Openings: Coal Fire Pizza & Roast House Pub

Coal Fire Pizza and Roast House Pub both opened their doors in recent weeks. The latter has been getting some good reviews in the comments. I haven’t heard a peep about Coal Fire Pizza yet. Anyone try it?

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41 thoughts on “Openings: Coal Fire Pizza & Roast House Pub

  1. I was over by Wegman’s yesterday around lunch time and noticed Coal Fire was open. But didn’t see any cars in front of it. I had my seventeen year old nephew with me and he said none of his friends have tried it. I am sure he will be trying it shortly so I might be able to get a teenage boy opinion soon.

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  2. I dunno about Coal Fire, but I had Johns of Bleeker St in NYC last time it was there, and I fell in love with Coal Fire Pizza. I may try to go this weekend. Also, need to try to get to roast house to try it.

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  3. I cannot reply on the in-house dining experience (did carry-out), but tried their pizza on Monday evening. I think it really depends on what type of pizza you prefer. The crust is thin (which I prefer) and the pizzas we tried were not loaded with thick sauce, or tons of cheese. I tend to like pizzas that are not packed with cheese, etc. so it was right up my alley. The ingredients were tasty and so was the crust. My only complaint would be that I was not crazy about the sauces. They were was ok, but they describe one as ‘spicy’ and I did not really find it something I would consider spicy. The other pizza had the ‘signature’ sauce, which was a bit too sweet for me. Overall, I would say their pizzas are good (with good quality ingredients)…but a lot is about preference I suppose.

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  4. I went and had the Margherita Pizza. It was just okay. I love Brick Oven Pizza so I though Coal Fired pizza would be an interesting taste. There really wasn’t anything special about it. Think pizza that was good but not like I can’t wait to go back.
    The BEST pizza is Laurienzo’s in Mt Airy. Hands down the best brick oven pizza.

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    • I concur, Meg. Laurienzo’s is the best pizza in the area for sure! I especially like mine with their caramelized onions…the level of sweetness is rather unique.

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  5. This is definitely in the “would do again” category. We had the Margherita pizza, and a side order of fries. Both were solidly good, and the fries were served properly. (With Malt Vinegar!) Nothing over the top amazing, but solidly good, and we’re already thinking about what kind of toppings we want next time… now that we know what the crust and sauce are like, we’re all about picking something to complement it. Maybe roasted red peppers and basil!

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  6. So if it wasn’t obvious to everyone before (I certainly didn’t know…), Roast House Pub rotates their beers in a unique way. Every time they empty a keg, they put something different on that tap.

    There are of course pros and cons to this. We have been once per weekend since they opened, and we took a few people here on Friday night to celebrate new jobs. A beer that we certainly wanted to try more of ran out after we all had a chance for a taster, which was a momentary setback. But we had a great night just the same, exploring beers we hadn’t tried before.

    Don’t go here thinking you know what beer you want to order. Instead, go here thinking you’re in the mood for a “beer adventure”.

    One thing notably absent at Roast House Pub is the concept of standard “snacks” that you would expect to enjoy with such a wide variety of beer. They go for quality over quantity, and many of their appetizers are in fact portioned appropriately for an appetizer… but this makes them seem “small” if you want something to munch while drinking beer. We have now tried their Roasted Red Pepper Queso (YUM!), Stuffed Mushrooms (pretty good), Stuffed Banana Pepper (Kicks more than you’d expect), and Potato Skins (Twice-baked, in an attempt to be a fancier take on the standard snack), but more than once, we’ve found ourselves longing for a simple plate of french fries to intersperse with beer tasters.

    They bring out a complimentary trio of amuse-bouche when you arrive, which was surprising the first time.

    We have mainly stayed toward the sandwiches, but hope to sample their roasts soon. Among the sandwiches,the Avocado and Brie and the French Dip are both stellar. The R.H. Chicken was reported to be a little dry (mostly breast meat), but flavorful.

    We have never had room for dessert, but the pecan pie will be ours someday!

    All in all, would heartily recommend, but don’t go there thinking you’ll have beer and bar food … that’s not the ambiance they are striving for.

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    • Great review and description. I went with my girlfriend this Friday and had a decent experience. The food was good (My RH Chicken sandwich was actually just right, not dry) and my date’s Avocado and Brie sammich was even better. Unfortunately the roasted potato side was basically burned. I didn’t eat half of the small portion served. Our waitress also had no knowledge about the different beer available. Minor setback, and I’m sure she and other staff will learn in due time.

      The real reason I was drawn to this place is the taplist. I am a beer snob, but not a foodie. I plan on hitting this place again w/ friends with similar tastes in beer. I was familiar with most if not all of the available beers Friday, so all I had was a glass of Old Chub, one of my favorites. First time I’ve had it on tap. I think I prefer it from the Oskar Blues can.

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  7. Coal Fire is definatly personal preferance. I thought the pizza was good and will return. The spicy sauce is a sweet based thin sauce with a slight kick. I though the pizza crust was good, very thin and crunchy, which i perfer. The bar inside is also decent size, there really is no other bar in that area unless you go into market street area

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  8. I’d be willing to try this place. We’ve been to Italy a couple a few times and love the pizza there. The crust is always very thin and they use sauce and toppings very sparingly – usually just one or two and little or no cheese. None of the “super supreme” with thick crusts and piled up toppings like we have. It’s the only place where I can eat an entire pizza (like a 12″ – 14″). In this country I can eat two slices and that’s about it.

