Pascal and Sandy Fontaine bought Deer Park Inn in 1996 and immediately made it the place for fine French dining in Garrett County. I have eaten there often since they opened and have always found it an immensely sarisfying experience.
Besides some traditional French dishes, there is always something new ot try. My favorite is the duck. I don't know that it's ever been prepared the same way, but it has always been tasty. A dish I expecially liked this summer was grilled shrimp on homemade pasta.
Their bread is extraordinary. There is always a creative variety of salads. On one visit this summer I had boursin cheese wrapped in zucchini on panata coulis that was really exceptional.
My favorite dessert is the profiteroles, a kind of cream puff. A rich bittersweet chocolate pate is a real treat, as well as various fruit crisps. A unique dessert, ordered for a special party in early summer, was an enormous baked Alaska cake which was truly awesome in size and taste.
Deer Park Inn is a "cottage" that was built long before Deep Creek Lake was even a dream. In 1873 the famous Deer Park Hotel was built along the railroad in southern Garrett. In the vicinity were built a number of very large homes which were deceptively called "cottages." Deer Park Inn is one of the few remaining "cottages." So besides eating in style, you also get to experience a bit of history.
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