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Late Nite Adobo

Typing out thoughts on a website… when the cravings hit you in the late nite…

by Bananaketchup

 

1520 Deep Creek Drive
McHenry, MD 21541

When you just wanna get away from the monotonous brake-honk-gas rhythm of the DC city life, you can’t go too wrong with Deep Creek Lake. And if you’re feeling a tinge of hunger after reaching a zen-like state of peaceful enlightenment, there’s the Pine Lodge Steakhouse & Saloon.

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The Pine Lodge Steakhouse & Saloon is full-to-bursting with charming, rustic aesthetics. Everything abounds with wooden craftsmanship, animal heads decorate the walls, and high-vaulted ceilings will likely crane the necks of low-vaulted patrons. If a log cabin fell from outer-space onto an Outback Steak house, this lakeside eatery would be the resulting child of the two. It’s a good place to bring the family, a date, or the Brawny man and/or Brawny men for a weekend fling.

The service at the restaurant was excellent, with friendly, attentive staff — although it felt a little awkward with their semi-plastic smiles, which left me wondering if “Smiling Bob” spiked everyone’s water with Enzyte. But it’s completely forgivable and expected from a tourist-prone spot.

After extensively scratching my chin and saying “hmmmmm” while browsing the menu, I settled on the Mountain Man Meatloaf. “Tender veal, nutritious buffalo and wild boar sausage with cranberries combine to create a flavor sensation like none other, served with green peppercorn gravy.” How could I resist?

I’m normally not one who complains about plating and presentation, but my dish looked as if a baby vomited chipped beef on a plate and the parent’s tried to pass it off as high-brow art. I just expected a tad bit more from an upper-scalish restaurant.

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You definitely can tell that this is not your grandma’s secret recipe, but for a gourmet reinterpretation of a classic dish, it was much more bland than any Sunday meatloaf night I could remember. With such interesting ingredients, the dish completely falls asleep and it’s hard to tell what’s even there or not there. It’s as if Noah created a food vessel for two of each animal and bored them to death by listening to Perry Como records. The underseasoned meat was in desperate need of salt, and was saved only by the mild spice from the sauce.

Maybe I was the unlucky one who got stuck with the short straw that night, as everyone else seemed to like their food just fine. With a diverse menu that includes rack of elk, buffalo t-bone steak, and Maryland blue crab ravioli, I would avoid the fancy-shmancy meatloaf. The Brawny man would be deeply saddened otherwise.

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