Day Tripping - DC Metro
Mountain Gate Family Restaurant
You can easily see Mountain Gate from North 15; a filled parking lot indicates that it is a favorite of Thurmont residents as well as travelers! You will also see many motorcycles and tour buses in the lot!
Forgo the menu and head directly for the buffet which features oh so many items - salads, entrees, breads, vegetables - all cooked the old fashioned way. This is not a stop for those who are low carbing or are devotees of the Atkins diet! Best bets at the buffet table include the fried chicken, green beans with ham, and macaroni and cheese (cooked the way Mom made it!). There is also an extensive salad bar where you can savor Jell-O salad as well as traditional salad fixings.
Be sure not to fill up on the fried chicken, beef, turkey, or ham (and corn pudding, beets, mashed potatoes!) so that you can sample the puddings, cakes, and pies available for dessert!
A great spot for "people watching" and for experiencing a part of traditional America which is fast disappearing from our area.