West Virginia Your Way

Things to do in West Virginia!

The Triple Decker Burger Challenge

My brother-in-law is a hamburger connoisseur who is so serious about his favorite food that they vacation around burger places they find on the Food Network.  A few years ago, when our niece got married, they had to leave the wedding early in order to visit a burger place in South Carolina they had heard about.  They’ve also visited hamburger joints in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and many more places too numerous to remember.  So before coming to West Virginia, they visited www.WVyourWay.com and planned some places for me to take them.

Under Restaurants they chose the keywords “Bar-B-Que, Burgers, Casual-Fine Dining, Family, Home Style Cooking and Steaks.”  They then narrowed their search to the New River/Greenbrier Valley and hit the search button under the map.  The first result they saw was the Mason Jar Restaurant in White Sulphur Springs.  (By the way, the Mason Jar also have the keyword Catering, but my sister wasn’t needing a caterer on her visit.)

Inside the Mason Jar Restaurant

My sister’s family arrived over the weekend and off to the Mason Jar we dashed.  When we got there I told Jeff, my brother-in-law, about the burger challenge where if you eat their entire Triple Decker Burger they’ll give you a free dessert.  It was on!

My wife tried to warn Jeff not to eat too much food before the burger got there because of the size of the Triple Decker, but Jeff had already seen the salad bar with the potato salad and macaroni salad, and it was too late.  I tried to warn him also since I had already taken the challenge and struggled to eat the entire burger.  I’m no small man at 6′, 1″ and 225, but compared to Jeff I guess I am.  That night we watched Jeff down a heaping plate of potato salad, macaroni salad and all the other parts of a salad.  Then he enjoyed a few of the fried green tomatoes and fried pickles we ordered as an appetizer.  Next came the Triple Decker Burger and it’s side of potato chips.  Jeff ate the entire burger and chips before I was able to finish even half of my burger!  Of course, the extra time enabled him to munch on some of his daughters fries, but who is counting?

After the meal Jeff said that was the best burger he ever ate.  Coming from him, that was high praise indeed!  Of course, it helps that the Mason Jar Restaurant has chefs with over 70 years of 5-Star restaurant experience.  The little secret is you can enjoy meals from Greenbrier Chefs at the Mason Jar Restaurant at great prices.  The restaurant even caters, and all I told you about was the burger.  I didn’t even mention the brisket which is so big they should make a challenge to eat the entire slice of meat.  Or was it two slices?  Yep, it was that big!

Go to www.WVyourWay.com and click on the keywords in bold above to find the Mason Jar Restaurant and see all the other kinds of delicious meals they serve.  And while you’re there, you can even buy a hillbilly wine glass!

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, Jeff did win the challenge and a free dessert which he gave to my sister.  After all, he was almost full and didn’t want to stuff himself.

Jeff, my brother-in-law

December 6, 2011 Posted by | Restaurants, Tourism | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

On The Way to Ski Snowshoe

So you’re heading to Snowshoe in the mountains of West Virginia to do some skiing.  You can speed up and speed back and miss all the points in between, or you can take a few minutes to enjoy some things along the way which will offer some variety from what you will see, and pay, on the mountain.

There are different routes to Snowshoe, so I’ll cover more routes in other blogs.  Let’s start with US 219 between getting off I-64 at Lewisburg and heading north to the mountain.  There are plenty of shopping venues in Lewisburg, so let me just highlight a few.  Downtown there is the Old Hardware Gallery (China, Gift Shop, Jewelry), which has nothing really to do with hardware.  It is mainly a gift shop with a wide variety of unique items to choose from.  They also carry FiestaWare, which seems to be very popular.  I liked it because the staff was very friendly and you can even get a free cup of coffee or glass of lemonade.

The Hardware Gallery in Lewisburg

Bella’s The Corner Gourmet is another place downtown right on the corner of US 219 and US 60 which offers gourmet cheeses and unique gift items.  They even have a very nice suites if you need a place to stay (Cheese Shop, Shopping, Wine Store).  Discount Decorating, which is located between the interstate and downtown offers some very decorating items and gifts for the home.  Plus, the ladies are very friendly and helpful to answer questions (Arts & Crafts, Gift Shop, Primitives).

I love books, and so does Plaid Eagle Antiques located in the downtown area.  They have many rare books dealing with history, and especially West Virginia, that you will drool over.  They have more quality items than most antique shops, so they’re definitely worth taking a look at (Antiques, Books, Collectibles, Primitives, Prints, Quilts, Vintage Clothes).

Now, head north on US 219 and 3.2 miles north of the I-64 you will find the Ruby Rooster Antique Mall.  They have 25 dealers specializing in furniture, glassware, pottery, books, decorative items, primitives and various collectibles.  It’s under a large roof, so be prepared to do some browsing.  There’s also a small bakery and cheese shop located next door (Antiques, Collectibles, Shopping).

Nine miles north of Lewisburg in Frankford is Lowell’s Bakery.  This place has some good eatin’!  If you like hot dogs with chili, you have to try their’s, ’cause they have a smoke flavoring that is making me hungry right now just thinking of it!  Check out their listing on www.WVyourWay.com which has even more information about  this nice little place.  Oh yeah, and they also have some nice memorabilia from the area on the wall (Bakery, Desserts, Pizza).

Continue driving north and you will reach the top of Droop Mountain and enter Pocahontas County.  On this mountain is the biggest Civil War battlefield in the state.  It also has a very nice overlook with a grand view of the Little Levels and Hillsboro.  Once you drive down into Hillsboro you may want to try the Pretty Penny Cafe.  It’s a nice restaurant that utilizes locally grown produce and organic fare to create a familiar but jazzed up version of your favorites (Casual-Fine/Dining, Catering, Family, Wireless Internet, Music).

After leaving Hillsboro and not far after passing US 55 heading toward Richwood, you’ll come across Grandpa’s Pantry on the left.  It’s a little off the road, but there are good signs to guide you.  The small store sits on a knoll and it has some very good cheese and deli products you’ll want to stop and enjoy.  They have Amish selections, sweets, WV made food products and many other tasty items (Amish Goods, Cheese Shop, Country Store).

Right after you pass by Marlinton you’ll go up a hill and sitting on the right is Gunter’s General Store.  They have a slew of WV made crafts, jewelry, candles, wind chimes and other collectibles.  They also have a nice selection of antiques (Antiques, Arts & Crafts, Gift Shop).

Right before you turn up Snowshoe Mountain you’ll see a strip of stores on your right.  From about the middle of that building to the far left you’ll find the Route 60 Why Not Shop.  This is a must stop store with all kinds of gifts.  And I do mean all kinds.  They also have a delicious deli where they serve some of the best sandwiches I’ve had in the state.  It’s also a place you can rent ski equipment.  So stop and tell them you saw them on www.WVyourWay.com! Oh, and spend some time reading all the interesting signs.  You’ll get a good laugh (Biking, Canoeing, Gift Shop, Shuttle Service, Skiing, Tubing)

Bella's

January 11, 2011 Posted by | Restaurants, Tourism | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments