Nothin’ like traveling to get the old hunger going. College towns are often chock full of interesting restaurants, and Morgantown, home of West Virginia University, is no exception. Here’s some places to check out if you find yourself in the land of the Mountaineers with a growling stomach.
Taziki’s is a “Mediterranean-inspired” chain found in the Suncrest Towne Center, which looks like a pretty new development. It was good, fresh food, but Eric liked it more than I did. I think that’s probably because I made a poor choice of a vegetarian salad pita that was essentially just a Greek salad rolled up in a pita – too much lettuce and not enough olives and feta cheese. I’d like to come back and try their dolma and baklava, though. I have to say their baked pita chips and spicy pimento dip could’ve made me a meal on its own – very filling, although that’s something I can and do make at home quite often. (“Man, you really LOVE cheese,” said Eric, shaking his head as I wolfed it down.)
Farther down in the same shopping center, Pies and Pints blew us away! A very nice waitress, a full beer selection (I chose new favorite Rogue Chocolate Stout) and an appetizer of rosemary and roasted garlic bread with goat cheese put me in a great mood right from the start. The pizza – a large with half Cuban pork, half gouda – was just the icing on a ridiculously delicious cake. By the time we got to our layered peanut butter and chocolate parfait dessert, I was about ready to track down the owner of this chain and beg that person to open up a place in the DC area. If you’re reading this kind sir or madam, know that Washingtonians are ALL about the craft beer and pizza – and your selections would blow us away!
Kenyan Cafe may have been my first taste of Kenyan food. How delicious it was! A wide variety of hot drinks (such as the spicy Masala tea and comforting millet drink), appetizers/sides like the beef samosas, and very generous entree portions – check out one of the hearty stews – make this a great place to check out for some quiet time over one of the local newspapers or with your laptop (free Wi-Fi!). Desserts include vanilla ice cream with fried plantains and cinnamon, and the Mount Kilimanjaro (sweet mandazi bread with the cinnamon-vanilla ice cream and bananas) – both very tasty. Don’t leave without a bottle of Kenyan Cafe’s Wild Kenyan Hot Sauce – if you like spicy, you are in for one hell of a treat.
Other places worth a taste include the Los Mariachis Mexican restaurant – prepare to become very full, very fast from the hearty fare – and Peking House, a super cheap and super fast sit-down Chinese joint nearby with big portions for the small price!
Speaking of growling stomachs … one place we never hit up was Black Bear Burritos. (Get it? Bears? Growling? Ha … ha …) With two different locations, there’s really no excuse (so shame on us). We’ll definitely check it out next time because this place sounds fantastic!
Oh, and what did we do for breakfast each morning? The Euro-Suites Hotel provided a great full breakfast in the mornings (and appetizers like chips and salsa, meatballs, and veggies and dip for happy hour at the bar/lounge night – although we were always too full from dinner to partake!).