Flying Pigs Breakfast and Lunchery made a "unique place to dine in WV" list some years ago, and, thus, it's been on my to-go list for quite some time. While in the Davis/Thomas area for the day, I made this restaurant part of the itinerary to assure I wouldn't miss out.
Flying Pigs is only open until about 2 p.m., so if you want to check it out, make your plans early. It serves up mainly breakfast with lunch items, as well.
I walked up and down the main street in Thomas, peering in all the cute shops and stores until seeing the pink pig sign directing me where to go. When I walked in, the waitress told me to sit anywhere I'd like. So, I browsed the space before ultimately deciding on a small table near the window. Good lighting. And a beautiful carnation.
The space has an assortment of different chairs and tables. Very homey and a bit country. No real theme beyond "mish mash."
The menu is a binder with pages full of choices. It suddenly made sense to me why I hadn't been able to find one online. So, because of that, I took photos of literally every page of the menu. Just in case anyone else wants a head's up on what's available.
They have the standard eggs, bacon and ham, as well as biscuits & gravy, breakfast burritos, pancakes and breakfast sandwiches. Lunch options include soup, chili, salads, quesadillas, burritos, sandwiches, wraps and desserts.
I asked the waitress what the most popular item was, and she mentioned the burritos. But a regular sitting across the room from me called to the waitress and asserted, "the most popular is the Karlwich, right?" And she sort of nodded in agreement. And he went back to his book. This subtle recommendation was really kind, and left an impression on me.
I ordered the Karlwich, which is a "glorified Danwich ("A most unusual sandwich. A New England style grilled bagel topped with bacon and smoked cheese."). The Karlwich is a New England style grilled bagel with one egg cooked hard, bacon, smoked cheese, red onion and Flying Pigs chipotle sauce.
As I began snapping photos (my actual camera is never discreet - often why I like to use my iPhone), another couple in the dining area asked what lense I was using. I talked with them a moment about how they used to dabble in photography, which was a cool moment.
When my breakfast sandwich came out, I snapped a few photos of it before diving in. It's your pretty standard breakfast sandwich (more cheese would always make me happy) with just a touch of the chipotle sauce. More sauce also would've made me happy. Decent, filling lunch overall, though.
The atmosphere here is what sold me on this place. The service was average, and the food was average. But the Thomas community is stellar. As I sat there eating my sandwich, looking out at the bustling town where folks were shopping local businesses, I thought to myself that I could live there. I really love that area, and I love how they all support each other. Now, if I could get some more cheese on that sandwich, I might love it, too.