101 Unique Places to Dine in West Virginia 2012

By Candace Nelson - 12:09 AM

I haven't posted this year's list of 101 Unique Places to Dine in WV. For some reason, it's only numbering to 97, so it's not copying over perfectly. But feel free to look at the list here. And you can download a copy of the brochure here.

  1. 1863 Tavern at the Elkins Motor Lodge
    One of the longest-running food establishments in Elkins, the Tavern represents old-fashioned fine dining, right down to the wait staff...
    City: Elkins
  2. Alexander's On 7th
    Enjoy the beauty of Old World Craftsmanship as you visit Moundsville’s Newest Eatery-“Alexander’s on 7th,” A National Register property. ...
    City: Moundsville
  3. Aquarium Lounge
    This small, intimate restaurant specializes in seafood and steaks. Try the blackened tuna and filet mignon with crabmeat. Fabulous!
    City: Fairmont
  4. Bake Shoppe of Beckley
    The Bake Shoppe has delicious cake and pastries, as well as fresh bread, soups, chicken salad and more. Try the fried green tomato panini...
    City: Beckley
  5. Baristas Café and Pub
    Café serves quality drinks, freshly prepared soups, sandwiches, salads and desserts that will make you realize the importance of savoring...
    City: New Martinsville
  6. Bavarian Inn
    Located on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River, the Bavarian Inn in historic Shepherdstown has 72 Hotel rooms with European furnishings,...
    City: Shepherdstown
  7. Bella Casa
    Set in a beautiful home built in 1785, Bella Casa serves Italian cuisine: braccioli, pasta, red sauce, chops and more. Also features an ...
    City: Lewisburg
  8. Betty Lou’s Diner
    Betty Lou’s famous West Virginia-style hot dogs, fries and rings are just a few of the favorites. Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through...
    City: Charleston
  9. Black Bear Burritos
    Black Bear Burritos has variety for every food mood. Exotic and international cuisine are beside all-American classics on the menu, and ...
    City: Morgantown
  10. Bluegrass Kitchen
    Comfort food with a twist, plus gourmet dishes and tappas served amidst eclectic clintele and the featured work of local artists. Great ...
    City: Charleston
  11. Blues BBQ
    Blues is famous for its mouth-watering barbecue and ribs, smoked fresh daily right on the premises and served in a casual dining atmosphere....
    City: South Charleston
  12. Bridge Road Bistro
    West Virginia food with an upscale twist. Great steaks and fish and chips. Casual but good food served by a friendly staff.
    City: Charleston
  13. Burger Carte
    This favorite has been serving up homemade hot dog chili and slaw, hand-patted hamburgers, pretzel dogs, sea dogs, funnel fries and broccoli...
    City: Smithers
  14. Café Acropolis
    Set in an old house on top of a hill in a residential section of Summersville. Greek and Italian food. Great hummus and the best eggplant...
    City: Summersville
  15. Cafe Cimino Country Inn
    Cafe Cimino Country Inn is Casual elegance in the heart of West Virginia. A lovely historic mansion at the end of a quiet main street...
    City: Sutton
  16. Carol’s Crossroads Best
    Stop by for the famous Deluxe Nancy Burger – two hamburger patties, three slices of bread and your favorite condiments. A homemade cream pie...
    City: Maysel
  17. Castlerock Restaurant
    The pinto bean and cornbread dinner is absolutely fabulous. Castlerock represents true cuisine of southern West Virginia.
    City: Jesse
  18. Cathedral Cafe
    This beautiful old church has been transformed into a great café. Every dish is served fresh and hot. The berry pancakes are so huge they...
    City: Fayetteville
  19. Central City Café
    Café offers the best darn soup and sandwiches this side of the Mississippi!
    City: Huntington
  20. Cheat River Inn and Pub
    Overlooks the Cheat River and has both inside and outside dining. A quaint little pub with a good variety of selections from sandwiches to...
    City: Elkins
  21. Church Street Deli
    Features tasty wraps such as the mango chicken or Hawaiian chicken wrap, and salads, too. Deli has outside seating for warm-weather days.
    City: Spencer
  22. CJ Maggie’s
    CJ Maggie’s has an eclectic mix of food that is worth indulging in. The amazing food in combination with the charming atmosphere and...
    City: Buckhannon
  23. Colasante's Ristorante and Pub
    For more than 40 years, Colasante’s has been preparing homemade sauces and foods in this quaint town. A favorite among locals and WVU fans...
