Richwood: That Unique Mountain Flavor

Susan

Richwood: That Unique Mountain Flavor

Food scene
Winner of Best Chef in WV and Best Appalachian Cuisine by West Virginia Living magazine. One of West Virginia's most unique dining experiences, the Whistle Punk Grill and Taphouse has an eclectic menu, a variety of craft beers and local wines, scrumptious desserts and a cool "Appalachian Hipster" vibe. Plan for a long leisurely dinner or lunch, and don't leave Richwood without trying the crab dip. Casual. Kid friendly. Vegan and gluten free items available. Outdoor dining. $$$
Whistle Punk Grill & Taphouse
35 E Main St
Winner of Best Chef in WV and Best Appalachian Cuisine by West Virginia Living magazine. One of West Virginia's most unique dining experiences, the Whistle Punk Grill and Taphouse has an eclectic menu, a variety of craft beers and local wines, scrumptious desserts and a cool "Appalachian Hipster" vibe. Plan for a long leisurely dinner or lunch, and don't leave Richwood without trying the crab dip. Casual. Kid friendly. Vegan and gluten free items available. Outdoor dining. $$$
NOT your father's bar food, by any means. This newly renovated business specializes in an eclectic menu including artisan pizzas, epic chicken salad, pepperoni rolls, walnut salads, fried green tomato sandwich, amazing desserts. Also serving craft beer on tap. The Oakford Pool Hall is a Richwood icon in the tradition of the neighborhood English pub. Under new management, the food is drawing travelers from all over the country. Biker friendly. Kid friendly. $$
THE OAKFORD POOL HALL LLC
38 Oakford Avenue
NOT your father's bar food, by any means. This newly renovated business specializes in an eclectic menu including artisan pizzas, epic chicken salad, pepperoni rolls, walnut salads, fried green tomato sandwich, amazing desserts. Also serving craft beer on tap. The Oakford Pool Hall is a Richwood icon in the tradition of the neighborhood English pub. Under new management, the food is drawing travelers from all over the country. Biker friendly. Kid friendly. $$
Richwood's busiest restaurant. Locally owned and operated, Joy Smith and staff at the Oakford Diner dish up comfort food: biscuits and grits, hot dogs on a grilled bun, open-faced roast beef sandwiches, soups and cornbread, hand dipped ice cream, assorted pies, homemade milkshakes and flavored lemonade. Very affordable. Fast friendly service. $
The Oakford Diner
46 Oakford Ave
Richwood's busiest restaurant. Locally owned and operated, Joy Smith and staff at the Oakford Diner dish up comfort food: biscuits and grits, hot dogs on a grilled bun, open-faced roast beef sandwiches, soups and cornbread, hand dipped ice cream, assorted pies, homemade milkshakes and flavored lemonade. Very affordable. Fast friendly service. $
Locally owned and operated, Hole in the Wall offers a diverse menu of homemade pizzas, wings, subs, pasta, salads and more. Handy carryout right across the street from The Front Porch Inn. Our family rates these pizzas better than any franchise. Outdoor dining available. Kid friendly. $
Cb's Hole in the Wall
1 Park Pl
Locally owned and operated, Hole in the Wall offers a diverse menu of homemade pizzas, wings, subs, pasta, salads and more. Handy carryout right across the street from The Front Porch Inn. Our family rates these pizzas better than any franchise. Outdoor dining available. Kid friendly. $
Locally owned, Chill Out Grill is Richwood's only drive through fast food. But don't let the term "fast food" fool you: the menu items are fresh, flavorful and mostly homemade. Must try the hot dogs, barbecue, "Avalanche," and fajita salad. Locally owned. $
Chill out grill
50 Edgewood Avenue
Locally owned, Chill Out Grill is Richwood's only drive through fast food. But don't let the term "fast food" fool you: the menu items are fresh, flavorful and mostly homemade. Must try the hot dogs, barbecue, "Avalanche," and fajita salad. Locally owned. $
The Richwood Moose Lodge is the only restaurant serving mixed drinks. Open Tuesday through Saturday, Moose Lodge members and their guests enjoy locally sourced steaks and hamburgers. Outdoor dining is available. All guests at The Front Porch Inn can sign in the Moose under our name. $
Moose Lodge
The Richwood Moose Lodge is the only restaurant serving mixed drinks. Open Tuesday through Saturday, Moose Lodge members and their guests enjoy locally sourced steaks and hamburgers. Outdoor dining is available. All guests at The Front Porch Inn can sign in the Moose under our name. $
Don't leave Richwood without stopping at this quaint coffee bar in Rosewood Flowers and Gifts. Owned and operated by an energetic young couple with lots of barista experience, CRRC serves up lattes, cappuccino, smoothies, and locally baked scones, cookies, bagels, muffins and more. Outdoor table available.
Cherry River Roasting Company
27 East Main Street
Don't leave Richwood without stopping at this quaint coffee bar in Rosewood Flowers and Gifts. Owned and operated by an energetic young couple with lots of barista experience, CRRC serves up lattes, cappuccino, smoothies, and locally baked scones, cookies, bagels, muffins and more. Outdoor table available.
City/town information
Richwood is hard to explain and even harder to forget. Nestled in a bowl of magnificent Appalachian mountains, the town grew up at the confluence of the north and south forks of the Cherry River. For thousands of years it was a hunting ground for Native American tribes. At the turn of the 20th century, the rich hardwoods in the area's forests drew industrialists who timbered the area and manufactured everything from toothpicks to clothespins to wheel hubs to mop handles to booms for huge ships. Immigrants flocked here for the jobs felling the timber or making the products. A train pulled into town every day bringing salesmen and vacationers and corporate bigwigs. Three grand hotels flourished in the 20's and 30's. Coal replaced timber as the economic base from the 40's through the 80's. Since then, the area as well as the state saw an economic decline that drained the area of young people and left blighted main streets all through the coalfields. Now, with high speed broadband and increased interest in outdoor recreation, Richwood is experiencing a boom in tourism and real estate. Recently designated as one of ten Monongahela National Forest Towns, (See my article on Mon Forest Towns: https://www.wvgazettemail.com/dailymailwv/daily_mail_features/not-your-fathers-forest-mon-towns-team-up-to-move-toward-a-recreation-future/article_eaac478f-cfe2-5873-a2eb-616e4a9f5d5e.html) the city is bustling with motorcycles, campers, kayaks, ski buffs, leaf peepers, star gazers, bird watchers, deer hunters, trout fishers, hikers and mountain bikers.
Richwood
Richwood is hard to explain and even harder to forget. Nestled in a bowl of magnificent Appalachian mountains, the town grew up at the confluence of the north and south forks of the Cherry River. For thousands of years it was a hunting ground for Native American tribes. At the turn of the 20th century, the rich hardwoods in the area's forests drew industrialists who timbered the area and manufactured everything from toothpicks to clothespins to wheel hubs to mop handles to booms for huge ships. Immigrants flocked here for the jobs felling the timber or making the products. A train pulled into town every day bringing salesmen and vacationers and corporate bigwigs. Three grand hotels flourished in the 20's and 30's. Coal replaced timber as the economic base from the 40's through the 80's. Since then, the area as well as the state saw an economic decline that drained the area of young people and left blighted main streets all through the coalfields. Now, with high speed broadband and increased interest in outdoor recreation, Richwood is experiencing a boom in tourism and real estate. Recently designated as one of ten Monongahela National Forest Towns, (See my article on Mon Forest Towns: https://www.wvgazettemail.com/dailymailwv/daily_mail_features/not-your-fathers-forest-mon-towns-team-up-to-move-toward-a-recreation-future/article_eaac478f-cfe2-5873-a2eb-616e4a9f5d5e.html) the city is bustling with motorcycles, campers, kayaks, ski buffs, leaf peepers, star gazers, bird watchers, deer hunters, trout fishers, hikers and mountain bikers.
Richwood is just an hour from Snowshoe Ski Resort, one of the east coast's premier winter recreation destinations. Avoid the high cost of lodging at Snowshoe by staying in Richwood.
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Snowshoe
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Richwood is just an hour from Snowshoe Ski Resort, one of the east coast's premier winter recreation destinations. Avoid the high cost of lodging at Snowshoe by staying in Richwood.
Marlinton has the same flavor as Richwood--"Appalachian Hipster." Only 40 minutes away, the scenery itself is worth the drive.
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Marlinton
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Marlinton has the same flavor as Richwood--"Appalachian Hipster." Only 40 minutes away, the scenery itself is worth the drive.

