We have a confession.
One of the main reasons we invested in Fayetteville – buying and renovating the building that now houses Lafayette Flats Boutique Vacation Rentals – was because we loved the food. Seriously.
We both have enthusiastic palates. A few of our favorite Fayetteville dishes include Brussel sprouts from Secret Sandwich Society, homemade granola from Wood Iron Eatery, black bean pizza (with pork) from Pies and Pint, the pub burger from The Station and Cathedral Café’s carrot cake.
Of course, it was the awe-inspiring natural beauty that kept bringing us to the New River Gorge, but it was Fayetteville’s food scene that really sealed the deal for our vacation rental plans. We knew this mix of outdoor adventure and good food was a magical combination. We wanted other folks like you to enjoy it, too.
So here’s our advice on some of the best places and dishes to eat and drink in this foodie paradise.
Dining offerings vary from restaurant to restaurant, but all restauranteurs are taking enhanced precautions in accordance with state and local guidelines for safeguards against the spread of COVID-19. For an up-to-date condensed guide to Fayetteville, WV restaurants, click here.
Fayetteville, WV Restaurant Superlatives
Most Famous: Secret Sandwich Society
The secret is out, Secret Sandwich Society is one of the most popular restaurants in West Virginia and probably the region. Every year they get mentioned in publications like Southern Living, The Washington Post, USA Today, and for good reason. These aren’t your everyday sandwiches, just ask their cult following. There was a terrible fire at Secret Sandwich Society. The restaurant will be rebuilt but is currently closed.
Best Restaurant for Vegetarians: Cathedral Café
The vegetarian selections at Cathedral Café are as plentiful as they are delicious. For breakfast, we recommend the Tommy-Cado (grilled tomatoes, eggs, avocado on an English muffin). For lunch, we recommend the Vegetarian Panini (grilled portabella with provolone, veggies, and herb mayo). But there are so many other options to choose from.
Best Restaurant for Families: Pies & Pints
Pizza and a Playground. Need we say more? That’s right, one of the two outdoor dining areas at Pies and Pints has a great playground for the kids to enjoy while grateful parents chow down on gourmet pizza. Pies and Pints is open, but the playground is temporarily closed.
Best Outdoor Seating: Arrowhead Bike Farm
After a long hike or ride, there’s nothing better than rolling into Arrowhead Bike Farm for a cold beer and tasty brat. Hanging out on the large deck and outdoor biergarten is super relaxing, but there is nothing laid back about their beer selection. One of Arrowhead’s co-owners is a globe-trotting beer aficionado.
Most Carnivorous: Firecreek BBQ & Steaks
From pork to beef to poultry, Firecreek BBQ & Steaks is a meat lovers’ restaurant. Their generous helpings and casual atmosphere are sure to satisfy the most ravenous carnivores.
Best Vibe: Wood Iron Eatery
Sure, we love the yummy breakfast, lunch, and house-roasted coffee at Wood Iron Eatery, but we especially love the ambiance. Lots of sunshine is always coming through the windows of the historic house and the walls of this little café are covered in local art. Not to mention, their patio is like a perch above the town.
Most Fun: Southside Junction
There seems to always be something fun going on at Southside Junction and Taphouse. Live music, trivia, wing night, holiday parties and more! Of course, with a great selection of beer and yummy noshes like the popular fry board (a combo of every kind of French fry imaginable), it not terribly surprising that everyone there is having a good time. Currently, party size and seating restrictions apply to all restaurants.
Most Creative Menu: Wanderlust Creativefoods
They started out as a curry house but have expanded their creative offerings to include European and Latin American favorites. Wanderlust Creativefoods also offers several dishes that include beets (major selling point for Amy) and a juicy lamb burger (making the mere presence of beets much more tolerable for Shawn).
Tastiest Newcomer: The 304
We weren’t quite sure what to make of The 304 the first time we visited. This no-frills establishment offers primarily the old standbys like burgers and wings, but they are doing it well and throwing in some absolutely delicious specials. Start with the Soul Rolls (egg rolls stuffed with chicken, collard greens, rice, and black-eyed peas), you won’t regret it.
Fayetteville Foodie Itinerary
Spending the weekend in the New River Gorge? Here’s a meal itinerary any foodie is sure to love.
Or if you are crazy about fried pork, like many of the folks here, consider following Fayetteville’s Bacon Trail.
Friday Lunch: The 304
Friday Brewery Tastings: Bridge Brew Works
Friday Night Dinner: The Pink Pig
Friday Evening Drinks/Snacks: Southside Junction and Taphouse
Saturday Breakfast: Cathedral Café
Saturday Lunch: Our House Grill & Pub
Saturday Brewery Tastings: The Freefolk Brewery
Saturday Dinner: Pies & Pints (the original of the regional chain)
Saturday Evening Drinks/Snacks: Arrowhead Bike Farm
Sunday Breakfast: Wood Iron Eatery
Sunday Lunch: Wanderlust Creativefoods (formerly known as the New River Gorge Curry House)
Sunday Dinner: Firecreek BBQ & Steaks
Sunday Dessert: The Stache (ice cream parlor)
Beer, Wine and Cocktails
Love beer? Fayetteville is heaven for beer drinkers. You’ll find an impressive, sometimes overwhelming selection of craft beer at Pies & Pints, Arrowhead Bike Farm, Southside Junction and Taphouse, Secret Sandwich Society, and The Grove (Secret’s upstairs pub and music venue).
