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Has anyone eaten there lately? Are there any good alternatives to The Yellow Brick Bank?

I was there two years ago. Try Three Onions Restaurant and Lounge, which opened in 2005, and Shararazade's Exotic Tea Room (for fun and if you like tea).

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Monique DC said:
I was there two years ago. Try Three Onions Restaurant and Lounge, which opened in 2005, and Shararazade's Exotic Tea Room (for fun and if you like tea).

Many thanks. I've made reservations for Three Onions and will report back.

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Anyone been to the Bavarian Inn out that way recently? I went maybe 5-7 years ago and the food was earthy good and rustic. Not sure if it is still OK or not. I would recommend that, if anyone goes there to eat, to AVOID at ALL COSTS staying at the Inn itself. Paper thin walls and poor quality construction and details.

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My husband teaches at Shepherd U, and we live about 7 minutes down the road from the school. Here's a rundown:

Shaharazade's: a great place for afternoon tea or a light lunch. The scones are handmade and taste of it. Good selection of teas. (Disclaimer: I am not a tea person.) The owner's daughter, who works there often, took a few cooking classes from me. They are serious about the food; menu is small but most everything is fresh and well-prepared.

Three Onions: Same owner as Yellow Brick Bank. OK pizzas, attempt at citified martinis including many sweet ones geared towards college sophisticate-wannabes. There's a nice salmon salad that I enjoyed there last year, with goat cheese melted into the dressing IIRC. I go here to drink with friends sometimes but usually don't order much.

Yellow Brick Bank: Better food than Three Onions, charming old building with very uncomfortable wooden booths in some rooms. (Ask for a table.) I like the house-baked bread. NY Strip is excellent. Menu does not change very often and includes a few strange ones (pasta with cream sauce and fresh fruit?) but is generally reliable. Where I take most out-of-town guests.

Press Room: Former YBB chef. Stick to the specials for best results. Very good and generous pate would make a great summer dinner. Review with details coming soon in the Frederick News Post.

Bavarian Inn: The waitresses still wear dirndls here! The clientele is kinda...well-matured, and there's little that seems fresh here. They are unusual in that they have a lot of Bavarian specialties in addition to the standard crab cake and roasted chicken type menu items. If you go in the fall, definitely hit their seasonal game menu--I had a bacon-wrapped roast pheasant that was particularly memorable on my birthday last year, and this menu is clearly where the chef has a chance to do something cool--take advantage.

Stone Soup Bistro: I've only had one lunch here, just as a qualifier. The menu was short and focused on very fresh, light flavors--vegetables and whole grains instead of fries with the sandwiches, wraps instead of a white bun, that sort of thing. The potato salad was way way way too mustardy, and I LIKE mustard. I'll be back for dinner sometime and will report back.

Others: The Shepherdstown Sweet Shop bakery is ok--the cupcakes are consistently the best thing I've eaten there. Skip Blue Moon unless you want to relive your poor college days when a crappy sandwich was all you could afford to eat out. There is such a thing as good cheap American Chinese food and sushi, but you're not finding it in Shepherdstown.

Shaharazade's, 3 Onions, YBB, Press Room the Sweet Shop, and Stone Soup are all on German Street.

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Bavarian Inn: The waitresses still wear dirndls here! The clientele is kinda...well-matured, and there's little that seems fresh here. They are unusual in that they have a lot of Bavarian specialties in addition to the standard crab cake and roasted chicken type menu items. If you go in the fall, definitely hit their seasonal game menu--I had a bacon-wrapped roast pheasant that was particularly memorable on my birthday last year, and this menu is clearly where the chef has a chance to do something cool--take advantage.

I completely agree. We went in the fall when we did go and the game on their menu was outstanding. cool.gif

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Morgantown (WVU) - map

Was unfortunately at Ruby Memorial for most of last week visiting my Father... but if you have to be in that area of Morgantown, West Virginia for such circumstances I highly recommend Puglioni's in the plaza with Las Mariachi's. It is an Italian restaurant that is casual, but not cheesy. Homemade pastas, good meatballs (not the huge ones), good salad dressing with varied greens, homemade bread. The pasta itself was really the star. And it is good comfort food. And the prices are very reasonable.

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Lewisburg (WV State Fair, Lost World Caverns) - map - directions from White Sulphur Springs
 

Was at the Greenbrier at White Sulpher Springs for the weekend. They have a new steakhouse in the Greenbrier called Prime 44 West (after Jerry West) it was good, they had a nice variety of steak and fish. They do a table-side Caesar salad that was wonderful. Very garlicly, but fresh, with a good crunch and nice Parmesan. I had the veal chop which was great. The vegetables side was a nice mix of root vegetables and some asparagus, all cooked perfectly (obviously not together because all was crisp, but tender). Hubby had a steak which was really good too. I am not sure what Sam Snead's will serve when it opens back up as Prime 44 kind of stole and upgraded its menu.

