West Virginia's Best Restaurants and Local Eats

Wheeling Suspension Bridge and Fort Henry Bridge, Ohio River, Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
Wheeling Suspension Bridge and Fort Henry Bridge, Ohio River, Wheeling, West Virginia, USA | © Jeremy Graham / Alamy
Madison Orlow

Wild and wonderful West Virginia attracts visitors from far and wide who crave adventure and relish natural beauty. With all the outdoor activity, from hiking to whitewater rafting to zip lining, it’s easy to work up a hefty appetite during your visit. The following 10 restaurants are beloved by locals and visitors who crave a taste of West Virginia.

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Hillbilly Hot Dogs

This casual fare establishment is so popular that it’s even been featured on the Food Network. Hillbilly Hot Dog serves up hot dogs any way that you could possibly want them. The menu includes the Chuck’s Junk Yard Dog, with homemade chilli and all the fixings, and the Pizza Dog with melted cheese and pepperoni. Patrons are welcome to customize their dogs using the ‘Weenie Builder’ and some have been good enough to earn their own place on the menu. If you choose to go spicy, you can also customize your dog with a sauce rated in spiciness. Make sure to order some of the ‘fried fixins’ and ‘hillbilly deezerts’ to complement your meal.

Le Bistro

Although West Virginia is better known for its down home southern cooking, fine-dining establishments are available for when diners are craving something more upscale. Le Bistro in Huntington offers a different type of comfort food with French country cuisine. Diners enjoy an elegant atmosphere and have numerous options in terms of wine. Le Bistro’s wine program is hard to beat with it’s carefully selected choices and over 500 bottles kept in the cellar. If you want fine dining on a budget, Le Bistro has a very reasonably priced lunch menu in the same glamorous establishment.

Ogawa Japanese Restaurant

For top tier sushi excellent in value, try Ogawa Japanese Restaurant in Morgantown. Sushi fanatics rave about the quality of the sushi, and newbies love how the servers will talk you through the menu if you’re a sushi beginner. Ogawa is a true hidden gem, with a somewhat worn exterior and a beautifully welcoming interior. It’s evident that this authentic restaurant values presentation, with each dish being worthy of being photographed for a food magazine.

King Tut Drive-In

Roll over to King Tut Drive-In for a trip back in time. For any fans of traditional, old-timey America, the drive-in is a well loved culinary institution with waitresses bringing food over on roller skates. At King Tut, not only do you get the fun of having your food brought over to your car, but also you get tasty American food for a true bargain, the prices here are really reasonable. Whatever you do, don’t forget to order some pie or a milkshake to finish off your meal.

Alfredo’s Mediterranean Café

Those who love Mediterranean food will love the variety of flavors served by Alfredo’s Mediterranean Café. The menu is divided into various cuisines, including Persian, Moroccan, Lebanese, Italian, French and Spanish. This cafe is optimal for those who love to sample new flavors or groups of people with different tastes. Included on the menu are traditional dishes and those that Alfredo has modernized. Take a culinary trip around the world and check out Alfredo’s Mediterranean Café. As an added perk, military and government employees get ten percent off their bill.

Cilantro Latin Grill

Step aside Chipotle, because Cilantro Latin Grill serves up the best burritos with a smile. Patrons love the warmth from the staff as they’re served their fresh-made South American food. Cilantro serves up freshness with the consistency that many chain restaurants simply cannot, so next time you’re craving burritos or burrito bowls come to Cilantro and choose from Guadalajara steak, ground chorizo, chipotle and lime pork, and more. For a twist, try an arepa, which has flatbread made with corn maize instead of a tortilla for a gluten free option.

Noah’s Eclectic Bistro

A great upscale bistro awaits on your next trip to Charleston. Noah’s Eclectic Bistro is a small, quaint restaurant with only 10 tables and 32 seats, providing an intimate dining experience for patrons. You’ll never get tired of going to Noah’s, as the menu changes every week serving flavorful, local and seasonal ingredients. The menu is small, with only a few options of appetizers, main courses, and desserts, but each dish is guaranteed to be expertly prepared and leave you satisfied.

Panorama Bar & Grill

West Virginia is known for it’s delicious meaty offerings and hunting, but Panorama at the Peak has a menu that will satisfy vegetarians and vegans too. This Berkeley Springs restaurant serves up local foods at an iconic Overlook. This restaurant offers stunning views of the Potomac that has been noted by National Geographic for its natural beauty, so make sure to have reservations for a table near the window. Panorama at the Peak truly serves up the best Virginia has to offer between the views it has to offer and the locally produced food.

Drovers Inn

Nothing compares to the charm of an historic building like Drovers Inn & Tavern, with a structure that was completed by craftsman in 1848. If the draw of the atmosphere will lure diners for the first time, the food will keep them coming back. Drovers Inn is famous for its wings and homemade blue cheese, so make sure to try them with one of the ten sauce options. The tavern is truly rustic, with vintage signs and mugs adoring the walls and ceiling.

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