You know how those tiny little dive restaurants are the ones that tend to churn out the best food? I have sat through many an unpleasant experience at hole-in-the-walls, looking for that diamond in the rough.
Doug's Topside Tavern is it. It's one of the best kept secrets in town.
The dive-like, kind of rough bar is located in South Charleston. It's across from the chemical plant and neighbors some motels, gas stations and other areas. From the outside, it looks like a building that has seen some better days and could use a solid scrubbing.
But go on a Friday night and be amazed.
On a grill in the front of the building, they grill steaks that have been marinated - I've been told - for at least 24 hours.
There is a downstairs and an upstairs. Because we got there around 7 or so, the downstairs was completely full, so we hiked upstairs.
The deal is that the meal contains a huge ribeye, salad and potato for $15. The salad bar is located downstairs. Some basics for the veggies, but any kind of dressing you could ever possibly want. All varying degrees of used, and some are homemade.
The potato also has its own dressings - butter, cheese, sour cream. Yum.
This puppy rides the comfort food train to heaven.
(What a weird phrase. Go with it.)
The steak - one of the best I've ever had. It may have been the best I've ever had if I didn't have to wait nearly three hours. Three. Hours. for it. We would keep saying - well, we've waited this long, it's gotta be soon.
Three hours later, we got our food.
And it's not a fast food place, I get that.
But three hours is a ridiculous amount of time to wait.
Thank god that steak was the most tender, juicy, delicious one that side of town.