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.

Here are my Insta-worthy meals from recent road trips. If you follow in my footsteps, take a picture of your food and post it with the hashtags #wearewvliving and #memorablemealswv. You’ll be entered to win a free meal!

Whistle Punk Grill & Taphouse, Richwood

Whistle Punk is one of the most exciting new culinary destinations in the state. Seriously. And it is located in Richwood. 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. And as someone who is eating low carb, I was so thankful for the side options of Kale Chips or the option of spaghetti squash instead of pasta.

35 East Main Street, Richwood, 304.846.2020, whistlepunkwv.com, @whistle.punk.richwood

Thyme Bistro, Weston

I can’t believe I only recently discovered 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 Fried Goat Cheese with house-made marinara 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 or one of the handcrafted mac ’n’ cheese options, topped with lump crab or smoked ham, bacon, and local brats.

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.

2323 Ralph Livengood Road, Bruceton Mills, 304.379.4777, screechowlbrewing.com, “Screech Owl Brewing” on Facebook


written and photographed by Nikki Bowman, Owner/Editor

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