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Restaurant: The F.A.R.M (The Food. Arts. Recreation. Market.) Location: 1179 Main Street, Granville, WV Dishes: Breakfast burrito and the Wake Up Dog, chicken pot pie and mashed potatoes, and loaded potato soup. I WALKED INTO THE F.A.R.M. on a snowy Saturday morning and left with breakfast in my belly and lunch and dinner to take home. Inside this large, colorful building are retail areas that are sectioned off and themed with art and wares from various makers. House plants filled the area directly to my right. Ornaments and hand-painted items and copies of WV Living filled the walk down the aisles. There were T-shirts touting pepperoni rolls, handcrafted cutting boards, jams, salsas, books, stickers and art lining the tables and shelves. In the back, a cooler filled with grab-and-go items marked the beginning of the dining area and a bright yellow table with a fringed umbrella opened into an area of tables and chairs. It is eclectic, to say the least. But eclectic is the point. The F.A.R.M. — or Food. Arts. Recreation. Market. — is a collection of locally made items and antiques that are all about West Virginia and its makers. The same goes for its m e nu s. The hot dog menu is out of this world, with 13 new takes on your regular frank that range in price from $7 to $10. It’s well worth it too! Elk, venison, turkey, “b e yo n d , ” d u ck — even bison sausage — are meats on The F.A.R.M.’s hot dog menu. Through an Instagram message, they told me, “The most popular one is the DeCarlo’s Dog Father (named after the original owners of the building) — sweet Italian sausage, grilled peppers and onions, kalamata olives, tomato, fresh basil, and mozzarella ch e e s e. ” I decided to get a hot dog for breakf ast. Breakfast at The F.A.R.M. is served from 9 a..-2 p.m. on Saturdays only. The Wake Up Dog is a Nathan’s hot dog wrapped in egg and cheese and topped with home fries, all in a soft, split-top hot dog roll. Eggs on a hot dog, you say? It was worth the bite — almost like a hot dog omelet you can eat with your hands. I just forgot to add ketchup! For $5, the Wake Up Dog is the perfect cure for college students on a budget nursing

a hangover, an older child who likes a wacky breakfast item, or your average foodie who wants something a little different from your average diner breakf ast. I also tried a breakfast burrito, which was a hearty serving of tasty chorizo, sweet potato, cheddar cheese, sauteed onions and peppers and scrambled eggs, all wrapped up in a tortilla. It was definitely flavorful and the chorizo was the highlight in the w r ap. I couldn’t leave without a peek into the cooler. The daily specials menu offers hearty, homestyle meals like meatloaf and scalloped potatoes or lasagna bolognese for just $12. The $5 daily soups include beef vegetable and chili. I chose a heavy pan of chicken pot pie and mashed potatoes, and a cup of potato soup. Hearty carbs for a cold day! Later, I warmed up my to-go meal, which was enough to share with someone. The gravy was homemade and almost a touch sweet. It was a tasty side to the pot pie. I feared it would be dry as a to-go item but it was not. The pastry top was still flaky and so, so buttery. Lots of shredded chicken-tocreamy filling ratio helped hold the pie together in the take home container and later heated in the oven. My favorite, though, was the potato soup. It was so delicious, and the herbs made it a unique potato soup in my humble opinion, and the best I’ve ever had. I originally pulled out crackers and cheese to top the soup, but those were not needed. The soup was thick and creamy and bursting with flavors that d i d n’t need drowned out by cheddar and oyster crackers. This is down home cooking, right from g randma’s house. The Morgantown Dish will definitely be visiting The F.A.R.M. again. I’ve got 13 specialty dogs to try! Aside from breakfast Saturdays, the restaurant is open Monday through Friday from 11am to 2pm, but good luck staying awake the rest of the workday to whoever comes here here for lunch! CHRISTINA IVERSEN is the mouth behind The Morgantown Dish. The Morgantown Dish tastes, reviews and supports locally-owned restaurants in North Central West Virginia. Get the Dish on the best local eats in Morgantown at or on Instagram @TheMorgantownDish.

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