In West Virginia, we love our small towns. We’re fiercely loyal to and protective of them, and for good reason–not the least of which is their food. I’m guessing that we all have at least one hidden treasure of a rural restaurant somewhere in the state that we’ll go out of our way to visit whenever we get the chance, right? In no particular order, here are 10 (or 11, depending on how you count) more to try.
1. The Prima Marina (Moundsville)
There aren't many places that you can enjoy a West Virginia waterfront sunset as you eat, but here's one that's worth a special trip. The Prima Marina has been serving the Moundsville area for years, but it is under new management, and the food has only improved as a result. The view, however, is the same breathtaking sight it's always been!
2. Greg's Restaurant (Capon Bridge)
Greg's offers great food at a great price. One of Greg's most popular options is steamed or fried shrimp. And whatever you do, don't leave without trying the donuts! They alone are worth the drive.
3. Pupuseria Emerita (Moorefield)
Emerita serves up the best Honduran and Salvadorian food in the state - partly because she grows many of the ingredients to her authentic dishes in her very own garden! Everything these ladies serve is made from scratch, so it's worth the wait. Delivery is also available to the Moorefield area.
4. Big Spring Fork (Slaty Fork)
Big Spring Fork provides nice culinary variety for folks visiting Snowshoe Mountain. They offer Taco Tuesday specials, trivia nights, live music, and friendly service. Plus, the food is fresh and delicious!
5. The Oakford Diner (Richwood)
At The Oakford Diner, enjoy a tasty variety of food paired with excellent service, all at very fair prices. The Oakford Diner's menu includes standard favorites (try the apple crisp!) and daily specials (keep an eye out for their ramp dinners!).
6. Amanda's Place (Paw Paw)
If you need proof that Amanda's Place is worth the drive, check out the map on her wall - her food draws visitors from around the world! Amanda's Place opens at 11 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
7. Tari's Premier Café and Inn (Berkeley Springs)
At Tari's, not only can you enjoy mouth-watering meals, but you can also spend the night. If you're having trouble picking among all her tasty options, you can't go wrong with the crab cakes!
8. Cheech's Pizza and Restaurant (Lenore)
Patrons of Cheech's will definitely go out of their way to stop here for a meal, and you should, too! Their cheesy breadsticks are rumored to be some of the best in the state, and Cheech's has over a dozen flavors of ice cream and shakes on their menu.
9. Kirk's (Hinton)
Kirk's has been a staple of the Hinton community for years. It features tasty sandwiches and other longtime local favorites, like the hotdogs. And you can't beat the majestic view of the New River right from the patio.
10. Creeker's Diner and
11. Dana’s Sweet Selections Bakery (Harts)
Creeker's Diner and Dana's Sweet Selections Bakery share a building. What a partnership! Creeker's Diner serves up country favorites - sandwiches, salads, chicken nuggets, and macaroni and cheese, to name a few. For dessert, Dana's offers almost any type of pastry you can imagine, from cupcakes and donuts to truffles and Bavarian custard-filled delights.
Have you tried any of the restaurants on this list? Do you have any other rural favorites that are worth the trip? We’d love to hear about them for a future article! And if you’re looking for some day trips to add into the mix, consider a visit to
this natural spring near Amanda’s Place or this exotic palace near The Prima Marina.
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1501 Water St, Moundsville, WV 26041, USA
2975 Northwestern Turnpike, Capon Bridge, WV 26711, USA
Pupuseria Emerita, 720 N Main St, Moorefield, WV 26836, USA
46 Oakford Ave, Richwood, WV 26261, USA
104 Winchester St, Paw Paw, WV 25434, USA
33 N Washington St, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411, USA
RR 65, Lenore, WV 25676, USA
Hinton Byp HC76, Hinton, WV 25951, USA
1121 McClellan Hwy, Harts, WV 25524, USA