Update: I had the chance to stop back at Thyme on a trip back from Morgantown and, in keeping with my plea to keep this place in business, had another very good dinner. This time it was the shrimp judith, a combination of some jumbo shrimp poached in a white wine sauce on top of angel hair pasta in a simple garlic butter sauce.
Thyme does their own baking (the bread is spectactular) and so was the decadent chocolate cake I had for dessert.
My first visit was last fall when I stopped in on the way to Canaan Valley. The lights were low and the place was fairly quiet on that random weekday night. I worried a bit that maybe it wasn’t that good. I shouldn’t have worried.
The soup was smooth and flavorful, with a nice contrast in the croutons that stayed crunchy longer than they should have. My entree was the bacon wrapped pork tenderloin in a white wine sauce with mushrooms, celery, pearl onions, spaetzel and peas. Lots and lots of peas:
It was kind of like a pork version of chicken vesuvio. Great mix of flavors and very satisfying, assuming you like peas. (I seem to have a fixation with peas. I don’t. I promise my next couple of reviews will be pea-less). Dessert brought the pumpkin phase of the meal — remember this was fall — a pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin spiced coffee:
The pumpkin spiced coffee really tasted like cinnamon coffee, but they gave me a to go cup for free, so I shouldn’t complain too much. The dessert took the flavor of pumpkin pie and merged it with the richness of cheesecake. As the pictures on their facebook page attest, they know their way around a dessert. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thyme-Bistro/108895069134438. Daily specials, including the kettle of the day, are posted, as they should be, daily.
I later went back with Missy and two friends who had just done the asylum tour because I couldn’t wait to tell people about the Bistro (yes, Charlestonians, the Bistro — this place is better than the Bridge Road Bistro). No pictures as I was too busy eating, but the bistro fries — served in a paper cone — and potato encrusted salmon (perfectly barely-cooked fish encrusted in a crunchy potato shell) were outstanding.
As should be apparent, I’m a big fan of this place and highly recommend you stopping in if you are in the area. Or close to the area. Stay at Stonewall Resort. Entrees are going to run you about $20, but they are worth it. Save room for dessert.
Is it unique?
I plan on trying to answer this question everytime I talk about a restaurant on the 101 list. Thyme isn’t unique in a strict sense of the word as there are other similar restaurants in West Virginia (The Press Room, Dish, Bridge Road Bistro). But that isn’t what the list means to me. Thyme is one of the best restaurants in the state and it is in a location where you would never expect it (no offense to anyone in Weston). It absolutely needs to be on the list and should remain there for many years to come. West Virginia, you need to keep this place in business.