Sunday, March 20, 2016
Moorefield Edition: O'Neills
What do you know about Moorefield? I don't know much. I know that one of my freshman roommates (of the five of them) was from Moorefield. I also know they have chicken processing plant. But, that's all I got ... Until recently.
Now ... now I know they also have some pretty good food.
I received a comment a while back from Daniel Todd, who mentioned that O'Neills in Moorefield served him up the perfect plate of food (plus pie!). That, combined with the restaurant's placement on the 101 Most Unique Places to Dine in WV list, sent me on a road trip.
O'Neills has a country charm to it with high-backed chairs, precariously placed rooster art and some greenery that add to the ambiance. I can say, though, that I went here alone for lunch, and I don't think they were quite sure how to respond to that.
The menu has some really good options - steak, salmon, crab cakes, sandwiches, salads and more. I rarely order a salad, because how can you size up a restaurant based merely on a bunch of ingredients that have been assembled. Where's the creativity? Where's the personality? Where's the fun? O'Neills solved that for me.
Their baby crab cake salad would allow me to have something pretty light while also getting a real taste for what their cooking is like -- plus I don't think I've ever had a crab cake salad before? The greens, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions were all fresh and provided a perfect bed for these succulent little crab cakes. I've been having some really good crab cakes lately, and these are no exception.
Let's keep the fun rolling, amiright? Butterscotch pie! I think I'd truly be happy with anything on this list. But oh my gahhh look how delicious.
Oddly, I think the crust on this pie was my favorite. The butterscotch and meringue were of course very good, but that CRUST was super on point. Man. Just, yes.