1/2 cup lemon or lime juice
zest from one lemon
1 cup sugar
3 beaten whole eggs-
combine and cook until thick-
let it cool COMPLETELY (i put in frig for a few)

beat stiff 1 cup heavy whipping cream
fold in with the cooled lemon curd and put in a
gram cracker crust-
put in freezer over night

I promise that you will totally agree- this pie is DELICIOUS.
I like it with lime the best bu lemon is perfect tooooooo

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This is a Marconi!  This cocktail is mentioned 2x in Danger 5, but the recipe is not given.  We found this recipe:

5 parts champagne, 2 parts Aperol, 1 part gin, pour gin and Aperol over ice, add champagne, garnish with lemon wedge, stir….the perfect Marconi.  Recipe found here:

We imagine an above satisfactory vodka Marconi could be made with vodka in place of the gin.

Cheers!  And as always, Kill Hitler!

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1. It’s Hard To Beat A Huge Burrito

15 Restaurants In West Virginia That Will Blow Your Mind

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Cilantro Latin Grill
56 Carmel Rd
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 218-2043
Yelp: 5 Stars; 17 Reviews.

A staple of the Wheeling area, Cilantro Latin Grill has some of the most vibrant flavors around.  The ingredients are fresh and everything comes in huge portions.

Honestly, who needs Mexico for Mexican food? Or Texas for Tex-Mex? Next time you need your burrito fix, head here if you have any sense at all.

2. You Can Always Trust This Chef

15 Restaurants In West Virginia That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Vagabond Kitchen via Facebook

Vagabond Kitchen
1200 Market St
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 232-2568
Yelp: 4 Stars; 8 Reviews.

If you find yourself in Wheeling, make sure you check out the Vagabond Kitchen.

It’s easy to see why the staff takes pride in every dish that comes out of the kitchen.  The brunch menu? Delicious. The Vagabound duck burger (topped with spinach, apples, and a red onion marmalade)? Put a fork in me. I’m done.

But don’t take my word for it, swing by and try it for yourself.

3. DEM Brothers Sure To Make Delicious Food

15 Restaurants In West Virginia That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: DEM 2 Brothers and a Grill’s website

DEM 2 Brothers And A Grill
426 Wirginia St W
Charleston, WV 25302
(304) 550-4421
Yelp: 5 Stars; 9 Reviews.

Grilling up some of the best barbecue in the Charleston area, this joint will leave your stomach full and happy.  The fan favorite here seems to be the slow smoked ribs topped with spicy sauce, not (I repeat — NOT!) complete without a side of mac n’ cheese.

4. Why Eat Like A King When You Can Eat Like A Hillbilly?

15 Restaurants In West Virginia That Will Blow Your Mind

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Hillbilly Sandwich Shack
1141 Staunton Tpke
Ste 1
Parkersburg, WV 26101
(304) 482-3336
Yelp: 5 Stars; 1 Review.

This humble restaurant has some of the best sammies around.

One of the local favorites is the “Hilljack burger,” a double cheeseburger topped with bacon, pulled pork, hot pepper cheese, jalapenos, and the best homemade hot dog sauce you’ve ever had.  You’re welcome.

5. Send Your Taste Buds Into Outer Space

15 Restaurants In West Virginia That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Atomic Grill via Facebook

Atomic Grill
595 Greenbag Rd
Morgantown, WV 26501
(304) 241-1170
Yelp: 4 Stars; 71 Reviews.

This barbecue and soul food hot spot will satisfy any carnivore.  With food inspired by traditional West Virginia cuisine, the rotating menu is constantly filled with new and exciting dishes.

However, classics like the pulled chicken and brisket are hard to beat.  Just make sure you don’t leave without trying the fried green tomatoes.


6. This Urban Beach Bar Is The Perfect Escape On A Rainy Day

15 Restaurants In West Virginia That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Tricky Fish via Facebook

Tricky Fish
1611 Washington St E
Charleston, WV 25311
(304) 344-3474
Yelp: 4 Stars; 64 Reviews.

