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Local Restaurants Named ‘Unique’ Places In State

By Staff | Apr 4, 2012

Jill Shade, general manager of Baristas Café and Pub, located on Main Street in New Martinsville, has been named among this year’s 101 unique places to dine in the state.

Two Wetzel County restaurants have been included in the “101 Unique Places to Dine in West Virginia 2012” brochure put out by the West Virginia Division of Tourism, in cooperation with the Collaborative for the 21st Century Appalachia.

Baristas Caf and Pub and Quinet’s Court Restaurant, both Main Street, New Martinsville, businesses made the list that was voted on by the public.

Baristas is known for its wood-fired pizza oven is located in a 100-year old building. In addition to the pizza, they also serves soups, sandwiches, and vegetarian options.

Of course their custom coffee bar drinks are also a hit. Quinet’s is New Martinsville’s oldest restaurant and generally regarded as the best buffet around. They specialize in home-cooked recipes and desserts.

There is something for everyone in this relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere that includes walls filled with photos and accounts of local history.

Matt Quinet, owner of Quinet’s Court Restaurant, located on Main Street in New Martinsville, has been named among this year’s 101 unique places to dine in the state.

As with last year’s list, the public was asked to vote for their favorite unique dining locations.

While it is just a sampling of the culinary adventures that define West Virginia’s food heritage, there is something for every taste. In addition, the list is a strong indicator of the vitality that West Virginia restaurants as businesses bring to the economic strength of the state. What starts on the farm and travels to the table of your favorite restaurant means jobs for our citizens and a flavorful experience for diners.

The list includes restaurants, cafes, inns, bistros, grills, and pubs located throughout the state from Weirton to Bluefield and Harpers Ferry to Kenova, each with an array of tempting dishes from which to choose.

In speaking about the new brochure Betty Carver, commissioner of the Division of Tourism said, “It is always a pleasure to share with visitors to our state and the public all the interestingly different settings and locations where they can enjoy a variety of dining experiences and food creations as unique as the state in which we live.”

“West Virginia continues to surprise and delight travelers to our state with delicious food offerings and distinctive places to dine,” said Keith Burdette, secretary of commerce.

“Restaurants and their staff work hard to create a flavorful and memorable dining experience for every guest. Just as important, they are a vital link in the economic foundation of many communities,” Burdette added.

“We describe 101 Unique Places to Dine as a treasure map and many people have told us that they keep a copy in their car to use as they travel,” said Dr. Allen Arnold, director of the Collaborative for 21st Century Appalachia.

“Some have said they want to try every single restaurant listed. They all say that it’s such a luxury to be able to find authentic family eateries-any of which are using fresh local farm products. We at the collaborative are thrilled to be a part of delivering the best food experience possible to everyone who visits our state,” Arnold continued.

101 Unique Places to Dine is available through the West Virginia Division of Tourism website, www.wvtourism.com.

Scroll down to WV Dining Experiences, then click on 101 Places to Dine.

You can also call 1-800-CALLWVA for a copy.