So it’s 100 degrees in the shade today here, but we ventured outside to pick up the mail at the post office and have a relaxing bite to eat at one of our favorite local restaurants, Stone Soup Bistro. It is just 1 1/2 blocks from the Inn and is open for lunch and dinner except on Tuesdays. The phone number is 304-876-8477. We often stop there midday, when we are able to leave the Inn between check-outs and check-ins. The lunch menu features salads and starters, sandwiches and two homemade soups of the day (fish chowder and carrot bisque today). Jim and I shared a mezza plate starter of wild mushroom pate, herb tabouleh, and house-made hummus with tarro chips, olives and naan bread points. The hummus is a favorite of ours and quite garlicky – be sure to share it with your dining partner so everyone has the same garlic breath! We each had a salad to follow, with fresh mango, pear, ricotta salada cheese (like feta but less salty) and a hint of mint on torn romaine leaves. Just enough for lunch on a hot day.
Stone Soup also has an assortment of sandwiches on the lunch menu – I like the summer baguette with mozzarella, tomato, greens and pumpkin seed pesto and Jim is a fan of both the curried chicken salad wrap and the tempeh reuben, a vegan speciality. All the sandwiches come with a side salad of choice – melon or greens or potato salad. Liz, the chef, does an excellent job of carrying both vegetarian and vegan options, and we often recommend Stone Soup for any of our guests with special diet needs, including gluten-free options.
At dinner time, several of the salads and starters remain on the menu and six or seven entrees are added – most seasonal, and using organic or local items as ingredients. There are always one or two vegetarian options at dinner as well. I enjoy the duck when it’s on the menu and Jim often gets the pasta of the day. Portions are not overwhelming and desserts can be decadent, like the flourless chocolate cake. The small bar has an excellent selection of bottled beers and wines by the glass or bottle – I’m a fan of the Dr. Loosen reisling. There are always a few drink specials too, like a pomegrante margarita or a blueberry martini.
We are very lucky to have some many great dining options in Shepherdstown – we hope you’ll give Stone Soup Bistro a try!
Jeanne & Jim at the
Thomas Shepherd Inn B&B in Shepherdstown, WV