Sunday, September 30, 2018
One of the absolute coolest places I've been to in West Virginia is in Richwood.
Whistle Punk Grill & Taphouse looks like it was plucked from a super hip and trendy neighborhood and plopped in downtown Richwood.
There's some really cool outdoor dining with adorable lighting. And there's beautiful decor inside that makes it feel edgy, yet warm.
The menu has so many delicious items, I struggled to choose.
Ultimately, I went with the gnocchi with grilled pork - pan-fried gnocchi, topped with sauteed spinach and gorgonzola cream sauce served with a grilled pork tenderloin.
To top it all off, the sweet owner came and chatted with me about the restaurant. I mentioned how I've always wanted to be in the Cherry River Navy (I discovered this from another friend thought it was fate because we have the same initials), and she was an admiral!! She literally arranged paperwork for me right then and there, got me sworn in and even got me official t-shirts. I cannot say enough amazing things about this restaurant, these people and this sense of community. I can't wait to go back!
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Pretty Penny is a lovely cafe in Hillsboro that I never had the chance to try before it closed.
But guess what! It's back!
This restaurant serves some unique dishes, and I was particularly intrigued by one.
The Jerk Chicken Bowl featured rice and peas, chicken thigh, jerk sauce and slaw.
The sauce was served on the side, which is great. Because then you can decide how much heat you want.
And, I got to check out the Thorny Mountain Fire Tower at Seneca State Forest! How neat.
Friday, September 28, 2018
I have been wanting to try Arrowhead Bike Farm for quite some time.
They have bike rentals, are known for their brats, and have camping.
A New River Gorge gathering point for adventurers of all kinds. Outdoor dining on the deck or in our Biergarten with a variety of fresh local and national craft beer for after your paddling, biking, hiking or climbing adventure. Our campground is conveniently located near the Arrowhead stacked-loop trail system and the Long Point Trail giving you the opportunity to hike or bike right from your campsite into the New River Gorge. We are also ideally located near Kaymoor Top, a premier rock climbing location, and public put-in and take-out for boating on the Lower New River.
I was lucky to attend an event here where I got to taste some delicious tacos, veggie sides and more!
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Granny's Kitchen in Frametown has changed names a few times, but one thing remains: the great homestyle cooking.
Not only do they have a restaurant, but they have a walk-up ice cream window. Mmm.
I was just passing through, so I went simple: A West Virginia-style hot dog.
Hot dog with chili, slaw, mustard and onions on a grilled bun.
The peanut surprise - like a Peanut Buster Parfait from DQ - had vanilla soft serve, peanuts and hot fudge.
Quick hike to Alum Cave Trail in Audra State Park.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Lil' Moes is a Philippi restaurant that has been around for quite some time.
It's a bar atmosphere, and it's long and narrow but with a surprising amount of space.
I wasn't super hungry, but I definitely wanted to get a bite to eat. I ordered boneless wings (I know, I know, but they're easier to eat).
These are honey bbq with bleu cheese.
I never eat the celery - because it may be the worst vegetable ever created - but if you're eating hot wings, it can be a godsend.
AND DON'T LOOK BELOW if mummies scare you.
I checked out the mummies at the Barbour Historical Museum!
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
The Fairview is a restaurant that commands your attention driving along the highway.
With its fun purple font and big size, it's one of not very many sights along this stretch.
The restaurant features mostly comfort food items that will fill you up for most of the day.
This is a "Boat" with turkey and chicken gravy on toast and mashed potatoes.
See what I mean?
Small part of the North Bend Rail Trail in Pennsboro!
Labels: West Union
Monday, September 24, 2018
Dodd's Log Cabin Grill had made the 101 list of Most Unique Places To Dine in West Virginia years ago, but I had never made it out this way.
Ellenboro isn't typically on any of my main routes, but recently when I was in the area, I went to check it out!
It has a log cabin theme (shocking, I know), with this cute lil fish guy who holds the salt and pepper.
The menu featured omelettes, french toast, wraps, biscuits and gravy and more for breakfast.
I am so straightforward with my breakfast, and usually get an easy sandwich of some sort.
I got a sausage, egg and cheese bagel here.
And, I got to see Mountwood Park while in the area!
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Husson's is a Charleston institution.
If you ask someone from Charleston what their favorite pizza is, they'll likely say Husson's.
And there are a few different locations. Each time I go somewhere, I try to try a new branch.
The South Hills Husson's is actually one of the first ones I tried - it was just pre-blog days. So it was time for a revisit!
Cheesy bread, a person general tso's pizza and Italian sandwich were a perfect sampling of everything!
What's your fav item to get?
Oh, and they have a Ms. Pacman!