, West Virginia
May 18, 2005
"Okay, if you want that desperately to get out of a real final, I’ll let you take me out to dinner." They were all adults and good company, so it would be a nice evening--fifteen of us who knew each other well after exchanging all those themes (and secrets) for two semesters. They made reservations, since we were a large group. Service was excellent, and food was delightful. I was given a present, a home-canned jar of watermelon pickle. (What happened to apples?) I loved the place and have returned several times, but this
year was my first visit to the new location, just across from the original one.
Imagine a small-town restaurant on Main Street. It’s everyone’s favorite
Inside, decor reminds me of a Cracker Barrel with a hodge-podge of old-time
black-and-white photos, miners’ helmuts, lanterns, baseball bats, street signs, and license plates mounted on walls and stashed in overhead racks. Wooden yardsticks from local businesses, mostly defunct ones, decorate the reception desk, and lampshades made from hammer-patterned metal buckets with decoupage on them hang over tables.
One adjective I’m sure applies is "original," and the huge collection of antique folk junk has a regional theme.
The Buckhannon location was the first Maggie’s, now a chain with several locations in West Virginia and surrounding states. The bar is in a separate room with a large old-fashioned skylite, probably pleasant in the afternoon or early evening, but the bar was closed at noon, when we arrived. The restaurant does not allow smoking, but customers can smoke in the bar. I have visited this establishment when it was very busy for lunch, but this Tuesday at noon, the crowd was sparse, I noted, as our waitress spread the table
The most astounding thing about C. J. Maggie’s is the size and variety of the menu. Steaks, burgers, vegetarian sandwiches, seafood, pasta, pizza--you name it, and they’ve got it. My burger-connoisseur friend says their burgers are great, and I like their Hawaiian pizza so much that I’ve never ordered anything else! Ham, pineapple, onions, cheese, fresh tomatoes and white sauce seem like the perfect combination to me, and I always have some left to take home. If you like your pizza in exotic flavors, be prepared for agonizing decisions! They have a huge assortment with many unusual combinations.
David enjoyed his Philly cheesesteak and fries with skins. My cheesecake was to die for. Like the pizza, it is available in many varieties, and I chose turtle.
Cheesecake doesn’t get any better than this. Scrumptious!
Service was excellent, and our bill was less than $30 with tip. Maggie’s offers takeout, too. On our way out, we stopped to look at more photos of Buckhannon folks and places.
Our next stop was the antiques shop next door. Antiques--the motif links all of downtown with one coherent theme.
From journal Shopping for Antiques on Main Street