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Old South Mountain Inn

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Old South Mountain Inn Review

Since 1732, this sturdy bluish gray stone home has welcomed travelers along a road called by turns the National Trail, the National Road, the Old National Pike, and (least romantically) Route 40. Historic figures Daniel Webster and Henry Clay stopped here, and during the Civil War, John Brown's followers seized control of the building for a day. Just prior to the Battle of Antietam, it served as the headquarters for a Confederate general. The menu is as elegant as the setting: highlights include fillet Mona Lisa, a seared filet mignon with a cabernet sauvignon demi-glace, served over crispy fried leeks. The extensive dessert list includes peanut butter, fresh apple, and bourbon pecan pies; Godiva chocolate cake; and ice cream sundaes.

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  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed Mon.

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    Old South Mountain Inn Review

    No one at the door for 10 minutes as we waited behind another couple. Hostess had us follow her but did not actually know where our reserved table was. Cold garden room table. Our friends arrived. First: Half filled cup of lukewarm thin lobster bisque tasted like canned.$5.50. Garden salad, served on a very small plate. The highpoint of the meal: One warm brown and serve crusty roll per guest at the table. Spouse and I both ordered Prime Rib, medium rare. It was served to us ice cold. After waiting and trying to get our server's attention, I walked over to a busperson to ask her to help us. Cook must have microwaved them or dipped them in a vat of broth to warm them because they came back medium well. Since we were with our friends we decided to just give up trying to get a good meal and eat with them. That would have been easier had there even been salt and pepper in the table. Coffee after dinner was so old it turned gray when cream was added. $80 plus...what a waste! I spent 22 years working in the restaurant business. If i could give it zero stars i would. Never again.

    by mejanew, 12/11/11
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    Quite expensive, and frankly in a bit of disrepair. (The cracked path leading from the parking area to the front entrance on the way in is a lawsuit waiting to happen.) Entrees were $17 to $29. My wife liked her trout, my salmon was over-done. (She and I both agreed on that.) When I told the waitress, I received a quick, Oh, I'm sorry, and then she pointed to another table where customers were eating the same entree without complaint. That didn't make mine any more palatable. There was no adjustment made to the bill. The salads that came our entrees were meager and uninspired. This was in August, so they could have done better. Deserts were good, but like everything else, very expensive. They were child-sized too. I ordered a piece of Key Lime pie. For $6.50 I received a tiny tart. I couldn't believe it. Coffee was available at $6.50 a pop. All in all, disappointing.

    by localvisitor1960, 8/22/10

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