I think it is safe to say the wine bar
fad craze has peaked when one opens in Elkins. Nothing against Elkins, I actually like the town a great deal, but San Francisco is it not. Still, Vintage looked really interesting so I passed on a few places I know and like to give it a try.
And, let me be clear, it is very interesting. The inside is really impressive and it is clear the owners spent time and money to make it look right. Brick interiors, a spectacular bar, fire place; it looks very nice. I can’t do any better than their own video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlkFo4w2FCM&feature=player_embedded
The Vintage menu is huge. Steaks, seafood, wood-fired pizza, pasta (including pad thai), duck, and on and on. And they have specials. And a comfort cooking business lunch (meatloaf, pork chop, fried shrimp). I always worry that restaurants that try to do much, wind up not doing anything too well. But let’s go from the hypothetical to my experience.
I started with the soup of the day — a butternut squash bisque that was creamy and well-spiced.
I would definitely do that again. My entrée was a tenderloin special of bacon-wrapped tenderloin topped with a sweet onion mixture and served over mashed potatoes:
It was solid, assuming you like onions. I thought the sweet onions complemented and didn’t overpower the steak (sorry, tenderloin).
Dessert was pecan pie, which was appropriately decadent.
The wine menu was impressive, I think. I’ll be honest, my knowledge of wine is pretty pedestrian. You are on your own here.
Vintage is right across the street from the Courthouse (25 Randolph Avenue) with a decently-size parking lot. It’s large enough that reservations are probably not needed except for very busy times. Still, if you want to be safe: 304-636-0808. And the full website is here: http://www.vintageelkinswv.com/
In all, Vintage is a good addition to a thriving dining scene in Elkins. It’s worthy of a visit if you are in the area.