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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

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

Other Dining in Greenbrier County

Greenbrier County, home of The Greenbrier Resort, has some very good restaurants.  Most people know about the fine restaurants in Lewisburg; however, there are restaurants in other parts of the county that might suit your taste as well.  So I’m going to give you a sampling of those restaurants as found on www.WVyourWay.com by searching under the “Restaurant” heading and the categories: Casual/Fine Dining, Family and Homestyle Cooking.

The Mason Jar Restaurant in White Sulphur Springs has a variety of steaks and seafood that is prepared by some of the best chefs in the business.  They have a very nice buffet and the atmosphere is casual/fine dining, but it’s not so stuffy that you can’t laugh out loud with your friends.   [Casual-Fine Dining – > Catering – > Family]

Food and Friends in Lewisburg is the same restaurant that was featured on the Food Network some time back because of their delicious meals.  The breads, served in a clay pot that looks like it should have a plant growing in it, are some of the best breads that go very nicely with the meal.  The whoe experiance of dining is top knotch from the time you enter the restaurant until you leave.  [Casual-Fine Dining – > Seafood – > Steaks]

Rudy’s Corner Grill located off US 219 in downtown Ronceverte is another great place to eat while in the area.  If you are looking for a more down home setting where the locals like to eat, you’ve found the right place.  Their buffet will have you going back again and the waitresses will make you feel as if you’re a neighbor.  [Buffet – > Catering – > Family]

The Dairy Delite Restaurant in Rupert is another homestyle restaurant where you can experiance not only local dining, but the friendliness of the local people as well.  This isn’t just a place to find ice-cream, because they have a full menu of your favorite meals.  Hamburgers are made from 100% ground chuck and their desserts are made fresh. In season they have ramp dinners, fresh catfish and pig roasts.   They’ll even give you a free cookie if you mention you found out about them through WVyourWay!  [Catering – > Country Cooking – > Family]

The Spare Time Sports Bar & Grill is located in the bowling alley north of Lewisburg on US 219 and they serve some very nice meals which you can enjoy while watching your favorite teams on their many TV screens.  Their grille serves the number one burgers, wings and quesadillas in the valley.  [Casual-Fine Dining – > Sports Bar/Grill – > Music]

The Gables Restaurant in Hines, which is between Rupert and Rainelle on US 60, offers dining in a soothing atmosphere for those wanting to enjoy a delicious meal.  Their Bolivian coffee is roasted fresh daily and you can enjoy breakfast items any time of the day. Their menu includes a variety of casual foods from hot dogs and hamburgers to ribs, Rotisserie chicken, crab cakes, fried green tomato sandwiches, fried chicken and steaks and seafood. [Breakfast All Day – > Casual-Fine Dining – > Coffee]

January 3, 2011 Posted by | Restaurants | , , , , , | 7 Comments