The Best Things to Eat and Drink in West Virginia
A lot of outsiders are tempted to make West Virginia into some kind of punchline. The state has the word “wild” in its tagline, for goodness’ sake. But West Virginia is an overlooked beauty, filled with plenty of green space and fine, hardworking folks. But beyond its beauty and its residents, West Virginia has a ton of culinary highlights — and no, none of them are roadkill. So to highlight this wonderful state, we rounded up its best foods, beverages, and restaurants as a part of our second-annual guide to the best food and drink in every state.
One may be quick to assume West Virginia’s culinary merits all come from Charleston, and while the city is arguably the state's top culinary destination, the entire state has incredible food and drink. There’s the state’s best bar, Mario’s Fishbowl, in Morgantown. Parkersburg’s JR’s Donut Castle hosts some of the finest pastries you’ll ever taste. And Shepherdstown is worth a visit for Maria’s Taqueria alone.
Over the course of the past year we’ve honored everything from its best hot dogs and brunch spot to its best bar and craft beer in our comprehensive and wide-ranging lists and rankings, compiled through extensive research and with input from a wide network of site contributors, bloggers, journalists, and chefs. We’ve compiled these into individual slideshows celebrating the best food and drink in every state, and you can find our West Virginia gallery here.