I clock thousands of miles each month traversing the state, and one of my favorite parts about hitting the road is discovering new restaurants that are dishing out delicious meals, revisiting tried and true favorites, and tantalizing my taste buds with mind-blowing treats. I’ve found that going out to eat is a great way to experience and connect with a community.
Whistle Punk Grill & Taphouse, Richwood
Whistle Punk made Richwood a culinary destination in the state. Seriously. It’s so good, I don’t even know where to start. I take that back, yes I do—with the crab dip appetizer. Just do it. The crab cakes and burgers are equally divine. The gnocchi, one of the most popular dishes, is better than anything your grandmother made.
Thyme Bistro, Weston
It took me longer than it should have to discover the Thyme Bistro in Weston. This dining destination may be a hidden gem, but it will make you wish you could spend the night at the nearby Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum just so you could easily eat there again the next night. Locals might not want the word getting out, because this is clearly a special place. Try the Bistro Fries with garlic parmesan and house-made aioli and the Potato Parmesan-Encrusted Salmon. Or if you have a hankering for comfort food, you can’t go wrong with one of their burgers.
125 Main Avenue, Weston, 304.269.7177, @thymebistro on Facebook
Screech Owl Brewing, Bruceton Mills
If you are like most people, your familiarity with Bruceton Mills is an exit sign off of Interstate 68. Screech Owl Brewing is changing that. Folks are getting off the Bruceton Mills exit and driving the back roads to Cuzzart to experience a truly unique place—The Spent Grain Cafe, located on Chicken Lips Farm. It’s like experiencing a non-Disney-fied Duck Dynasty. Don’t be surprised to see the parking lot filled with local UTVs parked alongside cars from Canada. The pizza dough, pepperoni rolls, and hamburger buns are made from the brewery’s spent grain. Their simple but delicious pub-style food paired with their handcrafted brews and laid-back atmosphere will make this one of your favorite places to unwind or entertain guests.