W.Va. Division of Tourism announces release of 101 Unique Places to Dine for 2012

W.Va. Division of Tourism announces release of 101 Unique Places to Dine for 2012

South Charleston, W. Va. – Today, the West Virginia Division of Tourism, in cooperation with the Collaborative for the 21st Century Appalachia, announced the release of “101 Unique Places to Dine in West Virginia 2012” brochure.

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.” 

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.

“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.”   

The list includes restaurants, cafés, 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. 

“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.”

Susie Allen, an owner of Earthdog Café in Berkeley Springs commented, "Yeah, Earthdog made the 101 Unique Places to Dine list!  Thanks, West Virginia, for keeping us on the map by diggin' our FEEL-GOOD FOOD, interesting people, funky atmosphere and eclectic genres of live musical entertainment.  Earthdog Café is a wonderful laid-back meeting place keeping unique cool.”

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.

Contact: Jacqueline Proctor