A Renaissance of “local” proportions is taking hold in West Virginia’s Greenbrier Valley. The area is fast becoming a well-known destination for its culinary repertoire in fresh, flavorful and just plain melt-in-your-mouth.
RISE N’ SHINE. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so be sure to make it count. Simply put, The Wild Bean is the stop for a.m. hot beverage drinkers. Take your pick from locally roasted coffees, loose leaf teas, espresso, cappuccino and latté. The Local Yokel at Corn+Flour is a kick-starter favorite with bacon, egg and cheese stacked with veggie extras of your choosing.
For a leisurely sit-down, the Dutch Haus Restaurant serves a country-style breakfast on weekends, complete with eggs benedict, steak and eggs, French toast and omelets-to-order. If you’re waking up at The Greenbrier, breakfast in the Main Dining Room is a must. Dappled in sunlight the dining room is a grand place to start the day, just remember to make room for The Greenbrier's famous peach. What’s a weekend without brunch? The General Lewis Inn’s menu brings all your favorites to the table including, shrimp and grits. The southern classic is served with jumbo shrimp and a farm-fresh egg. Toast the weekend with a mimosa or Bloody Mary.
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BREAK TIME! Whether it’s a quick bite or a lunchtime feast you seek, independent cafés and eateries are conveniently peppered across the valley. In downtown White Sulphur Springs, The Local’s grab-and-go grilled veggie hummus wrap, accompanied by a scoop or two of Homestead Creamery ice cream comes highly recommended. Stop in Blackwell’s for a mighty BLT+G sandwich—that’s a BLT enhanced with guacamole and fresh-baked bread. Hog Wild Bar-b-que serves low and slow smoked meats from pulled pork to tender, juicy turkey legs. Add a side of uber cheesy, mac-and-cheese, green beans or slaw and you have a meal that will stick to your ribs!
How about a Mexican rice bowl at Thunderbird Taco? It’s a foodie adventure with fixings like charred corn, roasted sweet potato, sautéed kale and fresh pickled onion. Soak in the sunshine on The Humble Tomato garden patio while sharing one of their creatively concocted specialty pizzas. Who knows, the Cluck Norris may be your new favorite. Del Sol Cantina & Grille’s cool bistro vibe and Latin-inspired menu will keep you coming back for one more meal. Pair the blacked mahi-mahi tacos with a round of margaritas to while away the afternoon.
EVENING FARE. No matter what strikes your fancy for dinner, fresh, flavorful and just plain melt-in-your-mouth are always on the menu. At Hill and Holler, nosh on made-from-scratch prosciutto and pesto wood-fired pizza while sampling the local beer menu. The Stockyard Ribeye and grilled salmon drizzled in citrus butter keep folks coming back to 50 East. And don’t head home without experiencing The Asylum burger. Angus and short-rib beef, house-made pimento cheese, sautéed onions, crispy bacon, barbecue sauce all on a toasted split-top bun. Yep, it’s a mouth full!
For an upscale dining experience, indulge your taste buds at The Greenbrier's Prime 44 West. Named in honor of legendary NBA player Jerry West, the classic steakhouse is a world-class culinary experience. For a real treat, order the lobster mashed potatoes, as seen on Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate.” From drinks to the main course, Stardust Cafe features locally raised meats, fresh breads and seasonal produce. Their signature “Trust Me” salad boasts an artful plate of organic greens and other accouterments. At The Livery Tavern, oysters and other seafood are sourced from Virginia, produce and meats from farms in the Greenbrier Valley. The trout almandine--pan-seared local trout with a citrus beurre blanc sauce--is a fan favorite. When owners of The French Goat were selecting a location for their bistro-style restaurant, they knew they'd fit right into the “foodie” vibe of the region. The award-winning restaurant’s menu transports you to Paris and back. And be sure to check out the wine selection.
SWEET SENSATIONS. It's easy to satisfy your “sweet tooth” in the Greenbrier Valley. At Amy’s Market, the bakery case is filled with artisan-made cupcakes, cookies and specialty chocolates. Beloved by diners of all ages, Draper’s at The Greenbrier is renowned for delectable desserts, including its famous banana split sundae. Fruits of Labor Cafe & Bakery in Rainelle has mile-high, moist and fluffy cake down to perfection. And the icing, well, you’ll just have to try it. In White Sulphur Springs, Tootsie’s Place is becoming renowned for its sweet samplings. The selection may change on any given day, but bite-sized cupcakes, blueberry muffins and melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon buns or donuts are usual suspects.