Grabbing a bite in Elkins.

     On friday evening, my husband Alain and I met at the library in Elkins before the house concert in Beverly.  (Michael and Carrie Kline played an interesting folk concert at Deb Farrell’s house.)   We were looking for a place to have dinner before the concert since I hadn’t made it home to cook.  Where to eat?  We didn’t want a fancy or expensive meal,  just something real and not too processed, with the possibility of a beer with dinner.  

     We settled on CJMaggie’s, but there was a line out onto the sidewalk. CJMaggie’s is fine, but we don’t like waiting in line, and we only had an hour. We considered  Beanders, but Alain suggested the Railyard Restaurant, which we had never tried although it has been open for a year and a half.  I was quite hesitant, not expecting to find anything I’d want to eat.  But we both like to try new things, so we walked the couple blocks to the railyard and entered from the pretty public square. 

     There were only two other diners in the large dining room–not a good sign, but at least it should be quick.  We picked a table and sat down.  No one showed up for service, so I poked my head in the kitchen door to alert the staff that there were customers waiting.  After that things went fine.  Alain ordered a reuben (“The Conductor,” $5.99), and I asked for a fish sandwich (“The Track Foreman,” $6.99).  My sandwich was described as, “hand-breaded cod deep-fried golden brown and served on a large croissant.”  We were offered fries or chips, included.  We asked for a few substitutions and they didn’t object:  the fish on plain toasted whole wheat bread instead of croissant, and coleslaw for both of us instead of  fries or chips.  We ordered bottled Yuenglings ($2.50);  there is no beer on tap.  The fish was dusted with flour before being deep-fried, something I never do at home.  It was delicious and fried perfectly.  The coleslaw was fresh and homemade, with nice crunchy cabbage slices.  Alain’s reuben was very good, too.  Portions were just right, and the sandwiches were easy to handle.  We enjoyed our meal and recommend the two dishes we tried.

The menu is on their website, but guess who can’t figure out how to add a link to this post!

Bon appetit– where ever you eat!



About longslowrise

Mimi Kibler and her husband Alain Kieny live in Parsons, West Virginia. In 1997 they founded LaFontaine bakery to supply the area with hearth baked breads and other treats. Her mother taught her the wonder of food and cooking. French master baker Didier Rosada taught her traditional european sourdough techniques. She is an enthusiastic gardener, birdwatcher and home cook who loves trying new and exotic foods.
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3 Responses to Grabbing a bite in Elkins.

  1. Katie G. says:

    Thanks for the review Mimi! I’ll be sure to drop by next time I’m in Elkins!

  2. mimi says:

    If you do, let us know how it is. There are several on-line reviews that are very critical, but mostly of the service. I think service is important, but not as important as well-prepared food. Thanks for the comment, Katie G.

    • Katie G. says:

      Haha, I agree about the importance of service. I think it would be interesting to do a post about your optimal level of attentiveness in waitstaff and how it can make or break your experience.

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