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.
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.
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.
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.