Tippin Dr
Thurmont, 21788
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This place used to be mediocre at best and the strong smell of cooking oil kept me away. Apparently they have new owners, management, chef or something because the last two meals from there were 5 plus.
Not impressed at all. We ordered orange chicken but received orange beef instead. Tasted and looked like pork. General tsos chicken and vegetable lo mein were OK. Wonton soup seemed old, like it had been reheated several times, and the egg noodles were stale. We will never go there again.
Yelp, fix the phone number. Its 301-271-3688. I also got the same order of cashew chicken as the previous reviewer, except for dinner. It was NOT a massive amount of food, a tiny amount of rice and barely adequate amount of chicken. I have uploaded the picture of the order.. Taste wise the cashew chicken was a bit bland, but they didn't skimp on the amount of chicken compared to vegetables. It wasn't bad, but it sure could use a few more spices. I also got a order of hot & sour soup. It was terrible. It must have been from the bottom of the soup pot. It was a sludge. A sip or two of it and I couldn't stomach any more. The previous reviewer was correct. The fortune cookies are kind of stale. A fixture of many store front Chinese restaurants.

(301) 271-3688

Asian Fusion, Chinese, Singaporean

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Shamrock Restaurant

7701 Fitzgerald Rd.
Thurmont, 21788
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If you are over 40, you have been here before. You know the type of joint built in the 1960s with almost no update since. I had driven by this place many times over the last 15 years and finally had a chance to stop tonight. You're in Maryland so crabs are going to be on the menu and there's no disappointment here. I started with a cup of the Maryland crab soup it was a little bit salty and canned vegetables, but was otherwise very good. Next up was a trip to the salad bar, and whoa is this something from the 1970s. Small, clean and filled with all sorts of uninspiring salad bar stuff. Someone's grandma is really going to like it. However, I forgot to mention that Ice-T. I ordered unsweetened iced tea and was given my own little one quart pitcher with huge lemon and a big spoon with two straws. Absolutely delicious. I decided to splurge and went with the $24 crab imperial. Holy cow. Delicious. Loaded with lump crab with just a hint of spices and topped with a browned topping likely made with eggs, mustard and seasonings. Service was excellent, thanks to David. Some dude was looking for a free smoke from the staff and none were to be found. David did a great job dealing with a talkative customer. It was fun to watch. I took it as s good sign that no one in the kitchen smoked. So, I am giving this place four stars where 3 stars is average diner food. There is potential here but it's time to leave behind the vestiges of the 60's.
Have driven by so many times, we figured "why not?" Stopped in after Brunswick graduation ceremony. Wish we hadn't. Our first impression was the smell - it smells BAD in there. Like horses. We were literally wondering if they had recently renovated a barn and turned it into a restaurant. Maybe it's smelly only after heavy rains, but after sampling the food quality, I don't want to find out anything more about this place. We werent that hungry and only ordered small items - soups and apps, because we didnt want to stay too long. The slow service kept us there. The ham and bean soup was lukewarm at best, while my son's chowder was almost boiling. Probably too long in the microwave is my guess. I ordered the "Irish Nachos" and while I appreciate the attempt to create something new...taste your own damn food once in a while, Shamrock. The Irish Nachos are flat out DISGUSTING. Nacho cheese with sauerkraut does not a good pairing make. And 10 bucks for glorified tater tots, processed nacho cheese and canned sauerkraut is just plain greedy. My father in law ordered the Reuben and asked to share with my mother in law. Server brought it out with no extra plate... She had to use a saucer from her cold soup to eat from. Prices are high. Food is not fresh, prepared poorly and served without care. I'm avoiding this place forever.
Another fabulous meal at the Shamrock. Always the crab cakes. If only we lived closer, we could try the beef stew made with Guiness, crab dip, and other great dishes. What most people think of as "home cooking" is just truck stop road-kill, but the Shamrock is the real deal. Not fancy, actually better than fancy. Served in a gracious setting with a strong Irish flavor. By the way, the bread is to die for, covered with a cloth napkin. Others' hands do not touch it.

(301) 271-2912

Irish, Bars

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Rocky’s New York Pizza

209 Tippin Dr
Thurmont, 21788
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pizza was great - although they gave me the regular crust when i asked for NY style. the pasta was not so great. very friendly staff.
Authentic Italian family restaurant. I love this place and I always get "to go "items when I go through town. They are always prepared perfectly and seasoned. They have a large menu with all the usual pasta items and pizza,subs on great bread, and seafood. I love their lasagna. Their only flaw is they don't make their own meatballs
Rocky's is a Thurmont staple. Great pizza, very nice owners. They do a lot for the community as well. I think the secret service are fans too, when the big man is on the mtn. the parking lot always has SS vehicles.

(301) 271-7181

Pizza

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Fratelli’s New York Pizza

133 Frederick Rd
Thurmont, 21788
Reviews:
Okay
I got spaghetti and meatballs to go it was good , and fresh I'll be back to try the pizza
One star for the tasty pizza and what seemed like fresh ingredients. However I give this place just one star for giving us uncontrollable bowel movement for 2 days straight... Not sure what they put in their pizza or how fresh the "seemingly fresh" ingredients were, but jeez Louise, those two days were horrendous. Not risking it so I will not be going back.

