It doesn't matter if you walk into one of these chains on a Tuesday afternoon or a Saturday night - in this city or any another - you're going to have pretty consistent food.
I say this often means consistently over-processed, over-cooked, over-seasoned and most likely drowning in melted cheese, but they are consistent nonetheless. Give me a good local restaurant any day.
So how incredibly refreshing it was to walk into Morgantown's new Pies & Pints this past weekend to see the same great menu, decor, service and food that has turned this formerly one-location gem into a regional mini-chain in the making.
After keeping its hometown crowds happy for years in Fayetteville, the craft beer and pizza joint opened with a splash in Charleston a few years ago and has since expanded to locations in Morgantown as well as Worthington and Dayton, Ohio.
We took visiting family to the new Morgantown location (open just a few months) on Saturday night, and they also became instant fans.
We devoured spinach and Caesar salads, then a large Classic pie (pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, banana peppers) and multiple slices of their awesome grape-gorgonzola-rosemary and chicken-smoked Gouda pizzas.
All were fantastic, and we felt as if we were enjoying them right on Capitol Street in Charleston.
Consistency and quality? Now that's a chain I can get close to.
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