That’s how we do it here at Deep Creek Lake! So you spend all year anticipating your trip to the lake and finally get here. The decompression has officially started as you and your family and friends start planning your days ahead. Thankfully, we literally have hundreds of things to do around the lake to help stimulate your sense of adventure or to relieve your stress. If you want to do something outside the norm, try going out to eat by boat. Be it breakfast, lunch or dinner, we have plenty of places around Deep Creek to satisfy your appetite.
Here’s a thought; wake up early and enjoy some quality time on the lake fishing, wakeboarding, or skiing or just chilling. Then head on over by boat to Traders Coffee House for some delicious breakfast and coffee. They have a huge surplus of boat slips for your boat and a safe crosswalk over Highway 219. Try the waffles with fresh strawberries and whipped cream or their power wrap.
Maybe you decided to sleep in and catch up on some vacation sleep. Get out on the water with the kids around 10am and get the tubing out of your system. All that wonderfully whipping and bouncing around will surely get you hungry for a delicious lunch. How about a nice casual lunch at our famous Uno’s Restaurant by boat? This place is one of the most family friendly places on the lake to enjoy lunch. They have a huge amount of space outside to play with the kids. Playground, open grassy area, outside bar with a great menu and of course this great restaurant. Kick back on the deck and enjoy a super view of the lake and grounds. On the weekend this becomes THE place to go as the Honi-Honi Bar becomes the star with live music and a huge crowd of people from all over to meet.
Dinner time is approaching and maybe you want to clean up and go out to a nice dinner with great food. I put my money on Dutch’s at Silver Tree. They have excellent crab cakes and plenty of different dining options. Eat inside at this historic building that still has the old lodge feel from the “old lake” timeframe. You can also enjoy the modern downstairs bar that has a great vibe, as well as a complete Dutch’s menu. It is summertime so you don’t have to eat inside at all if that’s not your thing. They have a wonderful terrace outside overlooking the lake which is where I like to eat personally. Kick back and enjoy wonderful steak and seafood while watching the kids play on the playground below you. They also have the Harbor Bar outside which is another great option for the family. Recommended!
At the end of the day we have many dining options by boat that you should try individually and decide on your favorite. Uno’s, Honi Honi Bar, Arrowhead, Boardwalk, Brenda’s Pizzeria, Traders Coffee and Aces Run are all wonderful options. Step out of the norm and enjoy the Deep Creek Lake lifestyle that we are so proud of here at the Lake. Call me with any questions you may have regarding the lake or real estate. Betsy Spiker Holcomb 301-616-5022
The Greene Turtle-Deep Creek Lake. I’m very excited to announce a new restaurant here at Deep Creek Lake. I think I’m the only person that I talked to who hasn’t heard of the Greene Turtle. This franchise has steadily grow over the years boasting restaurants in Morgantown, Winchester, Hagerstown, Leesburg, Sterling and now Deep Creek Lake.
Talk of the town starts with their drink menu. They have won awards with many of their signature drinks. Their 2016 BYOB award winning drink include; the Dubliner Bloody Mary, the Celebration cocktail, the Celebration Shooter and the El Verde Tortuga Rita. Check out the drink menu so you can be prepared to get your vacation thirst on.
Looking over the appetizers I notice a few interesting options that I will have to try. The Hog Hammers, Bavarian Pretzel Sticks, Mozzarella Caprese and the 100% natural wings sound very interesting. The reviews I had read sound favorable for a successful dining experience.
Their menu is vast with different options that have my belly rumbling. A co-owner here at Taylor-Made Vacations and Sales swears on the Shrimp Tacos. The menu has 100% certified angus beef burgers, any style of wraps you can dream up, unique house specialties, refreshing soups and salads and delicious desserts.
Deep Creek Lake locals always welcome a new place to dine and enjoy new foods. We are hopeful that the owners can make the DCL Greene Turtle live up to the reputation of this respected franchise. I will follow up with a review after I have had time to sample some of the menu.
Dutch’s Daughter– Nice main level fine dining with excellent crab cakes, seafood and meat dishes. Downstairs hosts a massive bar that is a great place to catch friends for dinner. Don’t miss the cinnamon butter on fresh oatmeal crusted bread.
Brenda’s Pizzeria– Straight up delicious New York Style pizza with extra delicious toppings. Sausage topping is out of this world! Great pasta and salads too.
DC’s at Wisp Resort-Excellent menu with a little taste of everything. Their calamari appetizer is one of my favorites at the lake.
Black Bear Tavern– Good bar food with a great local vibe. Wings are delicious and the Steak on the Lake is nice (It is served spicy so ask without jalapeños if you don’t like heat). E-z peel shrimp are a solid appetizer.
Aces Run- Unique and popular pasta night on Wednesday and stir fry night on Friday. Solid menu A-Z with a great staff. Our real estate assistant Lisa Yommer said you cannot miss the fried pickles appetizer along with a salad.
