Saturday, February 16, 2019
One of my absolute favorite finds in all of West Virginia is Good Mansion Wines.
This Wheeling gem offers luxury wines, pastas, chocolates, condiments, olive oil and more in a grand house.
As you wind your way back through this shop, you see more and more goodies available for purchase.
And once you get to the back of the building, it opens to this small, bright kitchen!
It's full of smoked meats, imported cheeses and fresh pastas.
And, there are house-made sandwiches available!
But these aren't your ordinary sandwiches.
They're full of incredible ingredients, like Prosciutto di Parma, Tallegio, black truggle, and Balsamico di Modena.
There were two sandwiches assembled when I went up to the counter, and I went with 5 - Il Tirolese: Speck, Taleggio, Acetomodena Balsamico di Modena, with greens.
And, I also picked up a small chocolate caramel tart.
There are just a handful of chairs inside, so I walked out to the front of the building.
As I opened my bag, I discovered breadsticks and olives to accompany my sandwich.
I unwrapped my sandwich, which was quite large.
The crusty bread gave way to a tangy cheese and the sweetness of the balsamic vinegar was great.
Which ones have you tried?
Friday, February 15, 2019
Mason Dixon Barbecue Co. is a new restaurant in Moundsville.
A lot of folks tend to think of West Virginia only being below the Mason Dixon Line, and for folks like me who are from the Northern Panhandle, it's important to remember us.
Raised on a farm in Marshall County, WV, Patrick Fisher grew up surrounded by the sights and sounds of the Mason Dixon. Patrick is a combat veteran of the war in Afghanistan. After proudly serving 6 years in the United States Army he enrolled in West Liberty University College of Business and created Mason Dixon Barbecue Company. Since 2013, Patrick has been smoking his own brand barbecue featuring his homemade Mason Dixon barbecue sauce.
I ordered a pulled pork sandwich with a side of potato salad. And then I ended up getting a side of macaroni & cheese too!
It's a house-rubbed pork shoulder smoked with West Virginia white oak, pulled, and served with The Original sauce on an Italian bun. The bun was lightly toasted, and that bbq sauce had a nice tang to it. Pretty tasty!
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Nosh is a new restaurant on the East End that I happened to pass while driving by recently.
It is only open for lunch during the week currently, so plan a quick stop to check it out!
There are a few small tables on the inside, and it's like a sweet mix of elegant and fun inside.
The menu features soups, salads and sandwiches - plus some sweet treats.
I ordered the cranberry turkey croissant with a side of potato salad.
And, wow was that sandwich good! It was much larger than I anticipated, but all those flavors were perfect together.
And my side of potato salad was big, too, and flavorful.
Have you been? What's your favorite so far?
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Terry's Turf Club is a quirky restaurant, clad in neon signs, and is a bit of a dive - but with fancy burgers.
This restaurant is usually pretty packed, but we got lucky.
It's been on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, so that surely brings a lot of folks in - including us!
To start off with, there are peanuts on the table for a snack.
As we looked over the menu, I had a tough time figuring out how to make my burger.
There are tons of toppings and cheeses and all kinds of delicious things - but they add up quick!
So I actually kept it simple for my first burger there. I got the burger, topped with swiss cheese and bearnaise sauce.
It is all served on paper plates, which is fine.
And overall, I thought it was a decent burger. Next time I'll splurge for a fancy cheese and topping to go all out.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Nada is a cocktail and drink joint with a beautiful entrance filled with plants and seating. Once I saw this cute place, I knew we had to squeeze it in.
This restaurant was a warm, welcome respite from some of the chilly Cincinnati temperatures. We sat upstairs to warm up and get a nibble.
I ordered the Queso Gringo, which came with smoked gouda + habanero + pico de gallo + black bean purée.
After just a few minutes, we had a hot pile of cheese - perfect to warm any tummy!
This was pretty good - love the little bit of heat - and homemade chips! But is queso ever really bad? Yum!