The historic Blennerhassett Hotel, located in Parkersburg, West Virginia, features a noteworthy restaurant that I had the chance to dine at during my recent travels. Although Spat’s Restaurant is a fine-dining establishment, they also offer outdoor patio seating for a more relaxed dining experience. Both settings are gorgeous and the patio offers live music on Friday and Saturday nights from 7-10PM. The blooming gardens surrounding the patio will welcome you with open arms.
My daughter, Peyton, and I opted to eat inside at Spat’s Restaurant, as I was feeling the whole fine dining experience. Our server brought us cocktails to start with; a Traditional Margarita and Wedding Cake Martini. The martini consisted of Amaretto, Vanilla Vodka, pineapple juice, and a maraschino cherry. I liked it a lot, although it was super sweet.
We ordered two appetizers, Poutine and Crab Stuffed Peppers, because they both sounded delicious. If you are unfamiliar with poutine, it is a dish of made of fresh cut fries, white Cheddar cheese curds, then slathered with Guinness gravy. This Canadian favorite was quite flavorful and much better than other poutine that I have tried. The Crab Stuffed Piquillo Peppers were unique and the presentation was both creative and eye-catching. These sweet Spanish peppers were filled with a crab salad mix and plated in between smeared arugula and corn puree.
Peyton chose the 8 ounce Beef Tenderloin, which was prepared to temperature and topped with a flavorful Bordelaise sauce. The beef seriously melted in your mouth. The steak was paired with a Bleu cheese mash and seasonal vegetables. Linguini with roasted zucchini, squash, peppers, and tomatoes, tossed in a creamy pesto sauce was my entree. The pasta was rich, but not too rich, and the portion size was perfect.
Our server was wonderful, though it did take longer than expected to receive our entrées. Perhaps their policy is to wait a certain amount of time between courses. To finish off our evening, Peyton and I shared the Layered Guinness Chocolate Cake. The enormously tall cake was layered with a white chocolate cream and dark chocolate ganache; how heavenly does that sound? As our cake made its way to our table, we were sure that everyone in the restaurant had their eyes on it. My favorite part of our dessert was the chunk of almond brittle that accompanied it. Other dessert choices that sounded interesting were the Lemon Meringue Bombe and Espresso Cheesecake with a candied bacon strip. Yum!
It is fair to say that Peyton and I enjoyed our meal immensely and would recommend Spat’s to anyone traveling in the Parkersburg area. A big thank you to the hotel for hosting us! Spat’s also serves breakfast, lunch, and a swanky Sunday brunch. Reservations are recommended.
Spat’s Restaurant at the Blennerhassett Hotel
320 Market Street
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Check out our review on the Blennerhassett Hotel coming soon.