Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 23, 1976 · Page 75
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 75

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, May 23, 1976
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·%'-May 23,1976 Mountain Menus Can Be Terrific Snake Hafe Cmm, tear PetenfeMg. Often (MtthrtMf iHterpoMd fonna tiM». ami vtek is fmd the k*tst Smoke Hole CareriM tM« Kabdite it the wril Oyca Affil 1-Nwentar V. CMtact: H. Gvs M»tz- W.Vtu: ' · By Ddaer lUMtt« Each person is his own expert when it comes to picking out restaurants that appeal to him. To the question: "How did you become interested in food?" the usual reply is: "I started eating early in life." · So, with the disclaimer that one person's selections may not be another's chokes, here is a very subjective list of the eating places in West Virginia that I regard highly.' First and foremost, of course, is The Greenbrier at White Sulphur Springs, really in a class all by itself, not only in West Virginia but in the whole United States. You do not have to be a registered guest to eat there, and the bountiful noontime buffet is the biggest food bargain in the state. For |7 (which with tip and tax totals 19.26) you can heap your plate from a selection of more than CO prepared foods. A recent Sunday visit there showed more than a dozen meat dishes including Virginia ham, roast beef, lamb, turkey, salmon and shrimp (there were at least three dishes featuring shrimp). 'For generations of West Virginians, the definition of sheer opulence has been the dessert table at the buffet, particularly the incomparable "Casino" peaches (mammoth freestone) with their accompanying huge silver bowl of real honest-to- goodness whipped cream to dollop over tnem: I think every person deserves to treat himself and his family at kast once to this great experience. No reservations are necessary. The buffet, until the opening in midsummer of the golf and tennis club (the old "Casino") now being enlarged and renovated, is in the main dining room. In Fairmont there's a hidden gem at Denny's Parkette Drive-In, it's the Continental Key Club, pride and joy of Joe Sestito. He makes his money with the drive- in, but lavishes his love on the club, in which he has achieved West Virginia's , closest approach to fine intimate dining. Sestito is a showman, and a meal there is an experience not soon forgotten. And it is an experience not to be entered into lightly; for the choice of the meal is a consultative process entailing quite a bit of discussion of what your preferences are and correlating them with the finest he has available. It's as if the two of you are composing a symphony or a work of art -which you are. Prices are not cheap, and you'd better figure on devoting the better part of the evening to dining. Reservations are . strongly advised, phone 363-9651. The club is located on Bellview Blvd. north of midtown on U.S. 19. And at another unusual place -- a Nicholas County town so.small it isn't on the map -- is Country Road Inn, a personal favorite. Mrs. E.L. Jarroll Jr. is a genial, friendly woman of Italian ancestry who delights in feeding people. On your second visit there you're considered one of the family, so it was inevitable that she became known as "Ma" Jarroll. Most first- time visitors make the mistake of loading up on the plentiful supply of, appetizers that crowd the table (I know I did my first time there): It is a tempting array of a half-dozen or so: marinated mushrooms, salami, cheese, peppers, Aeen beans, sweet-sour carrot slices, cucumber-onion, and marinated cauliflower during a recent visit. : ;. . ' . Mrs. Jarroll makes her own pasta, so her spaghetti is like no other in the state. Servings, mercifully, are not as large as they were when she first began - they are no longer gargantuan.. .merely huge. At a recent visit we tried the sample plate of items on the menu that day.: spaghetti with a generous-sized meatball, baked lasagna, eggplant parmesan,'honest-to-goodness veal parmigiana, and chicken scallo- pini (chicken breast with a mushroom- vegetable accompaniment). And finally, after all that (as usual, I forgot to mention the salad and Italian bread), Mrs. Jarroll comes out of the kitchen bearing a tray of her home-made cakes, pies and desserts. It's surprising how customers, who had been moaning and groaning that they couldn't eat another bite, suddenly find a tiny bit of space for a dessert. A word of warning--make a quick decision, or