A Unique Dining Experience - Annie's Kitchen Country Restaurant
Last Updated on Apr 10, 2015 at 12:25pm | Tourism & Recreation
This article originally appeared in the April 9, 2015 issue of The Republican Newspaper and is being reprinted here in its entirety with permission.
Looking for home cooking, just like Grandma's? Annie's is the place to go! Located at 414 S. Main Street in Accident, you can find everything from fresh roasted turkey, meatloaf, and potatoes, to sausage gravy and biscuits, toast and fresh strawberry jam - all homemade right there at Annie's.
Currently celebrating 15 years in business - from last July until next July - Annie's is named after owner, Lisa Fratz-Bonar's grandmother, Annie Fratz. She ran a boarding house where hunters came as much for the meals as the day's hunt.
"I dreamed of living in this house and always wanted to have a restaurant," Lisa said.
Now with over 15 years of her dreams being realized, she is still keeping Grandma's recipes alive.
Starting this week, Annie's will feature a weekly "Heirloom Dessert," created from her grandmother's recipe box, which Lisa inherited. The first feature is Graham Cracker Pie. Coming soon will be Old Black Joe Cake, Polly Peach Pudding, and Applesauce Cake.
Lisa enjoys the close-knit community she is a part of and is pleased to help out with fundraisers for area sports teams.
"We love the locals!" she said. "They keep us going all winter."
The restaurant is currently selling t-shirts that say "Living the Local Life in Garrett County" along with the outline of Garrett County on the back. On the front are double L's that stand for "Local Life."
At Annie's, patrons are invited to eat where the locals eat. The menu features "local" taco salad, served in a tortilla bowl and tossed with Doritos and Catalina dressing, and a "local" burger with Annie's own seasoned mix of ground chuck topped with grilled onions and pepper jack cheese.
How about trying the "local" Mountain of Meatloaf? You've never seen anything like this! Or go for the "local" fish and chips - Yuengling-battered haddock served with homemade potato chips.
Tuesday is Wing Day, featuring 10 different flavors; seafood specials are offered on Fridays; and Sunday's feature is extra special Sunday dinners like Grandma's.
Annie's is also know for its Reuben sandwich on homemade rye bread.
"Bikers come here from Canada every year, and they say we have the best Reuben in the lower 48 states," Lisa said.
The breakfast menu is popular with repeat patrons of the restaurant and is available all day. It includes omelets with home fries, pancakes, and buckwheat cakes.
Don't forget dessert! Annie's apple dumplings rule! They feature a whole apple wrapped in flaky pastry and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.
A big slice of chocolate peanut butter or coconut cake is hard to pass up, too. Another favorite is warm chocolate chip cookies with a glass of cold milk.
An added bonus at the restaurant is a wide array of baked goods created in the on-site bakery. Fresh bread is always available, as well as a variety of pies, cakes, and cookies.
Specialty requests are always welcome at Annie's.
"We want our customers to feel comfortable, like they would at home or at Grandma's house," Lisa said. "And we want them to come back repeatedly."
No matter what you're hungry for, Annie's can satisfy your hunger. Everyone is invited to stop on in!
The restaurant is open daily, with hours Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.
There are daily specials and a children's menu, and carry-out and catering services are also available. Annie's phone number is (301) 746-8578.