I typically avoid buffets, especially when I am in a geographic region where there is not a lot of competition among restaurants. On a recent trip to Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania (70 miles or so east of Pittsburg), we were searching in the rolling hills for a lunch spot and came across the visually unassuming Oakhurst Tea Room, a place serving an American "smorgasboard" since 1933 in Somerset County, PA. I was intrigued. The lunch was ridiculously inexpensive - $8, with a great spread that did not spare expensive. The bread was freshly baked, and served with homemade maple butter and apple butter. The chicken noodle soup had home-made, thick cut egg noodles, and the salad had a few interesting items like pickled eggs, and a variety of unique salads. The hot food featured this delicious roasted chicken (I ordered, extra, a waffle, to replicate the dish that Granny Baker founded the restaurant on in 1933. There was also stuffing, incredible baked beans, roasted ham and cabbage with pork. The desserts were all homemade, including something local called Gob Cake and a bunch of cookies and other pastries. The quality of the food rivals any buffet I've had, and the price was spectacular. Can't vouch for the dinner or the seafood buffet, but the manager- with whom I spoke- had enough pride in the place that I bet those will be good, too. A definitely pleasant surprise!
Oakhurst Tea Room
2409 Glades Pike, Somerset, PA 15501