Road Trip: Wheeling, West Virginia

It’s been a while since I’ve done a piece on a restaurant, but Sunday was too enjoyable of a day not to talk about it. Our originals plans for Sunday fell through, and in order to rescue the weekend, the missus suggested we check out nearby Wheeling, West Virginia for a day trip. It’s about a 90-minute drive from Morgantown and apparently, there’s a ton of stuff to do.

The day started with lunch at Ye Olde Alpha (and a short discussion on whether it’s pronounced “yee” or “the”). Both the menu and the website touted it as being proud of their “dead animals, cold beer, and classic American food.” The missus also sold me on when telling me it had both Greek and Mexican fare (classic “Grexican” food?). There are two parts of the restaurant—the bar and the actual restaurant—and they are completely separate for some reason. Upon entering the restaurant side, I was expecting at lot more taxidermy animal heads on the wall, but there were only a few, so it was a bit of a letdown (we stuck our heads into the bar when we left—that’s where they were all hiding).

I have developed a recent rule in sandwiches—once I see a Cuban sandwich offering on the menu, I get it. Cuban sandwiches are my favorite, and if a place can offer a decent Cuban, then I’ll definitely go back. So, I got that (sorry about the crappy pic) and a side of truffle parmesan fries.

The missus opted for the “$10 Burger”. It’s actually called that on the menu, and it’s a burger made with a blend of prime rib, sirloin, and beef brisket. Since she’s a sweet potato fry freak, she got those to go along with it. The service was commendable and quick, which set it apart from the décor (rather blasé).

As for the food, the burger was delightfully moist, cooked properly (very important), and completely worth the price. My sandwich, I have to say, was probably the best Cuban I’ve had in a long time. The pork was roasted and pulled properly, the sandwich neatly pressed, and the mustard rightfully tangy. Sufficed to say, I’m going back (when we run out of other places to try). The fries were hand-cut (a good thing to see) with a healthy but not overwhelming amount of cheese. The only change I would make is maybe not so much truffle oil next time. I spent way too much time wiping my fingers off. After all that goodness, the bill only came to $28 before tip, so it was more than worth it.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the dinner pick…


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