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Unique Eats

July 15, 2009 - Phyllis Sigal
The W.Va. Dept. of Tourism has announced its list of "101 Unique Places to Eat in W.Va.," and several Northern Panhandle eateries have made the list.

The list was voted upon by the public through an online Web site.

The West Virginia Division of Tourism and the Collaborative for the 21st Century Appalachia partnered to identify some of the best “can’t miss” eateries across the state. These selections are the “people’s choice” and are only a sampling of what West Virginia has to offer, according to the Web site.

Local restaurants included:

Alexander's on 7th in Moundsville, Later Alligator and JoCo's Centre Market Cafe in Wheeling, Barb's Diner in Middlebourne, Baristas Cafe and Pub and Bujo’s Grill & Ale in New Martinsville, and Undo's in Wheeling, Weirton and Benwood.

I can certainly vouch for Alexander's on 7th and for Later Alligator — I love both of these places! Undo's, too, has some great food. I love the Italian Wedding Soup Pasta dish.

It sounds like I've got some eating to do in order to try the other unique places ... definitely JoCo's, and if I'm ever a bit south, I'll have to check out the Middlebourne and New Martinsville spots.

Congratulations to all!

Here is a synopsis of the local places. Check out the Web site to see the whole list of 101, listed in alphabetical order.

Alexander’s on 7th 508 Seventh St., Moundsville (304) 845-0582 Unique café menu creations. This property is on the National Register of Historic Places. The building originally housed the Citizen’s Savings & Loan Bank and the former lobby is now the dining area. Just behind the bar is the original bank vault which is now used as the “bar-back.”

JoCo’s Centre Market Café 2251 Market St., Wheeling (304) 230-1140. Taking a trip to Wheeling? Be sure to stop by JoCo’s Centre Market Café and enjoy the “JoCo Burger” – a half-pound Black Angus burger cooked and fixed the way you like. You won’t be disappointed.

Barb’s Diner 206 Main St., Middlebourne (304) 758-9849. Barb’s is proudest of its down-home atmosphere and friendly service. It is best known for its daily specials and all-day breakfast menu.

Baristas Café and Pub 326 Main St., New Martinsville (304) 455-5410 Café serves quality drinks, freshly prepared soups, sandwiches, salads and desserts that will make you realize the importance of savoring your food.

Bujo’s Grill & Ale 293 N. State Rt. 2, New Martinsville (304) 455-0110. Order Tammy’s signature burger with a side of homemade soup. Don’t forget to try the cheesecake, too.

Later Alligator 2145 Market St., Wheeling (304) 233-1606. Atmosphere and great food can be found at Wheeling’s Later Alligator. This former saloon is located in city’s Centre Market Historic District, and specializes in crepes, sandwiches and homemade soups. You’ll keep coming back for more.

Undo’s Benwood,Elm Grove and Weirton locations (304) 233-0560. Undo’s has three West Virginia locations to choose from for great Italian food: Benwood, Wheeling and Weirton. In business since 1953, Undo’s is a local favorite offering daily specials throughout the week.


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