Morgantown Eats Restaurant Week & Culinary Crawl

The Morgantown Eats Culinary Crawl will kick off the town’s first-ever restaurant week. The culinary crawl, organized by a class in WVU’s Reed College of Media, will feature samples from downtown Morgantown restaurants on Saturday, Dec. 5. The following restaurant week will feature specials, discounts and other featured items each day at select restaurants.

Geah Pressgrove’s class first hosted the culinary crawl last year, which was a ton of fun and raised around $10,000 for the Monongalia Arts Center. The class teamed up with the Greater Morgantown CVB, Main Street Morgantown and the Monongalia Arts Center to bring young professionals downtown to showcase local offerings, while also making note of available parking.

This year’s format has changed a bit; there are two separate tracks from which to choose. The early tour check-in starts at 2-2:30 p.m., and the late tour check-in starts at 4-4:30 p.m. Tickets for each tour are $35, and are likely to sell out. Both tours will feature samples at the MAC during check-in, which include J.W. Thirsty’s, Morgantown Brewing Company, Sargasso and Table 9. Then, each tour has different restaurants.

Early tour:

  • Apothecary Ale House & Cafe – Sip various samples of Winter Seasonals from the U.S. and Belgium. Apothecary will also provide participants with multiple examples of what winter tastes like for different breweries
  • Chico’s Fat – Warm up with a spicy chicken enchilada tasting, paired with queso and chips.
  • Garcia’s Latin Market – Sample Puerto Rican coffee with a warm churro.
  • High St. Pasta – Enjoy a meatball with sauce and warm garlic bread with alfredo.
  • T.K’s Juice – Try something new with bubble tea, and savor green and black tea.
  • Tin 202 – Savor almogrote with farmhouse cheese made from scratch, accompanied with a baguette. A specialty cocktail sample will also be available for those guests over 21.

Late tour:

  • Black Bear Burritos – A pollo pibil cup and refried garbanzo beans: House fried tortilla cup filled with a Yucatán shredded achiote chicken garnished with pickled onion and served with a side of refried garbanzo beans. Chestnut Brew Works will also provide a craft beer tasting that pairs with dish.
  • The Cupcakerie – Select a seasonal flavored mouthwatering mini cupcake.
  • Iron Horse Tavern – Sip on any two West Virginia craft beers on tap
  • Vintage Room – Chef Thomas will be presenting a variety of wood-fired pizzas and featuring a sample of coconut shrimp. Exclusive wine tasting will also be available for guests over 21.
  • Sugar Bears Wall St. Grill – Sample small bites of diner favorites, comfort food and a homemade brownie.
  • Zaytun – Nosh on a variety of pizza, gyros, pasta and rice dish samples.

Each tour will have approximately six groups with no more than 25 participants per group. Guided tours will leave from the MAC and progress through each of the six restaurants on the tour. Tours are expected to last approximately three hours. Tours end at Arts Mon, located at 201 High Street.

Restaurant Week kicks off Dec. 5 and will run through Dec. 12. It will feature 20 participating businesses with menus starting under $10.
  • Black Bear Burritos – Burritos and Brews: Any house specialty and two pints of WV Craft Beer for $15
  • Cafe Bacchus – Celebrate the Many Varieties of Winter Squash. Enjoy a delicious three-course dinner for only $25 (does not include tax or tip). *Reservations : (304) 296-9234 
      • First course: Guest’s choice of either a soup (butternut squash) or salad
      • Entree: Pork dish complimented with a winter squash OR Ravioli stuffed with winter squash topped with a hazelnut cream sauce
      • Dessert: Pumpkin Bread Pudding OR guests can substitute dessert for a featured specialty cocktail such as the Pumpkin Pie Saketini
  • Chico’s Fat – TBA
  • The Cupcakerie – $25 for a dozen regular size cupcakes, a savings of $4; or $12.50 for a dozen mini-size cupcakes, a savings of $3.50
  • Garcia’s Latin Market – Buy 2 delicious tacos and get fresh-made chips and salsa for free.
  • High St. Pasta Co. – TBA
  • Iron Horse Tavern – Iron Horse will be doing a West Virginia Craft Beer Takeover. A brewer will be on hand to meet and greet with guests and also to answer questions. 
  • Morgantown Brewing Co. – TBA
  • The Montmartre – Enjoy a three-course meal for a discounted price. *Reservations : (304) 291-4222
      • Appetizer : choice of bruchetta or cup of soup 
      • Main Entree : Chicken Francaise, Shrimp Montmarte or Steak Diane. 
      • Dessert : Choice of our homemade cakes/pies.
  • Mountain State Brewing Co. – 20% off entire menu, excluding alcohol. 
  • Sargasso – 20% discount off full menu. *Reservations : (304) 554-0100
  • Soul Brothers – Free deep fried strawberry shortcake with any full price dinner meal
  • Table 9 – A tasting menu with an optional wine pairing. *Reservations : (304) 554-2050
  • T.K.’s Fruit, Produce & Bubble Tea – Buy any bubble tea at a 30% discounted price
  • Tin 202 – A 3-course dining experience for 2 for $50.00 per couple. *Reservations : (304) 212-5863. There will be a wine tasting with each course. Gratuity not included.
      • First course: Cold beet soup, corn and crab chowder or side salad.
      • Second course: (Each guest chooses two small plates ) Stuffed and toasted brie, chicken confit, pork belly, and petite dessert.
      • Third course: Seasonal dessert
  • The Vintage Room – Chef Thomas is preparing a special 3-course dining experience:
      • First Course: Arugula & Spinach Salad or Vintage Bleu Cheese Bacon Wedge.
      • Second Course: 6oz Stockyard Sirloin with Cognac crème, Apple Cider Glazed Salmon or Chicken Saltimbocca
      • Third Course: Three layer Chocolate Mousse Cake, Bananas Foster or Oliver Oil Torte.
  • Sugar Bear’s Wall St. Grill – 20% off entire menu, $0.50 brownies and cookies. 
  • Zaytun – Gyro Special: $8 for two people AND/OR Family Size Pizza any topping for $10. *Reservation : (304) 292-5550
  • Yama – Buy one regular Teriyaki Chicken Bowl, get one regular Yama Tuna Bowl free, eat-in only

