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Dining possibilities in the Laurel Highlands are as vast and varied as the region itself. Diners can find ultra-luxe options that offer a true dining experience, or they can find quick, casual bites that satisfy without slowing down a day of sightseeing, skiing or spa-going. Here are the five best places to eat in Laurel Highlands:
1. Nemacolin Woodland Resort’s Dining Collection. When you dine Nemacolin, you’re going to eat well — very well. The resort boasts four fine-dining restaurants — Aqueous, Sunset Terrace, Autumn and Lautrec — as well as four casual eateries and four seasonal spots. And there are five other onsite bars and lounges. Oenophiles can even get a tasty education with weekly wine tastings at Nemacolin’s own Académie du Vin. Whether it’s house-made granola or fresh carrot-ginger juice at the Elements Café, Wagyu skirt steak at Aqueous, or local farm-to-table fare at Autumn, there’s something for everyone — high-end, casual, vegan, gluten-free, healthy, decadent and everything in between.
2. The Supper Club. To truly experience a place, you have to taste it, and the Supper Club provides just that experience of the Laurel Highlands. Housed within the Greensburg, Pa., train station — a National Register of Historic Places landmark — the Supper Club focuses on comfortable elegance and a true farm-to-fork dining experience. The Supper Club gathers fresh, seasonal ingredients from more than 24 local farmers, foragers and producers. (A list of the restaurant’s farms and producers can be found on its website.) Reserve seats in the kitchen at the special chef’s table to enjoy a nine-course tasting meal with wine pairings.
3. Sugar & Cream. Sometimes a freshly baked scone or cupcake and a cup of coffee before or after a day of sightseeing are exactly what you want to hit the spot. The new establishment located in the historic Greensburg train station offers pizzas, sandwiches, freshly baked pastries, and handmade sorbets and gelato in a slew of favorite and seasonal flavors.
4. Out of the Fire Café. Donegal, Pa., is about as small-town as you can get, but the Out of the Fire Café certainly doesn’t feel that way. Many entrées are cooked on the restaurant’s hardwood smoking grill. The wild Columbia River smoked salmon and braised short rib and grilled quail are favorites. The restaurant is BYOB, so don’t forget to pick up a bottle of wine or your favorite beer on your way.
5. Tree Tops Restaurant. Situated in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Polymath Park Resort, it’s no surprise that Tree Tops and its menu are focused on fresh and organic ingredients. The architect designed homes, including Duncan House on the property and nearby Fallingwater that were in harmony with their natural surroundings. Tree Tops shares this same philosophy both in the design of its menu and the design of the restaurant itself. Specialties at this Acme restaurant include locally-caught trout, steaks and seafood.