Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Harpers Ferry Edition: Canal House Cafe
A visit to Harpers Ferry necessitated dinner! Canal House came highly praised, and I believe it was featured in one year's edition of 101 Unique Places to Dine in West Virginia list.
The Canal House has a small menu, but it's packed with items from local businesses: local farms, creameries, coffee shops, seafood, etc.
I asked what the most popular item was, and the waitress said "The General" was a big seller: local, grass-fed beef meatloaf topped with a tomato gravy and cheddar with roasted potato wedges and seasonal vegetable. Let's do it.
While waiting, I took note of the interior, which is so super cute. It's a rustic chic feel - lots of mismatched distressed chairs and tables partnered with exposed brick walls, wood floors and stonework.
My dish came out with a large cube of meatloaf with a side of potatoes and roasted zucchini and squash. It wasn't bad. There's nothing especially exciting about it, and the meatloaf was a little on the dry side. But, I really like meatloaf so even mediocre meatloaf isn't too bad to me. I think it could have used a hearty dose of seasoning, and the tomato gravy could have, as well, just for my personal preferences. The potatoes were great. And I always love zucchini.
I think this place is super cute, and there are a number of other sandwiches on the menu I'd like to try. This visit may have been user selection error. It's hard to live up to my mom's homemade meatloaf.