Moundsville, WV

The 5 most popular restaurants in Moundsville, WV

Megan Hippler
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Nestled against the Ohio River in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia is the city of Moundsville. Named after the native Adena culture’s nearby Grace Creek Mound, Moundsville draws tourists from the tristate area for its rich history, religious sites, aerial adventure park, and, most often, the former West Virginia Penitentiary with its overnight paranormal tours.

For tourists, Moundsville residents, and those in nearby Wheeling, the five most popular restaurants in Moundsville, according to TripAdvisor users, provide quality food at reasonable prices.

Bob’s Lunch
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Since 1947, Bob’s Lunch has been serving the Moundsville area home-style old-fashioned American food. Despite the name of this small, red brick restaurant, Bob’s Lunch has had several local owners since Bob Hicks opened the place with Dick Hicks. Bob’s Lunch also opens every day at 7 a.m. and stays open through the evening. Breakfast is available, in some capacity, all day, and the dinner menu focuses on deep-fried appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, meat and seafood dinners, and more. The weekday specials are constantly changing, and the restaurant has special celebrations for many major holidays. Bob’s Lunch is located on 3rd Street.

Quality Bake Shoppe
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Although it’s technically a bakery and not a restaurant, no list of popular eateries in Moundsville would be complete without mentioning Quality Bake Shoppe. This bakery cooks overnight every night to have new, fresh baked goods ready for the early morning crowd. Quality Bake Shoppe is best known for its “mad dogs,” a pastry reminiscent of a hot dog with a sweet, often-flavored creamy filling instead of the actual hot dog, but they also have display cases full of donuts, breads, cupcakes, fritters, cream puffs, and so much more. Entire seasonal pies and specially decorated cakes are also available. Quality Bake Shoppe is located on 2nd Street.

Acapulco Mexican Restaurant
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As the name suggests, Acapulco Mexican Restaurant is a family-style restaurant focusing on Tex-Mex cuisine. The brightly colored restaurant interior transports diners to another place and is almost guaranteed to bring a smile to their faces. The lunch menu is divided into categories for patrons looking for something fast, something traditional, one of the favorites, or something “specially good.” The any-time dinner menu offers more options, including tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, fajitas, grilled dishes, specials, and so much more. For those diners coming along for the atmosphere, the margaritas and daiquiris, or the company, hamburgers and a chicken sandwich are also available. Acapulco Mexican Restaurant is located on Lafayette Avenue.

Prima Marina
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Located on the banks of the Ohio River is the Prima Marina, a boat and yacht club with an American-style restaurant. Customers can settle into sleek booths or enjoy the view of the third largest river in the United States (by volume) from the patio. The menu offers pizza, burgers, seafood and meat dinner plates, and a large variety of sandwiches. Anyone not hungry enough for a full meal can stop in for any of the appetizers, including such dishes as mussels, peel and eat shrimp, chicken wings, or the deep-fried vegetable plate with seven different appetizers combined. Ice cream sundaes, cake slices, pie slices, and apple dumplings are also available. Prima Marina is located on Water Street.

Grandma Jo’s Polka Dot Café
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Rounding out the list of most popular restaurants in Moundsville is another family-style restaurant focused on American cuisine: Grandma Jo’s Polka Dot Café. While this bright, inexpensive restaurant offers more than twenty different sandwiches and burgers, most of the attention goes to the more pared-down breakfast menu, particularly Grandma Jo’s Polka Dot Café famous dish, The Shock. The Shock consists of home fries or French fries smothered in sausage gravy and fried onions and topped with eggs and cheese. Grandma Jo’s Polka Dot Café is located on 3rd Street.

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Megan Hippler writes about West Virginia humanities. Her work has appeared in Orion, Seamwork, and PopSugar.


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