Written by Aaron Rote & Nikki Bowman
FRIES & BLEU
1125 University Avenue, 304.296.4486; 725 Chestnut Ridge Road, 304.598.3010; wingsole.com
When alumni return to Morgantown they have two things on their mind: cheering on the Mountaineers and making sure they get their fix of French fries and bleu. Wings Olé’s bleu cheese recipe is a thing of legend—something you’ll want to savor as much as another X in the win column.
704 Richwood Avenue; 304.292.2511; mariosfishbowl.biz
The company, the character, the memories on the walls—Mario’s Fishbowl has more than enough charm to retain customers. This neighborhood favorite’s secret weapon, though, is its hot wings. Instead of offering a telephone book full of flavors and heats, the restaurant keeps its selection to a relatively modest six, ensuring that every order of wings is note-perfect. These wings balance spicy with sweet even with the heat turned all the way up. Pair a dozen and a half of the spicy BBQ with a Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat if true chicken wing bliss is what you’re after.
GREEK CHICKEN & LEMON SOUP
1090 Suncrest Towne Centre & 1150 University Avenue, Mountainlair; 304.777.4455; tazikiscafe.com
This soup will conquer any cold and flu season. A Greek staple, Avgolemeno is a tangy and tart combination of shredded chicken, rice, lemon juice, broth, and egg that will make your taste buds tremble. Served with fresh pita wedges, you can buy it by the cup or by the pint, but just be forewarned, you’ll be going back for seconds.
ORGANIC BEANS & BROWN RICE WITH KALE
1137 Van Voorhis Road, Suite 20, Chelsea Square; 304.598.3044; kenyancafe.com
For a taste that’s out of this world, or at least off of this continent, fill up at Kenyan Café. Nearly everything at Kenyan Café is 100 percent organic. Many of the dishes can be mixed and matched, and there are many vegetarian options as well as meat dishes. A couple of the most popular dishes are the organic beans and rice, or the goat stew. Feeling adventurous? Try the café’s own signature hot sauce with your dish. “It’s a pretty simple meal to take out, too,” says owner Denis Gekara of his beans and rice. Denis says the dish holds its own and can be microwaved for later, as well. You can enjoy your meal with some of the best black tea in one of the restaurant’s many cozy chairs, or call ahead for takeout.
361 High Street; 304.241.5374; chaangthai.com
When Chaang Thai recently opened on High Street, Thai aficionados jumped for joy. This perennial favorite—tangy-sweet stir fried rice noodles with eggs, fish sauce, tamarind juice, red chili pepper, bean sprouts, crushed peanuts, splash of lime, and your choice of chicken, shrimp or beef—strikes the perfect balance of zip and zing. Hands down the best in town, this Pad Thai dish will quickly become an obsession. The restaurant will soon offer a full-service bar, delivery, and deck patio seating.
247 Beechurst Avenue; 304.296.2266
What do you get when you combine a mysterious, glowing milk tea with tiny pearls of tapioca and a giant straw? Bubble tea—the refreshing, Taiwanese drink that’s as confounding as it is delicious. And nobody does bubble tea quite like Lavender Café, with a flavor combination to suit even the least adventurous of diners. First-timers should try the restaurant’s signature Lavender Green Tea, which pairs nicely with a spicy tuna roll—and the smile, or look of confusion, on your face.
ARAGOSTA MAC & CHEESE
735 Chestnut Ridge Road; 304.581.6930; stefanosmorgantown.com
This ain’t your grandmama’s mac n’ cheese! Stefano’s—one of Morgantown’s best places for fine dining—brings old world elegance to Italian and American cuisine, but you’ll become a kid again when you try their Aragosta Mac and Cheese. Broiled cold water lobster, mascarpone cheese, and orzo in a to die for lobster cream and basil oil is a decadent way to begin your meal.
MORE GRUB WE LOVE
321 High Street, 304.292.0165; 383 Patteson Drive, 304.599.1870; bostonbeanery.com
With thick, buttery bread, provolone cheese, and fresh veggies, you can’t go wrong with this filling lunch. Or go traditional with American cheese. Don’t forget the curly fries and ranch dressing.
318 Richwood Avenue; 304.292.1888; richwoodgrill.com
Richwood Grill’s steaks don’t have to travel far to make it to your plate. The restaurant’s rotating selection of Delmonicos, ribeyes, and filets are the pasture-raised product of farms in Monongalia and Preston County. Sure, you could look at the menu first, but you can never go wrong with Richwood’s steak of the day. Medium-rare, of course.
215 Don Knotts Boulevard; 304.554.0100; dinesargasso.com
Sargasso, celebrated for its world fusion cuisine, is Morgantown’s go-to power lunch venue, and the Chicken Curry Salad is one of the restaurant’s most popular lunchtime dishes.
76 High Street; 304.296.9234; cafebacchus.net
The only problem with Café Bacchus’ mouth-watering 14-ounce pork chop (served with sautéed vegetables and three-cheese baked macaroni) is having to call your mom and tell her that she now makes your second favorite pork chop.
1030 Suncrest Towne Centre; naticakes.com
Downright darling and delicious, this yogurt and cupcake boutique will make your life sweeter! Couture flavors with tons of toppings will bring you back again an