Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
307 West Washington St., Charles Town, WV 25414
American/natural foods/juice bar. See description under Shepherdstown, WV entry.
1600 Washington St., East, Charleston, WV 25311
American/eclectic. Bluegrass Kitchen offers comfort food using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Vegetarian dishes include the Bluegrass Veggie Burger, Vegetarian Gyro, and Grilled Black Bean Burrito. They cook to order, so speak up if you want to see if a dish can be made vegan. Bluegrass features a beautiful dining room that has been restored to how it looked in the 1920’s with pressed tin ceilings, exposed brick, an oak floor, and a full-service bar. Near the West Virginia State Capitol, the restaurant displays artwork from neighborhood artists.
1604 Washington St. East, Charleston, WV 25311
Indian. Don’t miss Little India if you’re in search for a great meal in a laid-back atmosphere. Enjoy fresh, authentic Indian cuisine made under the supervision of a professionally trained chef whose Vegetable Pakoras and Mixed Vegetable Curry look especially scrumptious. Please note that at certain times they have a buffet.
202 Hale St., Charleston, WV 25301
Vegan/raw foods/organic/juice bar. Mission Savvy Café and Juice Bar offers grab-and-go food that is strictly raw, vegan, organic, and gluten-free. They have a wide variety of juices and smoothies made fresh daily. The café menu includes many affordable and creative raw options like the Not Tuna Salad, Kale Salad, or Coconut Wrap. Check out their workshops with professional chefs and nutritional educators, and keep an eye out for their food truck, which offers cooked foods and juices. Mission Savvy is located in downtown Charleston. Outdoor seating is available.
119 E Washington St., Lewisburg, WV 24901
Vegetarian. The Wild Bean is a cafe that prepares all of its food and drinks with love and care. Not only do they support local farmers by purchasing their ingredients from them, but their coffee menu consists of organic, fair trade, bird friendly, and rainforest alliance selections. Make sure to try their scrumptious Vegan Breakfast Burrito with seasoned potatoes, avocado, spinach, tempeh bacon, and fresh salsa grilled in a whole wheat tortilla.
209 S. Raleigh St., Martinsburg, WV 25401
vegetarian/café. Good Natured is a lovely little general store that sells all sorts of food staples and specialty items. They focus on organic and non-GMO and have condiments, teas, dried herbs and spices, baking supplies, and even music CDs. The café; inside the store is all-vegetarian and offers tasty salads, soups, noodle bowls, and baked goods. Outdoor seating is available. Please note that the store is not completely vegetarian.
132 Pleasant St., Morgantown, WV 26505
Ethnic foods. Although not vegetarian, Black Bear Burritos is quite veg-friendly. It has the feel of West Virginia as they embrace the cultures, arts and music of the area. Some items to try include the garden tofu chili, TLT (a BLT with tofu instead of bacon), and the Cherise (their vegetarian version of the Reuben). A lot of menu items offer a choice of tofu or fakin' (a smokey soy bacon substitute) instead of meat. Their rice is vegan and their beans are vegetarian. They use a separate grill for vegetarian food. And you must come for the live music featured many evenings. It is usually a blend of folk and acoustic and is well worth stopping in for.
1400 University Ave., Morgantown, WV 26505
Natural foods store/organic. With a casual and funky atmosphere, Mountain People's Co-op offers natural and organic grocery items, healthcare products, books, and more. Nestled in the campus of West Virginia University, the co-op is one of the hubs of the alternative community and a great resource for finding information on local events.
248 Walnut St., Morgantown, WV 26505
Coffeehouse/café. At The Blue Moose Café you can listen to music from local artists while enjoying a hot drink and eating a veggie reuben or veggie gyro.
RD 1, NBU #24, McCreary Ridge, Moundsville, WV 26041
Vegetarian/Indian. This restaurant, on the grounds of a Krishna temple, offers authentic Indian cuisine.
119 W. German St., Shepherdstown, WV 25443
American/natural foods/juice bar. Mellow Moods is the perfect place to stop in for a vegan lunch, snack, or even just a juice! This café offers a way variety of juices, smoothies, sides, and meals, which include vegan nachos, a hummus plate, a tempeh and avocado Reuben, and a quinoa salad. Not only are these meals delicious, but they also support local farmers and the community. This business, opened by a husband and wife, has grown over the past few years but they always stick to their goal of providing fresh, healthy, and affordable meals for the community.