I have a hard time choosing between the coolest small towns in West Virginia. There's Davis/Thomas, Fayetteville, Shepherdstown, Elkins and Lewisburg. I really love each of them, so I was super happy to get the chance to head to one - Lewisburg - recently for some cider scouting.
Before cider, I stopped at Hill and Holler first for some lunch. Hill and Holler brings two loves together: pizza and bikes. Add in some live music, and you have a haven for every Appalachian hipster. Read: Me.
Located on North Jefferson Street, it's right along the main drag in Lewisburg and is housed in this log cabin-esque building.
Inside, it's beautiful. Large windows allow in tons of light; there are a few loungey areas and TVs. Lots of wood accents and exposed beans and duct work. I'm a fan; it's quite lovely.
This bike repair/rental shop-turned-restaurant features local ingredients on their "Neapolitan" pizzas. The dough proofs for three days before cooking in the wood-fired oven, which reaches up to 850 degrees and cooks the pizza within two minutes.
I walked in and up to the counter to look over the menu. It wasn't busy, so I took a minute to figure out which pizza looked best. Once I saw The Forager, I couldn't get past it: pancetta, roasted garlic, wild mushrooms and fresh herbs. Mmm.
This was very good. Very savory, very umami. I almost wish there was just a touch of something sweet to balance it out - maybe a balsamic or cranberry or something. But, it had a nice browned crust, bubbly cheese and delicious mushrooms and crunchy pancetta. What a perfect combo.
Such a cool place to grab a drink, grab a pie and rent a bike for a ride. Will definitely be back.