‘MAX on Main’ set to open…very soon

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV “I feel like I’ve got something to prove,” says Ken Santmyer, owner of MAX on Main.  Ken’s grandfather opened the first Gino’s Pizzeria & Spaghetti House in Huntington in 1961. His father opened his own location in 1973. Ken not only worked in his family restaurants, but he has also built […]

Start your day with ‘Tasty Bites’

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Our mawmaws and pawpaws always told us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Now thanks to Jessica Marvin, residents of the tri-county area around Alderson (where Greenbrier, Monroe, & Summers County meet) will have a new breakfast option at Tasty Bites.  “We’ll serve breakfast all day and […]

Beckley’s ‘Black Circle Bistro’ wins Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in WV

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV After weeks of delicious competition between bakeries across the state, our readers have spoken. The best chocolate chip cookie in West Virginia can be found in Beckley at Black Circle Bistro, a new restaurant that opened last fall in an old gas station.  “It took three years to get this recipe […]

Amy’s Market: Come for the food, stay for a sweet

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV After 24 years in the industry, including 14 years as an executive pastry chef, Amy Mills was ready for a change.  “I didn’t get to interact with customers directly, so I never got to actually see if they enjoyed what I made for them,” she says. “So I decided to open […]

How a local farm is freeze-drying strawberries for school snacks 

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Generating year round revenue is a challenge for most small businesses. Especially for farms.  “The public can’t afford to pay what small farms need to survive,” says Jennifer Gilkerson of Sunset Berry Farms.  In response to this problem, policymakers wondered if government could incentivize the state to buy local food from […]

Lewisburg seeks to repeat as ‘Best Small Town Food Scene’ in America

By RealWV staff, Since the pandemic, small town America has been on a comeback. People like exploring closer to home, taking time to savor good food and an outdoor adventure for the weekend.  U.S.A. Today is celebrating several such small towns across America this spring. Their quest? Find the best small town food scene as […]

Top 5 revealed for ‘Best Chocolate Chip Cookie’ in WV

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV In the dark days of winter, we needed a little extra joy in our lives. So we here at RealWV thought it would be a great time to find the BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES in West Virginia! Do you like your cookies chewy or crunchy? Made with brown sugar or regular […]

‘Church in a bar’ this Saturday in Lewisburg

By RealWV staff, The third in a series of events called “Not Church” happens this Saturday night from 6-8pm at the Brier Patch Bar & Grill. What is it? “It’s basically church in a bar,” explains Rev. Stephen Baldwin. “A lot of people are hungry for a more spiritual life, but they just won’t come […]

‘Taste of Heaven’ lives up to its name in Maxwelton

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV As I pull off Route 219 North just past the airport in Maxwelton, Barry Manilow croons on the radio, “Sweet heaven, I’m in love again.” Coincidence? Surely not.  I park outside Taste of Heaven Bakery & Cheese Shop, located between an auto repair shop and a off-road-vehicle dealer just past the […]

Best chocolate chip cookie in West Virginia?

By RealWV staff, In the dark days of winter, we all need a little extra joy in our lives. So we here at RealWV thought it would be a great time to find the BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES in West Virginia! We’ve done several food contests so far, but limited them to specific geographic areas […]