By Jama L. Jarrett
Barbara Aguilar left her native town of Hinton in 1974.
As her journeys took her to other states, such as Pennsylvania and New York, one state always remained on her mind: West Virginia.
After 12 years in Philadelphia’s restaurant business, Aguilar and her husband, Oscar, returned to the Mountain State in 2008, bringing with them their passion for South-of-the-Border cuisine and his Salvadoran recipes.
“My daughter suggested Fayetteville as the site for our restaurant,” said Aguilar. “The location is perfect and the people are great.”
Oscar, a native of El Salvador, makes each entree served at DiOGi’s. “He adds a little authentic twist to our dishes,” said Barbara Aguilar. “Our preparation and presentation are different; that’s what makes us different.”
DiOGi’s offers scrumptious servings of crab meat enchiladas, fish tacos, chicken tortilla soup, homemade nacho chips, El Salvador guacamole and Oscar’s own bread pudding.
If you look closely, you’ll notice the word “dog” in DiOGi’s. That’s because the restaurant was named after the couple’s four dogs. Thanks to their dogs’ inspiration, the Aguilar’s have opened up the deck at DiOGi’s for four-legged pals and serve each one a homemade doggie taco.
DiOGi’s atmosphere is relaxing and caters not only to locals but also to the many seasonal campers, whitewater enthusiasts, zipliners and other outdoor adventurers who visit the Fayetteville area. The restaurant is only one of numerous fun hangouts in the historic downtown. In fact, National Geographic Adventure picked Fayetteville as one of the country’s 50 best adventure towns for living and play.
Barbara Aguilar agrees with the accolades. She has been ziplining twice and said it is great fun. Having world-class recreation nearby is great for business, too. Aguilar has cultivated a relationship with the rafting and canopy tour operators, resulting in referrals to DiOGi’s and vica versa. She also noted the city’s easy accessibility to the state’s beauty and the friendliness of its people.
“We don’t have to walk for miles to see what West Virginia has to offer,” she said.” It’s right out our front doors.”