Fallingwater, Ohiopyle, Farmington, Uniontown, Hopwood PA
Just back to D.C. from a weekend visit to Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, a magnificant house. If you haven't toured it, you should. Okay, on to the food.
Friday night we ate at Caileigh's Restaurant, in a vintage house at105 E. Fayette Street (Rt. 40, the National Pike) in Uniontown, www.caileighs.com. We arrived just before 8 p.m. after being warned at our B&B that we would probably not get in without reservations. There was only one other table occupied and within minutes we were the only ones in the room, although there was a small party in another room. I had vegetable soup (delicious) and grilled mahi-mahi with warm orange-sherry compote and herbed rice (good). My wife had the orange roughy (good). The bread was routine dinner rolls. My wife had a slice of cheesecake (reportedly very good). The bill including tax, before tip, was $70.70. We recommend the restaurant.
Our B&B served breakfast. Saturday, on the recommendation of a local, we had lunch at a forgettable country restaurant in the See-mor video store on Mill Run Road in Normalville. Good home fries weren't close to enough to recommend it to you.
Saturday dinner was at Chez Gerard French Restaurant at 1187 National Pike in Hopwood, www.chezgerard.net. This is by all accounts the area's gourmet dining choice. They serve a six-course dinner for $50. The amuse-bouche for the evening was a delicious tuna ceviche. I had the chicken terrine, stripped bass (which would be called rockfish back in D.C.) and chocoate souffle ($4.00 extra), along with an excellent cheeese course selection and a nice assortment of after dinner sweets. My wife had the onion soup, trout (yep, we eat a lot of fish), and warmed rhubarb and strawberry tart with crème anglaise along with the standard courses. The bread was excellent. There is no need to critique the dishes one-by-one, because everything was delicious, big-city quality at what by big-city standards are very reasonable prices. Our dinners, with a glass each of routine wine,including tax, before tip, totalled $130. At the end of the dinner the owner/chef came out to chat. Don't miss this restaurant if you are in the area. It is clear, though, that people who want upscale food are going to the restaurants in the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and doubtlessly paying much more (we heard that every restaurant there was fully booked for the evening) or else are victims of the economic times, because there were only three couples at Chez Gerard on a Saturday night at prime dinner time.
On Sunday we had lunch at Glisan's Restaurant at 4625 National Pike in Markleysburg, on the recommendation of Hounds and others on the net and against the recommendation of a local. It was still packed at 2 p.m. with, it appeared, a decidedly local crowd. The food was a good version of standard diner fare, although with particularly tasty bread, apparently baked on the premises and available at an extra charge. As with most such restaurants, the bread comes buttered unless you request it dry when you order. The jukebox speakers at each booth were a bit annoying. We wanted a pie to go and were disappointed that only two or three of the 15 or so types of pies posted were actually available. However the peach pie that we got was excellent. Glisan's gets a recommendation, but not a particulalry strong one other than for the pies and bread..