If you head south on Rt. 19, cross the New River Gorge Bridge and take a left at the first light, you will find yourself in the charming small town of Fayetteville. There are some terrific dining options. Call for winter hours.
This comfortable café, creatively done in an old church complete with stained glass windows, is the place to start your day. Hospitable owner Wendy Bayes, an ex-raft guide, offer breakfast , lunch, coffee drinks and Sweets. Check out their terrific soups and salads and leave room for the carrot cake, three time winner (maybe more by now) of Fayette County’s Best Dessert award. Computers with free high speed internet access are available. Browse through the used books and the interesting crafts in the Gifts shop which shares the space. Located just off Court Square. Ask anyone to point you in the right direction. 304-574-0202
Pies and Pints
We are going out on a limb here: This is the best pizza on the planet. We know that sounds crazy but we dare you to check it out. Gourmet pizza on a homemade crust with combinations of ingredients that will redefine your idea of what pizza is all about. (Gorgonzola, grape and rosemary?!) The spinach salad is to die for and the beer aficionados among you will swoon over the beer list. Don’t miss the root beer on tap, dreamy. Eat inside, out on the patio where the kids can play on the play ground. Highly competent servers keep this family-friendly place cranking. Live music and specials offered during the summer. 219 W Maple Ave, Fayetteville, WV 25840 304-574-2200.
Offering Cajun, Creole and Low-Country cuisine, Gumbo’s is a welcome addition to the restaurant line-up. Serving lunch and dinner in cozy space just off Court Square, this spot has become a favorite with locals and tourists alike. According to Geoff, they have the best burger in town! Moderate prices and generous portions make this the best lunch deal around. Beer and wine available.
103 South Court Street, Fayetteville, WV 25840 304- 574-4704
Dirty Ernie’s Rib Pit
A popular aprs-rafting spot, this is the place for meat-lovers, ribs are what they do best. It has a relaxed atmosphere and a menu that offers something for everyone. Kids love it because they can throw peanut shells on the floor; mothers love it because they don’t have to worry about what their kids do. The French Onion soup is a winner. They can accommodate larger groups. Located just off Rt. 19 on Keller Ave. 574-4822.
Secret Sandwich Society
Yes they make Sandwiches: Weird ones, Odd ones, Messy ones, Delicious ones. They also have the best French Fries. Geoff’s Favorite, you can order and Sandwich made as a Salad. But what will keep you coming back is the Key-lime Pie!
103 Keller Avenue, Fayetteville, WV 25840 304-574-4777
Wild Flower Bakery
Sweet! Ossum made in house goodies of all shapes and sizes. They open at 7 AM serving breakfast sandwiches and a full line of coffee drinks. They also serve a great lunch menu with the best West Virginia hot dogs in town. (Grilled bun, all beef dog with chile onions, mustard and coleslaw! ) Ossum.
105 West Maple Ave. Fayetteville WV 25840 304-574-0001
Not exactly in Fayetteville, but the closest restaurant to our cabins, and a new favorite. This casual cafeteria style authentic Thai will not disappoint. Beer on tap and delicious drinks for the kids too!
Tudor’s Biscuit World
Normally we don’t mention chain restaurants with much enthusiasm, but, aside from serving as the landmark for entering Fayetteville, Tudor’s has its place if you need a quick and greasy breakfast. The Dottie is a Fayetteville tradition. 574-3820
Oak Hill, WV Dining Information
Oak Hill is five minutes south of Fayetteville. If you continue south on Rt. 19 you will come to a large strip mall, Fayette Square, on your right. K-mart and Kroger anchor this mall.
Also located in the above-mentioned strip mall, this family friendly Mexican restaurant offers a sprawling menu, quick service and cheap prices. 465-5434
A great place right on Main Street in Oak Hill
OK Chinese Restaurant
The name about sums it up, solid Chinese food, nothing to write home about, but it beats the Peking Buffet, also located in this mall. 465-8465
Oak Hill also offers the full complement of fast food restaurants if you are so inclined.
They are clustered at the Lochgelly exit, or further south at the Main Street exit.
North of the New River Gorge Bridge
Smokey’s on the Gorge
Located less than five minutes from Opossum Creek Retreat, Smokey’s and its more downscale companion, Chetty’s, are Class VI River Runners terrific restaurants. Be sure to check out their overlook which will give you a mind bending view of the New River Gorge Bridge. Smokey’s is housed in a stunning timber framed pavilion with huge decks offering spectacular views of the gorge. They offer a buffet that blends culinary sophistication with down-home West Virginia hospitality. The salad bar will knock your socks off. A full bar and a solid wine list complement the buffet. The buffet isn’t cheap but the experience is well worth it. Tell Joe Re we sent you! 574-4905
Located on the second floor of Class VI’s reception building, this is a more casual, sports bar kind of a place. Hearty sandwiches, wings and appetizers dominate the menu. The atmosphere is lively and fun with the widescreen TVs tuned to sports or rafting videos. A foosball table on the porch will keep the kids occupied until the food arrives, or better yet, they can rage around outside at the playground. 574-4905 or 574-0704
Great Authentic Thai cuisine right in our back yard!
Well, we told you we’d give you the inside scoop so here it is. The bar scene is limited at best and it is sure to give you plenty of local flavor. There are only a few to mention, the others you can explore at your own risk.
Located underneath Sherry’s Beer City in Fayetteville (ask anybody). We doubt you’ll find a stiffer, cheaper highball anywhere or thicker smoke for that matter. Friendly locals will make you feel right at home. Feel free to show off your prowess at the pool table if you like.
The Pub on Gatewood
The newest entry in to the nightlife scene, this friendly place offers karaoke Wednesday and Friday and a live band every Saturday. Not as smoky! And the kitchen stays open all night offering Philly steaks, burgers and sandwiches. Lottery machines. Located at Cantrell’s Ultimate Rafting. 574-2500
Elliott’s at the Quality Inn
Your basic sports bar with basic bar food and karaoke now and then. 574-3443
More like a club. Dancing and pool tables. Sometimes a cover charge. 465-1216
Groceries and Snacks
Biggest grocery around. Oak Hill. 469-2921
Daniel’s Fresh Mart
Great small grocery conveniently located next to the Post Office in Fayetteville. 574-0455
Lansing General Store
The closest convenience store to OCR, this one is stocked with the tourist in mind. Seems to be open whenever you need it! 574-1654