I dined recently at Gateway Lodge for the first time, with a party of four. The dining lodge has an ambiance which is rustic, yet regal. The exposed logs and well-maintained interior give a warm feeling.
One imbibing member of our party chose from Gateway’s extensive wine list. She was happy with her Chardonnay choice. Our group ordered some appetizers to share. The vegetable tempura had the just the right crispness of coating, and was accompanied by a lovely Thai dipping sauce. The steamed mussels in cilantro-tomato-garlic broth were outstanding in taste and were cooked just right, not overly tough. This was one of the best mussel offerings I have ever enjoyed in a restaurant. The grilled Hirsch pork “wings” were cooked perfectly, tender, and coated with a delicious balsamic barbeque glaze. Two members of our party ordered the cream of wild forest mushroom soup, and both raved about it, consuming every drop.
Now the downside. For my entrée, I ordered the pan-fried mountain trout with tomato mango salsa. This fish was “high,” meaning it was past its prime. I do not expect restaurant fish to be as fresh as that caught by my fisherman father, but I had never before eaten fish in a restaurant that was this far “over the hill.” I couldn’t stomach it. I didn’t want to send it back, as I felt badly for the young woman server trying to please. I enjoyed the sides: roasted potatoes and French green beans. I just boxed the fish to go, then disposed of it later.
My friends enjoyed their main dishes, which included the grilled stuffed mushroom cap entrée, the housemade pasta with season garden vegetable entrée, and the herb marinated chicken breast entrée. We all enjoyed our time getting together and soaking in the lodge atmosphere.
I had the s’more cake for desert, which was gooey, marshmallow-y and excellent! I would say that in general this restaurant is very good, but allowing that fish to be served was really a faux pas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gateway Lodge is a rustic luxury resort nestled in the heart of Cook Forest, PA. The Lodge includes rooms, suites, cabins, an on-site restaurant, conference center, and spa. The restaurant holds its reputation for having over 130 high-rating wines, an excellent five-course chef tasting menu, and consistently offers some of the best fine cuisine in the forest. Gateway Lodge specializes in Weddings, Corporate Retreats, and everyday celebrations. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Gateway Lodge Country Inn Bed And Breakfast
- Gateway Lodge Country Hotel Cooksburg
- Country Inn Cooksburg
- Cooksburg Country Inn