Nestled in one of the southern tips of West Virginia is the state’s 15th most populous city, Bluefield. The area was first settled by Europeans in the early 18th century, but it did not see much growth until the discovery of what’s thought to be the largest seam of bituminous coal in the world. When the Norfolk and Western Company set up their railroad headquarters in the town, the city boomed.
Although the decline of coal and railways hurt the city greatly, these days the Bluefield metropolitan area is still estimated to have more than 100,000 residents. With an arts center, a huge nearby network of outdoor trails, multiple festivals, and a population keen for local restaurants, Bluefield draws tourists from all around.
The top five restaurants in Bluefield, according to TripAdvisor users, are as eclectic as the city’s appeal. With a restaurant in the woods, a bar with live music, a bakery, a Cajun restaurant, and an Italian restaurant, there’s sure to be something for anyone living in or passing through Bluefield.
Buffalo Trail Restaurant
Nestled in the woods is Buffalo Trail, a cozy lodging area with cabins, treehouses, a yurt, and RV hook-up sites for ATV enthusiasts looking to enjoy the Hatfield-McCoy Trail system. The Buffalo Trail Restaurant, however, is open to anyone looking for an evening meal. As the name might suggest, this spacious wooden restaurant offers bison burgers, buffalo wings, buffalo shrimp, and a buffalo chicken pizza. If the theme is a little too on the nose, diners can also choose beef, turkey, chicken, pulled pork, or veggie burgers as well as steaks, chicken entrees, pasta, or customizable pizzas. Buffalo Trail Restaurant is located on Buffalo Trail Road.
In a large red brick building in the heart of Bluefield, diners can find Portabella’s. Here, hungry eaters can expect consistent, high quality Italian classics like pastas, pizzas, calzones, subs, Stromboli, burgers, and the always popular garlic knots. The portions tend to be more than generous, the two-story building has plenty of room for large groups, and the chandeliers hanging from the tin ceiling will transport diners to another time and place. Portabella’s is located on Princeton Avenue.
Patty Joe’s Restaurant
Patty Joe’s Restaurant has made it its mission to bring the cold-water Atlantic seafood to West Virginia and serve with a Cajun flair. Diners can have their seafood baked, in po’boys, or fried, like the popcorn shrimp, fried haddock dinner, fried oysters, and clam strips. For those less keen on seafood, Patty Joe’s Restaurant also offers a ‘mac cheese’ entrée, chicken dinner plates, sandwiches, non-seafood po’boys, and “jumbo burgers,” such as the voodoo burger with pepper jack, onion rings, fried jalapeños, and Vo Doo Mayo. Keep an eye out for the daily specials as well. Patty Joe’s Restaurant is located on East Cumberland Road.
In the Depot District of downtown Bluefield, hungry diners will find The RailYard, a restaurant and bar known for its cocktails, live music, and unique sandwiches and burgers. Adventurous eaters might choose The Dolores with its cranberry-walnut chicken salad, Loco Motive with its choo shrimp, broccoli slaw, and queso, The California King with crab, cream cheese, pickled ginger, and a seaweed bun, or perhaps The Cowboy Killer made with a tower of fried onions in the middle. Interesting salads, appetizers, baskets, decadent milkshakes, a wide variety of beers, and a brunch menu are also available. While the main floor of the restaurant is dedicated to the full bar, booths, and a corner stage, the upper level can be rented for events. The RailYard is located on Raleigh Street.
The Blue Spoon Cafe
With a focus on fresh organic ingredients, The Blue Spoon Café serves Bluefield breakfast and lunch in a bright, cheery venue. The menu consists of soups, salads, sandwiches, and any-time breakfast options such as biscuits and gravy, a loaded omelet, and the Big Blue Spoon Breakfast Burrito. The numerous specials change every week, and the bakery case provides a constantly changing variety of doughnuts, baked goods, and sweets. For drinks, choose something from the separate coffee menu or go with a sweet tea, lemonade, wine, or beer. The Blue Spoon Cafe is located on Commerce Street.
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