Dish bistro (Charles Town)

We recently heard about a new restaurant in Charles Town, WV (about 10 miles away from Shepherdstown) that specializes in local foods, similar to Stone Soup Bistro here on German Street. We don’t generally go anywhere for dinner other than right here in town, but a new restaurant gives us a good excuse to venture out a little. We were not disappointed in our meal at Dish, at 213 W. Washington Street across from Needful Things. It’s easy to miss the sign but there’s a large awning across the front. It was pouring rain when we arrived but the decor is warm and cozy so we settled right in.

There is a full bar and we started with a beer for Jim and a glass of wine for me. I ended up with two glasses after the first one that arrived was not what I ordered, one of my favorites – a Dr. Loosen reisling. We each had a cup of soup to start. Mushroom and turkey/rice were the specials and we had one of each. My mushroom soup was creamy with nice hearty chunks of mushroom and nice seasoning; Jim enjoyed his as well. Perfect to warm up with! Our dining companions had fried pumpkin ravioli and a crab cake starter – both shared around the table. The crab cake was appropriately crabby and had an interesting curry sauce.

Dinner for me was hangar steak with herbed fries and braised kale; Jim had the cannelloni with mushroom ragout. The fries were out of this world – crispy, salty and herby. The kale was buttery. The hangar steak on its own was a little underseasoned but the chimichurri sauce on the plate added a nice flavor. Jim’s pasta was also tasty – the portions were large enough that we each took some leftovers home. Too full for dessert, but our friends had the trio of chocolate and enjoyed it very much, especially the chocolate coconut ice cream.

Prices are reasonable with entrees in the $15 to $25 range. Dish’s phone number is (304) 728-8464 and they are closed on Mondays.

Jeanne & Jim at the
Thomas Shepherd Inn B&B in Shepherdstown, WV

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