Moonshadow Café- Local food from local farmers is the base to this wonderful café. Get you some spicy cauliflower wings for a change of pace. For dinner, try their tenderloin which is absolutely delicious. Consistent good live music.
Mountain State Brew Company– A great selection of hand crafted brews and fire oven pizza’s. Nuff said. Plenty of room for large parties.
J G’s- Great bar food with plenty of local atmosphere. Known for good crabcakes.
El Canelo’s – A short trip up the road to Oakland will reward you with great Mexican food. At lunch I get the jumbo burrito which has never failed me.
Archie Barbecue- Food smoked perfect. Pulled beef, chicken and pork barbecue, brisket, ribs and turkey are no joke. Mac cheese is special as well.
Uno’s Chicago Grill– Large and delicious menu from appetizers to entrees. Overlooking the lake with plenty of room for the kids to play outside. Come by boat on Saturdays for live music and the funnest place to be on the weekend.
Pine Lodge- Great prime rib and Coconut Shrimp and Ahi tuna appetizers. Great food with a nice bar to socialize with local and out of town visitors.
Deep Creek Seafood– Top choice seafood that you may miss if you’re not paying attention. Great liquor menu for those who want an upscale cocktail. The menu is fresh and changes with the seasons.
Breakfast Lunch Recommendations
Englanders– Great home cookin folks! My favorite… Buckwheat cakes with two over easy eggs on top with a side of biscuits and gravy. Come check out their whole menu. Great antique shopping to boot!
Perkins– Familiar franchise breakfast and lunch menus. Blueberry muffins are the real deal! Great food with large quantities and always super service.
Canoe On the Run- Healthy slick spins on soups and sandwiches. Nice coffee, unique breakfasts and fresh daily menus.
Arrowhead Market– Super cheeseburgers and other fresh sandwiches. Chunky homemade fries that they make fresh.
Annie’s Kitchen– Love the honey dipped chicken and the salad bar. This place has excellent small town fresh food.
Teli’s Deli– Suped-up Italian sandwiches and soups. Great cheeses as well.
Last night marked both the end and beginning of an era. The well-known and respected Will O’ the Wisp restaurant closed last fall and there was a lot of questions and concerns about just exactly what was going to happen to this local favorite restaurant that hosted for many years the famous pasta night. I kid you not when I say famous, the place was elbow to elbow on Wednesday. I think the dated décor and aura of the place just screamed renovation and change to make it the success it was in the hay day of its creation.
Never fear….new owner Brenda McDonnell (you may have visited her other successful businesses Brenda’s Pizza & Trader’s Coffee House) has taken the helm of the ship and rumors over the last few months are that great things were happening behind the walls on the renovation. Last night she welcomed friends from the community to come out and see with our own eyes, and of course our taste pallets, the new direction for this familiar Deep Creek Lake space.
The first thing I noticed was the organization and courtesy of the staff who made sure your experience started off right. It was standing room only in the bar/lounge and in the dining area. New bench seats and upscale lighting set the backdrop for the dining room and being a wood worker/hobbyist I was blown away by the solid black walnut tables. Overall, the place has a very open and modern floor plan with that new restaurant feel. My understanding is they completely gutted the kitchen to bring in new gear to help bring on this fresh new menu. I can tell you that I loved everything offered on this new delicious menu. I sampled an angus beef slider cooked to medium rare perfection with hints of pickle, chopped onions and cheese that was really fantastic. The spicy pork bites were popper-sized pork that had a semi-spicy tangy glaze over them that was perfect for someone like me that doesn’t like too much heat. The pork loin chops were cooked medium’ish with plenty on succulent moisture left to mesh with the apple sauce. My favorite was the shepherds pie, which is a bone-sticking comfort food that has ground beef, mashed potatoes, carrots, and some other secret ingredients. My favorite dessert was the banana nutella bread pudding, but I also enjoyed the chocolate flourless cake and the German apple cake.
Remember on your next visit to the lake to pop-in to the new Aces Run Restaurant and Pub at Will O’ the Wisp which is destined to become yet another gem here at the lake!
Dutch’s at Silver Tree- Deep Creek Lake, MD. When legendary Dutch’s Daughter in Frederick, Maryland decided to expand their horizons to Deep Creek Lake, the local’s were ecstatic. Their stellar reputation for remarkable seafood and American cuisine crept West through the state to the mountains of Garrett County. I heard talk of a delicious crab cake that would make even the most skeptical Marylander proud to endorse. It did not take long to win over the locals and the visitors by renovating the historic Silver Tree Inn and transforming it into the most elegant and tastiest place on the lake. In the summer time the experience moves outside to tables overlooking the lake with The Harbor Bar close by. Do yourself a favor and take a special loved one or family to a unique dinner experience here at the lake.