Wild, Wonderful West Virginia Announces “101 Unique Places to Dine”

Third edition of pocket guide released in conjunction with Cast Iron Cook-Off at Winter Blues North Farmer’s Market

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (February 9, 2017) – Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby today announced the latest edition of the “101 Unique Places to Dine” pocket guide at Black Bear Burritos in Morgantown.

“We’re spreading the word that West Virginia has some of the finest culinary artists on the East Coast,” Commissioner Ruby said. “West Virginians don’t have to leave the state to find an authentic and delicious dining experience, and I know visitors will be blown away by what our growing community of unique restaurants has to offer.”

The third edition of the guide features 101 of West Virginians’ favorite culinary destinations and organizes winning establishments by region to encourage regional travel and excursions. The guide also includes a list of upcoming culinary events and local craft drink pairing suggestions.

To view a complete list of this year’s 101 winners, visit www.GoToWV.com/101.

“The dining industry in West Virginia is filled with an array of historic restaurants and new and upcoming establishments, and I’m excited to share this year’s list of 101 winners with both West Virginia residents and visitors to the Mountain State,” Commissioner Ruby said.

The dining guide is produced every two years. Restaurant selection is based on public nomination and votes. Only native West Virginia restaurants are eligible. National chains are not eligible for consideration, unless the original location is in West Virginia. In that case, only the original location is eligible for nomination.

Following the conference, experience more Real. Mountain Flavor at the Cast Iron Cook-Off at the Winter Blues North Farmer’s Market. The region’s premier gourmet culinary competition challenges West Virginia’s finest chefs to re-interpret traditional recipes in cast-iron cookware using farm-to-table ingredients. Chefs will have a chance to shop for ingredients at the Farmer’s Market and then prepare a meal for a chance at the title of Grand Champion. The cook off starts at 4 p.m. at Ruby Community Center in Mylan Park and is sponsored by the Collaborative for the 21st Century Appalachia.

To order your pocket guide, call 800-CALL WVA or visit GoToWV.com.  Share your Real. West Virginia stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #GoToWV and #RealWV.