(301) 271-0272

Pizza

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Roy Rogers

203 Frederick Rd
Thurmont, 21788
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I grew up with Roy Rogers in Montgomery County. After they closed all the ones down there, I found em up here in Frederick County. Fantastic burgers and fries. Plus, even though they've got high school kids that work here they appear to be focused on the customer unlike many other fast food choices.
One of the better Roy Rogers. I like the roast beef sandwich. Friendly staff. I prefer Wendy's or Burger King hamburgers over Roy Rogers.
Stopped here around dinner time. Really nice staff. Roast beef, not so great for being a feature item. No taste, actually a little sour so we returned the sandwiches. Two stars for the food. Four for the staff. Averages out to three stars.

(301) 271-3252

Fast Food

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Bollinger’s Restaurant

210 N Church St
Thurmont, 21788
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Is this an establishment of fine dining? Of course not. It's a neighborhood restaurant with home cooking. And it succeeds very well. So glad we stopped off for a late breakfast here, rather than at the sterile places by the highway exit. Charming little place, very down home, outstanding AND friendly service. Hard to mess up breakfast, and they didn't. Eggs, sausage, home fries, gravy, toast, French toast. And the chicken-fried steak...OUTSTANDING. The breading was excellent. Clearly made by hand and not pulled out of a freezer ready-made. Highly recommend a stop here for some good home cooking and a friendly smile.
Stopped by here for breakfast with a friend. Had always wanted to come here since they reopened the restaurant at this location. It's a seat yourself place. Within a few mins we were drinks orders were taken. The menu is your typical town diner breakfast menu(pancakes, eggs, home fries, etc.). I got the French toast platter; that comes with three French toast slices, two eggs, home frys and choice of meat. Everything I had was really good and the price at 9.99 wasn't bad either for the portion size. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. We never went too low on coffee which at these places is a big thing for me.
2 stars for the service, which was prompt and friendly. 0 stars for the food, which ranged from okay to pretty gross. grilled chicken was gristly and tasteless. accompanying chips were stale and had terrible aftertaste, like they had been cooked in rancid oil. burger was passable. we were passing through on vacation and regret that we stopped here for lunch. prices were low but still felt like a waste. cannot figure out why other reviews were so positive or how they've stayed in business this long. conspiracy?

(301) 271-3500

Breakfast & Brunch, American (Traditional)

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Peking Palace

224 N Church St,Ste D
Thurmont, 21788
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Just posted a picture of a screw that I found in my food last night. This was after we received the wrong order and returned to get THIS! I will never eat here again!
LOVE Peking Palace! I ordered Shrimp Imperial - the order came very quickly and the shrimp and vegetables were cooked to perfection. The customer service is excellent. Wonderful surprise to find such good quality Chinese food in Thurmont. You should go!
At last count, there were 34 Chinese carry-out placers in Frederick County, (I suspect 80% of them owned by the same five or six families) north-county residents have relatively few to choose from. In the greater Thurmont area, one of the few such carry-out establishments is the Peking Palace located near CVS on North Church Street. It was a particularly nasty October afternoon with a drizzle outside when I stopped in to place my order, a carry-out #19. (General Tso Chicken) Around one o'clcok in the afternoon on a Wednesday the place was pretty quiet, adherent two clergy men from up the mountain having a discussion in the one of the booths, there was not a soul around. The decor inside is pretty much typical Asian fare for a dine-in experience. It's a bit classic in-light of a better term. It is dimly lit and has a more intimate atmosphere than a more contemporary restaurant. Looking from the interior of the establishment to the interior of the menu, it is standard carry-out fare. Less than ten minutes after placing my order, my styrofoam container in bag, was in hand and ready to take the trek down the mountain for home. Another twenty minutes later in the house, a steady rainfall at this point had been well underway for the majority of the trip back, and a Coke Zero to drink, I prepared to feast upon a lunch special. Starting with the spring roll, it was fresh, and crispy. Nothing all too different from any other spring roll mind you. The fried rice too, still hot enjoyed much of the same fate as the spring roll had finding its afterlife in my stomach. The main course, the General Tso chicken was a bit unexpected. I tend to judge a carry-out Chinese place by either its chicken and cashews or it's General Tso. For the most part, 90% of the carry-out's have the same taste to their General Tso--either extremely spicy without any sweetness or the exact opposite, no heat, but just sweet. And there is seldom any variance to this equation. However Peking Palace threw me a slight curve-ball on this one. There was not much sweetness at all--it was more spicy. However unlike most places, it was not that hot in the spicy sense of the word, yet did not suffer from being bland either which is usually the case when General Tso is prepared in this manner. This caught me a little off guard that it lacked the sweetness typically found in this dish, yet had just enough spice without overpowering, or being bland. Aside from a slightly stale fortune cookie, (something of a crap-shoot regardless of where you go and expect a fortune cookie) the Peking Palace offered a pretty decent meal. For those of you who a quick, fast carryout meal, Peking Palace is a safe bet.

(301) 271-7280

Chinese

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