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The Best of West Virginia Awards

The votes are in! Readers from all corners of the state have weighed in on their favorite eateries and entertainment venues, celebrities and care providers, shopping spots and scenic escapes.

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Food & Drink

BEST CHEF - It's a tie

Dale Hawkins

He’s a celebrity in West Virginia—a household name. Dale Hawkins grew up in Rock Cave and while he collected education and training from across the country, he brought his expertise home. With a style he coined New Appalachian Fare (local ingredients used in global dishes with a regional interpretation), Dale owns and operates Fish Hawk Acres, his family’s farm, and has devoted himself to developing a strong food network in the Mountain State. His latest endeavor, a community-supported kitchen, brings freshly prepared meals into West Virginia’s homes. Fish Hawk Acres

1 Fish Hawk Drive, Rock Cave, WV 26234; 304.924.9880; wvfishhawkacres.com

Tim Urbanic

Tim was an early proponent of the farm-to-table movement in West Virginia, supporting local farms since he opened Café Cimino Country Inn in 1999 with his wife. Tim cites his grandmother, an immigrant from Calabria, and his mother as the most formative influences in his culinary style, instilling an early understanding of the difference fresh ingredients make and immersing him in the flavors of Southern Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. These flavors continue to inform many of his award-winning recipes, and his restaurant draws droves of people from around the state to the tiny town of Sutton.

616 Main Street, Sutton, WV 26601; 304.765.2913; cafeciminocountryinn.com

 

BEST PLACE TO ORDER COMFORT FOOD - It's a Tie

Bluegrass Kitchen

Bluegrass Kitchen serves up comfort food for the savvy eater, prepared with healthy ingredients that are locally sourced. Each creative twist, like Fish and Chips breaded with craft beer and served with homemade tartar sauce or Short Ribs rubbed with sassafras and slow-braised, feels like a responsibly delicious return to the dishes that your grandma made. Don’t miss Sunday brunch, but get there early, as the bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas are in high demand.

1600 Washington Street East, Charleston, WV 25311; 304.346.2871; bluegrasswv.com

Diehl's

At Diehl’s, comfort food is exactly how you remember it—except maybe a little better (sorry, Mom). Family-owned and operated for more than 50 years, the food is savory and homemade. Doled out in huge portions, Diehl’s offers classic dishes like fried chicken and pot roast with homemade rolls and all the country sides you could want. The deep-fried sage stuffing is a must-have.

152 Main Avenue, Nitro, WV 25143; 304.755.9353

 

BEST PIZZA

Pies and Pints

In 10 short years, Pies & Pints has become one of the state’s most popular eateries. After washing down your first slice of Grape Pie or Cuban Pork Pie with a Bridge Brew Works beer, you’ll already be planning your next visit. But it isn’t just the artisan pizzas and craft brews that keep people flocking through the doors. The hip, inviting environment somehow makes the pies and the pints taste even better.

piesandpints.net
219 West Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, WV 25840; 304.574.2200
222 Capitol Street, Charleston, WV 25301; 304.342.7437
1002 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive, Morgantown, WV 26505; 304.777.4749

 

BEST PEPPERONI ROLL

Colasessano’s

Fairmont was the first place Guiseppe Argiro sold his now-famous coal miners’ snack, and that’s where Colasessano’s began selling their version of the state’s official food more than 50 years ago. The pepperoni bun is a huge chunk of freshly baked bread filled with long strips of pepperoni. If you want, you can get them sliced open and stuffed with Oliverio peppers (out of Clarksburg), provolone cheese, and homemade sauce. What’s not to love?

506 Pennsylvania Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554, 304.363.9713; colasessanos.com
9705 Mall Loop, Fairmont, WV 26554; 304.363.0571
6120 Mid Atlantic Drive, Morgantown, WV 26508; 304.241.4917

 

BEST ICE CREAM

Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream

When Ellen Beal isn’t playing flute for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, she’s whipping up the state’s favorite homemade ice cream. Fourteen standard flavors are fixed on the regular menu. The Raspberry Chocolate Chip and Mint Oreo are customer favorites. Each week Ellen rolls out new flavors to keep customers happy. The seasonal creamy pumpkin is anticipated all year.

225 Capitol Street, Charleston, WV 25301; 304.343.6488; ellensicecream.com

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