*Reservations required at some establishments.
*Participants must mention Restaurant Week to secure the special discount


Texas BBQ Wannabe: 146

146. Texas Pit Bar-B-Que (Lake Forest, California) – “Satisfying your craving for authentic, tasty BBQ. The Original Texas Pit Bar-B-Que, on Raymond Way at El Toro, is the best smoke house BBQ in Orange County. Our specialties include smoked beef brisket, smoked baby back ribs, smoked beef ribs and pulled chicken and pork. You can enjoy Texas Pit Bar-B-Que for lunch or dinner by dining in with us or by taking advantage of our online ordering service for take out orders. We offer our BBQ by the pound, BBQ sandwiches, BBQ dinners and value priced Family Specials for when you’ve got a crowd to please. We also offer onsite BBQ catering for your social event, office party or business meeting.”

Updated list: 

1. Texas Smokehouse (Decatur, AL)
2. Hill Country Barbecue (Manhattan)
3. Dallas BBQ (Manhattan)
4. Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q (Beijing)
5. Capital Q (Washington, DC) – RIP
6. Little Texas (Iasi, Romania)
7. Back Forty Texas BBQ (CA)
8. West Texas Barbeque Co. (Jackson, MI)
9. Dr. Hogly Wogly’s Tyler Texas BBQ (Van Nuys, CA)
10. Barn Burner Texas Barbeque (Pasadena, CA)
11. JR’s Texas Bar-B-Que (Sacramento, CA)
12. Texas West BBQ (3 CA locations)
13. Tootie’s Texas Barbeque (Cathedral City, CA)
14. Armadillo Willy’s Real Texas BBQ (Los Altos, CA)
15. The Original Texas Barbecue King (Los Angeles)
16. Longhorn Barbecue (3 WA locations)
17. Bubb’s Big Texas Style BBQ (Big Bend, WI)
18. The Texas BBQ Company (Northborough, MA)
19. DJ’s Texas Style BBQ (Lewiston, ME)
20. Serious Texas BBQ (3 CO locations)
21. Abbey’s Real Texas Bar-B-Q (San Diego, California)
22. Jake’s Authentic Texan Bar B-Q (Rensselaer, NY)
23. Buster’s Texas Style Barbecue (3 OR locations)
24. Howard’s Texas Barbecue Service (Portland, OR)
25. Bennett’s BBQ (CO, TN, & NC)
26. Kin Folks Texas Style BBQ (Altoona, IA)
27. Cecil’s Texas Style Bar-B-Q (2 FL locations)
28. Shaw’s Texas Style BBQ (Hercules, CA)
29. Backwoods BBQ (Corona, CA)
30. Cedar River Smoke House (Renton, WA)
31. Big Al’s Texas BBQ (Lehi, UT)
32. East Texas BBQ, LLC (Huntsville, AL)
33. Bonehead’s Texas BBQ (San Francisco, CA)
34. Huntsville Barbecue Company (Huntsville, UT)
35. Bart’s Texas Style BBQ (Traverse City, MI)
36. Roland’s Bar-B-Que Company (Hot Springs, AR)
37. Ralphies Texas Style BBQ & Ribs (Fairmont, WV)
38. Taste of Texas Bar-B-Q (Spencerport, NY)
39. Danny’s Little Taste of Texas (South Windsor, CT)
40. Taste of Texas BBQ (McCook, NE)
41. Lockhart’s BBQ (Royal Oak, MI)
42. Big John’s Texas BBQ (Flagstaff, AZ)
43. Big Star Texas Barbeque (Flagstaff, AZ)
44. Big Mouth BBQ (Great Falls, MT)
45. Bull Durham’s Texas BBQ and Steakhouse (West Chester, PA)
46. Texas Ribs and BBQ (Clinton, MD)
47. The Silver Spur Texas Smokehouse BBQ (Elm Grove, WI)
48. Elmer’s Authentic Texas BBQ (Battle Lake, MN)
49. Doc’s Texas BBQ & Burgers (Sonora, CA)
50. Dixie’s Smokehouse Texas BBQ & Rotisserie (Kings Park, NY)
