, West Virginia
August 11, 2003
Since I moved to another WV city not far away, I hadn’t visited Wings in years, but the
Arts and the River Festival lured me back with my bike to try the city’s new trails.
Actually located at a higher level on University Avenue at the foot of the Westover
Bridge, the restaurant has a deck, now with steps down to the riverfront park and
Caperton Trail. After a long ride, I was eager for a reunion. Inside the front door, I
stopped to look at murals: "This is new!" On closer examination, I noticed the artist’s
signature. A friend of mine, David Merrill is as "wild and wonderful" as West Virginia’s
slogan. A painter of coal miners and mountain men, these cowboy scenes were a
diversion for him.
I couldn’t find any change in the menu. Prices even looked about the same. Stepping up
to the counter, I ordered a beef chimi-burrito and Mexirice, and my partner wanted a
chicken fajita, Mexirice, and salad with guacamole--"best salad in town," she insists. The
girl at the counter gave us a number, and we found a table. I don’t consider Wings "fast
food," but one orders at the counter, and then waitresses deliver meals to tables. Service
is fast and impeccable, as the student population supplies fairly alert wait staff, and food
is simply too good and too healthy to think of as "fast." Besides, what fast-food
establishment has O’Douls beer on tap? The only factor relevant to that plebian genre
would be price--under $10 for two people.
At the table, we debated pros and cons of all the restaurants in this town, as we were both
former residents, and decided Wings should be figured among the most unique. Pleasant
decor with plenty of plants and baskets on a high shelf all around the room is rather
"homey." Next time, we’ll try the deck.
From journal Back to the Waterfront