Why We Went: On our 4th of July trip to the West Virginia mountains, my daughter, Peyton, friend, Angie, and I set out to take my young cousins to lunch in downtown Lewisburg. Stella’s, a restaurant on the Carnegie Hall end of town, had great curb appeal with stunning flower gardens and interesting outdoor seating so we chose to have lunch there. Inside, the restaurant is just as beautiful, with fresh flowers on every table, and is in fact a historic landmark. Stella’s seemed to welcome diners just as if they were welcoming you into their home.
Something Special: The menu at Stella’s was packed with a wide variety of scrumptious sounding items which made it difficult to narrow down our choices. I selected the Butternut Squash Ravioli, which had me salivating from the description. Stuffed raviolis with squash and parmesan, topped with a creamy butternut sauce, and dusted with toasted walnuts and gorgonzola crumbles. Yum!
Noteworthy: Stella’s offers an expensive children’s menu with 5 or 6 selections, but the plates offered hefty portions, which justified the price for me.
Best Part of the Meal: The Combo Appetizer was amazing! It contained cheese curds rolled in crushed pretzels and pilsner beer batter, which were my favorite. They were so creative and just melted in your mouth. The other two items were breaded portobello mushrooms and fried dill pickles. All three were heavenly!
Bonus: A portion of Stella’s was built in the 1790’s and all of the wood beams and flooring are original. Be sure to explore both upstairs and downstairs to see the fireplaces and decor that are keeping with the old world style of the hand-hewn log home. Stella’s also has a fantastic outdoor garden courtyard for dining or enjoying happy hour.
What Needs Improvement: The butternut ravioli was delicious, but the sauce was extremely thick. The presentation was gorgeous, but the dish might be tastier if the sauce were thinned and not so heavy.
My Rating Scale 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest)= 8 1/2
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