The Rail Yard Restaurant foiled my attempts to check off all the Elkins restaurants on the 101 Most Unique Places to Dine in WV list in one fell swoop. It was, inexplicably, closed when it should've been opened, which necessitated another trip to Elkins. Luckily, I was already in the area during lunch time, and The Rail Yard Restaurant happened to be open.
The restaurant is located near the tracks of the Elkins Depot, which hosts a number of train excursions.
Lots of parking is available, which is nice. Once I opened the doors, a sign directed me upstairs. I noticed there was outdoor dining, and I contemplated sitting outside, but it was still a bit chilly. Inside, it was. I grabbed a seat near the windows, at least. A young kid came over to get my drink order after a few moments. There was some subtle jabbing from a manager or owner who couldn't provide a notepad for him immediately and said something to the effect that if he couldn't handle a drink order without writing it down, it's a problem. Poor kid. Maybe don't say that out loud in front of your customers to try to embarrass him.
The menu has a bunch of sandwiches, like turkey and roast beef, as well as hot dogs, wraps, burgers, soups and salads.
If possible, I like to try something made in-house by a restaurant, rather than merely assembled. That, plus I love meatloaf. So, the "hobo" was a natural choice for me. After quite a while, it came out on thick slices of toasted bread and was incredible moist with a sweet tomato sauce on top. I actually really liked it. Like, really liked it. It was ground fine, with lots of herbs and spices and this delicious sauce on top. It is not fancy by any stretch - but it's tasty. The steak fries could've used a few more minutes of cooking so they got crisp.
The sandwich would easily be an A for me, but the fries combined with the manager comments to the server that made me uncomfortable took the experience down a notch for me.