Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Bridgeport Edition: Gourmet Cafe
The latest 101 Unique Places To Dine in WV list from the Division of Tourism was released recently. I was eager to see how many were on the list I that hadn't tried yet.
TWENTY-FIVE. I hadn't been to one-quarter of the list!
So, naturally, I put all my other restaurants on hold and began a laser focus on completing this 101 list. A few restaurants were pretty close, so I made it a daytrip to knock a few off my list. First up: Gourmet Cafe.
Gourmet Cafe, located in Bridgeport, is fairly nondescript. It sits back off W. Main St., and there's plenty of parking. I made my way to the back of the restaurant, where they had a counter with a large menu nearby. The most popular item is their hoagies, and that's also what the 101 booklet suggested, too: "From hoagies and wraps to cornbread, spaghetti and shrimp scampi, you'll find something satisfying at this old-time eatery. Must-Try Item: Meatball Hoagie"
Meatball hoagie it is! I placed my order, had a seat and waited for the small basket lined with paper to deliver Italian goodness. And, after a few minutes, my wish was granted.
The first thing I noticed about this hoagie is that they slice the meatballs, which makes it 1,000 times easier to eat. At first, I was thinking it wasn't a ~real~ Italian sub, because who cuts meatballs? But, listen, this is a good idea and more people should do it. Secondly, this is GOOD. There is a thick layer of melted mozzarella over top of these meatballs - moist and flavorful - enveloped into a nicely toasted hoagie bun.
This unassuming little cafe puts out some good sandwiches. I might just stop back if I'm in town during lunch time!