Do you have that Wheeling feeling? Wheeling is one of West Virginia’s most historic towns but it is humming with new energy. That’s especially true in the local dining scene. From new and trendy to time-tested traditions, you’ll not leave Wheeling hungry.

Centre Market District

This historic district is hopping with an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and a brewery. Visit Coleman’s Fish Market (2226 Market Street) for their famous fish sandwich—it’s a Wheeling institution. After 4 p.m., The Wheeling Brewing Company (2247 Market Street) serves up beer and tasty dishes in an eclectic loft-like setting. Later Alligator (2145 Market Street) one of the few creperies in the state, has become a destination. Order a cup of tomato soup with one of the creative paninis or savory crepes, and don’t leave without trying the Last Tango for dessert. Speaking of dessert, right around the corner is the Lebanon Bakery (2122 Main Street), where locals have been going since 1959 for meat pies and grape leaf rolls and a dizzying array of sweet concoctions.

Neighborhood Traditions

When you think of neighborhood haunts, Ye Olde Alpha (50 Carmel Road) fits the bill. This pub-like restaurant has been a go-to spot for locals, dishing out everything from steaks to seafood, since 1932. If you are in the mood for authentic Italian cuisine, then you must visit family-owned Figaretti’s (1035 Mount DeChantal Road). For one of the best burgers in the state—yes, I stand by that—Avenue Eats (1201 Valley View Avenue) is a Pleasanton neighborhood hotspot. After your burger wins you over, try one of the cupcakes, prepared by their sister bakery Whisk (1151 National Road).

Downtown Wheeling

With the influx of new businesses bringing more people downtown, the walkable restaurants are sitting pretty. Vagabond Kitchen (1201 Market Street) dishes out locally sourced foods in creative ways. For a power lunch or dinner, visit Metropolitan Citi Grill (1201 Chapline Street). Tucked inside the Wheeling Artisan Center, The River City Restaurant and Bar (1400 Main Street), is a convenient place to recharge with a sandwich, salad, or wrap. And nearby is one of the state’s most unique pizzerias, DiCarlo’s Pizza (1311 Main Street) where your pizza is served square and topped with cold, unmelted cheese. Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.

written by NIKKI BOWMAN