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Shepherdstown (and surrounding area) WV Info Needed

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I am going to to be Shepherdstown WV for two weeks. I have read the few threads on this board but wanted to open it up a little bit. I will have a car so if there are any unique place up to an hour away in any direction, that would be great to know. Any type of food OK...ethnic, local, whatever.

Also, does anyone know of a decent place to buy beer in Shepherdstown. Any place with a decent microbrew selection?

Finally, cigar bars? Google didnt net me very good results.

I have a feeling I am going to have a lot of time to kill over the two weeks so any suggestions you have would be great.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. If you like dive bars, Alto's is a must-see. It's a bar open til 3 in a double wide trailer with darts and $1 shooters called ass kickers.

    If you like wineries, there are some good ones in the area. We almost always take a day trip. Veramar in Berryville is closest as are the wineries in Purcelville. (my bf's parents live in Shepherdstown, so I go at least once a year)

    I actually think there is some good dining there. I really like Stone Soup Bistro for inventive dishes. Also, the Thai place on the main drag is pretty good. The Press Room is also good.

    For drinks, also check out Three Onions, used to be a restaurant, now it's more of a lounge, and Tony's pizza. The bar in the basement stays open until 3 a.m. and you can get pizza til around then!

    Also, The Mecklenburg (or "The Meck") is a neat historic pub and The Yellow Brick Bank has a popular bar, not sure about beer selection.

    There's also a wine store downtown called Grapes & Grains, it might be your best bet for microbrews.

    The bf's mom sometimes goes to a place with good Amish donuts when we are there. Could get the name from her if you have any interest.

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    Yellow Brick Bank Restaurant
    201 W German, Shepherdstown, WV 25443

    Three Onions Restaurant
    117 E German, Shepherdstown, WV 25443

    Stone Soup Bistro
    112 W German St, Shepherdstown, WV 25443

    Press Room
    129 W German, Shepherdstown, WV 25443

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    1. re: princsoreo

      I live in Shepherdstown. Just thought I'd add a few more including some that are outside of town as well. Gourmet Grapes and Grains is your best source for bottled microbrews - almost all of the bars have some local stuff on tap. The Blue Moon Cafe is a good casual place for meals and has local brews in bottles. I much prefer the Blue Moon and The Meck to Tony's and Stonewall's, which has a rough crowd some evenings. Kazu has good Thai and Japanese; China Kitchen is good for Chinese takeout - not much for ambience. Maria's Taqueria's is a great little takout taco stand on German Street. Our favorite dining spots are the Press Room and Stone Soup Bistro, mentioned earlier.

      No cigar bars anywhere - Martinsburg, WV (about 10 miles away) has a cigar store, though. Charles Town, WV is also about 10 miles away - with a few good restaurants (Dish - locavore and a few ethnic places) plus the racetrack/casino.

      Sharpsburg, MD is just about 3 miles away. Captain Bender's Tavern there is a good source of Antietam Ale, wings and burgers. Also pool, if you play. Sharpsburg also has Nutter's ice cream and Burkholder's Bakery - the 'Amish' donuts (actually Mennonite) and other baked goods are really good.

      The most prestigious dining is in Frederick, MD, about 45 minutes away. Volt (by Top Chef runner-up Bryan Voltaggio) and the Tasting Room are good fine dining, Isabella's for tapas, Cacique for Spanish and Mexican, plus a nice downtown. Also The Common Market, a good organic grocery.

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      Tasting Room
      101 N Market St, Frederick, MD 21701

      Blue Moon Cafe
      200 E High, Shepherdstown, WV 25443

      Stone Soup Bistro
      112 W German St, Shepherdstown, WV 25443

      Press Room
      129 W German, Shepherdstown, WV 25443

      1. re: thomas6

        oooh, glad to see a Shepherdstown hound on here! I'll have to add some of this stuff to my itinerary for my next visit! Would love to check out Dish.

        1. re: thomas6

          Guess I don't think of Tony's as "rough," but then when I go, my bf knows at least 50% of the people in there, as his family has been in town for a while, so we end up seeing lots of people he knows.

      2. Plenty of good restaurants in Shephardstown; for Winchester I can recommend One Block West for dinner, and Chop Stick for desert and pretty good Thai. A couple of other good Thai restaurants in Winchester as well as a couple of good off the beaten path Mexican places that I've mentioned previously.

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        One Block West Restaurant
        25 S Indian Aly, Winchester, VA 22601

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        1. re: justicat

          Thanks for all replys. I went to Three Olives and Grapes and Grain. Plan on hitting Blue Moon this weekend.

          I was thinking pizza for tomorrow night. I saw a "NY" pizza place next to the Food Lion? Any good? Any other pizza recommendations?

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          Blue Moon Cafe
          714 Lee St E, Charleston, WV 25301

          1. re: EvanWilliams

            NY Pizza place is no good. Tommy's is the best pizza in town. It's at the end of German St. before the railroad tracks in a sketchy-ish building and they put beer in the crust. There's another place called Tony's. People debate among which is the best, but the bf recommends Tommy's.

            1. re: EvanWilliams

              Tommy's is the best pizza in town, at the end of German Street next to the railroad tracks. King's - the NY style pizza place - has good salads and calzones but I prefer Tommy's pizza to theirs and to Tony's.

          2. we ate at the Pressroom. was excellent. good attention to quality ingredients, service was excellent. must stop place. Tiaotse