Garrett County businesses are surviving and thriving despite the pandemic. There are several recent additions to our community. It is so great to see new offerings. I encourage you to support these local spots when you have the chance.
New Garrett County Businesses
Firewater Kitchen & Bar This new lakefront restaurant has amazing views! They offer fresh-made craft cocktails, craft beers, and exceptional dining. Firewater is part of the Ace’s Run, Brenda’s Pizzeria and Trader’s Coffee House family of businesses. It is located at 20128 Garrett Highway next to Will O the Wisp.
A Mountain Fix Located at The Fort in McHenry, A Mountain Fix features fun gifts, items for pets, and fine sterling jewelry. The shop combines their love of the mountains and the beach.
Most locals know the man and the story about this very successful businessman. Michael “Jim” Delligatti who established Uno’s, The Honi Honi Bar, Garrett 8 Cinemas, and Arrowhead Market was a well-known fixture here at Deep Creek Lake. His claim to fame, which has reached far around the world, is the invention of the Big Mac sandwich at McDonald’s. We have all enjoyed our share of this famously delicious burger that revolutionized the fast food world. Mr. Delligatti opened his first McDonald’s restaurant in 1957 and branched out 47 more franchise stores over the next two decades. Competing against the large sandwich offerings of Big Boys and Burger King, Mr. Delligatti proposed a new sandwich called simply the Big Mac! McDonalds executives didn’t receive the idea well at first but eventually got the green light to pilot the sandwich in the Uniontown market in 1967. The rest is history!
The residents here at the lake have immense respect for the Delligatti family and were saddened by the news of his passing in late November. Remember the next time you dig into a Big Mac the interesting story of the man behind its creation.
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.
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.
Deep Creek Lake has a lot of admired institutions that have earned the respect of patrons from all over the Mid-Atlantic. Black Bear Tavern leads the way in this department with a lively, entertaining, and fun filled atmosphere that will put you face to face socializing with happy people from many different backgrounds and hometowns. Black Bear hosts the only nightclub here at the lake that gets cranking every weekend and keeps everybody in high spirits with a ever changing musical variety. They cover all the musical bases with rock-n-roll, funk-a-delic-disco, and country. No matter what you choose, you will be dancing on a packed dance floor with friends and strangers who will eventually become your friends.
During the warm summertime, Black Bear Tavern shifts some of the fun out on their huge outdoor patio where you can catch some rays, enjoy good food, drink your favorite beverage, and listen to some great music. There is always a daily lunch special and a huge menu to choose from. I suggest trying the crab cake dinner (The best crab cake on the lake in my opinion) with an icy cold Newcastle to wash it down. The staff will make you feel relaxed and hustle to make your experience there a good one. Take a little time off the lake or the ski slopes on your next visit and go check out Black Bear!! Go eat, drink, dance, and make merry!!!