Every year, thousands of tourists descend on the small scenic city of Elkins, WV. At the edge of the Monongahela National Forest in Eastern West Virginia, Elkins is the obvious choice for the Mountain State Forest Festival, a nine-day celebration of the mountains and their natural resources in the peak of autumnal colors.
Whether you’re visiting the city for the Festival, the small liberal arts college Davis & Elkins, or the picturesque views, Elkins knows how to do hospitality well.
The top five most popular restaurants in Elkins, according to TripAdvisor users, showcase the wide-range of people who live in and visit the city. From a fine dining restaurant to a home-style diner, BBQ classics to Venezuelan cuisine, Elkins is sure to have something to please everyone.
Available only with a reservation, the newly renovated restaurant Forks prides itself on fusing French cuisine with Appalachian-American flavors for a unique fine dining experience. Patrons who want to trust the chef’s recommendations can opt for the tasting menu: a six-course meal designed to build flavors into a culinary journey. The six-courses— hors d’oeuvre, soup, salad, sorbet, main course, and dessert—are also available separately on a carefully curated menu. Forks is located inside The Forks Inn on Kelly Mountain Road.
El Gran Sabor
Without the signs and colorful patio umbrellas at the front, Latin American restaurant El Gran Sabor might look like an ordinary house. However, this restaurant is the home of Elkins’ authentic Venezuelan cuisine with a wide variety of live music every Wednesday and Friday evening. The menu has some expected classics, like tacos, enchiladas, and chimichangas, but they also offer unique options like Caribbean salads, pasta with Latin red sauce, a Philly cheesesteak cachapa, and a burger patty smothered in green sauce between two smashed plantains. El Gran Sabor is located on Kerens Avenue.
First opening in Buckhannon, WV in 1992, the American grill-style restaurant C.J. Maggie’s retained the first space while opening a second location in Elkins. While they might be best known for their wood-fired calzones and pizzas—including a Thai chicken pizza—C.J. Maggie’s boasts an extensive menu. Diners can choose from a dozen meat entrees, eighteen pasta dishes, and nineteen sandwiches, plus Tex-Mex plates, starters, salads, desserts, and lunch specials. Add in the beer, wine, cocktails, and 90-cent sodas, and there’s sure to be something for everyone. In Elkins, C.J. Maggie’s is located on Davis Avenue.
Smoke on the Water BBQ
As the name suggests, Smoke on the Water BBQ prides itself on providing Elkins with meals made with traditional BBQ methods. The restaurant sits along Isner Creek in a large cabin-like space with indoor and covered outdoor seating set up to encourage patrons to slow down and enjoy their meal among the mountains. Alongside such BBQ classics as ribs, pulled pork, BBQ chicken, and brisket, the menu offers soups, salad, pasta, burgers, daily specials, and more. Smoke on the Water BBQ is located on the Alleghany Highway at Route 33 East and Isner Creek Road.
Scottie’s of Elkins
Hungry people looking for a home-style, diner-like American meal without spending a lot of money would do well to stop into Scottie’s of Elkins. The robust all-day breakfast menu boasts breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, waffles, French toast, combination platters, and classic dishes, like steak-and-eggs or biscuits-and-gravy. There are also more than twenty burgers and sandwiches to choose from, including hot ham on rye, Philly cheesesteak, and a “pizza burger.” Smart diners will save room for a milkshake, an apple dumpling, or a generous slice of pie with the option for a la mode. Scottie’s of Elkins is located on 7th Street with a sign that reads “Scottie’s Hamburgers.”
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