Consigli per viaggiatori

Da non perdere
"Gather in the Garden"
From June until August, enjoy live outdoor music every Friday in the Sculpture Garden.
Cosa portare
The mountains cool down quickly at sundown. Think "layers."
Richwood is casual. Pack good walking shoes, warm jackets, snow boots in the winter.
Muoversi in zona
Richwood is walkable.
Park your car and walk to almost every attraction in Richwood. A short drive will take you to multiple hiking trails in the area. In winter, plan for snowy roads. The rest of the year, learn to watch for deer.
In viaggio con bambini
Kids love Richwood's simple pace.
Our grandkids think Richwood is magical. Very young children are easily overwhelmed by big theme parks. In Richwood, you can take your kids to a city park with playground equipment. Swim at a local pool or swimming hole. Let them crawl around in a fire truck. See a live turtle at the public library. Shop at the county's only toy store. You can feed the fish in the sculpture garden and pet Oreo, the local cat in residence at the Whistle Punk. You can play disc golf at City Park or real golf at Cherry Hill Country Club. You can swim at one of a dozen local swimming holes.
Usi e costumi
You have to try the ramps.
Richwood has been the Ramp Capital of the World ever since local historial and newspaper man Jim Comstock designated it so. Ramps grow wild in the spring and people dig them in the mountains, clean them, and cook them with potatoes or ham or eggs. They look and smell like a garlicky green onion. The flavor is marvelous, but beware: for three days you will smell like them.