In a very unscientific survey this past semester, some UCSOP students sent in their favorite places to grab lunch, a burger and more. So whether you are planning a visit to Charleston, moving to campus to start the fall semester, or even if you are one of our current students looking for a new place to try, check out this list of favorites. And if you have a favorite that we have missed, add it in to the comment section below.
Before checking out this list, there is something that you have to understand about Charleston, WV. When talking about the city of Charleston, people often include surrounding areas in that conversation because there are many smaller communities near the city that are definitely worth a visit. So when asked for favorites, students automatically included restaurants from surrounding towns, including South Charleston, Teays Valley, Cross Lanes, and Sissonville. So buckle up and start your food tour of the Charleston area!
When it comes to pizza, Pies & Pints Pizzeria is an overwhelming favorite among students (faculty too!). This local specialty pizza place started with a shop in Fayetteville, WV, where you can still visit the original, then opened in Charleston, and has now become a regional chain with locations in Morgantown, Columbus, Dayton, and opening more locations in the near future. Check out their website and Facebook page for more information
Other local favorites for pizza are Lola’s, Graziano’s, and Husson’s.
Students do not mind hopping in the car and taking a ride to Teays Valley (about 20-25 minutes west) to chow down on the fat patties at Fat Patty’s. This local chain has four locations, and serves burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more. You can order their beer-battered fries by the bucket! So whether you are in the mood for the Lasso patty covered in BBQ sauce or the Luau Cow topped with ham and pineapple, or just a classic burger, Fat Patty’s has something for you.
Other popular places for burgers are Five Guys, Cold Spot, B&D Gastropub, FireSide Grill (Teays Valley), Bluegrass Kitchen, and Vandalia Grill. And Carney’s is a new restaurant in Cross Lanes that is a faculty recommendation for great burgers!
Favorite Lunch Spot
For lunch students are all over the place in their favorites – Vietnamese, Chinese, crepes, or they may just grab a sandwich. Two favorites are located about 10-15 minutes from campus in South Charleston – Pho Vinh Long and Yen’s Sandwich shop.
Sorry, no website for these locally owned restaurants, but check out the articles below about the great soups (BTW, even the small bowl is big!) at Pho Vinh Long, and the unique (and inexpensive) sandwiches at Yen’s.
Other favorites lunch spots include Tricky Fish, Café Creperi, Taste of Asia (also in South Charleston), Pita Pit, The Wheelhouse, M&M Mart and Deli, Bellicino’s, and First Watch. Las Trancas Mexican Restaurant is a faculty favorite.
This one got a lot of responses, with no clear winner. Some of them also showed up in the lists above, and some are chains and some are local.
Popular choices were Soho’s (at the Capital Market), Adelphia Sports Bar, Pies and Pints Pizzeria, Bluegrass Kitchen, Fazio’s, Main Kwong, Su Tei, Cracker Barrel, Lone Star, Chop House, Tidewater, Top Spot Country Cookin’ (in Sissonville), Black Sheep Buritto & Brews, and the buffet at the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort in Cross Lanes. A faculty favorite is the South Hills Market and Café. Check out the links below to see what’s on the menu.