Thanks to jjholmes for the suggestion!!
We tried the Deer Park Inn Friday night, not to far from Deep Creek, which given the limited options for dining there is a good thing.
The building is a lovely old Victorian and the entryway is impressive with high ceilings and antique furniture.
The dining room was chilly and it would have been nice if the fireplace was lit on the snowy evening we visited, but the wine we ordered helped to stave off the chill. The wine list is short and mostly French with reasonable (bottles $24 and up) prices.
We started with a bowl of wild mushroom soup - excellent blend of earthy mushrooms, pepper and a drizzle of truffle oil. This was served with homemade multi- grain bread (also available for sale) which had the right combination of grain and chewy crust and not too sweet like many of the multi grain breads I have tried.
I had a warm mushroom salad that was served with a light mustard dressing over spring greens. The mushrooms were sauteed with bits of fried garlic and sage - very subtle but great on the cold night.
My husband had a salad of greens with Brie croutons which was nice but not memorable.
For entrees we choose the skate in balsamic sauce which was the evenings seafood special and mustard seed crusted salmon. The skate had a bit too much breading for my taste but was moist and garnished with a semi sweet cream sauce and capers which complimented the sweet sauce well. The salmon was perfectly sauteed and served with a slightly sweet wine sauce which was offset wonderfully with pickled onions an celery. Both entrees were served over mashed potatoes with asparagus on the side.
We had no room for dessert but the woman at the next table who decided she was too full after ordering the vanilla creme caramel, ate the entire thing once it was served.
The bill for the two of us, with wine and coffee was about $85
If you happen to be in the area I would highly recommend stopping at the Deer Park Inn.
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