The guys of Bridge Brew Works just added a beautiful outdoor patio and tasting room to their brewery which is on Nick Rahall Greenway inside the industrial park just a few minutes from downtown. Their award-winning beers are worth tasting, and we suspect you’ll want to fill up your growler while you visit.
The Freefolk Brewery is a treat for the eyes, ears, and taste buds. The owners have filled their space with art, they offer live music on the weekends and they serve up some yummy nibbles too. You can even call ahead to schedule a tour of the brewery which is located right outside town on WV Rt. 16.
Many of the same establishments that offer beer offer a small selection of wine, but a nice wine bar is something Fayetteville desperately needs. Any oenophile entrepreneurs out there?
If you enjoy a good cocktail before dinner, we recommend The Station. They serve up tasty hand-crafted cocktails in the comfy and popular bar area of the restaurant.
To check out the local bar scene, visit Charley’s, Elliot’s Whitewater Grill, or Maggie’s Pub. Bars are still open, but seating restrictions apply.
Yummiest Desserts in the New River Gorge
The best thing about hiking, biking, climbing, and paddling is the easy justification these activities provide to have a decadent dessert.
You’ll find a perfect selection of ice cream at The Stache, where you can enjoy shopping the throw-back candy and toys while you anxiously wait your turn at the Garbage Pail Kid covered counter. Remember those? Atomic Amy and Shaggy Shawn love this place!
Cathedral Café offers spectacular home-made desserts. We can’t get enough of their carrot cake.
Fayetteville’s Breakfast Options
Just down the street from Lafayette Flats are the two best breakfast spots in town. Cathedral Café has fabulous pancakes, a huge selection of traditional offerings, and brunch libations. Wood Iron Eatery has a fresh contemporary menu and an impressive rotating coffee selection from hand-picked roasters including their own – Bad Kid Coffee.
The Station doesn’t always offer brunch, but when they do, it’s the place to be! You can taste their commitment to using locally sourced meat and produce and wash it down with a beautifully crafted mimosa or bloody Mary.
We can’t talk about breakfast without mentioning Tudor’s Biscuit World. It’s a regional chain that started in WV and really captured the hearts of most mountaineers. These biscuits are big, greasy, and sometimes, just what you need. Everybody has a favorite. Amy’s is the Mary B and Shawn’s is the Thundering Herd.
Best Seasonal Offerings at Fayetteville, WV Restaurants
We tell our guests at Lafayette Flats that they must travel to Fayetteville at least four times a year to really experience the magic of this place. Watching the seasons change in the New River Gorge is dramatic and beautiful and eating your way through the year is delightful too!
Spring Recommendation: Fish Sandwich at Secret Sandwich Society
Secret Sandwich Society offers fish sandwiches every Friday during Lent. Lewis and his staff know how to make sandwiches and locals of all faiths look forward to this special offering every year.
Summer Recommendation: Heirloom Tomato Pie at Pies and Pints
The first time we had the heirloom tomato pie at Pies and Pints, we thought we’d died and gone to heaven. We went back the next day for another! They start offering it in August when local tomatoes are perfectly ripe.
Fall Recommendation: Beer and Brats at Arrowhead Bike Farm
The biergarten at Arrowhead is the perfect place to be on a warm fall afternoon that turns into cool fall evening. You can enjoy a nice selection of brats and carefully curated craft beer at this kid and pet-friendly farm.
Winter Recommendation: Pancakes at Cathedral Cafe
There’s nothing better on a cold morning than a hot cup of coffee and a stack of buttery pancakes. Cathedral Cafe offers many kinds including whole grain, sweet potato, cinnamon roll, blueberry, and banana-nut!
Little Hidden Gems
Somewhat hidden around Fayetteville are fabulous little gems of deliciousness.
Inside WaterStone Outdoors you’ll find Rangefinder Coffee. Inside Wild Art Wonderful Things you’ll find draft kombucha. And inside Cathedral Café, you’ll find Raw & Juicy Juice Bar.
Facing Rt. 19 sits Studio B where you can shop local art, cheese, wine and craft beer. Tucked right next door is the cute little Maggie’s Pub. Offering cold drinks and a full bar.
Our Guide to All Fayetteville, WV Restaurants
Fayetteville offers an impressive variety of food and drink but deciding where to eat can be overwhelming. We haven’t even mentioned all the restaurants in town yet!
In fact, we get so many questions from our guests that we created a food guide to help them find the perfect place to suit their palate.
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We update the Fayetteville Food Guide weekly and include info particularly helpful during COVID-19.