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Yep, this is Morgantown. Avocado and egg salad sandwich Just like the roaring crowds who cheer on the Mountaineers, the city’s blossoming food scene is buzzing with excitement.

I was starving when I rolled into town, so I went straight to popular High Street and quickly slipped inside Morgan’s High Street Diner to get breakfast — and my bearings.

Not your typical bright “Alice”-style diner, Morgan’s features a cozy black, white and red motif that blends classic style with a contemporary feel.


Avocado and egg treatment for the hair There’s no rush to herd folks in and out, so you may feel like sitting a spell.

The Motown Irish Benedict with corned beef hash sounded intriguing, but I took the Walk of Shame (interesting name, given the town’s party reputation) and dug into Texas toast topped with a mess of home fries, scrambled eggs, succulent chipotle-glazed pulled pork and melted cheese.

I could’ve passed on the cheese grits I ordered on the side — I’ve had far better — but the sausage gravy (yep, got both) was interesting. Avocado egg and olive oil hair mask Its thinner-than-usual texture and subtle smoky notes threw me at first, but next thing I knew there was an empty cup staring me in the face.

Afterward, I strolled up and down bustling High Street, where I may have made a few stops to sample a slice of pizza here, some loaded fries there. Avocado and egg for breakfast I’m not really saying.

But I will admit to following my googly eyes into The Cupcakerie on Willey Street, where glass pedestals full of artfully decorated cupcakes left me weak in the knees. Avocado and egg salad I ordered six different flavors to go.

An hour later, with my next several meals finally mapped out, I was ready for a nice local microbrew to celebrate. Avocado and egg for skin Iron Horse Tavern has plenty of those, along with an impressive selection of elevated bar food. Avocado and egg weight loss Really good elevated bar food.

We’re talking charcuterie, drunken mussels, zucchini carpaccio, tuna tataki salad, wild mushroom ramp risotto, wasabi pea-encrusted salmon with orange-ginger glaze and more. Egg and avocado bake recipe The quality selections match the restaurant’s décor, featuring black tables and chairs, dark wood and brick walls, silky drapes and a marble bar. Avocado and fried egg It’s a casual but classy place.

I sipped local Chestnut Brewing’s outstanding Halleck Pale Ale and looked for a snack to get this party started. Baked avocado w egg The sautéed Brussels sprouts with bacon, sweet onion, shaved Parmesan and fig-balsamic drizzle tempted me, but then I saw this: House-made tater tots with white truffle and bacon sour cream, smoked Gouda béchamel and fresh-cut chives.

They were crazy good (crispy on the outside, warm and soft inside), but I managed to eat only a few to leave room for, get a load of this, a deliciously different kimchee Reuben spiked with spicy Asian slaw. Bacon egg and avocado Paired with a Jesco’s White IPA from Morgantown Brewing, it was an incredibly satisfying lunch.

After waddling back to my car, I drove to the new Courtyard Marriott at University Town Place, offering sweeping views of the city below and the new Black Bears baseball stadium next door. Avocado and poached egg It was a great home base for the weekend, but I only rested a bit before heading back out.

After a casual breakfast and lunch, I was ready to raise the stakes that evening, so I started at swanky Tin 202 for creative, classy cocktails and tapas.

How creative and classy? You can sip on a Vioux Carré with rye, cognac, sweet vermouth, benedictine, bitters, lemon oil and black cherry, or savor (as I did) a refreshing Smoke on the Water with mescal, lillet rouge, grapefruit and sugar, followed by a hefty Lucien Gaudin made with gin, dry vermouth, cointreau, Campari and orange oil.

I then ordered plates of scallops and pork belly with fingerling potatoes, brown butter carrot puree and truffle aioli, plus a phenomenal bowl of fresh mussels with bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, ramp greens and basil. Avocado and egg baked in oven This was, hands down, the best dish I would have all weekend. Is avocado and egg good for your hair It was killing me not to stay here for dinner, but another enticing spot awaited.

Along the waterfront, Table 9 also offers a nice selection of cocktails, tapas and entrées in a more simply styled (but no less appealing) environment. Egg and avocado breakfast Although the restaurant’s décor is understated, the exceptional food here screams of big, bold flavors.

A small mason jar was filled with silky rich, buttery pot du creme with a slick of thick salted caramel syrup covering the top. Avocado deviled eggs recipe no mayo The resulting taste was just like eating bite after bite of popcorn-flavored custard with a toffee finish. Egg and avocado on toast You know, in pudding form. Poached egg and avocado breakfast From start to finish, Table 9 served up the best meal I’ve had in months, and capped off one of the best overall food days I’ve had in ages.

The next morning, I started out at Terra Café for what I’d been told was a great breakfast spot. Avocado and egg sandwich I was initially thrown by its location in a small industrial park, but that hesitation melted away when I stepped inside and saw people enjoying made-to-order meals and decadent-looking pastries in a neat coffee-house-meets-café setting.

