Friday, February 15, 2019

Moundsville Edition: Mason Dixon Barbecue Co.

Mason Dixon BBQ

Mason Dixon Barbecue Co. is a new restaurant in Moundsville.

Mason Dixon BBQ
I'm really excited to see some new dining options in Moundsville, and I'm especially excited about the play on the name.

Mason Dixon BBQ
A lot of folks tend to think of West Virginia only being below the Mason Dixon Line, and for folks like me who are from the Northern Panhandle, it's important to remember us.


Mason Dixon BBQRaised on a farm in Marshall County, WV, Patrick Fisher grew up surrounded by the sights and sounds of the Mason Dixon. Patrick is a combat veteran of the war in Afghanistan. After proudly serving 6 years in the United States Army he enrolled in West Liberty University College of Business and created Mason Dixon Barbecue Company. Since 2013, Patrick has been smoking his own brand barbecue featuring his homemade Mason Dixon barbecue sauce.
Mason Dixon BBQ
My dad actually works in Moundsville, and when I stopped here along my drive to Pittsburgh, I sent him a quick text to see if he may be available for lunch. To my surprise and delight, he was! So he met me here, and we tried a few things on the menu.

Mason Dixon BBQI ordered a pulled pork sandwich with a side of potato salad. And then I ended up getting a side of macaroni & cheese too!

Mason Dixon BBQIt's a house-rubbed pork shoulder smoked with West Virginia white oak, pulled, and served with The Original sauce on an Italian bun. The bun was lightly toasted, and that bbq sauce had a nice tang to it. Pretty tasty!

Mason Dixon BBQAnd the sides were good, too. Have you been?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Charleston Edition: Nosh Catering & Carryout

Nosh

Nosh is a new restaurant on the East End that I happened to pass while driving by recently.

NoshIt is only open for lunch during the week currently, so plan a quick stop to check it out!

NoshThere are a few small tables on the inside, and it's like a sweet mix of elegant and fun inside.

NoshThe menu features soups, salads and sandwiches - plus some sweet treats.

NoshI ordered the cranberry turkey croissant with a side of potato salad.

NoshAnd, wow was that sandwich good! It was much larger than I anticipated, but all those flavors were perfect together.

NoshAnd my side of potato salad was big, too, and flavorful.

NoshHave you been? What's your favorite so far?

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Cincinnati, OH Edition: Terry's Turf Club

Terry’s turf bar

Terry's Turf Club is a quirky restaurant, clad in neon signs, and is a bit of a dive - but with fancy burgers.

Terry’s turf barThis restaurant is usually pretty packed, but we got lucky.

Terry’s turf barIt's been on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, so that surely brings a lot of folks in - including us!

Terry’s turf barTo start off with, there are peanuts on the table for a snack.

Terry’s turf barAs we looked over the menu, I had a tough time figuring out how to make my burger.

Terry’s turf barThere are tons of toppings and cheeses and all kinds of delicious things - but they add up quick!

Terry’s turf barSo I actually kept it simple for my first burger there. I got the burger, topped with swiss cheese and bearnaise sauce.

Terry’s turf barIt is all served on paper plates, which is fine.

Terry’s turf barAnd overall, I thought it was a decent burger. Next time I'll splurge for a fancy cheese and topping to go all out.

Terry's Turf Club Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Cincinnati, OH Edition: Nada

Nada

Nada is a cocktail and drink joint with a beautiful entrance filled with plants and seating. Once I saw this cute place, I knew we had to squeeze it in.

NadaThis restaurant was a warm, welcome respite from some of the chilly Cincinnati temperatures. We sat upstairs to warm up and get a nibble.

NadaI ordered the Queso Gringo, which came with smoked gouda + habanero + pico de gallo + black bean purée.

NadaAfter just a few minutes, we had a hot pile of cheese - perfect to warm any tummy!

NadaThis was pretty good - love the little bit of heat - and homemade chips! But is queso ever really bad? Yum!

Nada

Nada Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, February 11, 2019

Cincinnati, OH Edition: The Eagle

Eagle OTR

Prepare yourself for one of the best meals I've EVER had. Seriously.

Eagle OTRThat's a bold claim considering I spent the entire weekend in Cincinnati eating, so I was never actually hungry at any of these restaurants. But, The Eagle served me a sandwich that I will never forget.

Eagle OTRWe were in line when they opened so we could get one of the first seats. They tend to have a long line, and we were short on time. But I knew we had to make it here. And, I'm so, so glad we did.

Eagle OTRAfter being seated, I quickly skimmed the menu. They are known for their fried chicken, so I knew I had to get my hands on that. I went for the FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH: fried chicken breast, cole slaw, spicy mayo, house pickles. I also ordered a side of spoonbread.

Eagle OTRThe sandwich came out with a side of this spicy honey - one of my favorites! - so I already knew this was going to be good.

Eagle OTRGood god, if there's one chicken sandwich you have to eat in your lifetime - make it this one. The sweetness, spiciness, creaminess, crunchiness all combined with a touch of acid and a touch of heaven to make for one of the best things I've put in my mouth.

Eagle OTRThe spoonbread came out a bit late, so I ended up taking most of it to go and eating it on the ride back. It was pretty delicious, but I was still salivating over that chicken sandwich.


The Eagle Food and Beer Hall Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Burd House Cooking - A Taste of Italy

Byrd House Taste of Italy


Have you ever made homemade pasta? It's something I've always wanted to learn to do. And after my friend Alex Burdette threw a dinner party, I don't think I can ever go back to store-bought pasta again.

Alex and his wife Emily were kind enough to throw "A Taste of Italy"-themed dinner party with some of our friends. And, wow, I can't remember the last time I had such an amazing meal. Here are some tidbits.

Byrd House Taste of ItalyButternut squash ravioli with balsamic reduction and brown butter infused with sage.

Byrd House Taste of ItalyThree-cheese tortellini with mozzarella housemade ricotta and Parmesan. Basil and nutmeg. In a housemade pesto.

Byrd House Taste of ItalyGarganelli Cacio e Pepe with Parmesan and Romano cheese and black pepper and butter.

Byrd House Taste of ItalyPasta e olio - linguine with oil, red pepper flakes, garlic, parsley and lemon.

Byrd House Taste of ItalyI think the key to good pasta, for me, is the nice chew, al dente texture. I hate super soft, limp noodles. I want something to stand up rich flavor. And this was that and more.


Byrd House Taste of ItalyAnd, I didn't mention the homemade bread from Emily and Sam, and house-made tiramisu. I mean, my goodness. I nearly moved in.

Cincinnati, OH Edition: Coffee Emporium

Coffee Emporium

Every time we would turn the corner in Cincinnati, I'd find another cute little coffee shop that I just ~had~ to try.

Coffee EmporiumThat was the case with Coffee Emporium, which just looked way to cute to pass up.

Coffee EmporiumThey had a case stocked full of goodies: scones, handpies, biscotti, etc.

Coffee EmporiumThey also have sandwiches, etc., for those who want a full meal.

Coffee EmporiumI was just here for coffee and went for the "White Chocolate Truffle."

Coffee EmporiumThe blended drink was so good. I love me a good coffee milkshake, and this had those hints of hazelnut and caramel that make it even better.

Coffee EmporiumWhat's your favorite drink here?

Coffee Emporium Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato