The lure of the Western Maryland mountains is not only of the natural world, but one for the destination gastronome. The food scene at Deep Creek Lake is without a doubt delicious, authentic, and closer than you think. Spend a weekend exploring these locally owned and operated eateries.
MoonShadow Cafe, located in downtown Accident, casts a whimsical and energetic vibe the minute you step inside. As a contributor to the local economy, the cafe works with local farmers to bring fresh ingredients for an ever-changing seasonal menu. Guests experience the kitchen’s clever concoctions, like Cauliflower Wings, a fun and funky appetizer, along with a long list of other fresh delectables. With a host of local craft beers, libations are plentiful for even the most discriminating taste buds. Dining here is an event in itself; be entertained with live music and local art work to round out the total experience.
Canoe On the Run Cafe, a gourmet sandwich shop located in the heart of McHenry, brings out the sophistication of flavors into a simple sandwich/wrap format. Once inside, check out the menu chalkboard for compelling daily specials. Open for breakfast and lunch, Canoe uses the freshest fruit, vegetables, and meats for a one-of-a-kind culinary creation that is almost too pretty to eat. The open air patio invites patrons to sit among the fresh mountain air or when it’s too cold, sit indoors in front of a roaring fire. Whatever the season or the reason, this little cafe packs a big punch.
Mountain State Brewing, Deep Creek Lake’s only brew pub, pairs their own craft beers with wood fired artisan flatbreads for a unification of taste far from ordinary. Try a Cold Trail Blonde Ale with everything on the menu, it’s that good. The rustic log interior captures a bluegrass essence with a down home feel. A bit off the beaten path, this copper roof structure hugs the mountain sunset and adds a warm glow to an evening meal or beverage.
Ace’s Run Restaurant & Pub, a true lakeside dining spot, presents an all-American menu described best as comfort food. On Wednesdays, the dining room meets the kitchen for a one-of-a-kind Pasta Night. Guests create a custom pasta masterpiece with the help of the culinary experts at Ace’s. In the spirit of nostalgia and local history, take a look at the vintage photos displayed throughout the restaurant, adding additional charm to an already beloved landmark.
Little Sandy’s Restaurant is a hidden gem and a locals favorite. Situated at the corner of Sand Flat Rd. and Garrett Hwy, the lunch counter and dining room are usually filled with repeat customers sipping on a bottomless cup of coffee, or enjoying the best blueberry pancakes around. Little Sandy’s serve up meals like Mom used to make, piping hot and covered in gravy. Get there early for breakfast and lunch, it fills up fast.
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