CULINARY EXPLORER: 5 Must-Try Dining Destinations in Mountaineer Country

By Susan Riddle, Culinary Explorer

Summer is the season for outdoor dining. There’s nothing better than good food and a good view, and Mountaineer Country has just that! With so many unique restaurants and eateries, there is no shortage of great places to enjoy the warm weather this summer in the region.

Table 9

Morgantown’s first gastropub, Table 9, is located in the historic wharf district in Downtown Morgantown. With its ever changing food and drink menu, Table 9’s head chef keeps customers on their toes and encourages them to try new things.

The restaurant’s patio is along the waterfront and connects to private boat docks, so customers can take in the Monongahela River views while soaking up the sunshine. After dining, walk outside and take a stroll on the rail trail.


Terra Cafe

This one of a kind cafe, located in Greater Morgantown, specializes in farm-to-table meals, specialty coffee drinks, and elegant desserts. Terra Cafe believes that you should always know where your food comes from, and that’s why they prepare everything on the menu in the kitchen, from scratch. Terra Cafe serves specialty sandwiches and salads and everything in between. You can finish off your meal with an extravagant desert, like their beautifully decorated cupcakes.

Terra Cafe is located along the river, with outdoor seating that gives customers access to the Rail Trail and TugBoat Depot, so that they can explore the outdoors after enjoying a filling, yummy and healthy meal.


Tropics Restaurant & Bar

Who says you have to travel far and wide for a tropical adventure? Tropics Restaurant & Bar, located in Greater Morgantown, is like visiting Hawaii in the middle of the mountains! Its menu is full of authentic Hawaiian cuisine, from Piña Coladas and Mai Tais, to Ahi Tuna Poke and Kalua Pig & Cabbage.

The outdoor patio includes a pavilion, grass umbrellas, and a DJ stand and stage for live music. A full outdoor bar makes you feel like you’re truly on vacation as you soak in the summer breeze. There is even a small playground for the kids to enjoy!


High Ground Brewing

One simply cannot visit Almost Heaven without experiencing its growing craft beer scene. High Ground Brewing is a small, locally owned brewery is located in Terra Alta and services many restaurants in Mountaineer Country. The brewery specializes in traditional and experimental craft beer, so that visitors are always trying something new.

Even though High Ground doesn’t serve its own food, it has hopped on the food truck train! Every week, customers can check their Facebook page and find a full schedule of food truck appearances, which allows customers to try a variety of local eats upon each visit. With a gorgeous outdoor space that includes picnic tables, umbrellas and cornhole boards, this brewery will be a hit during your next gathering with friends and family.


Rosemary’s Thyme Mexican Restaurant

Also located in Terra Alta, just down the road from High Ground Brewing Company, this restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine and a friendly atmosphere. The family owned business has been serving West Virginians since opening their first restaurant in 1998.

Customers at Rosemary’s Thyme can dine on the large outdoor deck overlooking the Preston County golf course and enjoy a nice summer breeze while taking in the Cheat River and Appalachian Mountain views. With so many delicious meals on the menu, it can be hard to pick your favorite, so we recommend sampling multiple in one sitting. You won’t regret it!

Want to know the best part? All of these businesses have Mountaineer Deals on our website, so you can save MORE! while dining with them. Head to to download your coupons today and enjoy summer dining in the area. For more dining information, visit

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Susan Riddle is the President and CEO of the Greater Morgantown Conventions and Visitors Bureau. The GMCVB is a non-profit organization that generates tourism through marketing, advertising, public relations and communication with tourism partners in Monongalia and Preston counties.

This post was last updated on January 4, 2021