Saturday, July 20, 2019

Beef Jerky Outlet

Beef jerky outlet

Have you heard of the Beef Jerky Outlet stores?

Beef jerky outletThey have locations all over the country and three right in West Virginia: Charleston, Lewisburg and Princeton.

Beef jerky outletI visited the Charleston location, and the whole space is lined with different kinds of jerky.

Beef jerky outletAnd you can try them all!

Beef jerky outletThe left side has the softer kind, and the right side has the chewier kind.

Beef jerky outletThe back wall and interior has some unique kinds: kangaroo, buffalo, alligator, elk, etc.

Beef jerky outletI tried the garlic, teriyaki and cherry maple. Have you been?

Friday, July 19, 2019

Charleston Edition: Osaka Japanese Restaurant


Red Fire at Southridge recently rebranded and came under new ownership. It's now Osaka Japanese Steak House.

OsakaThe restaurant looks fairly similar to the previous rendition.

OsakaAnd it gave me the opportunity to try some new dishes.

OsakaFirst, the crab cheese wontons.


And Monster Roll - shrimp tempura, cream cheese and avocado topped with crab tempura, eel sauce and spicy mayo

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Huntington Edition: Cook Out


Listen, I know Cook Out is a chain. But I had never been to one before - and there's only two in the state: in Huntington and Beckley.

CookoutThe interesting thing about Cook Out is how they structure their menu - you can get a main, and then the sides are unique - like a corn dog or quesadilla. I went with a pulled pork sandwich and sides of a corndog and hushpuppies.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Jack Daniel's Weekend - Whiskey Tasting & Cocktail Dinner at The Greenbrier

Whiskey TastingI was able to check out a Jack Daniels whiskey tasting and dinner pairing. I wanted to share some of my photos from the evening. The pairing included: Jack Daniel's Honey, Jack Daniel's Fire, Jack Daniel's Old No. 7, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel's Single Barrel (Barrel Proof), Jack Daniel's Tennessee Rye, Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Rye, and Jack Daniel's Single Barrel (Appalachian Whiskey Society Select Barrel).

Jack Daniels Whiskey tastingFor dinner, there were six courses.

Jack Daniels Whiskey tastingPlus cheese and crackers to start.

Jack Daniels Whiskey tastingCathy Justice's blue ribbon cornbread.

Jack Daniels Whiskey tastingCream of celery root soup with winter truffle and hazelnut.

Jack Daniels Whiskey tastingTorchon of Hudson Valley Foie Gras

Jack Daniels Whiskey tastingIntermezzo sorbet

Jack Daniels Whiskey tastingBraised beef cheek with polenta fries, creamed collard greens, medley of mushrooms and Jack Daniel's scented beef jus.

Jack Daniels Whiskey tastingSalad of watercress and arugula with Virginia peanut tart, apples figs, and pomegranate vinaigrette.

Jack Daniels Whiskey tastingWhite chocolate blondie with Jack Daniel's coulis, compressed cantaloupe honeydew sorbet

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Wheeling Edition: Sarah's on Main

Sarah’s Bakery

Sarah's on Main is a new bakery in Wheeling that is quickly gaining steam.

Sarah’s BakeryThe local bakery is long and narrow, with small tables lining the length of the shop.

Sarah’s BakerySarah's on Main features bakery items, breakfast items, as well as coffee drinks.

Sarah’s BakeryPlus some daily specials.

Sarah’s BakeryThe Salty Bread seems to be a house favorite, so I was looking for that when perusing the menu.

Sarah’s BakeryThis popped out to me: "salty bread breakfast sandwich" - scrambled egg, caramelized onion, crispy bacon & sharp cheddar / served on salty bread or croissant

Sarah’s BakeryAnd a morning bun with a whipped topping. Have you been?

Monday, July 15, 2019

Wheeling Edition: Bubba's Gourmet Burghers & Beer


While in Wheeling, my friend Alex introduced me to a new restaurant: Bubba's Gourmet Burghers & Beer.

BubbasThe restaurant has locations in Bridgeville & Canonsburg, Pa. And, the Highlands in Wheeling.


When you eat at a Bubba’s Gourmet Burghers and Beer you are eating the best quality Burgher in the surrounding area! We use a proprietary blend of New York Strip, Ribeye, Sirloin and Brisket ground fresh daily which makes this Burgher second-to-none. No steroids, no antibiotics as we only use all natural and fresh beef. The same requirements go for our chicken which you can substitute for our beef if you prefer. We buy fresh and local produce whenever possible and we truly embrace farm to table.
BubbasI went with the "Roasted Garlic Burgher." It has a homemade roasted parmesan sauce, lettuce, tomato and parmesan.


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Charleston Edition: The Shape Shop Cafe

The Shape Shop

I've been to a Shape Shop location in Morgantown, but I had no idea there were more.

The Shape ShopSo when I stumbled upon the Charleston location, I made a stop with my coworkers.

The Shape ShopThe shop has frozen goods, snacks and freshly made items.

The Shape ShopI ordered a turkey sandwich, with a side of chips.

The Shape ShopHave you been here?

The Shape Shop

Shape Shop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, July 13, 2019

St. Albans Edition: Butcher's Black Angus Meat Deli

Butcher black angus deli

Local shops are my favorite.

Butcher black angus deliEspecially the ones where you can get a little bit of everything - from paper towels and canned beans to fresh deli cuts and cat litter.

Butcher black angus deliThat's Butcher's Black Angus Meat Deli.

Butcher black angus deliThe deli focuses on their fresh selection of meat, but you can get just about a little of everything there.

Butcher black angus deliThere's also a selection of cold salads - pimento cheese, potato, cole slaw, etc.

Butcher black angus deliWho can pass up fresh pimento cheese? Not me, clearly.

Butcher black angus deliWhat's your favorite thing here?

Butcher black angus deli