Wouldn’t it be just my luck that Teays Valley would get a wine and tapas place right after I move to Kentucky? Yep, it sure was.
During my visits back to Wild and Wonderful I frequently meet my girlfriends at The Wine Valley. I was instantly impressed the first time I walked in. The interior is handsomely furnished with several comfy, cozy seating areas comprised of large upholstered chairs and sofas, and even a fireplace. We are sure to make reservations so we can request the seating area in front of the fireplace.
I have sampled several of the food offerings including the Wine Valley flatbread, the cheese board, and the tiramisu. Overall, the food has not delivered on the high expectations set by the enticing menu descriptions and the artful presentation. However, the food nicely complements the wines and work together to provide a great experience. I feel so fancy and trendy when I’m there. My favorite item is the cheese board: you select a combination of cheeses to be served with crackers, grapes, and figs. Paired with a wine flight, it is as decadent an experience one can have in a strip mall in Teays Valley.
We were very fortunate to meet at The Wine Valley one Friday night when they hosted a jazz guitarist. He was amazing! He accepted requests and knew how to play every one we gave him. The relaxing jazz music made our experience even better.
If you haven’t been to The Wine Valley yet, you must go. Get a little bit gussied up, grab your girlfriend or your date, and go have a nice time sipping wine and nibbling on beautiful food.
I give The Wine Valley Three Forks for food and an earnest recommendation for fun.
The Wine Valley
6 Liberty Plaza
Hurricane, WV 25526
Image from El Gran Sabor's website
Who’d have thunk it: a Venezuelan restaurant in Elkins, WV? But it’s true. And you should go there.
On a recent work-related excursion, I had the opportunity to stay overnight in Elkins. Since all I ever talk about is food, people routinely ask me for restaurant suggestions, and I immediately thought of El Gran Sabor. I have intended to check it out for a few years now but I never make it to Elkins when visiting in my hometown of Buckhannon just a short drive down Corridor H.
Posted in 4 Forks, Dinner, Review
Tagged bar, cachapa, Dinner, Elkins WV, empanada, Latin food, live music, restaurant, Review, Venezuelan
Daniel recommended a restaurant for our trip to St. Augustine – Cafe Eleven. He noticed it while staying at the nearby Hampton Inn. With an interesting menu and an array of beer choices, he thought we’d enjoy the place.
Located on A1A near the coastline, Cafe Eleven is housed in an unassuming rectangular building with ample parking. The interior is one large, open space. You proceed to the counter upon entering for a menu. Specials are posted at the register. After ordering there, take a seat and someone will bring your food out to you when it’s ready.
Posted in 3 Forks, 4 Forks, Lunch, Review
Tagged A1A, beach, Cafe Eleven, live music, Lunch, restaurant, Review, sandwiches, St. Augustine FL
The Purple Fiddle – Thomas, WV
Whether you want to chill out for a while or experience the thrill of live music, you can’t go wrong by spending some time at The Purple Fiddle.
The Purple Fiddle is located in the old DePollo General Store on East Avenue in Thomas. On your way to the Fiddle, turn left as soon as you enter Thomas and check out the Mountain Made shop for all kinds of awesome handmade West Virginia art and gifts. You can definitely see the remnants of the old general store inside. The counter, the cases, the shelves along the walls, and the ladder – all remain. Walk straight back to place an order for sandwiches, wraps, munchies, flavored coffees, wine and a superb selection of beers. There must have been a hundred to choose from. We sampled some Dead Guy Ale and Mountain State Brewery beers – most were around $3.30 each. Or you can satisfy your hankerin’ for a Pabst Blue Ribbon for $1.40!
Posted in 4 Forks, 5 Forks, Lunch, Review
Tagged Canaan Valley, Hobgoblin Ale, hummus, live music, Mountain Made, Purple Fiddle, Review, Ron, Thomas, WV