My newest obsession is the South Mountain Creamery (link below) out in Middletown, MD. They make the most fruit/yogurt drinks I've ever had, delicious chocolate whole milk, an impressive range of cheeses, ice cream, butter and all other dairy products, as well as selling surprisingly inexpensive farm-fresh pork and beef (pork tenderloin for $3.99 per pound; bacon for $3 per pound; beef filet for $8 per pound). On the farm site they have a store that sells all this, as well as ice cream cones and milkshakes and a few products from local bakers, pastry shops, etc. If you're lucky enough to live just about anywhere in the Frederick area, though, they'll even deliver to your home! It's right near Washington Monument and Gathland State Parks, the Appalachian Trail, and not too many miles from Harpers Ferry or the C&O Canal, so it makes a great stop after a weekend afternoon spent in the outdoors.
Anyway, in my hunt for additional information about the Creamery I came across this restaurant out in Monrovia, near Frederick, that seems to have gotten some serious praise, called Zest. They were helping with the catering out at the Creamery's Family Farm Festival on Saturday, but their only contribution to the tasty pork bbq I ate was a decent but unremarkable roll (the barbeque was provided by Johnny's BBQ catering). I've been thinking about figuring out a way to convince someone to join me for a fancy dinner out at Zest, and wonder if anyone else has had any experiences with the place to recommend it or steer me away. The place has DC-type prices, so I want to be pretty sure about it before I head out there. Apparently Tom Sietsema reviewed it, but I want the Chowhound opinion to compare with his . . .