Mrs. Jarroll will insist if you can't make up your mind you really should take two. Reservations are a must, phone 872-2165. The inn is located opposite the Zela Ele. mentary School. Don't know where Zela is? Well, you have a lot of company. It's a little more than three miles past Drennen on W.Va. 39 between Gauley Bridge and Summersville. That's the "big three" of West Virginia's best eating places, but there are plenty more. Best Chinese food in the state is over in the Eastern Panhandle where fairly recently a young man, Chan Kwok Pun, opened the Peking Restaurant in the Gateway Hotel in Martinsburg. For a relatively modest price you are regaled by what seems to be an endless parade of fine Chinese dishes. It makes for a good evening at moderate cost. Reservations are not needed.. And my favorite authentic Scandinavian Smorgasboard is at Eric's Steak House on Waddle Run Road near Oglebay Park in Wheeling. Eric L. Halverson does an admirable job qith the Wednesday extravaganza. The big secret of dining at a smorgasbord is to make many trips to the buffet table rather than piling your plate high with a mish-mash of flavors. For reservations call 242-4443. TTS SONT FM and AM are just the beginning Sure. These Sony Informers hove FM and AM for you. Bur they're olso Specialists in bringing you o lor of orher bonds. Some hove Short wove ro tell you first'hond whar's happening worldwide. Some have Public Service Bonds ro let you tune in to fire, ambulance, and police, calls. Others have VHP Bands for weather reports 24-hours o doy. And every one of them has all solid stare circuitry for outstanding sensitivity and selectivity. So why nor bond together with the radio that's gotjusr the world of listening enjoyment you're looking for. I TFM-6100WA Drovers Inn, Welltburg, typical of Mountain reitaurants with 'atmosphere.' Photo by Gerald Ralliff. It has long been my contention that the north-central portion of the state has an inordinate number of better restaurants, largely because of the Italian influence. There are Figaretti's at Elm Grove near Wheeling and Minard's in Clarksburg. And the Italian influence is noted at laquinta's in Galloway, a small mining community between Clarksburg and Philippi on W. Va. 76, although the latter prides itself most on its steaks. Speaking of steaks, one of the best steak houses around is the Char in Beckley, recently moved to beautiful new surroundings "out in the country" past the Turnpike exit. It, too, has an Italian influence. One specialty is brascoli, a cheese-crumb stuffed folded beef filet. Owner Anna Lor- enz has done a good job, and the restaurant enjoys a fine reputation in booming Becklev. In Huntington it's no question. It's Lloyd Frankel's "Rebels and Redcoats," at 626 Fifth St. W., adjoining Colonial Lanes. It's a labor of love for Frankel, who recently was named "restauranteer of the year" for his contributions to the industry, but also deserves the honor for his contributions to the well-being and pleasure of his patrons. Rebels and Redcoats serves nothing but prime meat, and a rack of Iambi had there recently was a delight. ' Rebels and Redcoats is one of the two (that I know of semi-private clubs that demand paid-up memberships. Initiation fee is |10, annual renewal is $5. It is a cost well worth it, Reservations, especially for weekends, are urged. Phone 687-7100. In South Charleston, Paterno's Uttle Italian Seafood Inn serves the best seafood in the area. Decor is nothing, for the emphasis is placed on the food. Reservations are a must, usually a week of two ahead, for dining capacity is limited and the restaurant is open for dinner only,- and that four days a week, Wednesday through Saturday. Both Mr. and Mrs. Paterno hold full-time jobs, so the restaurant cannot take up more of their time. Knowledgeable patrons try to make their reservations for Saturday, when the proprietor has more time to create Italian specialties. It's located at 205 D St. in South Charleston and the phone number is 744-4000. 1 ICF-OOOOW IFBASONZ* Ctf-5100 1000QUARRIERST. PHONE 346-9657 minute Loan Raft Trips Whitewater Raft Trips, Harpers Ferry. Trips are conducted on the Shenandoah River. You travel past the historic town of Harpers Ferry, and each trip lasts approximately five hours. Operates seven days a week from May to October. Contact: Blue Ridge Outfitters, U.S. 3«. Harpers Ferry. W.Va. 25425. Phone: 7S-3444. It starts the second you call us! 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