Other lunch-goers in the Capitol cafeteria had been so busy focusing on other legislation that the pepperoni roll resolution took them by surprise.
"I've been following so many other issues that I hadn't given it much thought," said Jane Cline, director of public policy at Spilman Thomas & Battle law office. "I'm from Preston County, so that's the home of buckwheat. So, we have a lot of different foods -- the Golden Delicious Apple Festival, all kinds."
Mary Jane Pickens, also with Spilman Thomas & Battle, added "and perhaps healthier foods from around the state." Pickens, of Huntington, admitted not knowing about pepperoni rolls until she went to Morgantown for school.
Cline proclaimed her affinity for pepperoni rolls, however, and noted their value as affordable, sustainable food, especially for underground miners. Neither Cline nor Pickens had pepperoni rolls for lunch.
Bobbie Spry, a student at West Virginia State University, was also dining at the Capitol cafeteria Tuesday and supports the resolution.
"Who doesn't like pepperoni rolls? Other than my daughter, but I was like 'What's wrong with you? That's un-American!'" Spry joked.
When it comes to the runners-up in the official food category, Spry doesn't even consider them contenders.
"Slawdogs? Did hotdogs even originate in West Virginia? I don't think so. Everybody has hotdogs. Let's at least keep the state food original to West Virginia," she said.
Spry is participating in a local student community service day at the end of April where she is pushing for pepperoni rolls to be in the lunch bags of students.
"You don't have to worry about refrigeration, so they're perfect," she added.
Nelson said other foods were considered, but also noted that hotdogs are everywhere.
"We know specifically that pepperoni rolls were invented in Fairmont, so we went solidly with that."
The resolution has been referred to the House Rules Committee to be placed on the calendar for a vote.