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Mar 13, 2010 10:10 AM

Washington PA area

I drive between Brooklyn NY and Indiana, and was stopping (with a bit of a detour) in Uniontown PA so I could eat at Chez Gerard in Hopwood. Since they have closed, I'm now seeking another spot for my overnight stop.
I'm looking for a place around Washington PA. I'd prefer a place I can relax, have a glass or two of wine and a nice dinner.
I've noticed two spots on Angelo's and Bistecca at the Meadows. My wife also found the Century Inn in Scenery Hills PA in an old tour book.
Any thoughts on these three spots, or any other suggestions?
I'd note that we stayed once at the Nemacolin resort, and didn't care for it at all.
Thanks for your help.

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  1. I would surely recommend you look into Bado Cucina. From your post, you might like that this is a BYOB, so if you have some favorites in your cellar, bring them along. This is only a short drive north on rt. 19 from Washington. I know the economy is bad, but I think, in this case, I would try to call in for a reservation.

    1. I have not eaten there, but it's stuck in my head because a few others on CH have recommended it as I recall:

      The Back Porch. This place is easy to get to off I-70 halfway between Uniontown and Washington. As I typed this I was thinking it might not be the easiest place to find even a half decent room for the night, but there is at least a Hampton Inn fairly nearby (though you'll have to get back on the highway and cross the river). There could be other places to stay too; that's just a quick search. for hotels.

      If you venture a little north from Washington you can perhaps try Bado's Cucina or maybe the Classroom, but again I only know from other mentions. (I believe the former is BYOB, though, which is probably not desirable when passing through. Don't know about the latter.)

      I suppose you could do worse than Bistecca; here's the review from last fall. Angelo's doesn't look appealing to me, looks pretty standard Italian-American type place, maybe I'm wrong.

      Or, just detour through Pittsburgh and have some choices. ;-) It really wouldn't be that much of a detour really. But if you're not going to do that, I think the Back Porch is probably worth a try once anyway, and if you like it, well, there you go.

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      1. re: CrazyOne

        The Back Porch is an excellent suggestion. I caught whatever is going around, and my brain is fuzzy. So I didn't mention it because I thought it too far away. Of course it isn't. It's in Speers right under the Bell Vernon Bridge on Rt. 70. My Magellan always finds it for me. And we're always amazed that a restaurant that good could survive there.

      2. Ah, both places look terrific-The Back Porch, especially. Bado's byob policy certainly would work for me, but I generally slip out of NY early Sunday morning to avoid the horrific traffic, and I see they are closed on Sunday.
        I have considered that Pittsburgh isn't that far out of the way, but we've stopped there before and sometimes I prefer a smaller-town environment, especially if I can help support a worthy independent restaurant in an unlikely spot.
        We are swinging up to Cleveland on our spring trip, so this is advance preparation for our trip in August. Thanks so much for your help-I will report back if we end up eating at either spot.

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        1. re: David W

          I'll second both the Back Porch and Bado's cucina. The Century Inn is a great historic old inn that is really beautiful. They have good food, but not on par with the other recommendations. I would stay away from Angelos. It's not bad, but can't compare to the others.

          1. re: Burghfeeder

            I went to the Back Porch about a year and a half ago. The food was so mediocre that I can't bring myself to return. I really wanted to like it as I live about 20 min. away and there aren't a whole lot of restaurants out my way.

        2. I'll revive this old thread to report on our visit to the Back Porch restaurant.
          First, not to insult the fine folks in Belle Vernon, but this may not be the most charming spot I've ever been...while it is near the water, there isn't really a view and some less-than-savory lots are nearby...once you are inside, it is a charming old house.
          The service was very good and correct. Wines by the glass were limited but sufficient to my needs.
          We had a really good chilled cucumber soup, a tomato salad that was the peak of freshness, and mixed seafood special and the duck. Both were quite tasty, though I would say the preparation was a bit old fashioned-that's not bad in my book, so long as it's well done.
          We were faced with a formidable array of desserts, but limited ourselves to a selection of ice creams.
          This most certainly met my criteria, and the nearby Hampton Inn was easy to get back to. Thanks again for the suggestion.

          Back Porch Restaurant
          114 Speer St, Belle Vernon, PA 15012

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          1. On our anniversary my wife and I go to Angelos. They are a 2nd generation tradition in the Washington area and we very much like the italian specialties and the friendly service in their new building. Plus, they are only a minute or two from I-70.