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Sep 21, 2004 01:11 PM

Any good eats in Martinsburg, WV?

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Anybody know where I can find deliciousness in Martinsburg? I know where to eat in Shepherdstown and Berkeley Springs but not in Martinsburg. Thanks!

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  1. As a gal who grew up in Martinsburg, and whose parent's still live there, there are very few culinary gems in the area (sadly, if you ask me).

    My favorite place to hit in Martinsburg is the Station Grill, primarily for its crab cake. I find their crab cake to be top, top notch (and I eat a lot of crab cakes in the DC area). They also have good sandwiches (a chicken sandwish with roasted red papers is good) and MD crab soup. The fish I had there was uninteresting, and some people say their steaks are very good. The Station Grill is located on King Street, a block from the library.

    I also like the ice cream store on Queen Street a block or so below the library and main square. Everything is homemade and quite excellent. I recommend the Gingersnap, Grape Nuts, fresh peach, and apple/cherry pie flavors (its real, homemade pie in the ice cream). The name of the store is Rock HIll Creamery and its very close to the Library.

    Another tasty spot is an old pharmacy on Queen Steet (Patterson's) that serves a special sundae called a "Jo Jo." I believe it has peanut butter, choc and marshmallow sauce. Regardless, it is really good. They will also make homemade cherry, vanilla and *maybe* ammonia cokes (a delicacy not found too many places these days...).

    The restaurant at the Stone Bridge country club is also quite good. It is not a stuffy, over-dressed country club type of place, and the chef there is very good. My mother raves about their cream of crab soup (that is alway served with a very good amount of jumbo lump crab). I forget what I had last time I was there, but found it to be good.

    El Ranchero mexican restaurant in a strip mall close to I-81 (off Foxcroft Ave) is always good and reliable, especially for a town like Martinsburg. If you are hungry for Mexican food there, your cravings will be satisfied. Although its good, don't seek this place out if you want super special, or super fabulous mexican food.

    There is a new restaurant on Queen Street that is kind of surprising some of the locals because of its prices ($18 and up for entrees), since it is more than most local dining options. I haven't tried it, but hope to in the coming weeks. It is trying to be upscale, soophisticated and more inventive than other local places, but I have yet to try it.

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    1. re: JoyS

      Thanks, Joy. I will be sure to try all of your suggestions!

    2. I was in Martinsburg recently and discovered an excellent new tauqeria. It is called Taqureia El Korita and is located at 1117 N. Queen Street. The tacos are to die for. I tried the pollo and the pastor and was quite pleased with both. They come on the smaller size corn tortillas like the tacos I remember purchasing from stands in Mexico. The lower or external tortilla is slightly fried through some mysterious and wonderful process. It is a really great place in a town in sore need of good food. After stopping there for lunch, I returned there for supper as well.

      1. Be sure to pick up a pepperoni roll -- I believe they're on the counters at most convenience stores in the state.

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        1. re: Bill on Capitol Hill

          Nope, no pepperoni rolls in this part of the state (again, very sad), so don't get too excited! You have to go further west for that tasty delicacy.

          Thanks for the info, willtmc, on the mexican place. I'll be sure to check it out next time I'm there.

        2. When I taught/lived back in Martinsburg many moons ago, there was a suprisingly good asian restaurant in a strip mall near the Mall. Is it still there? I can't remember the name but the sushi was fresh and the meals were good.

          Sad to hear the food scene has not improved...makes me want to move back and start a pho joint!

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          1. re: rHairing

            There are two Asian places in strip malls near the is a Japanese steak house and it was certainly fine (I'm not a big fan of those steakhouses...I've never eaten anythinginteresting or exceptional at one), the other is a Japanese place in a strip mall closer to the mall that is still open. I can't speak for the second one, as it's been years since I've been.

            1. re: JoyS


              Tried a new place on Queen Street. The Chicken Palace. Peruvian Chicken charbroiled. Very, very tasty. The sides were disappointing and the family dinner package is not for any family I have ever eaten with. The family dinner package had four quarters of chicken (not bad), but the sides were not enough for even two people. Good for those who are on low carb diets.

              Try it, enjoy it.


          2. The asian place in the strip mall next to the mall is called Asian Garden. They now offer chinese as well as japanese. I never eat the chinese, so don't know if it's any good. But their japanese and sushi is still delicious. Right around the block in the strip mall next door a Porkers BBQ jsut opened. Thought the ribs were pretty tasty and the sides seemed to be home made. A nice change of pace. They have very fresh sushi. It's alittle farther, but in Hagerstown the Schmankerl Stube has incredible, authentic consistent german food with great rinks and a pretty fun atmosphere on weekend nights. I am going to have to check out the chicken place on queen street. Saw it recently but was a little hesitant.

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            1. re: JennyHunter

              Moved to Martinsburg about 3 months and I am constantly searching for Good Eats. Last night went to Sharpsburg, MD (about 25 mins from Martinsburg) and had a Black & Blue Burger at Captain Bender's. New owner who has divided the rest. into two atmospheres. One is finer dining/non smoking and the other is the bar, pool tables and casual w/smoking. The burger was very good, onion rings very typical but their menu was interesting and my experience was very pleasant. Will go back when I need a burger fix for sure. Will try other sandwiches and possibly the fine dining side too.

              I was hesitant about the Chicken Palace too, never anyone in there and it never seems to be "really" open for business. But it is and it is good.

              I am anxious to try the BBQ place. Love good BBQ.

              The Metro Cafe on Stephens street has great coffe, excellent milk shakes and the sandwich I had was good (a turkey rueben), but nothing to write home about. Visit for coffee regularly. Great atmosphere and the staff are really friendly.

              1. re: NancyAA

                I live in Shepherdstown, and recently went to the Captain Benders/Antietam Cafe for lunch. Pretty Good. Have you tried the Press Room in Shepherdstown. It opened a few months ago. The owner is the former head chef from the Yellow Brick Bank. Really Good. Also, about the BBQ place by the mall in Martinsburg. Stay away from the pulled chicken - it was really dry. But the pulled pork was decent and the ribs good. It's not gourmet - but better than nothing. I moved here about 5 years ago from Arlington where we had every ethnic restaurant within walking distance. The restaurant scene here is really depressing sometimes. As are the grocery stores. Oh, one other place you might want to try is Viva Mexico i Inwood. Again, not gourmet - but decent food cheap. And good for families. Their shrimp fajitas and toquitos are pretty good. It's a family run place right near the Sheetz in Inwood. Other than that, you are on your own! Oh! just thought of another one. I don't know where you moved from, but in downtown Winchester there is an Italian restaurant called VIolinos. Everything is made from scratch. It's a nice place for a good dinner out. A little expensive, but worth it. I haven't been for awhile - but it's one of my favorites and you could be there in 30 minuts or so probably.