    City: Morgantown
  24. Colasessano's
    Visit Colasessano's Pizza & Pepperoni Rolls for our famous signature pizza and pepperoni rolls. Colasessano's has been in business for...
    City: Fairmont
  25. Company’s Comin’
    Comin specializes in Preston County buttermilk pancakes, fresh homemade apple dumplings, tantalizing omelets and daily specials. In mid- ...
    City: Tunnelton
  26. Country Inn at Berkeley Springs
    The Country Inn at Berkeley Springs is situated on 2.5 acres in the center of downtown Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Built in 1932, the...
    City: Berkeley Springs
  27. Crabby Patti’s
    Specializing in Maryland jumbo lump crab cakes, shrimp salads and cream of crab soup.
    City: Ripley
  28. Creperie Café
    Delicious crepes stuffed with fresh fruit and chocolate for the sweet tooth, or smoked salmon, ham and egg and other dinner favorites....
    City: Charleston
  29. Custard Stand
    We opened The Custard Stand, LLC, as a take-out dairy bar in 1991 in Webster Springs, WV where we serve Custard Stand Hot Dog Chili. This...
    City: Webster Springs
  30. Da Vinci's Restaurant
    Excellent Italian/American cuisine featuring chef prepared daily lunch and dinner specials. Hand-cut steaks, seafood specials. We are the...
    City: Williamstown
  31. Diehl’s Restaurant
    The down-home atmosphere is a welcoming ingredient in this family-friendly, family-owned restaurant. Choose from a broad selection of foods...
    City: Nitro
  32. Dirtbean Ohana, LLC
    Located on Main Street (8th Ave) in Marlinton, the Dirt Bean provided a healthy alternative to fast, casual dining. Specialty wraps,...
    City: Marlinton
  33. Dirty Ernie’s Rib Pit
    New faces and old friends stop by Ernie’s for the famous ribs, hot wings, pastas, salads, soups and sandwiches. You definitely won’t leave...
    City: Fayetteville
  34. Dish
    Dish relies heavily on produce, meats, craft beers, coffee, etc., from local farmers, growers, and ranchers. Its food is described as ...
    City: Charles Town
  35. Dutch Haus Restaurant
    Located At The Greenbrier Valley Airport. Fine Food In A Casual Atmosphere. Serving Steaks, Seafood, Sandwiches, And Subs. We Offer...
    City: Lewisburg
  36. Earth Dog Café
    This eco-friendly restaurant has a welcoming atmosphere, great food and great drinks! Café is in a funky old storefront that has been ...
    City: Berkeley Springs
  37. Elk River Inn & Restaurant
    Elk River Inn & Restaurant located streamside on the headwaters of the Elk River 4.5 miles south of Snowshoe resort. Guests enjoy...
    City: Slatyfork
  38. Fairplain Yacht Club
    In a huge pole barn in the middle of nowhere, the club serves prime rib on Friday night, hand-cut steaks any time. Casual atmosphere, ...
    City: Ripley
  39. Fairview Diner
    Stop by for home-cooked meals and tasty desserts.
    City: West Union
  40. Fat Patty’s
    Located across from Marshall University football stadium, Fat Patty’s boasts a wide selection of specialty burgers. The fries are amazing...
    City: Huntington
  41. Flying Pigs
    Flying Pigs uses locally grown and homemade ingredients in their foods. Great breakfast menu, fresh fruit pies and salads.
    City: Thomas
  42. Glen Ferris Inn
    The Glen Ferris Inn has been serving the public since 1839 when the original proprietor obtained a license to open a “common room.” ...
    City: Glen Ferris
  43. Griffith and Feil Soda Fountain
    Hailing from the western gate of the Mountain State, Griffith and Feil Soda Fountain in Kenova serves a unique blend of fine food and West...
    City: Kenova
  44. Guest House at Lost River
    Great food and an amazing wine list. A very cozy and friendly place. Before dinner, grab a cocktail by the fireside bar and enjoy an ...
    City: Lost River
  45. Hellbender Burritos
    The restaurant is in an old house and has an upstairs “sitting room” with games. The burritos are unique takes on Tex-Mex cuisine, ...
    City: Davis
  46. Hickory House
    Family-oriented establishment. Try the pork BBQ or the made-to-order fresh-cut ribeye.
    City: Jane Lew
  47. Hillbilly Hotdogs
    Hillbilly Hotdogs is famous for its “Homewrecker” and “The Doublewide.” The unique décor and friendly wait staff make your experience at...
