Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Inwood Edition: Cider Press Deli & Grill at Taylor's Farm Market

Cider Press Deli & Grill
We're slowly ticking off places on the 101 Most Unique Places to Dine in WV list, and my latest adventures took me over toward the Eastern Panhandle in Inwood, West Virginia. This particular stop was exciting because not only did I get to tick another restaurant off the list, but I got to stop at a locally owned grocery store.

Taylors Farm marketCider Press Deli is located within Taylor's Farm Market. So, let's talk about Taylor's Farm Market first since you walk through it to get to the restaurant.

Taylors Farm marketThe market has a lot of great fresh produce like applesbakery items like pies and and fudge; dairy items like cheese and milk; honeymeats; sauces; drinksjams and jellies; West Virginia decor; salsas; mixes; candy and even a wine area. It was this wine room where I found Cox wine, which is the first time I've seen it in person and will write about it a bit later.

Taylors Farm marketIt's really a nice market to peruse, and there is a wide range of items to peruse. From fresh food to local merchandise, there's a little bit of something for everyone. It seems to be a mix of locally grown stuff and other stuff that's just relevant to locals.

Taylors Farm marketSo, I ended up getting some of that wine, as well as some marked-down Valentine's Day candy (I visited close to the holiday). Perks. And, the caramel-filled chocolates I had were divine.

Taylors Farm marketHere's a little more about the market:
Welcome to the area's newest Farm Market. We invite you to come check out what everyone has been talking about! We carry many West Virginia wines, local honey, different jams and jellies, apple butter, sauces from Oliverio’s Peppers in Clarksburg—in fact, we're so local that some of the honey we will be selling are from the bees that were in our apple orchard for pollinating earlier this spring! We have farm fresh produce, bulk candy, pies, organic ice cream, local meats, baking mixes, organic milk, local free range eggs from Gerrardstown, tomatoes, and much more in season. What we don’t raise ourselves, we are buying from local farmers when available so our customers will have different types of produce to choose from when they walk in our market. This is the best our great area produces, and our family is so happy to bring it all together to share with your family.
Taylors Farm marketAnd, If you walk through the market and toward the back, you'll find a full-service restaurant in Cider Press Deli.
Our spot right off the highway here in Inwood has been a place for wholesome, local food for a long time. This site was originally developed in the early 1920s to promote cooperation among local farmers at a time when the South Berkeley apple rush proved that prosperity required more than just luck. $100,000 was secured from the government to be used to erect a horticultural school in Inwood. A school might not sound like much of a benefit to struggling orchardists; however, with the funds, a fruit packing plant was built and a school was also conducted inside the packing house. The one-of-a-kind school taught local farmers how to grow fruit profitably. The facility led to a successful fruit grower’s cooperative and helped many apple producers save money on packing fruit before shipping it to market on the railroad. 
On a cold January evening in 1955, the building ignited in flames. Then believed to have been the biggest rural fire in the county’s history, it caused incredible damage. In time, the facility was rebuilt and later became the Inwood Farmer’s Market operated by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. 
In 2014, Robert & Ryan Taylor took over operation of the farm market realizing an old dream of bringing their locally picked fruits direct to the community. Life-long residents of Berkeley County, the father and son team behind Taylor’s Farm Market farm over 1,350 acres of row crops, orchards and vegetable gardens and operate a water hauling business for swimming pools. The current building allows more than ample space to share the freshest produce, wines, dairy, meat, handmade crafts, and bakery items that West Virginia proudly produces. Where some saw empty warehouse space inside the farm market facility, the Taylor’s saw opportunity to enhance the community. In 2016, the Cider Press Deli & Grill was born with a mission to be a great family place in Inwood serving fresh food, hand-crafted from scratch featuring seasonal market ingredients from local farms when available. 
Amidst the rustic and relaxing atmosphere, the Cider Press Deli & Grill offers amazing housemade specialties including sandwiches, salads, soups, local hand-pattied burgers, Black Dog coffee, heavenly desserts and so much more! Thanks for taking time to visit our spot! The Cider Press Deli & Grill is located inside Taylors Farm Market.
Taylors Farm marketSo, I walked in and was greeted immediately. They seated me in a small booth that wouldn't fit more than two people. The restaurant was pretty busy, which was a good sign.

Cider Press Deli & GrillThe interior is simple, with some older photos on concrete block walls. A little dark, a little chilly. But, some country touches make it homey. It's comfortable.

Taylors Farm marketThe menu features salads, sandwiches, subs, wraps, paninis and burgers - basically lots of variations of sandwiches.

Cider Press Deli & GrillFor me, I thought it was fitting to try "The Press Red White & Blue Burger," which was 8 oz. of charbroiled, local ground beef smothered with BBQ sauce, fried Vidalia onion rings and blue cheese crumbles on a brioche bun with fries on the side.

Cider Press Deli & GrillThis was one thick burger. It wasn't especially wide, but it was thick. That made for a pretty tall burger that I smooshed down to make it a bit more manageable. Despite it being so thick, it was still juicy and not overcooked (always my worry). The onion ring was nice for some crisp, and the BBQ for some tang, and the cheese for a creamy element. All together, it was a decent burger.

Cider Press Deli & GrillThe fries were a sort-of fried & battered almost. Thick, crispy and very good.

Cider Press Deli & GrillUnfortunately, I didn't get a chance to try dessert - but look at this dessert case. Looks phenomenal.

Taylors Farm marketThis restaurant + combo market is a nice little gem in the Eastern Panhandle. Good food, a nice market and a good way to spend an afternoon.

Grade: A
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