Among rock gardens, stone pathways, and the old-growth forests of the Allegheny Mountains, Hilltop Lodge's redwood cabins proffer comfortable rooms near breathtaking nature. Sitting 2,217 feet above sea level, the cabins house two full-size beds and private bathrooms, while providing overnighters with access to private campfire areas. Inside the redwood lodge, built in 1928, chefs whip up Italian specialties, seafood, and hearty cuts of meat to refuel stomachs after days of golfing at nearby greens, exploring the outdoors, or duct-taping broken branches back onto trees.
During visits, travelers can enjoy Allegany County attractions—including fishing, hunting, and horseback riding—read books on the stone patio, or meander through the rock garden bordering Hilltop's pond, reciting poetry or reading the contents of cereal boxes aloud. Before departing, travelers can stop by the gnome-themed gift shop, which allows customers to take a bit of forest magic back home.
Diners at Dina's mull over a unique menu of healthful eats crafted from fresh, local ingredients. Succulent starters include the bacon-wrapped dates, stuffed with Stilton blue cheese and almonds under a sprinkle of balsamic syrup ($9.95), and the baked brie, buoyed by an orchard of apples, grapes, and pears ($9.95). Share a slice of the boss gourmet pizza, plastered with mushrooms, sausage, green peppers, kalamata olives, and mozzarella ($17.95 for a large), or monopolistically hoard entrees such as the chicken parmesan ($18.95) or Cowgirl ribs. During a.m. hours, diners can nosh on massive pancakes ($7.75) or eggy burrito bombs ($8.75) in the open air of Dina's sidewalk seating, or lounge amongst brick-bedecked walls of the upstairs loft while cooing sweet nothings to the eatery’s sandwiches.
Prime cuts of beef sizzle at The Silver Fox Steakhouse, where chef Jack Atkinson curates a menu packed with steak, seafood, and elegant American eats. Take a break from bench-pressing enormous bottles of wine to dine on the Cab Calloway fillet ($37)—8 ounces of seasoned meat topped with three shrimp—which arrives smothered in bordelaise sauce, much like the microphones that Calloway ate after each performance. The champagne mussels arrive cooked in garlic, onion, thyme, and cream sauce ($12), while fresh fruits de mer can be plucked from tiers of barramundi, ocean perch, scallops, and shrimp ($32).
Chanderson’s Steak & Seafood plates up fine American cuisine in a casual, charming atmosphere fit for family dinners and special nights out. Six days per week, the restaurant serves lunch and dinner, loading both spreads with succulent and artfully arranged options. The fish Harold, for instance, features broiled haddock festooned with Italian herbs, tomatoes, and provolone, while the pot roast entrée fills bellies with tender, slow-roasted beef and gravy.
The Hearth Restaurant's rustic, rough-hewn confines swell with warmth and friendly chatter as cooks grill, roast, and simmer dinner entrees ranging from steak to lobster. Forks dive into slow-roasted, hand-carved prime rib of beef ($15.50+), and cold-water lobster tails ($20.99 for one tail; $37.50 for two tails) allow diners to enjoy gifts from the sea far superior to the soggy holiday sweaters sent by Poseidon. Char-grilled sesame-pork chops ($14.50) travel beneath a mantle of The Hearth’s Hawaiian sesame barbecue sauce. Epicurean alchemists forge homemade soups and stews each day ($2.99–7.25) and send the steaming bowls to guests dining on the restaurant’s outdoor deck seating. Rotating features such as a Western New York fish fry ($9.75) save taste buds from the boredom brought on by gnawing on the reels of foreign films.
On the shores of Sheepshead Bay, the chefs at Baku Palace delight palates with a menu of Turkish and Russian cuisine kept afloat by a supermassive vodka list. Servers ferry plates of seafood such as boiled lobster, entrees including fried trout, sheep's tongue, and grilled filet mignon, and kebabs out to eager patrons, and live music compels forks to shovel food in rhythmic unison. The eatery's regal chandeliers—which were designed in the Czech Republic—elegant patterned wallpaper, and ornate catering displays facilitate birthday celebrations, corporate events, and lavish surprise parties for the parking valet.