    City: Huntington
  48. Holly River Restaurant
    Homemade bread, blackberry cobbler, lasagna, rhubarb pie and roast beef sandwiches are just a sampling of the Holly River Restaurant.
    City: Hacker Valley
  49. Hometown Market
    Reviewers rave about the apple-cinnamon pancakes, moist cornbread, stuffed pepper soup, goat’s milk peanut butter fudge and carrot cake...
    City: Buckhannon
  50. Ichiban
    With a sushi bar built on a stage, Ichiban is definitely unique! The intimate atmosphere makes guests feel like it’s a special night out....
    City: Charleston
  51. Jimmy’s Diner
    Feel like one of the family when you stop at Jimmy’s. Specialties include all the Italian favorites and the Rosi—a homemade sausage ...
    City: Shinnston
  52. Jug
    Menu features hot dogs, hamburgers, and the best fries around. Good food and good company.
    City: Middlebourne
  53. Kalico Kitchen
    Saturday nights are “rib nights” at Kalico Kitchen. Enjoy your ribs with all the fixings, and while you’re there be sure to try the homemade...
    City: Union
  54. Key Ingredients
    Located in a historic house in Bluefield, healthy, great-tasting food is the focus at Key Ingredients. Grilled salmon, organic burgers, ...
    City: Bluefield
  55. Kissel Stop Café
    A pleasant staff and inviting atmosphere are just two reasons the Kissel Stop Café is a great gathering place. The third is the delicious...
    City: Elkins
  56. La Trattoria
    Excellent italian fare. All of the pasta dishes are excellent, but their meat lasagna using WV locally raised and processed beef is...
    City: Martinsburg
  57. Later Alligator
    Atmosphere and great food can be found at Wheeling’s Later Alligator. This former saloon is located in city’s Centre Market Historic...
    City: Wheeling
  58. Lira
    Set in a refurbished Wesbanco, you’ll actually dine in a bank vault! Features individual and family-style servings. Try the Tuscan mussels...
    City: Morgantown
  59. Log Cabin Grille
    The lunch specials change monthly but the menu remains full of good, stick-to-your-ribs, hometown food. Daily specials may range from...
    City: Ellenboro
  60. Lost River General Store and Café
    Find fantastic food at Lost River and ice cream that’s out of this world. For breakfast, enjoy muffins, sticky buns, bagels or scones and...
    City: Lost River
  61. Lot 12 Public House - A Dining Destination
    A Dining Destination in the heart of downtown Berkeley Springs, serving upscale, seasonal, comfort cuisine by local Chef Damian Heath....
    City: Berkeley Springs
  62. Mama Anne’s
    Great steak hoagies. You have to try Mama Anne’s Big Boy!
    City: Beckley
  63. Market Vines
    Taking a trip to Wheeling? Stop by The Market Vines and enjoy the “JoCo Burger” - a halfpound Black Angus burger cooked and fixed the way...
    City: Wheeling
  64. Mason Jar
    Located in the heart of White Sulphur Springs, this quaint restaurant offers delicious food and friendly service. The Mason Jar is known for...
    City: White Sulphur Springs
  65. Mayberry’s Restaurant
    Step back in time at Mayberry’s Restaurant where you can have the “best Coke floats in town.”  The clean, friendly staff will make your...
    City: St. Albans
  66. Minard's Spaghetti Inn
    Spaghetti is in the name and it’s what they’re famous for! The homemade salad dressing is also a must. The perfect place for homecooked ...
    City: Clarksburg
  67. Monroe’s Deli Style Eatery
    Healthy and tasty food is on the menu at Monroe’s, as well as good music and an eclectic atmosphere.   The Laurel Mountain Coffeehouse is...
    City: Kingwood
  68. Muriale’s Restaurant
    At Muriale’s, “their sauce is their signature.” Serving southern Italian cuisine since 1969, this Fairmont institution is a must-dine-at...
    City: Fairmont
  69. O’Neills
    Eating at O’Neills is more like eating at home than in a restaurant, except at O’Neills you’ll get the best prime rib in West Virginia. The...
    City: Moorefield
  70. P.J. Berrys
    A restored historic building offering a great menu and piano music while you dine. The crab cakes are a must-try!
    City: Sutton
  71. Panorama at the Peak
    Fresh from the farm to your table is what you can expect at Panorama at the Peak. The restaurant features locally grown organic foods and a...
    City: Berkeley Springs
  72. Pasquale Mira
    Eggplant parmesan and pizza are the picks at Pasquale’s in Beckley. Perfect for dinner after a day of rafting on the New River. Bread and ...