The main dining room menu was wonderful, they serve really classic dishes, but I feel like they have done a good job in keeping the preparation clean and a little more modern. I don't remember it being quite as good in the past. I had a perfectly cooked duck breast with sesame noodles and pickled vegetables that I couldn't stop eating.

We got packed lunches one day for a hike and they did a great job packing just the right things for a picnic, packed in just the right way.

Oh and fyi if you go to Draper's Cafe, get the hot ham and brie on pretzel bread sandwich, it is wonderful, I always get it there, and now make it at home too.

As a note the resort was still wonderful even during the casino construction. The fact that casino patrons must be hotel guests was smart on the part of the state. I think they will have to open a few more dining options once the main casino is done (May to July). But I think they are being very smart about how they are building and using the casino, so far the atmosphere seems to be very much the same, but perhaps a little more lively.

We went in to Lewisburg one night to visit the Harmony Ridge Gallery and eat at Food and Friends, but it was packed, so we ended up at Tavern 1785. I had a good ribeye (not like Prime 44 or a big DC steakhouse, but good) with excellent horseradish mashed potatoes. They also had a nice tomato basil soup, but next time would ask for it without sour cream or cema that was on top- it didn't need it, I took it out. Was a nice place for dinner if you happen to be in Lewisburg.

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Charles Town

On 6/2/2010 at 9:29 PM, porcupine said:

Anyone know anything about Dish in Charles Town? website

After passing by Dish for months in my usual hurried evening route home, I found time to stop in for dinner a couple of weeks back. It's one of those starry-eyed ventures to establish a seasonal, locavore-ish New American menu and wine bar in a small town, but clearly there's pent-up demand in the eastern WV panhandle. The bar was amiably bustling, and several large parties had staked out parts of the dining room, including a bunch of smartly dressed Park Service personnel.

Although the emphasis is on fresh ingredients and local sources wherever possible, they were careful to explain that many ingredients still have to be sourced from elsewhere, simply because there are no local sources nor infrastructure to transport them directly from the nearest source.

The salad of spinach, summer squash, goat cheese, grilled peaches, and balsamic vinaigrette had a nice combination of flavors, but was a little off in proportion. It could have used some more refinement - the spinach greens were a little bit stemmy, and once you worked through the few other toppings, you still had a sizeable pile of greents that sat rather flatly in the bowl - but was nicely dressed. The few slices of late summer grilled peaches set the flavors off well; but I wish there had been maybe a few more slices of peach, and more chevre as well.

For the main, I chose the hanger steak, and optioned it with a peppercorn cream sauce, haricots verts, and grilled sweet corn. The hanger arrived precut into bite-sized pieces, perhaps to make the presentation look fuller, but it made the steak knife superfluous. I probably should have chosen a different sauce, because the green peppercorns were actually a bit too strong as dressed. A little judicious scraping was in order. Still, it's always a flavorful cut of meat, and this example wasn't even particularly chewy. The vegetables were spot-on, lightly cooked while retaining a nice crunch. I've forgotten what I drank with it...a glass of average Tempranillo, I think.

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If there's a weakness in my hopes, it's that a place like Dish probably doesn't have to try any harder to succeed in this location. After all, it's the only nouveau game in town.

In other news, the sweetest addition to Charles Town's main street has to be Skipper's Downtown Dips & Deli (114 West Washington St), which opened earlier this summer. Sure, they offer inexpensive sandwiches and flatbread pizzas, but the main draw seems to be the ice cream counter, dishing out South Mountain Creamery's newly-introduced line of ice creams. Two bucks gets your a generous scoop, and a buck more gets it in a waffle cone. There was even a piano player in the front area, dressed as an old-time saloon performer (boots, spurs and all), belting out children's songs.

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Was in Davis, WV and had the hard choice between Mutley's and Sirianni's. Sirianni's as it normally does won out again. If you are in the area they have fantastic pizza and subs, a jukebox and ambiance that is hard to come by these days. I really like the warm veggie hoagie and meatloaf sub, but it's hard to pass up their pizza. Their salads are good too, had the spinach last time I was there and it was very tasty.

Also in that area the Purple Fiddle is interesting. Thomas and Davis normally have a lot of good little restaurants so if you are in that area for skiing or etc that is where I would go for a bite.

BTW Corridor H is fantastic, I can't wait for it to go up the mountain further it makes going to Western Maryland parts of WV so much faster.

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Sirianni's as it normally does won out again.

Is it still cash only?

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Is it still cash only?