51. Bob’s BBQ & Mexican Grill (Pattaya, Thailand)
52. Bob’s Texas BBQ (Boise, ID)
53. Hickory River Smokehouse (6 locations in OH & IL)
54. Texas Tony’s BBQ Shack (Naples, FL)
55. Roosters Texas Style BBQ & Steakhouse (Nashville, TN)
56. Lee’s Texas Style Bar-B-Q (Detroit, MI)
57. Texas Smokehouse Bar-B-Q (Woodinville, WA) – RIP
58. Austin BBQ (Wheaton, IL)
59. Alamo BBQ (Richmond, VA)
60. Austin’s BBQ (Mountain View, CA)
61. 4C BBQ (Ponce De Leon, FL)
62. Rotuno’s Texas Style Barbeque (Elyria, OH)
63. Smoke City Market (Sherman Oaks, CA)
64. The Ranger Texas Barbecue (Manhattan)
65. 4Rivers Smokehouse (2 FL locations)
66. Podnah’s Pit Barbecue (Portland, OR)
67. Taste of Texas BBQ (Keystone, NE)
68. Bubba’s Barbecue (Jakarta, Indonesia)
69. Molly’s Smokehouse Texas BBQ (Wahiawa, HI)
70. Smokin’ J’s BBQ – Real Texas Barbeque (Gulfport, FL)
71. Texas BBQ & Steaks (Nha Trang, Vietnam)
72. Texas BBQ (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
73. Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer (Las Vegas, NV) – RIP
74. Red River BBQ (Melbourne, Australia)
75. Triple A Bar (Toronto, Canada)
76. Texas Bar-B-Q (Puebla, Mexico)
77. Bubba’s Texas BBQ (Philadelphia)
78. Tex’s World Famous Bar-B-Q (Nashville, TN)
79. Gilley’s BBQ (Las Vegas)
80. Texas Pit BBQ (St. Thomas, VI)
81. Texas Best BBQ (Valley Village, CA)
82. Selma’s Texas Barbeque (Moon Township, PA)
83. Texas BBQ House (Phoenix)
84: Bludso’s BBQ (Compton, CA)
85. Wayne’s BBQ Shack (Superior, CO)
86. Little Miss BBQ (Phoenix, AZ)
87. Wise Barbecue Company (Los Angeles)
88. Hickory River Smokehouse (multiple locations in OH & IL)
89. Jim’s Pit Bar-B-Q (Reddick, FL)
90. Burnt to a Crisp Texas Smokehouse (Los Angeles)
91. Smoke Ring (Rome, Italy) 
92. Texas BBQ Grill (Chehalis, WA)
93. Texas Joe’s (London, England)
94. Texas Stockyards BBQ (Lady Lake, FL)
95. Bubba’s Texas Style Bar-B-Que & Saloon (Shanghai, China)
96. Hill Country Barbecue (Brooklyn, NY)
97. Hill Country Barbecue (Washington, DC)
98. Double J Texas BBQ (Havelock, NC)
99. Bar-B-Q Shack (Brighton, England)
100. White Smoke – A Texas Smokehouse (Tokyo)
101. Kim’s Texas BBQ (San Diego, CA)
102. Swingin’ Door Texas BBQ (North Hollywood, CA)
103. Brick’s Barbeque (Sarasota, FL)
104. Texas Hold’em BBQ (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
105. Texas Ribs (multiple locations in Mexico)
106. The Beast (Paris, France)
107. Texas BBQ (Tel Aviv, Israel)
108. Horse Thief BBQ (Los Angeles)
109. BBQ Rush (Tucson, AZ)
110. Allison’s Texas BBQ (Mesa, AZ)
111. The Proper Pig BBQ (Cleveland, OH)
112. The Beach Pit (St. George Island, FL)
113. Rangers Texas BBQ (Sydney, Australia)
114. Taste of Texas BBQ (Waitara, Australia)
115. Marley’s Central Texas BBQ (Albuquerque, NM) 
116. Round Up Texas Smoked BBQ (Cold Spring, NY)
117. Texas Pit BBQ (Cloudcroft, NN)
118. Joe’s Texan BBQ (Currumbin, Australia)
119. The Calhoun Family’s Texas Barbeque (Murrieta, CA)
120. Rio Grande Texas Barbecue (Balgowlah, Australia) 
121. The Texan Bar-B-Q & Chili House (Algonquin, IL)