    City: Beckley
  73. Pies and Pints - Charleston
    This West Virginia treasure in Fayetteville now has another location in Charleston. The pizza crust is hand-stretched and baked on a stone...
    City: Charleston
  74. Pizza Station
    Positioned along the railroad tracks that run through the center of town, The Pizza Station’s newly remodeled facility continues the train...
    City: St. Marys
  75. Poky Dot
    This 1950s-themed diner has the perfect retro atmosphere right down to the Formica tables and 1950s music.  The Poky Dot is best known for...
    City: Fairmont
  76. Press Room
    One of Shepherdstown’s most popular restaurants, the Press Room offers excellent food and service in a pleasant atmosphere. Soft-shell...
    City: Shepherdstown
  77. Quinets Court Restaurant
    New Martinsville’s oldest restaurant and best buffet around. Specializes in home-cooked recipes and desserts. Something for everyone in...
    City: New Martinsville
  78. Red Rooster Café
    Besides its ambience, The Red Rooster Café is known for many things: great steaks, delicious house vinaigrette salad dressing, homemade...
    City: Gassaway
  79. Rocco’s Ristorante
    The gold standard for Italian food, it’s a slice of the Old Country in the Mountain State. People come back again and again for...
    City: Ceredo
  80. Savannah's
    Located in a restored Victorian mansion that was built in 1902, Savannah’s offers a varied menu of the finest steaks and fresh seafood....
    City: Huntington
  81. Second and Center Café
    The quaint town of Weston is home to the Second and Center Café.  Locals and first-time visitors alike enjoy the homemade soups and...
    City: Weston
  82. Second Street Station
    The Second Street Station is known for its excellent service, good value and, of course, its great food.  Don’t leave without trying the...
    City: Mullens
  83. Smokey’s on the Gorge
    Started in 1978 as part of Class VI Rafting, Smokey’s on the Gorge was the first true restaurant in the whitewater industry. Today, the...
    City: Lansing
  84. Soho's Italian Restaurant
    Don’t pass up fabulous Italian food in a great location—the heart of Capitol Market in downtown Charleston. Spaghetti and meatballs,...
    City: Charleston
  85. South Hills Market and Café
    Whether you go for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you won’t be disappointed. Brioche French toast is served with your choice of bananas and...
    City: Charleston
  86. Stardust Café
    Go there for lunch, and you’ll want to stay for dinner! Locally grown ingredients, great service and relaxing atmosphere. Must try the Trust...
    City: Lewisburg
  87. Sunset Grill
    The Sunset Grill in Craigsville offers a varied menu with something sure to please everyone in your party.  Choose from clam chowder, chili,...
    City: Craigsville
  88. Surrey House
    Located in one of the oldest homes in Chapmanville, The Surrey House was converted into a cozy restaurant in 2007. Enjoy locally grown...
    City: Chapmanville
  89. Thyme Bistro
    Extraordinary food at this hidden jewel in Weston. Crab-stuffed shrimp, pasta, baconwrapped meat loaf, potato-encrusted salmon and a...
    City: Weston
  90. Top Spot Country Cookin
    If country cooking is what you’re looking for, then head to Top Spot in Sissonville. Award-winning chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, baked...
    City: Sissonville
  91. Tricky Fish
    Diverse and delicious—that’s the menu at Tricky Fish. Enjoy fish tacos, gumbo, hot bologna, hush puppies and fried onion rings in a ...
    City: Charleston
  92. Undo’s
    Undo’s has three West Virginia locations to choose from for great Italian food: Benwood, Wheeling and Weirton. In business since 1953, Undo...
    City: Benwood
  93. Vandalian
    A new hotspot in Fayetteville for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Excellent omelets and pancakes with berries or pecans. Fresh sushi, salads...
    City: Fayetteville
  94. Wally’s Restaurant
    You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but Wally’s is known for ribs! Worth the drive to Gilbert in the southern part of the state...
    City: Gilbert
  95. White Grass
    Out of a tiny kitchen in the heart of West Virginia snow country comes some of the best food in the land. Homemade soups, sandwiches and...
    City: Canaan Valley
  96. White Grass Ski Touring Center
    Cross Country skiing and snowshoeing are fun, easy to learn, inexpensive, and healthy ways to spend some of your free winter time. Since '79...
    City: Davis
  97. Ye Olde Alpha
    Established in 1932, Ye Olde Alpha is a famed Wheeling landmark and watering hole. The restaurant specializes in cold beer and classic ...
    City: Wheeling

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