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  9. I went to Roast House on their soft opening and Flying Dog is having an event there tonight. Excited to go back. Also a beer snob, i LOVE that they rotate their beers. There’s no other place like that in Frederick. Also, you can try any of the beers for 50 cents, which is good when you don’t want to commit 🙂

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  10. Haven’t tried either. Looking forward to both. Although, IlForno’s Pizza is hard to beat:)

    Glad to see the Cheesesteak Factory has flown the coop. Tried them only one time, it was simply awful in every aspect. Food, service, vibe etc.

    I hope that this new joint delivers!

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  11. RHP last night was a “GREAT” time! Flying Dog’s 21st B-Day was held, starting their 21 cities in 21 days tour. The sliders that were provided (FREE) were delicious! Thanks to everyone who came out and a special thanks to RHP for doing a wonderful job as host!

    Cheers

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  12. I agree with B’s review of Coal Fire. I had the spicy sauce (which had a kick) but there was just such an underlying sweetness it turned me off. I would imagine that the signature, if billed as sweet, is overpowering. I wonder if the original sauce is sweet, too? Has anyone had this? The toppings I got (basil and green pepper) were fresh and excellent and the lack of cheese was certainly a plus. Very nice thin and crispy crust. The place was packed (but it was 6:30pm on a Friday night) but the bar was almost empty. I got carry out. Would I go back? Maybe if the original sauce isn’t so sweet.

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  13. I really was not impressed with Coal Fire at all. I found the Margherita Pizza to be disappointing. I am a huge fan of brick oven pizza and heard good things about Coal Fire but was not impressed. There was so much basil on the pizza that you couldn’t see the sauce or the cheese and I wound up taking much of it off. The flavor was mediocre. It certainly wasn’t on my list of recommendations for my friends.

    I would be interested in trying it again but would rather try a different type of pizza. Margherita is my favorite and I always try it wherever it is available. Coal Fire failed to be up to par as such as Laurienzo’s or Brewers Alley with their pizza.

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  14. A really good brick oven pizza can be found at “Matchbox” in Rockville. It’s in the Congressional Plaza shopping center. FYI- this place is always crowded, but the food never lacks due to this. GREAT outdoor area as well, with fire pits and outdoor bar.

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  15. RHP is supposed to start offering HH beginning today. It will be from 3pm-6pm / Mon-Thursday and will offer $1 off all drafts and $1 sliders (meat changing daily)….this is from the barkeeps!

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  16. We should have frederickmaryland0nline.com evening out at Roast House Pub! I missed the last time there was one (a year or two ago?). I’ll be gone next month for a week, and then two weeks in September…..then I should be home for most of the rest of the year.

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    • Stopped in RHP last week after reading the comments here. Was quite pleased. Told Chris, the bar manager about FMO and that they were getting good write ups. Stopped there again last night with a business associate from NY. He loved it. The HH comment above was correct. They did start having Happy Hour yesterday. $1.00 off their craft beers and $1.00 sliders. Last nights slider meat of choice was pot roast. They were delicious! Great place to go to grab a craft beer and some delicious food.

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      • Aack! You’re back in town the ONE week we’re gone (Aug 27 – Sept 3).

        I am ALL about a get-together, though! I would not suggest a weekend night just because the place gets packed and it’s hard to get a spot at the bar (or a table if that’s what you’re trying to do). I haven’t been to a Happy Hour night yet, so I don’t know what those nights are like.

        Weekend afternoons have been relatively quiet, though.

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      • Well, there is Aug 23 – 26! Normally I’d have two birthdays to deal with over those 3 days, but one person will be living in Paris by then, and the other lives and works in Labrador. So I’m free! 🙂

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  17. Sounds like fun! I’m in depending on time/date? Glad to hear that everyone is enjoying RHP as much as I am. Looking forward to next visit.

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  18. Second trip to RHP tonight; not a great experience. They were out of almost ALL of their sides, I ordered a Chicken Pot Pie and it was soup with maybe 3 peas and 2 pieces of carrot. Chicken was shredded, but still not enough to fill the pie. Unfortunately this was our 2nd trip and was about the same as the 1st…. there may not be a 3rd.

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  19. Re Roasthouse Pub: I took a client there a week or so ago for lunch, and the reviews from the two of us are mixed. The bottom line: They ruin really good ideas and very fresh ingredients with much too much heat (from spices) and way too much salt. The two soups we had were terrific: roasted pepper and cold blueberry. The sauce for the pulled pork was so hot (cayenne? tabasco sauce? that the only discernible heat was burned tongue (mine). The salad one of us had was very good, but the roast beef sandwich au jus had so much salt in the jus that my client took half of the sandwich home (without the jus). She told me later she heated up the sandwich and put a pesto mayonnaise on it, and it was delicious. She said she’s not normally a meat eater, but that the roast beef was the best she had ever had; it was very tender and quite delicious absent the over-salted jus. Another misstep: they brought out three bites of amuse bouche — in the middle of our eating our entrees. They need to taste the food and straighten up the service; they need to continue the good ideas (amuse bouche, summer soups) and the use of great and fresh ingredients.

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  20. My husband and I went to Roasthouse Pub for dinner last Friday and were pretty impressed. We both got roasted dinners- him: beef, me: pork. The meat was pretty tasty, in a home-cooking sort of way. They did a nice job on the gravy. But, what really impressed us were the sides. The sweet potato side was amazing, as were the roasted potatoes. Very flavorful and delicious. We will be going back, for sure.

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