How many of WV’s 101 unique places to dine have you tried?
The winners of 2017’s “101 Unique Places to Dine in West Virginia” are up! This year was the first time that we’ve had YOU, the public, vote on your favorite eateries around the Mountain State. On this list you’ll find venerated favorites, unique niche places, and probably more than a few that you’ve never even heard of.
Here are some highlights from the list according to region, but the full 101 guide is available online, too!
In the Charleston area? Try the award-winning Deep-Fried Feta at Adelphia Sports Bar & Grille. Also check out the Bluegrass Kitchen which specializes in Appalachian farm-to-table food and has great live music, or Black Sheep Burritos & Brews, which recently bought the Charleston Brewing Company next door and features many of their microbrews.
Huntington area? Grab an amazing burger or other pub fare at Fat Patty’s, whose place on this list is just another one of the many awards they’ve garnered over the years. There’s also the regional institution Jim’s Steak and Spaghetti House, which devotes one week a year in May to turning out amazing strawberry pies. Don’t miss one of West Virginia’s most unique and kitschy eateries, either — the one and only Hillbilly Hot Dogs, which features a massive 15-inch hot dog called the “Homewrecker”!
Heading south and east, Fayetteville’s Pies & Pints (now a successful franchise) managed to snag the #1 spot on the list with their unique gourmet thin-crust pizzas. The Secret Sandwich Society also took third place with their from-scratch ingredients and great beer selection. And don’t forget the delicious breakfast and lunch offerings at Cathedral Cafe, housed in a beautiful historic church building. For such a small town, Fayetteville has some seriously delicious restaurants.
Lewisburg is another foodie hotspot in the Mountain State. The gourmet goodness of Food & Friends made the list, as did the wood fired neapolitan cuisine of Hill & Holler. And who doesn’t love a classic drive-in? You’ll get that at Jim’s Drive-in; save room for the strawberry milkshake!
Farther north in Bridgeport, Oliverio’s Ristorante also serves up homemade Italian in a family-owned restaurant. Or, for even more amazing Italian, keep driving north to Fairmont to Muriale’s, a longstanding West Virginia institution specializing in more southern Italian cuisine. With so many choices, it’s no secret that North Central West Virginia has rich Italian traditions and cuisine to match.
The Ohio River town of Parkersburg boasts a lot of ethnic diversity in its cuisine. Chams Lebanese has unique Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare. Colombo’s and Da Vinci’s turn out authentic Italian entrees and desserts. For great pub food, check out Der Dog Haus or the North End Tavern & Brewery.
Morgantown, the college-town home of WVU in northern WV, has more than its share of microbreweries and pubs for you to kick back and watch the game. The Morgantown Brewing Company, Iron Horse Tavern, and Terra Cafe all churn out great food and local brews. But, if you want to get a literal fishbowl full of beer, you’ll have to head over to Mario’s Fishbowl.
WV’s panhandle cities have their own unique flavors, too. From the “the country’s best fish sandwich” at Coleman’s Fish Market in Wheeling to the dessert-lover’s paradise at Everything Cheesecake in Martinsburg, you’re sure to satisfy your appetite on your travels through the Mountain State.
These are just a few of the amazing eateries that made this year’s list. To get the full experience of dining in every corner of the state, check out the full 101 list, hop in the car, and get to exploring!
How many of these restaurants have you tried?
This post was last updated on March 16, 2022