Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Restaurants that serve local food

Some restaurants in the area pride themselves on offering food right here from the hills of West Virginia. Whether it's the meat from grass-fed cattle or fish from the local aquaculture farm, there's not much doubt that fresher is better. Check out some of the local restaurants that serve up food West Virginia style:

  • Black Bear Burritos - "We support local and WV grown/produced products when possible, including Spring Creek tofu, from Spencer, WV, our Black Bear Stout, brewed by Mountain State Brewing in Thomas, WV, and Conquering Lion hot sauces made in Fairmont, WV." As well as the local food, Black Bear celebrates local art on their walls and local music.
  • Terra Cafe - "We take advantage of locally sourced produce, meat and dairy product availability. This gives us a direct and intimate knowledge of the ingredients we use and allows us to build a more personal relationship with our local farmers. You will notice our menu changing from time to time to adapt to the Appalachian seasons."
  • Richwood Grill - "Selected by the West Virginia Department of Tourism as one of the 101 Most Unique Destinations in West Virginia and the winner of several culinary awards, Solera Cafe evolved into Richwood Grill in the summer of 2009 to better utilize the variety of ingredients available locally in West Virginia. Richwood Grill is dedicated to the essential concept of sustainable agriculture and we believe that natural ingredients are healthier and simply taste better."
  • Madeleine's Restaurant - "Madeleine's Restaurant Supports Local Husbandry by using locally-sourced ingredients to produce our signature Fresh, Creative, Modern Cuisine. Madeleine's proudly supports: Hawthorne Valley Farms located in Clarksburg, West Virginia [Beef] Gardner Farms located in Waverley, West Virginia [Lamb] WVU Aquaculture located in Morgantown, West Virginia [Seafood]"
What other restaurants in town serve up locally produced grub? Any favorites? I know I've had fish at Richwood Grill before that is so fresh, it's almost surprising it's not still alive. That's kind of weird. But, let me know your thoughts!