While Tricky Fish might not be built on sand, their food will have you thinking otherwise.  With seafood favorites like the shrimp po’ boy and hushpuppies filling the menu, everything that comes out of the kitchen has flavors reminiscent of a tropical paradise.

Try to head their way during one of their live music shows if you want a truly awesome atmosphere while you enjoy your meal.

7. 6,000 Miles From Lebanon But It Never Felt Closer

15 Restaurants In West Virginia That Will Blow Your Mind

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Chams Lebanese Cuisine
610 Market St
Parkersburg, WV 26101
(304) 428-2730
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 31 Reviews.

If you’re a fan of kabobs, you probably already know about Chams Lebanese Cuisine.

This place serves up some of the best Lebanese food in the country. Feel free to be adventurous with the menu (but  you seriously can’t go wrong with one of the shish kabobs and the tabouli salad).

8. Farm-to-Table Comfort Food At Its Finest

15 Restaurants In West Virginia That Will Blow Your Mind

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Bluegrass Kitchen
1600 Washington St E
Charleston, WV 25311
(304) 346-2871
Yelp: 4 Stars; 184 Reviews.

Everyone needs some comfort food.  If you have a hankering and happen to be anywhere near the Charleston area, head straight for Bluegrass Kitchen.  With dishes like trout with grits and sassafras short ribs, this place will never let you down.

9. This Morgantown Classic Is Here To Stay

15 Restaurants In West Virginia That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Mario’s Fishbowl Suncrest via Facebook

Mario’s Fishbowl 704 Richwood Ave
Morgantown, WV 26505
(304) 292-2511
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 20 Reviews.

While Mario’s Fishbowl may just seem like another local dive bar, it’s so much more.  A favorite among WVU students for years, everyone is always down for a trip to Mario’s.

With classic American pub foods on the menu, the burgers and wings are simply amazing. A bunch of hungry college students out the door is a good, good sign.

10. Feed Your Sushi Craving

15 Restaurants In West Virginia That Will Blow Your Mind

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387 ½ High St
Morgantown, WV 26505
(304) 777-4670
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 40 Reviews.

If you’re in dire need of a sushi roll, Yama is the place for you.

While they’ve got sushi on the menu, they’ve also got a ton of other Japanese dishes that are equally as delicious.  A few of the most popular items include the soba noodle bowl with tempura shrimp and the shoyu ramen.

11. Unique, Healthy, and Organic, It’s Always Fun To Try Something New

15 Restaurants In West Virginia That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Kenyan Café – Morgantown, WV

Kenyan Café
1137 Van Voorhis Rd
Ste 20
Morgantown, WV 26505
(304) 598-3044
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 61 Reviews.

Most Americans couldn’t name a Kenyan dish, even if there was money on the line. If only they knew that they were missing out on some of the most delicious cuisine around.

While Kenya might be halfway around the world, this café will have you thinking you’re in the heart of Africa.  If it’s your first time through the doors, try the spicy chicken dish and make sure you top it with loads of their hot sauce, made in house.

12. Sometimes A Beer And A Slice Is All You Need

15 Restaurants In West Virginia That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Pies and Pints Pizzeria via Facebook

Pies & Pints
222 Capitol St
Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 342-7437
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 228 Reviews.

While this pizza joint might be a regional chain, it still has a local feel that will keep you coming back.  Their pies are some of the most creative around and they’re always stocked with some of the country’s finest craft brews.

If you need help picking something from the many options, a half Cuban pork, half chicken Gouda pizza is a good place to start.

13. You’ll Love This Affordable Fine Dining

15 Restaurants In West Virginia That Will Blow Your Mind

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Le Bistro
907 3rd Ave
Huntington, WV 25701
(304) 523-2012
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 18 Reviews.

Inspired by French cuisine, Le Bistro brings a fine dining experience to the table without the extremely high prices.

While the menu is packed full of creative options, many patrons are likely to recommend you try the featured entrée of the day, which might be anything from crayfish stuff pork loin to chicken and waffles.

14. Noah Knows Best

15 Restaurants In West Virginia That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Noah’s Eclectic Bistro via Facebook

Noah’s Eclectic Bistro
110 McFarland St
Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 343-6558
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 17 Reviews.