122. Bob’s Omahoma Barbeque (Wooster, OH)
123. Gary Ray’s Texas BBQ (Tucson, AZ)
124. Texas Barbecue Cafe (Stabekk, Norway)
125. Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue (Brooklyn, NY)
126. All Friends Smokehouse (Westport, MA)
127. Firehouse on the Run Famous Texas BBQ (Black Forest, CO)
128. Texas Smoke Barbecue (Lake Hopatcong, NJ)
129. Jersey Shore BBQ (Belmar, NJ)
130. Smokehouse BBQ (Bali, Indonesia)
131. Andy’s BBQ (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
132. Moonie’s Texas Barbecue (Flowery Branch, GA)
133. Wabba Texas BBQ (Guadalajara, Mexico)
134. Frank’s Texas BBQ (Bay Area, CA)
135. Bronco Belle Texas BBQ (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada)
136. City Butcher (Springfield, MO)
137. Kaiser’s Real Texas Bar-B-Q (Salt Lake City, UT)
138. Jimbo’s Texas BBQ (Chantilly, VA)
139. Rocco’s Smokehouse Grill (Williamsburg, VA)
140. Howard’s Meat Co. (London)
141. Mike’s Smokehouse (Eau Claire, WI)
142. Windy City Pizza (San Mateo, CA)
143. Texas Jack’s Barbecue (Arlington, VA)
144. Hoodoo Brown BBQ (Ridgefield, CT)
145. Bonehead’s Texas BBQ (Lafayette, CA)
146. Texas Pit Bar-B-Que (Lake Forest, CA)


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Rich Fruit Cake/Plum Cake/Christmas Cake

I know its early but lets make a Christmas Cake today!!!!


All Purpose flour/Maida: 1 Cup + 3 Table Spoon
Soaked fruits & nuts: 1 Cup (Refer Notes)
Sugar: 1 Cup + ½ Cup
Water: 1/4 Cup
Egg: 3
Butter: 3/4 Cup
Spice mix: 1 Clove+1 cardamom + 1 small Piece cinnamon and nutmeg
Baking Powder: 1 Tea Spoon
Vanilla Essence: 1 Tea Spoon

Cooking Time: 55 minutes

Preheat the oven at 170C
Prepare the cake tin by spreading a little butter all around the tin and then add little flour and spread it to all sides uniformly.  Knock off the excess flour
Grind together the spice mix adding little sugar and keep aside
To a pan add 1/2 cup of sugar and switch on the flame. Keep on medium flame and let the sugar caramelize.

Once done add 1/4 cup of water. Be very careful while doing this as the water might splash and burn your hands
You will notice the caramelized sugar will harden.

Keep it back on flame and let it boil until the hardened caramelized sugar dissolves completely.  Now you will get the caramel syrup

Let this cool well before adding to the cake batter
Combine 1 cup maida, baking powder and ground spice mix and keep aside

Drain off excess alcohol or orange juice from the soaked fruits and nuts

Add 3 table spoon of flour to the fruit mix and coat it well.

You can reserve 3 to 4 table spoon of the drained liquid to be used in the cake batter (Optional)
Beat butter and sugar until it becomes smooth
Add 1 egg at a time and beat until light and fluffy

Add vanilla essence and combine.
Fold in the  flour mix in batches along with the caramel syrup and the reserved drained syrup (if using )and make the cake batter

Fold in well without any lumps and make a smooth batter

Now add the fruit and nut mix and fold in well

Do not beat using a hand mixer at this stage.  Use a spoon or wooden spatula to fold in the batter

Pour the batter to a prepared cake tin and bake at 170C for 50 to 55 minutes

Start checking your cake at around 40 minutes

If you feel that the top of the cake is getting over browned, cover it loosely with aluminium foil and then bake the rest of the time

Insert a wooden skewer in the middle and check. If it comes out clean then the cake is ready
Take it out of the oven and let it cool for some time.

Once it cools a bit remove from cake tin and allow to cool well
You can serve the cake just plain or if you wish to can do some frosting or icing or dust it with some powdered sugar and serve

Baking time may vary depending on the oven, so adjust it accordingly
To know more about soaking dry fruits and nuts for cake Click here
I used one 8 inch round cake tin and one 8 inch loaf tin to make the cake
You can increase or decrease the amount of soaked fruits and nuts as per your choice.


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