I think so, I didn't pay. They do have another location in Canaan again, that one might as it is a bit more for the tourists, but I don't know. It is said not to be as good. I always get a good bit of cash when I go home as it is a pretty common thing up there.

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Also wanted to add if you are traveling Corridor H, the Ka Ka Pon restaurant in Wardensville is almost your only dinner stop past I-66, it is country cooking. The waitresses are real nice, we wandered in worried it would be past serving time and they told us they would make us anything we liked. As I said country cookin so order appropriately for that genre. Also before you get to Wardensville still on the VA side there is a fantastic little farm stand with sandwiches, fresh produce, bake goods and all sorts of stuff, I didn't catch their name. They now have a little BBQ stand, but I didn't try it. I don't know their hours or days that they are open, but they aren't open too late in the evening.

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Morgantown

Was unfortunately at Ruby Memorial for most of last week visiting my Father... but if you have to be in that area of Morgantown, West Virginia for such circumstances I highly recommend Puglioni's in the plaza with Las Mariachi's. It is an Italian restaurant that is casual, but not cheesy. Homemade pastas, good meatballs (not the huge ones), good salad dressing with varied greens, homemade bread. The pasta itself was really the star. And it is good comfort food. And the prices are very reasonable.

Passing through on Friday night at 7pm, there was a 2 hour wait for a table at both Puglioni's and Las Mariachi's. Yikes.

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On 3/5/2013 at 0:18 AM, DanielK said:

Passing through on Friday night at 7pm, there was a 2 hour wait for a table at both Puglioni's and Las Mariachi's. Yikes.

Man, Morgantown is getting fancy.

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White Sulphur Springs

Staying at the Greenbrier in a couple of weeks. Any suggestions on where to eat?

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On 3/28/2013 at 10:24 AM, mdt said:

Staying at the Greenbrier in a couple of weeks. Any suggestions on where to eat?

If you are passing through Charleston to get there, Pies and Pints in the cute downtown area has decent pizza and a good beer selection. I stayed there for one night in January for a wedding but ate only the catered food at the reception. I understand that you need to reserve pretty early for the on-site dining options. YMMV, but I thought the whole place seemed a bit tired.

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Lewisburg

Staying at the Greenbrier in a couple of weeks. Any suggestions on where to eat?

Outside the hotel, you have to go to Lewisburg. I have eaten at Food and Friends which wasn't fine dining, but a decent casual family friendly restaurant. There was a restaurant up on the hill- Julian's maybe? which was good, but about as expensive as just staying inside the resort, I don't think it is there anymore though, can't find it online. I've had coffee and a pastry from the Wild Bean, which was good. I think Biscuitville is on the way towards the airport, I keep telling Hubby I want to go but he never takes me :) Inside the hotel, I am partial to Drapers and the steak place, although I also got the bimbibap at the asian place in the casino and thought it was good, but it looks like they may have changed that menu to be a bit more americanized.

Also as a note, if you are doing a long day, or traveling home and will miss a meal, their boxed lunches are actually really well done, a huge amount of food (although they made me a special GF one, but Hubby's was a lot too).

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Was driving Corridor H, stopped at the Kac Ka Pon restaurant in Wardensville, WV. This is Mom and I's normal stop on the way home to GC on a Friday night. We always try to leave DC in time to make it. If you see an E class gold mercedes bearing down on you at the end of I-66W or Route 55 West, around 8:00-8:30 pm, well get out of our way we are trying to make it before 9:00 pm. They have homemade pie... just fyi, good homemade pie. Country food, meat and two type of place. I had fried chicken with green beans and cole slaw. Mom had pork chops. I think our bill was $30 for a good amount of food that is the type of cooking I grew up with in a small rural town in Appalachia. http://www.kackaponrestaurant.com/

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Moorefield

Moorefield is pretty much a bust. When I was out there last summer I tried O'Neill's, the top-rated spot in town, and it was pretty forgettable.

On the way...maybe BBQ at The Apple House in Linden VA?

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On 7/20/2013 at 1:54 PM, Genevieve said:

Grant County - Moorefield and Petersburg area

We're going to be in this part of WV soon - any restaurant recommendations there? any recommendations on the way there from NoVa?

Thank you!

See my post above, and I also replied to you in the other thread you posted. And if there are people selling peaches by the side of the road, Seneca area peaches when ripe are one of the major things that make WV almost heaven. You will also find some gas stations with some good hot food, but you kind of have to know where to find stuff. There is also a little place in Petersburg, across the river from downtown we go to a lot for breakfast, can't remember the name. It's better to go for the country food diner type places, then fancy, just a rule of the area.

That's a gorgeous area, I hope you are also going to the Smoke Hole Canyon too, it shouldn't be missed.

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