Tonight we left the Tysons Corner area and deadheaded straight into a gridlocked morass of traffic crunched on the Beltway, travelling into Maryland, inch by inch. Forty five minutes to travel six miles, all with rain pelting on our windshield with the defroster cranked up to clear the windows. At some point traffic opened up and we began to cruise north on 270, our speedometer approaching 30 mph. North of Shady Grove it shot up to 50 and in Germantown we cruised north at 65. Almost ninety minutes after leaving Tysons we were rolling down North Market street in Frederick for a return dinner at Volt's Table 21.
Despite the rain, the jumble of cars and the heat from the windshield' defroster, not to mention 90 minutes for a trip that normally would take 45, Volt's Table 21 waited for us. My wife and I were first here for our anniversary in early July: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/635227 Almost from the minute we left then we had wanted to return. Then it had been one of the best dining experiences we'd had in the D. C. area, believing that it rivalled Komi, MiniBar, Enzo's Table 21, Eve's Tasting Room and CityZen. A second trip seemed to be necessary to confirm what we had experienced then.
Tonight was that second trip. Given the rain, the wind and the traffic it had to be even better than what we found in early July.
And it was. Volt's Table 21-again-was an incredible experience. Four + hours and 21 courses later we waddled out, sated and smiling, believing that it was more than worth even the worst driving experience to Frederick. In fact we were lucky that it was ONLY Frederick that we had to drive to for this. It could have been Washington, VA or Chilhowie.
While a number of courses were different from what I described in the link above this was an extraordinary evening and dining adventure. On this visit we found a great sommelier, Neil Dundee, who rivals the D. C. area's best. His wine list includes a number of values along with cult wines such a K Vintners "The Boy" Grenache from Walla Walla. Along with Chef Bryan and several other staff he was instrumental in cementing my belief that Volt's Table 21 is the best overall dining experience in the D. C. area. Again, seated literally in the middle of Volt's kitchen, this is a unique evening totally different from anything else available in the area. Some might even suggest (and I would agree) that this is a better overall dining experience than even the Chef's Table (with its $400 suppliment) at The Inn at Little Washington.
A great evening that I had hope those reading this can explore and enjoy. We are indeed fortunate that Bryan Voltaggio has introduced Frederick to Volt and enthusiasts like ourselves to Table 21. The only possible way to improve this remarkable experience would be, one day, to create a similar experience in D. C. In the meantime Frederick is not as far as it seems. Even when it is raining.
Volt. Table 21. A return visit worthy of even another.