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Best known for the golden dome of its Capitol Building, Charleston may be one of West Virginia’s smaller cities but the local dining scene is eclectic and diverse. Foodies will find ethnic restaurants, casual eateries and fine dining spots, as well as a few venues combining food and culture. Here is our updated guide to 10 of the best restaurants in Charleston, West Virginia.
Charleston’s restaurant Bluegrass Kitchen seamlessly combines art and food for a dining experience that nourishes both the body and the eyes. The historic venue, restored to mimic its original, 1920s looks, features luscious oak floors, a beautiful pressed tin ceiling and exposed brick walls. On these walls, exquisite contemporary artworks by the many talents in the local, thriving art community are regularly rotated, transforming Bluegrass Kitchen into an eclectic restaurant-cum-gallery. Come here for a bite of scrumptious, local fare typical of the mythic Appalachian mountains. Although not a vegetarian diner, Bluegrass Kitchen puts particular emphasis on meat-free dishes, making this an ideal choice for vegetarians or anyone looking for a lighter meal.
Book a table at Fazio’s and get ready for a delectable meal firmly rooted in Italian cuisine. Established and operated by a family of Italian descent, Fazio’s has been on Charleston’s dining scene for over 35 years under the direction of chef Danny. Here guests can sample many exquisite Italian delights, like the house-made Italian sausages, the fried zucchini and cauliflower, and any option from the selection of piping hot pastas. Every dish is perfectly cooked and made fresh from scratch whenever possible to ensure maximum taste and bursts of Italian flavour.
Fazio’s, 1008 Bullitt St, Charleston, WV, USA, +1 304 400 6501
Downtown Charleston is home to Taylor Books, a unique independent bookstore set up in a characterful venue with an unmissable large, red facade, brick walls and exposed ducts. Taylor Books offers a vast selection of books and rare magazines — make your pick, then sit in the bookstore’s cosy café to enjoy a cup of coffee and perhaps a sweet treat while you settle in to your reading, or take advantage of the bookstore’s free wifi. Contiguous to the bookshop is the Annex Gallery, an art gallery exhibiting works by local and regional contemporary artists. Indie, artsy and eclectic, Taylor Books is absolutely worth checking out by anyone visiting Charleston.
Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St, Charleston, WV, USA, +1 304 342 1461