Pepperoni Pizza, Hot Dog, Twice Baked Potato
I know what you are thinking, Picky Nation. "Why does this food look so bad?" Maybe it's the lighting, maybe it's the plating, or maybe it's a direct reflection of the quality of food on this plate. Let me explain. King Tut is one of the oldest restaurants still in business in Southern West Virginia. Does that mean the food has to taste just as old as the building?
If I am going to be honest, I can't say anything about the service. This restaurant is an old drive in and I had someone else pick it up for me. I will give the establishment the benefit of the doubt on that. The food came exactly how I asked it to be so, like Shoeless Joe Jackson, I have to give away even more points. The pizza was the highlight of this restaurant. Although it was no prize pizza, I found the small pepperoni to be charming. The potato was missing some flavor, especially when you can see spice all over it. The hot dog would have been fine except, there was this substance on top of it I requested. I want to say it was chili. It resembled chili and chili is what I asked for. The taste was bland and bitter.
Although the food was a major miss for me, I enjoyed the experience.... at least what I was told of it. Perhaps I ate the wrong food as their menu is extensive. I won't say this is a must try but it will definitely be different than the standard chain restaurant. For picky friendliness, and the most charming of the pepperoni family, I give this restaurant a try-if-you-want score of 3 out of 5.
As a small, locally owned business in Fayetteville, WV, I have heard so much about this little sandwich spot and could not wait to eat here. My biggest question was if they would be picky friendly. As I began to walk into the restaurant, down the "historic" steps, I noticed the outdoor seating. I am not much for eating outside but it was a breezy day and I really was determined to be alright with it. As I walked in, I was surprised to see they had indoor seating as well. The host then took me to my table...... outside. Yes outside without giving the option.
I was determined not to let this ruin my experience. Once seated I was finally greeted a few moments later by my server. I ordered my drink and, yes here we go again, I was brought a glass of ice and a can of soda. As I read over the menu, the radio was very loud in my ears, as I was seated in a corner, right by a speaker. I did not see any sandwich I wanted to try until I saw this. The Lincoln! The name is misleading. They should name it Burger King because you can have it your way. Yes picky nation, it is another build your own sandwich.
I usually love places with this option. Let me say this option is only as good as your server. This picture is not of the first sandwich that was brought to me. I ordered the pork loin with cheese and lettuce. Instead, I was brought a sandwich with onions and tomato. I had to send it back. This was no easy task due to the server always missing in action. I believe he visited my table three times or so. Once I received the sandwich, it was very tasty. The chips had a not-so-pleasant spice to them but they were definitely edible. For a server who disappeared more than Houdini, and a sandwich that tried too hard, I give this experience a not-so-picky 2.3 out of 5.
Tamarack is one of Southern West Virginia's tourist hot spots. This facility tries to embrace the arts of West Virginia. Inside, they have a restaurant that is said to be affiliated with the famous Greenbrier Resort. I decided to go over and check it out.
As I came through the line, I noticed the menu on the wall and the tray in my hand. Had I stumbled into a hospital cafeteria? I chose the line in which I saw the pizza leaving in other peoples' hands because it was unclear to me which line I should be in. When I approached the "chef" I heard something unexpected. It was the voice of the character, Joe Dirt. I do not know where this man came from, but I know most of West Virginia is not like this, despite the general population's opinion. I proceeded to ask for a pizza with light sauce. He placed sauce on the dough, held it up, and yelled, "is that good?" I replied that it would be and he then told me it would be ten to twenty minutes. I said it would be fine and my pizza proceeded to go through the cooker.
When I received my pizza, about 5 minutes later, I proceeded to grab my drink in my Styrofoam cup, and paid at the register. I found a seat and sat down. I took my first bite and let me tell you it was great! What a wonderful flavor. Just the right amount of meat and cheese. Just the right size for one person (no judging). For a great tasting pizza, and a little misdirection, I give Tamarack a 3.9 out of 5.