With a small ever-changing menu inspired by flavors from all around the globe, a trip to Noah’s Eclectic Bistro is always a memorable experience.

It’s impossible to recommend just one item as new dishes seem to pop up on a weekly basis, but past favorites include a Chilean sea bass dish and a lobster risotto.

15. Eat Great For Cheap

15 Restaurants In West Virginia That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Der Dog Haus via Facebook

Der Dog Haus
2000 7th St
Parkersburg, WV 26101
(304) 422-7703
Yelp: 3.5 Stars; 8 Reviews.

Don’t be fooled by the name, this isn’t just a hot dog place.  Nestled in Parkersburg, Der Dog Haus serves up some of the tastiest pub classics around.

Menu items are fresh and homemade, with ingredients that are often locally sourced.  The menu has something for everyone and the service is great.  If you try it once, get ready to come back for more.


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While growing up and living in West Virginia, I took many things for granted including really good hot dogs. There are so many places to get unpretentious, delicious hot dogs throughout the state that I did not know that it was not true of everywhere else. Granted there are many states that have a claim on having great hot dogs, but for my money the “West Virginia hot dog” can’t be beat.  In fact, there is an entire blog dedicated to hot dogs in West Virginia,

Huntington, West Virginia  alone has several excellent hot dog stands.    Most offer what are considered “West Virginia hot dog” toppings: cole slaw, onions, and sauce (aka. chili in the southern part of the state).  Stewart’s, located in Huntington, has very good hot dogs and great root beer. A hot dog and a frosty, cold glass mug of root beer is a wonderful thing.

Although there are several locations, I have a fondness for the stand on Fifth Avenue. It is the original location and has been operating since 1932.

This stand still has servers who come out and take your order. They bring your food on a metal tray that sits on your window… just like the old days.

The hot dogs are reasonably priced and very tasty. People who like sauce (I am from a more northern part of the state) tell me the chili (as it is called in Huntington) is very good.

The root beer is best when you get it in the frosty, frozen mug. I think it must be because there is no ice to water it down.

If you live too far away to go to Stewart’s, they do ship their hot dogs. The freeze them and ship them in a cooler. You can just reheat them in your microwave. Although I have never done this for myself, I did send them as a birthday gift a couple of years ago. They were a big hit.

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R. J. “Bob” Lee, a Midwesterner, whose family roots went back to the four-star Savoy Grill in Kansas City, grew up on stories and movies about cowboys, Indians, horses and Texas cattle ranches. The Texas mystique drew him like a lodestone. When he made his way to the Texas Panhandle and to Amarillo with his wife Mary Ann and their growing family, it didn’t take long for him to embrace the Lone Star State and to claim its persona as his own. His only disappointment was that he couldn’t find a first-class Texas-style steakhouse in an area of the country best known for cowboys and cattle.

In true Texas spirit, Bob decided to create a place that would satisfy the world’s hunger for good steaks and the ambiance of the Old West. He had no idea in those early days that he was destined to become a part of the Texas legends and lore that he loved.


In 1960, R. J. “Bob” Lee opened The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo on Route 66, the “Mother Road. Its distinctive architecture soon became recognized across the Mother Road as a good stopping place for great steaks grilled over an open flame.

The towering sign of a long-legged cowboy that Bob erected next to the building became a major landmark on Route 66. From the beginning, the Big Texan welcomed weary travelers and migrating families whose roots spread all across America.

The now World-famous FREE 72-oz. steak came to life not long after Bob opened the doors to the Big Texan Steak Ranch.

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Boil the macaroni in milk;

put in the stew-pan butter, cheese, and seasoning;

when melted, pour into the macaroni, putting breadcrumbs over, which brown before the fire all together.

– No measurements included in recipe.

Modern Recipe:

  • 4 cups whole milk
  • ½ lb pasta (elbow macaroni, 2 to 2 ½ cups)
  • 4 tbsps butter ? Tasty tip
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (packed, grated, about ½ pound)
  • ground black pepper (Freshly)
  • nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • cayenne (optional)

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese comes from 1861 Civil War recipes cookbook “Civil War Recipes: Receipts from the Pages of Godey’s Lady’s Book“.

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