A small menu of French toast bites, breakfast wrap, egg sandwich and a few other options complemented drool-worthy cases of picture-perfect baked goodies.

I had the Santa Fe Wrap with scrambled eggs, fresh tomato salsa, avocado and cheese with cilantro-lime creme. Avocado egg roll recipe from cheesecake factory And grabbed a box (OK, three) of cupcakes, brownies, eclairs, cannoli and more to go. Avocado egg bacon breakfast When I tore into that stash later that day (OK, minutes later in the car) I was blown away by the giant pistachio-crusted carrot cake wedges and moist-as-heck lemon bars.

Sufficiently fueled up, for now, I took a gorgeous drive to Cheat Lake for a little fishing. Avocado egg rolls recipe cheesecake factory After finding a good spot, I popped the tab off a can of local Alpha Blond and enjoyed some relaxing time in the sun with not a care in the world.

Except, that is, where I’d end up for lunch. Egg stuffed avocado recipes I had two places battling it out in my head and couldn’t pick one over the other. Baked avocado and egg So I went to both. Avocado with egg recipes Problem solved.

I drove back into town, stopping first at Volcano Japanese Restaurant for a little sushi. Avocado and egg pizza A perfect appetizer, I rationalized. Egg and avocado breakfast ideas For the second time that day, a restaurant’s first impression almost kept me away — but don’t let Volcano’s location in a strip mall fool you. Recipes with avocado and egg Inside, this place is a little slice of Japan serving up delicious and imaginative food.

I dug into the Sunset roll with spicy tuna, crab and rice wrapped around standing shrimp tempura and, of course, the Mountaineer roll of eel, shrimp and lobster salad with crab and green tabiko.

After sipping the last of my warm sake, I traveled across town to Atomic Grill for what would be my third unlikely discovery of the day. Baked avocado and egg recipe Expecting a barbecue joint-type place, I couldn’t believe the restaurant looked more like a 50s-style burger joint from outside, complete with a retro logo on the building’s corner.

I considered the Appalachian bruschetta (cornbread crostini with a variety of local toppings), but caved and ordered the Atomic Sampler so I could try a little of a lot: two ribs, two sliders, three fried green tomatoes and fries served with West Virginia barbecue, hot barbecue and chipotle mayo sauces. Avocado and egg pizza recipe All were good, but the delicious ribs stood out.

Then I tried a brisket platter featuring thick slabs of fork-tender, flavor-packed beef served with Texas toast, fries, coleslaw and delightfully tart collard greens.

I’ve had excellent meals at both Sargasso and Café Bacchus, so I was excited to check out one of Morgantown’s newest and buzziest restaurants: Hill & Hollow, offering “Victuals & Libations” in the Seneca Center along the Monongahela River.

A new venture by chef Marion Ohlinger, formerly of Richwood Grill and a leader in statewide farm-to-table initiatives, Hill & Hollow blends traditional Appalachian dishes with global flavors. Avocado and egg for weight loss Think sweet carrot bisque with ginseng tempeh, grilled yam and apple cakes with lime molasses drizzle, rainbow trout with agave ginger glaze and grilled spring lamb chops with sorghum sake demi.

I couldn’t pass up the wild game meatloaf’s mix of wild boar, elk and venison (although it was a bit dry) and also tried the much-praised Prime Brazilian-cut loin steak with Yucatan spice rub and avocado butter (significantly better).

Overall, the place is good, though not yet great. Baked egg and avocado recipe The carrot bisque was thick as hummus, the frozen tiramisu I had for dessert was a little weird (just frozen cake) and most dishes were a tad underwhelming. Egg white and avocado But the concept is rock solid. Avocado egg rolls recipe healthy With a little attention to raise those dishes from Appalachian classic to Appalachian elevated, this place will have folks lined up to get in.

After a good night’s sleep, I decided to balance some of the previous days’ higher-dollar eats with a more budget-friendly option befitting the college students I saw all over town. Healthy egg and avocado recipes I pulled into Pizza Al’s on University Avenue for what I was told was the city’s best slice.

I ordered a pepperoni, mushroom and black olive pie, then watched the guys go to work behind the counter. Is avocado and egg good for you About 10 minutes later, they slid the piping hot platter in front of me — and it was pretty tasty. Boiled egg and avocado I’ve been spoiled by the likes of Pies & Pints (which also has a place in Morgantown now) but as another diner told me, “sometimes it’s just nice to have a plain pizza.”

Although I’m a Marshall graduate, I married a proud Mountaineer in what we joke is a true mixed marriage. Eggs and avocado healthy recipe I look forward to seeing how my former hometown stacks up in a few weeks, but I’m not going to lie, I left Morgantown on a total food high.

IF YOU GO: For more information on Morgantown’s restaurants, attractions and accommodations, contact the Greater Morgantown Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-458-7373 or www.tourmorgantown.com.

Steven Keith writes a weekly food column for the Charleston Gazette-Mail and an occasional food blog at http://blogs.wvgazettemail.com/foodguy/.