The choice of items on the multiple buffet tables is cornucopic. Although presented in big institutional pans on room-length steam tables, dishes seem like home cooking at its finest – from cake-smooth corn bread to stuffed peppers to cream pies, cobblers, cookies and pudding.
West Virginians love their pepperoni roll, and the vintage bakery called Tomaro's makes some of the best: Short lengths of pizza dough baked around sticks of pepperoni scarcely bigger than wooden matchsticks, themodest-size handfuls of silky dough risen and baked around the spicy pepperoni, becoming an irresistible combination of zesty, oily meat and fluffy bread inside the crust.
This gem of a restaurant seems never to have heard of convenience cooking. Everything is made from scratch. Whether you come for a $5 pulled pork sandwich or a $7 12-ounce cheeseburger, we guarantee that you will be whistling a happy tune when you are finished.
The epicenter of West Virginia's thriving hot dog culture, Stewart's is known for little weenies served in steamed buns topped with secret-recipe chili sauce, mustard and onions ... and, for a dime extra, creamy cole slaw.
Julio's is a first-rate Italian restaurant with a tin ceiling, carved wooden bar, and plush leather booths. Some of the best dishes are not in print; waitresses recite extremely appetizing lists of the day's specials. You'll love the "paisano salad," red peppers stuffed with hot ground sausage, and pasta fagiole.
A charming little out-of-the-way diner. Its knotty-pine booths and counter are favorite places for locals to come for square meals and conversation. The menu is broad, including sandwiches, hot meals that range from crab cakes to sirloin steak, and such lunch specials as bean soup, cornbread, and salmon patties with mac & cheese.
Coleman’s fish sandwich is simplicity itself: two pieces of soft white bread holding a cluster of steaming hot fried-fish filets. It is delivered across the order counter, wrapped in wax paper; then you find a table somewhere on the broad floor of the renovated century-old Wheeling Centre Market House, unwrap it, and feast!
Many of the pepperoni rolls sold in grocery stores and convenience marts in the greater Fairmont area are supplied by Country Club Bakery. For an absolutely fresh and pure taste of West Virginia’s most distinctive single specialty, we suggest travelers stop at the source and buy a half-dozen or a bag full. They’re handy little sandwiches – a sheaf of spicy pepperoni sticks enclosed in dough reminiscent of the puffy rim of a pizza pie.
Since 1967, Michael’s Beef House of Wheeling has been known for the goodness of its roast beef sandwich. Sliced thin and piled high inside a sesame seed bun, the beef is butter-rich, moist, and flavorful. It comes sprinkled with seasoned salt, and there is a condiment bar where you can add whatever else you want.