Putnam County has a wide variety of wonderful restaurants just waiting to be sampled. Whether you’re in the mood for biscuits, barbecue, burgers, tacos, or curry, there’s no shortage of options. Here’s a list of a few of our favorite spots that range from mind-blowing bar food to terrific Thai dishes and everywhere in between. Let’s dive in!
Bridge Café & Bistro
It’s the most important meal of the day, and it can also be the most delicious. Bridge Café and Bistro serves up some of the finest brunch and breakfast food in Putnam County. Menu items include farm to table forward dishes like Hurricane Hash, which combines sweet and white potatoes with bacon, sausage, pepper, onions, an egg, and it’s all topped with Hurricane red sauce. Absolutely breathtaking. They also offer up pun named items like the Ome-Lette You Decide, which, as you might guess, is a build your own omelette option. One of the more unique offerings on the breakfast menu is the pulled pork and sweet potato pancakes which are actually stuffed with pulled pork and served with siracha-infused Cedar Run Farm maple syrup.
Bridge Café & Bistro is more than just a brunch spot, however. They also serve up a delicious lunch and dinner, which is heavy on fine dining options like steak, pasta, and a braised beef with polenta, which makes our mouths water just typing it out.
Farley’s Hot Dogs
It doesn’t get much better than a good old-fashioned hot dog, and it doesn’t get much more charming than Farley’s Hot Dogs. Farley’s is offering a blast from the past with curb service, steamed buns, and house-made floats that harken back to a simpler time. There are a lot of great options at Farley’s including burgers, barbecue, and cheese sticks, but if you’re not sure what to order —- the classics never go out of style. A chili dog with coleslaw, a side of fries, and a root beer at Farley’s is good enough for John Cougar Mellencamp to write a song about, and it’ll have you addicted. We warned you!
We have no shortage of places that specialize in barbecue and are serving up smoked delights. First there’s Mountain Que, which you can find on Main Street in Hurricane. Start off with an appetizer at Mountain Que —- specifically the jalapeno pork poppers which are fresh jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese and pork, wrapped in bacon, and baked. Finally, they’re topped with homemade barbeque ranch and green onions. Don’t fill up on those, though, because there are lot of options to choose from as a main dish. The most unique offering at Mountain Que is the original Porkey Pie. It’s pulled pork, Que sauce, and mac & cheese layered in a sundae cup. It’s an item you won’t find anywhere else, and it’s extremely tasty.
Not to be outdone, L&R is also smoking their own brand of pork, beef, and chicken as well. Located on Teays Valley Road in Hurricane, L&R excels at the barbecue sandwich, including the best beef brisket sandwich you can find outside of Texas. It’s going to be difficult, but save some room and don’t eat too much creamy mac & cheese, tangy potato salad, or too many savory green beans. You’re going to want to try one of the delicious desserts like bread pudding and mixed berry cobbler are two of our favorites.
Bar food doesn’t have to be greasy or low-quality, and FireSide Grille is the perfect example of upscale, well-constructed bar bites. There’s a large selection of appetizers so mouth-watering, you could make a meal entirely out of them. Valley friend pickles, potato skins, and, of course, Putnam pepperoni rolls are a few of the shareable items you can find at FireSide. There’s a wide variety of entrees as well, with several types of burgers and sandwiches and more fine dining options like sweet heat yellow fin tuna steak. Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the delicious flatbreads (try the pistachio crusted chicken on cauliflower crust!) which are perfect enjoyed alone or shared with a friend.
Thai Valley Kitchen
If you want authentic Thai food, Thai Valley Kitchen in Hurricane is the spot for you. The chefs at Thai Valley all hail from Thailand and all servers are of Thai descent and are extremely knowledgeable about Thai cuisine. Thai Valley has a variety of classic dishes like pad Thai, pad see ew, fried rice, and lo mein. Take a look at the Thai Valley specials though, for a spin on some of these classics. The Bangkok Duck is particularly good, and is fresh duck cooked with broccoli, onion, bell peppers, and mushrooms in a basil sauce. If you’ve never had Thai tea, get a glass. It’s a mixture of strong iced tea, milk, and sugar. It’s especially tasty if you’re a sweet tea fan.
Fairways in Hurricane specializes in high-end culinary dishes and a wide selection of wines. Fairways offers charcuterie and cheese trays as you sip wine and prepare for dinner. When it’s time to order a main dish, the most unique entrée is the lobster mac & cheese which is rich, creamy, and so delicious. Fairways also has a variety of pasta and seafood plates like Maryland-style crab cakes, penne with creamy tomato vodka sauce, and spicy cheese ravioli. The real star of the show at Fairways, however, is on the dessert menu. The petite brown butter cake which is a moist cake, topped with maple bourbon ice cream, caramel, and whipped cream. It is, perhaps, the finest dessert in all of Putnam County, which is really saying something. It is magical mixture of crunchy, smooth, hot, and cold. It’s exquisite and would couple great with an espresso. Happy dining!
Written by Tyler Phillips