Jay's Daily Grind

By Candace Nelson - 2:42 PM

Jay's Daily Grind is a local favorite amongst my crowd. It has an interesting personality, as it's located right outside of campus, on Willey Street, but it doesn't have that student-drenched feel like some shops near campus. That would be the one downfall for me - no easy parking, save for the metered lot behind the building. That, and they only take cash (but if you forget, they will let you pay them back).

Many (all?) argue that Jay's has the best coffee in Morgantown. While that may be true, I'm not a coffee connoisseur, so I'll take their word for it. But if you want a killer hot chocolate, Jay's is my choice. It's very convenient if you're on campus, so it's a go-to lunch spot.

They have: coffees, espressos, drinks, breakfast sandwiches and lunch sandwiches. I am always hesitant about getting a deli sandwich. Because why would I pay someone to make something I can make just as easily? Well, these are a little different.

Walk up to the counter, browse over the menu briefly and make some quick decisions. They even had small samples on the counter this day. I ordered their "Dagwood" sandwich: turkey, ham, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, mayonnaise and yellow mustard. I also got a hot chocolate and a water. They give your drinks right to you at the counter, then go find a seat on either side of the ordering area (there are breezeways into the Book Exchange on the side), and someone will bring you your food.

A few things I love about this little lunch place: The service is stellar. They are always super friendly, super helpful, and totally knowledgable. And if you order coffee, they swirl a pretty little drawing in your cup. They do a few things, and they do them well. AND, the view here is kinda cool. They have a barstool area where you can chow down on your sandwich while watching passers-by. I'm a total people-watcher, so I like that, especially if having lunch alone.

The food is good. The ingredients are fresh, simple, but combine for a delicious flavor. It's straight to the point, but also super tasty. And they give you a pickle and side of chips. Check them out next time you want to get a quick lunch downtown. Just make sure you have cash! Here's their Facebook.

Grade: A
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  1. I love this place! The best coffee I have ever tasted, excellent friendly service and good sandwiches:)

    1. Hi Kim! I hear the coffee is phenomenal. And the sandwiches aren't too bad either - do you have a fav? Thanks for your comment!

  2. Stopping in give an update on the state of affairs on the now newly named "The Grind WV". Everything you have come to know and love about this place is still here. Rich brings expertise unlike any other in Morgantown and is working hard to share that knowledge with the rest of the crew. Becoming the owner has only served to further his drive to provide an exceptional coffee experience. Breakfast and lunch sandwiches are still fresh, delicious, and affordable. Katie does a great job in the kitchen, baking fresh brownies and cookies daily.

    They have also added a few long needed key features. If you are craving that caffeine fix and don't happen to have any cash on you, it is no longer a problem. They take credit cards!! Need to break out your laptop to check your email or submit that last minute assignment? They have you covered with free Wi-Fi. Looking for a place to hold that afternoon meeting? Extended hours now give you the perfect place (Weekdays 7am-6pm, Saturday 8am-3pm).

    If you haven't been in for a while or are looking for a new place hangout, come on by and check out The Grind WV. The staff and regulars create and friendly and inviting atmosphere. It will feel like a home away from home before you know it.

    1. They take credit cards!!! That's amazing. And I love the wi-fi - I just wish I still ventured downtown. That would be the perfect spot to get some work done. Thanks for the update!


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