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About Family Meal
A modern American diner, Family meal offers reasonably priced all-day meals inspired by comfort classics. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner by chef Bryan Voltaggio.
Frederick, MD 21701
Contemporary American, American
Hours of Operation:
Open Daily, Monday-Sunday
Breakfast: 7:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
Lunch: 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Dinner: 4:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Family Meal Ratings and Reviews
We arrived to find the store Super busy as it seems to be like most good restaurants on Saturday nights - we were seated About Thirty Minutes late on our reservation of 715. The store did offer a round of complimentary drinks as a gesture of apology which we appreciated but they took 15 minutes to get.
Our Waitress was overwhelmed and service was very slow and our table was left unattended for long period time - although she was nice and did seem to try. But for a $300 dinner I expect decent service even if on a busy Saturday night.
Not enough supervision was evident of the servers in my opinion. One of four entree’s was woefully late to the table while the other three were finishing. We finished our bottle of wine and the server never noticed or cared to check.
I’ve Been eating at Family Meal for years, and I’m sure we will go back at some point - just a bad night I guess.
Have been there before but invited two new friends who loved the place and the food. The only negative and maybe it's a misunderstanding on my part, of the people who serve you coffee and water but then after waiting a longer time then I was used to for someone to take our order, another person showed up to take it.
Normally a really good spot, particularly for breakfast. Brought some out of town guests and had multiple issues.
1. Not busy at all, servers walked past our table for 15 minutes before acknowledging our existence. 2/3rds of the tables were empty for reference.
2. Espresso machine broken... no big deal... but coffee refills were cold. Why serve cold coffee? Be better.
3. Server seemed ill-equipped to do the job. Confused about basic menu items, difficulty pouring water without spilling everywhere, etc.
As someone who has been to this location a dozen or more times, I was extremely disappointed. I guess I expect more. The food was at least fairly decent, of not hastily prepared
We love Family Meal it is one if our favorite places to dine. This was not our best experience. The corned beef in the Reuben sandwich was tough and dried out and the biscuits that accompanied the chicken dinner were over baked and hard..... We were disappointed but that will not keep us from returning....we understand everyone has off days!
I love the menu and vibe of this restaurant. The fried chicken dish is my favorite. However, this meal was different from others in the past. The chicken skin was dry and not as flavorful as I remember. The biscuits were bland and I missed the little cup of pickled veggies. The two pickle chips were sad compared to the little cup of yummy I have had at past visits. The deviled eggs and pot pie fritters were delicious! Our server was attentive and timely. I still love Family Meal and will go back.
First time here. The menu is rather limited and wants to highlight comfort foods. Not sure it achieves that. I ordered the burger. It was cooked just right between MR and M. The fries were crispy and well portioned. But it seems that what was once limited to NYC prices for burgers has now become accepted wherever I go around the country. Fifteen dollars for a burger and fries is the going rate minimum. Granted, the grass-fed, organic, cage-free beef is nice. The taste is always noticeable and appreciated. But is that cost sustainable? Especially in a place like this that passes itself off as a family restaurant offering comfort food, $15 burgers will set you back fast along with most other menu items at or above that price. Mind you, this is not a rant just against Family Meal. But specifically, for those kinds of prices, I'd like my atmosphere at bit more than diamond-plate steel siding and concrete floors. The open bar and kitchen don't offset these, nor do the heavy wood tables that look like they were cut from old bowling alleys. The décor mash just doesn't work.
The place was not busy and service started out rather slowly. But once the order was placed, attention was appropriate.
Probably won't be back. I suspect this is Chef Voltaggio's proving ground. He owns a number of other restaurants in town, all quite expensive. I'll probably wait until Restaurant Week to try another one at a somewhat more reasonable price.
Best fried chicken I've ever had, great atmosphere and really enjoyed ourselves. Service seemed slow, but the restaurant was very busy and I did like not being rushed once I was finished with food. I stayed for 3 hours with no pressure to leave so they can have an open table. I will definitely be back
We swung by Family Meal for a quick lunch on a roadtrip and it was super tasty. The atmosphere is a little cold and sterile, but the cuisine is comfort-food with creative flair and it is delicious. We got the chicken pot pie fritters, the pimento cheese hoecakes, the fried chicken and biscuits, a kale caesar salad, and carrot ginger soup - all of it was tasty. The mulled wine was also delicious. We are happy we stopped at Family Meal and would consider popping by again.
Food was very good. The atmosphere is average as the restaurant is located in a former car dealership I think. Plenty of parking available. We dined on New Years Eve and the restaurant was festive with decorative lighting and lots of people enjoying their meals.
We had a lovely dinner. I had the soup and a salad and my friends had appetizers as their meal. The wait staff was very nice and not overly attentive. The only thing I would say is don’t sit in the first booth/table because you can feel the draft from the door being opened.
This was the meal with exceptional ways to serve basic food items. The fried chicken was cut in a different way, but cooked to perfection and really a neat way to cut it. The chicken salad sandwich was slightly different with its spices, but very nice in total effect. The same for the portabella sandwich with good bread and nicely done. The vegetable salad was exceptionally well done. All in all, an outstanding experience.
This was my second time at Family Meal. My first time was several months ago for Sunday Brunch. It was excellent. This review is for dinner on a week-Night. There was no wait with a 7pm reservation. There was a selection of local beers on tap. The food was excellent. My wife and I started with the Duckfat Fries - amazing! Some of the best fries I’ve had. I got the scallops and they were cooked just right along with very flavorful collard greens. My wife had the short rib. She thought it was great and said it was very rich and flavorful.
We will go again.
Wow! This place is a diamond in the rough. Their fried chicken breast was the best I have had and that is saying a lot!great flavorful dishes, flaky and light biscuits and great crispy fries. Additionally, our meal was low-cost which makes this place even more attractive. Highly recommend!
Great dinner for the family. Only issue was an overcooked burger but they fixed it immediately. My wife had the risotto and it was the best dish that any of us had. Great local beer selection, great service, in a fun atmosphere.
Loved our visit, we’ll be back soon.
The food, environment, and service was excellent. The only thing I would suggest is more of a description of the food items on the menu. Several of the items on the menu did not describe in detail what the plate was, that I skipped over those as my dinner option. I felt as if I had already asked our waitress a hundred questions about other items, I didn't want to contiune to pester her with more. Overall the experience was great. I suggest the pot pie fritters.
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