194 Willey Street
With nine different “collections” of cupcake flavors, The Cupcakerie lists over 70 different flavors it swaps in and out for its 10 to 12 different selections of daily cupcakes. The top sellers like “Red Carpet Red Velvet” and “P’Nutty for Chocolate” are always on the menu; however, each day a few baker’s choice items are added. “Mountain Mamma,” a vanilla cupcake filled with West Virginia apple butter and topped with apple butter buttercream is sure to excite. If you’re feeling extra fun, get a “Peach Margarita” cupcake made with tequila! The best part about The Cupcakerie? It sells both normal-sized and mini cupcakes.
132 Pleasant Street
Black Bear Burritos is one of the coolest spots in town for live music and “burritos of all ethnic cuisines.” That means Thai, Jamaican, buffalo wing, and many, many more riffs on the Mexican classic, with delicious chips and queso to boot. (Seriously, their roasted red pepper queso is to die for.) If we had to pick just one burrito, we'd go with the “Mr. Teri Yaki” -- served with your choice of steak, chicken, shrimp, or tofu; loaded with rice, steamed broccoli, carrots, cabbage; and drizzled with sweet teriyaki sauce. Just make sure you go on a night with a live artist so you can drink margaritas and vibe with the music as you chow down.
407 Beechurst Avenue
When in West Virginia, you have to eat a pepperoni roll -- our state’s meal of choice. What is a pepperoni roll? At Chico Bakery, it is described as, “a warm, soft, homemade, mouth watering, large roll jam-packed full of zesty, delicious, slices of pepperoni.” Julia’s pepperoni rolls are made in-house at Chico Bakery, and they hold the title of being the "official" pepperoni roll of West Virginia University. You can get these delicious pockets of goodness just about anywhere in the city, and Chico Bakery also happens to be the biggest supplier of pepperoni rolls in the United States. (Over 12,000 a day!) Go to where the magic started and grab yourself a dozen.