High Street Pasta Co.

About a week ago I was able to experience one of the newest editions to High Street, a specialty restaurant next to (and with the same owner as) Chico’s Fat. My good friend Dollar and I had been searching for a good place to meet up for dinner, so we decided on the brand new High Street Pasta Co.

The space is perfectly chic, a stark contrast to the space next door, and almost makes you feel as if you are somewhere other than downtown Morgantown.

The menu is small and simple. Basically, you can pick any combo of pasta and sauce (all you can eat for $8.50) along with a salad and a drink.
You order at the front of the store and your food is brought out to you rather quickly. It’s almost like a fast food pasta restaurant, which is an interesting concept, but I think that this place pulls it off pretty well.

My favorite part was that the sauces and dressings are house made, not from a jar! The sauces include meat, marinara, Alfredo, and pesto. Your noodle choices consist of spaghetti, penne, angel hair, fettuccine, fusilli, and gluten free. While my favorite is typically classic spaghetti, I chose to go with a fettuccine Alfredo while Dollar chose a penne pasta with meat sauce.

For my salad dressing I got the creamy Italian, which was excellent. The pasta was obviously cooked ahead of time, so it came out room temperature rather than piping hot, and got cold quickly. The Alfredo sauce was thick and creamy, but could have used a little more flavor. Overall, a good meal, but not over the top awesome.
Dollar enjoyed his pasta as well, saying the meat sauce had just the right amount of spice to it.

I think that this place could definitely take off in the future. It has surely filled a void in downtown where a quick Italian place that isn’t pizza was needed. I am a pasta lover, so I probably will be frequenting this restaurant. The $8.50 for all you can eat is a pretty decent price, although with pasta you truly can’t each too much.. Even I struggled to finish just one plate.. But overall an excellent concept and a decent place to get lunch! I will definitely return to try some new combinations of pasta and sauces!

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Dirty Bird

So after much debate over what to do for my first blog post, I decided to go with the Dirty Bird cafe on High Street.
Dirty Bird is a regular go-to for my boyfriend and I. We absolutely love it!
Nestled on a corner of High Street, the Dirty Bird isn’t something that immediately catches your eye, but if you happen to catch the name on the sign how could you not be curious about what’s inside the door?
Dirty Bird is famous for their fried chicken, and for good reason!
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The little cafe is a cozy atmosphere with a southern diner feel. The service has always been decent, although I have heard several complaints about it. You order the food at the counter and then pick a seat where they will bring it to you. Today, we opted to get our food to go so when I went to pick it up (only about 15 minutes after ordering) it was all ready to go for us.
I ordered the Bake Sale Betty, a sandwich comprised of their awesome fried chicken, cole slaw, tomato, and mayo. Rodney ordered the buffalo chicken sandwhich, which comes with both bleu cheese and pepper jack cheese and a super spicy buffalo sauce. We also both got a side of fries, which are delicious and crispy.
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So overall, I highly recommend Dirty Bird for anyone who loves fried chicken. Their menu has a great southern feel, which is rare in Morgantown. It even features chicken and waffles which I don’t think you can get anywhere else around here! The chicken itself is juicy with a nice, soft breading. The only complaint I could have would be for a little more crunch, but honestly it is delicious just the way it is. This restaurant is not somewhere to go when you are looking for a light lunch. It is soul food that will put you into a food coma just as fast as you can eat it, but trust me it’s worth it. Take out was definitely the right move today – I ate and now I can lay on the couch for the rest of the afternoon!
Check out Dirty Bird on Facebook or urbanspoon for more information.
http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/226/1624071/restaurant/Dirty-Bird-Morgantown

Hi!

Hello all,

Just to introduce myself and this blog a little..

My name is Kaity. I am currently 21 years old and studying journalism at WVU. One of my career dreams is to be a food writer/critic. I love food (literally, I think about it more than anything) and I love writing (but not nearly as much as food). So here I will chronicle for you my adventures in eating which will mostly be out and about in Morgantown, but also in my hometown of Wheeling, WV and maybe occasionally some fun places in Pittsburgh or Washington, PA. I also really like cooking and I bake cupcakes for a living right now at Naticakes, so I will also feature some homemade goodies.

I have been looking forward to this forever and I have finally taken the time to sit down and make a blog! This is really just for my own practice and fun, but should this thing happen to take off please feel free to put in suggestions for things/places I should write about. Follow me on twitter @kaityyy_mariee