Panorama At The Peak
3299 Cacapon Rd, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
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Our family visited The Panorama for dinner August 7, 2010. We were seated in the bar area, with no panoramic view. Our view consisted of the bar and window ac unit. Our hostess/owner went into exhausting detail regarding the use of local farmers produce and vegetables. The hostess/owner lead us to believe this was a four star restaurant, while wearing crocs. Menu selection was limited, offering approx six different dinner meals to choose from. Childrens menu was a la carte. Hostess/owner brought out three tiny pieces of bread, the size of a fifty cent piece, and again,
went into exhausting detail of how the bread was made from grain to loaf. Then she rambled on about the herbed butter, which was overpowered with basil. There was no house salad included in our overpriced meals. My iron skillet steak was one step away from being round steak, with no flavor, no spices, no herbs, just a pan fried steak covering bland mushrooms. My husbands chicken marsala tasted like baked chicken with beef au jus sauce. Our sons pasta with marinara sauce had no flavor at all. It tasted like tomatoe sauce over pasta. We were all disappointed with the experience. The entire place smelled like sour milk and mold. The portions were small. The prices were ridiculous. We continued on our journey to our summer home and reheated leftovers. We should have eaten at Doris's Deli.
01/18/2010Provided by Citysearch -
First time to Berkeley Springs and found Panorama at the Peak an unexpected and welcome surprise. Having lived in San Francisco, dining regularly in New York ... this very appealing restaurant could compete successfully in either Big Food City. From the moment we walked in we were welcomed and cared for by Patti, one of the owners. She and her partner as well as the chef, Scott, have a well demonstrated interest in sustainable agriculture, utilising organic, locally grown and biodynamic suppliers. They provide a tangible boost to local sustainable farming. Scott, I might add, learned to cook from the Julia Child cookbooks and TV shows, beginning at age 12!
The spinach salad and butternut squash soup were as fine as in any Michelin-rated French restaurant (minus the butter fat). The soup was a thick puree' of squash and apples. Butternut ravioli were airy-light and delicate, but this vegan had to sample the superb shepherd's pie, made with delectable, delicate lamb, seasoned with garam masala and thyme. Oh my, definitely worth falling off the vegan wagon.
The wine selection is well thought out and features reasonably priced, diverse and skillfully crafted wines, including organic selections. After all, anyone can order an expensive wine. It takes love and knowledge to buy well-priced, good wines.
Finally, dessert offers a wide variety of selections, including a few not on the menu.
Be sure to ask!
When we returned to our hotel, the staff commented that this restaurant was a favourite for locals and their special occasions.
We can't wait to come back.
07/19/2009Provided by Citysearch -
The Fourth of July was filled with an explosion of flavors as my husband and I celebrated the holiday at Panorama at the Peak, a mountain-top restaurant located in the historic spa town of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, 90-minutes from the Baltimore/Washington metro area.
On Route 9 west, three picturesque miles from the heart of town where visitors are attracted to the centuries-old custom of ?taking the waters,? as well as to its vibrant ?Arts? community, Panorama at the Peak offers a natural wonder of the culinary kind. Partners Patti Miller and Leslie Hotaling, and Chef Scott Collinash offer fresh regional fare for meat-lovers, vegetarians, vegans, seafood enthusiasts, and foodies like myself who are curious about the source and the creative preparation of their meals. Miller says that some recipes are adapted from a late 1930s? cookbook housed in the restaurant?s kitchen.
Starting with the Chilled Cherry Soup, this ?old-school? appetizer set off an explosive response both surprising and delightful on my taste buds. This primed me for an entr?e called Vegetable Stuffed ?8-ball? Squash, which is a local veggie brimming with organic corn, mushrooms, cranberries, roasted pine nuts, and sweet peppers?topped with a dollop of herbed yogurt and accompanied by brown rice pilaf. The subtle flavors were layered and lovely. My husband opted for the Turkey Croquettes, pan-fried and served over apple-cranberry compote. Because he is willing to share, I was able to attest to the fact that one bite miraculously captured all the best flavors of Thanksgiving dinner. For dessert, we splurged on the Cr?me Brulee, a homemade treat whipped with local farm eggs, torched just before serving. Its delicious blend of caramelized crackle and smooth custard played on our tongues and melted in our mouths. All of this was served-up with an ?almost Heaven? scenic-view of three states and two rivers framed by the restaurant?s large picture-windows.
We are excited about returning to the restaurant on our next trip to Berkeley Springs--he to sample the charbroiled Lamb Hamburger and me to savor either the West Virginia Pan-fried Trout or the Traditional PotRoast. Many of the restaurant?s impressive cuts of meat are certified organic/humane. Most of the dishes, both vegetarian as well as those including filet mignon, NY strip, and lamb shank, are mildly seasoned to allow the natural essence of their farm-fresh flavors to take center stage.
When you dine at Panorama at the Peak, you are only one step removed from the local farmers who tend the land and nourish the livestock. Partners Miller and Hotaling know many of the area?s farmers and handpick from those with the highest standards during regular trips to the farms. Chef Collinash is inspired by childhood experiences helping his parents tend a large vegetable garden, then freezing and canning both theirs and local farmers? produce. He admits that watching Julia Child on PBS as a boy spurred him on, as well. So, for those who appreciate knowing the source, healthfulness, and nutritional value of the food they are enjoying, Panorama at the Peak offers a culinary experience where, as Miller says, the ingredients go from ?the farm, through our kitchen, and to your dining table.?
On frequent jaunts to the farmers? markets, Miller not only carries the shopping list from Chef Collinash, but also the shared philosophy of her partners that ?eating seasonally, eating fresh, and eating from local sources? guarantees the quality and creativity that makes every meal a celebration.