Monday, January 16, 2012

Vintage Room

I've always wanted to go to Working Women's Wednesday since I moved to Morgantown. Working Women's Wednesday is a special hosted by WVAQ at the Vintage Room, the only high-end bar in Morgantown, which features $5 pies and drink specials.

So, a few fellow grad students and I headed to Chesnut Street to cash in on the deal. The Vintage Room is located right by Bent Willey's, its sister bar. It's surprising that a nice, classy place would be neighboring Bent, but it's true. Unfortunately, some of the riff-raff spills over from Bent, or acts as a pregame area . But the bar itself is very impressive.

Stocked to the max with wines, beers, martinis and liquors, the Vintage Room has many delicious drinks. Their special this night was the "cougar-tini," so I ordered it. I'm probably far too young to be a cougar, but for  less than $5, it's a bargain at this place.

We looked over the menu, specifically the wood-fired oven pizzas, while we waited. The menu has a huge selection, and tons of things that looked delicious: crab fondue, scallops, seared duck and tuna, but pizza was our goal.

For only $5, we had a difficult time choosing which ones looked most delicious - a vodka sauce, a white pizza, a chicken parmesan, or a philly cheesesteak. Ultimately, we decided to order a Mediterranean, which has marinated artichoke hearts, garlic, red onions, tomatoes, feta cheese and kalamata olives. We also ordered their signature Margarita pizza - fresh tomatoes, garlic, mozzarella and basil.

My drink came out soon after. The Cougar-tini had a cotton candy vodka, grenadine and something else. But it tasted like a mellow cotton candy - delicious. So, of course I ordered a second one. And by the time I walked out, I was feeling a little warm. I'd say that's a good deal.

Our pizzas were also fantastic. The margarita had a rich tomato base, with creamy mozzarella and just a perfect balance of spices and herbs to bring out all the flavor. The simple pizza was tasty. The mediterranean pizza had a lovely blend of hearty base with the salty artichoke hearts and an added kick with the feta cheese and kalamata olives. These flavors were more vibrant, but just as tasty.

I was pleasantly surprised by this bar/restaurant. Their menus are extensive, and the specials were great. When it's warmer, I'd like to sit outside on the patio. But the weather is too chilly. I'll definitely be visiting again once it gets warmer. I spent under $12 - split six ways.

Grade: A
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