The Mountain State adds an Appalachian flair to this south of the border staple.
Did you know that the origins of the burrito go back thousands of years? We may think of it today as a Tex-Mex mainstay but, as the following restaurants around the state prove, there’s nothing commonplace about it. From ethnically inspired to creatively concocted to tried-and-true, no matter where you go in the state, you’ll find a dizzying array of options. Here are a few of my favorites.
After a COVID closure, Hellbenders Burritos in Davis is back! Can I get a Hallelujah? It is currently operating as a to-go establishment with limited hours, but fans from all over the region are rejoicing. Try Goofy Foot, The Shovelhead, or my favorite, Lost Hiker. But be prepared—this just might be the largest burrito you’ve ever eaten.
Black Sheep Burritos and Brews
Huntington & Charleston
With locations in Huntington and Charleston, it’s easy to get your fix at Black Sheep Burritos and Brews. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill burritos. If you’re adventurous, order the General Tso with your choice of crispy fried chicken or golden fried tofu, glazed with their special General Tso sauce and served with seasoned rice and edamame puree.
Black Bear Burritos
Black Bear Burritos is an award-winning Morgantown landmark. With creative concoctions like Thai One On, which combines your choice of protein with a sweet curry sauce, cilantro rice, spinach, broccoli, and grilled pineapple, or Feta Fetish, with feta cheese, black olives, hummus, tomatoes, lettuce, and a special pink cucumber tzatziki sauce wrapped in a spinach tortilla, its Evansdale location is always hopping.
Burrito Bar at Breeze Hill
You may think people flock to the New River Gorge area for whitewater rafting or the scenic views, but I think they secretly are going for the burritos at the Burrito Bar at Breeze Hill in Lansing. The Insignificant, with its grilled veggies and refried beans, is anything but insignificant, and, although the burritos are not free, the view is.
Shepherdstown’s beloved Maria’s Taqueria, located on German Street, won’t disappoint. If you are a vegetarian, the Herbivore has your name on it. Or try a Burrito Bowl, brimming with your choice of meat, rice, beans, and sour cream.
A trip to Terra Alta should land you at Rosemary’s Thyme, located at the Preston Country Club. Can’t decide what you are craving? Try Camp Dawson’s Texas Burrito. It’s the size of the Lone Star state, filled with steak, chicken, shrimp, grilled peppers and onions, rice, and beans, and smothered with cheese dip.
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