You may not believe it, but West Virginia is a food-lover’s paradise. Here are eight amazing restaurants you’ll only find in the Mountain State.
1. Bartini Prime–Morgantown
Bartini Prime is a steakhouse in Morgantown with the goal of “soon becoming the top steakhouse in West Virginia.” One menu item named after West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee features a filet mignon wrapped in Applewood smoked bacon to form his signature bow tie.
Don’t let the name fool you, because Padrino’s Italian Restaurant in Beaver (just outside of Beckley) offers so many tasty selections that it is hard to choose a favorite but pizza—with an amazing crust and plenty of fresh mozzarella—has to be high on the list. Another favorite is the house dressing which features plenty of garlic, paired with freshly baked pepperoni rolls.
3. Laury’s Restaurant–Charleston
Fans of Laury’s Restaurant maintain it offers the best fine dining in Charleston, thanks in large part to a menu that has diverse offerings ranging from appetizers like parmesan crusted escargot to oysters Rockefeller. They also rave about the bananas foster which is prepared table side.
4. Le Bistro–Huntington
Le Bistro is a Huntington favorite well known for its varied menu. That includes small plates featuring French quarter shrimp mousse, bacon and date tart, and Fromage de Chevre (cranberry and walnut encrusted goat cheese served with fresh seasonal fruit and French baguette). Desserts are a specialty, including Riz Au Lait (the Frenchman’s ultimate comfort food, rice pudding), Gateau Au Chocolat (French chocolate cake with crème and berries) and Orlean’s classic bread pudding with French bread, raisins and rum sauce.
5. Coleman’s Fish Market–Wheeling
The famous Coleman’s Fish Market is a family favorite in Wheeling’s historic Cetre Market District primarily because of its fresh fish sandwich. Locals say it is a no frills eatery that’s something of a local tradition that also offers homemade soups, tempura shrimp and freshly made steamer bowls.
6. The Press Romm–Shepherdstown
Shepherdstown’s Press Room is an upscale restaurant serving New American fare in a brick-walled space that formerly served as a newspaper building. The kitchen occupies the space once reserved for a printing press belonging to the newspaper which was published locally from the early 1900s to the 1970s. Its menu is based on seasonal availability, as well as elements of Mediterranean and Italian fare including a linguine with artichoke hearts, hot Italian sausage and roasted red peppers.
7. The Livery Tavern–Lewisburg
The Livery Tavern in Lewisburg takes the farm-to-table approach to fine dining, and the dinner fare can be enjoyed on an outside veranda during nice weather. Oysters and other seafood come from Virginia, while produce and meats come from local farms in the Greenbrier Valley. Be sure and sample the popular sautéed Brussels sprouts which feature bacon, butter, white wine and sherry vinegar.
8. Café Cimino Country Inn–Sutton
Tucked away in rural Braxton County, the Café Cimino Country Inn offers award-winning cuisine and hospitality on ample grounds along the scenic Elk River. Pasta is popular, especially the namesake dish featuring a family red sauce, but the menu also includes steaks, shellfish and chicken. Reservations are still available for the 9th Annual Feast of the Seven Fishes to be held Dec. 17. Homemade Christmas sweets include nut and date bars, pizelles and biscotti.