The stretch of U.S. 40 from the Pennsylvania state line to Uniontown is lined with clusters of both history and decent local restaurants. On the southern side of the road between Markleysburg and Farmington is the Lone Star Restaurant.
The Lone Star was opened in 1922, and has remained open and locally-owned ever since (currently owned by the Simmons family). It’s important to not get this Lone Star confused with the Lone Star Steakhouse chain, which is completely separate. Instead, this Lone Star emphasizes more diner-type food, and patrons can expect to find very reasonably-priced traditional all-American features. In addition, on weekends, the Lone Star also has several buffets during the week, including a Sunday brunch buffet.
The restaurant is split into two different dining areas. The first, and the one into which the main entrance leads, has more the look and feel of a traditional diner, complete with checkerboard flooring and two dining bars. The other dining area is more contemporary and modern-style, and is more used for the buffets.
For myself, I got the Star burger, which is Lone Star’s featured burger. It’s made up of a half-pound of beef, several slices of tomato, lettuce and onion, cheese, ketchup, mustard and Lone Star’s special “sauce.” Though this sounds somewhat similar to a Big Mac, its not. It was fresh and tasted more like a homemade burger than something at a restaurant. As with every other local restaurant so far, the wait staff was friendly and efficient, making sure the experience was positive – not just with me, but with everyone else in the restaurant.
In addition to the regular menu, Lone Star makes and sells bread and cinnamon rolls to take home. The only negative thing I found about Lone Star is that although credit/debit cards are accepted, tips cannot be paid with the card. Fortunately, I had a few dollars on me, but next time, I would double-check to make sure I have cash.
The Lone Star is located at 4922 National Pike, Markleysburg, Pa. It is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and on Sunday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. To reach the restaurant, call 724-329-7161.