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Mile 47 – Glisan’s Restaurant, Markleysburg, Pa.

Glisan's Restaurant, Markleysburg, Pa.

I try to avoid posting about restaurants twice in a row, but, like I said in my previous post, this part of the National Road is full of local, older restaurants, so not only is it hard to avoid covering those places, but they really do contribute to the soul of the highway.

A few miles on the east side of Farmington (though with a Markleysburg address), is Glisan’s Restaurant (pronounced like the “is” in “hiss”), another older diner that was first opened in 1950. Although the restaurant is under new ownership and management, the traditional aspects of Glisan’s remain – including the large selection of homemade pies that are sold by the slice or by the whole.

French Onion soup at Glisan's

On my visit last Friday afternoon, I had the French Onion soup (the soup of the day), followed by the hot turkey and mashed potatoes, which was on special. The soup was probably one of, if not the best, French Onion soups I have had in a long time.  The cheese spread on top of the soup was thick, and was a great addition to the flavor of the soup. The hot turkey  was a little less exciting (probably more due to me comparing the actual lunch to the great quality of the soup). I didn’t expect such a huge portion for lunch – each of the three components, the turkey, the potatoes and the stuffing, was more than generous. The stuffing had just a bit too much pepper for my taste, but that of course is just a personal preference.

Hot Turkey dinner, Glisan's

As a whole, the menu carries most of your traditional American staples – burgers, fries, sandwiches, salads – but also has Italian plates thrown in along with steak and shrimp.

The inside of the restaurant is more reminiscent of a small family-owned restaurant than a 1950’s diner, as the neon-illuminated sign outside the building would suggest. Pies of the day are displayed in a large glass case right by the register, next to the glass refrigerators of beer and wine Glisan’s serves. Like the Princess Restaurant in Frostburg, many of the booths have their own jukeboxes, just like in diners of the mid-20th Century.

Being in Glisan’s a little after normal lunchtime (around 2:30 p.m.) meant that it was pretty slow as far as the number of customers goes. But, every staff member I encountered, from the waitress to the host, was friendly, helpful and efficient.

One of two dining rooms at Glisan's restaurant

Glisan’s Restaurant is located at 4625 National Pike, Markleysburg, Pa., on the north side of the road, and can be reached at 724-329-4636. Glisan’s regular hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Glisan’s may stay open later during the summer, so call ahead.
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Mile 45 – Lone Star Restaurant, Markleysburg, Pa.

The Lone Star Restaurant, Markleysburg, Pa.

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.

The "Star Burger" at the Lone Star Restaurant.

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.

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