Fine Dining: Golden Finch

When I first thought about our theme of fine dining in Morgantown, a certain restaurant with a peculiar name came to mind. No it wasn’t Stefano’s, a well known and high-end Italian restaurant located on Van Voorhis Drive. It wasn’t respected and often talked about Glasshouse Grille on Beechurst Avenue. It was a new player on the scene of fine dining in Morgantown, the eatery that I chose was Golden Finch on High Street.

Golden Finch gained its moniker after local elementary school students chose the American Goldfinch as Morgantown's official bird.

Located at 330 High Street, Golden Finch first opened in October 2010 and offers a nice view of downtown Morgantown with a crystal-clear all-glass storefront. After seeing lots of people eating at this new High Street eatery on more than one occasion, my curiosity was peaked and I asked around for some advice on the locale. My decision to try out the restaurant took flight after hearing numerous friends boast of the unique and delicious food. And after one quick glance at the menu, I was immediately intrigued by some of options available and knew the title of “fine dining” definitely applied here.

Sticking out from the crowd of restaurants on High Street can be difficult, but Golden Finch rises above the competition.

As cliche as it may sound, Golden Finch’s international-oriented menu is the key to the restaurant…and certainly no place to eat like a bird. It is difficult to even do the complex and extensive menu justice as each food item has a variety of high-quality ingredients and cultural leanings. The appetizers and “petite meals” offer items like Japanese dumplings (Edamame Dumplings), smoked salmon on “petite French pastries” (Smoked Salmon Gougeres),  and “Mussels with Andouille Sausage.” And veggie lovers can find solace with different salads ranging from Caprese to Green Goddess and heavier items like a “Tex Mex Black Bean Burger” or “Coconut Curried Veggies.” Of course Golden Finch also offers steaks, a variety of artisan burgers and sandwiches, and a plethora of seafood plates like “Seafood Paella” or “Creole Shrimp and Grits.”

My Chicken Portabella Sandwich was blissful, but the Tex Mex Black Bean Burger looked just as appetizing.

With so many options and only one mouth to fit them in, I had to choose wisely. Thus, I enlisted the help of my server Cassidy Thompson to help me pin down the best meal from Golden Finch. I started off with an order of the “Exotic Chips,” comprised of a variety of vegetable chips and a mouth-watering combo of red and green salsas. I already had a vested interest in eating the “Chicken Portabella Sandwich” as the fillet of grilled chicken served on Ciabatta bread with red peppers, thick slices of Portabella mushroooms, mozzarella and ricotta cheeses and homemade pesto sounded too good to pass up. Cassidy claimed “the pesto is the best I have ever had,” and after a few bites into my king-sized sandwich I had to agree with her observation.

But since it is best to show you how other visitors to Golden Finch feel about the food and service, I decided to not-so-rudely interrupt a fellow patron’s meal for a quick picture and some words about the food. Jared Towner stopped into the restaurant to order off their dinner menu but supper isn’t served until 5 pm at Golden Finch (something you may want to make note of if you decide to try it out). However, after some advice from Cassidy, Towner decided on the “Coconut Curried Veggies” with strips of blackened chicken mixed in for additional flavor and texture. After a few bites of green beans, peppers, chicken and rice in a creamy coconut curry sauce, Towner exclaimed the food was “prepared very well,” “ridiculously healthy,” and “tastes really, really, good.” Apparently lots of people agree with Towner’s take on the food as UrbanSpoon is littered with positive reviews for the restaurant.

The picture-perfect presentation pales in comparison to the multitudes of flavor present in the "Coconut Curried Veggies with Blackened Chicken."

Towner and I both agreed that The Golden Finch’s wide variety of dishes from both America and abroad creates a menu that is without comparison in Morgantown. Cassidy noted that the restaurant “has something for everyone, any person could find something they would want to eat here,” and that’s golden when looking for a place to take your friends, significant other, or parents for a “fine dining” experience. Another positive is that almost 3/4 of the menu is under $10 and the only pricey items are the exotic and exquisitely cooked entrees. However, I don’t mind paying a few dollars extra for the creative recipes and the quality ingredients used to bring them to life. Overall I only have complimentary things to say about this special restaurant and if you are looking for a place to enjoy a good meal served up by friendly staff in a cozy atmosphere…then The Golden Finch is your place to roost.

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About CoreyCP

Graduate Student in Journalism at West Virginia University.
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7 Responses to Fine Dining: Golden Finch

  1. deepafadnis says:

    Its funny how I never noticed this place on High street. But it looks like a great place to have a nice delicious dinner over the weekend. Chicken Portabella Sandwich sounds super interesting and I am definitely going to order that. Do they have a good collection of wines as well? Nothing like a smooth glass of wine to accompany a great meal.

  2. K.Wish. says:

    My boyfriend and I are going to dinner tonight and guess where we’re going…The Golden Finch! Neither of us have been there before and I’ve actually never heard of it, but he suggested we go there. But, now I know what the heck it is, thanks!

    • CoreyPreece says:

      And did you like it? I for one just found the food to be top-notch, sure a bit more jazz could be about the place (some more art on the walls would be great) but all in all, it’s a pretty affordable, sit-down restaurant on High Street…and doesn’t include a menu half-full of fried foods.

  3. lindsaycobb says:

    I’ve been thinking about trying this out, but I wasn’t sure about it or what kind of food they had. The mussels and sausage appetizer sounds great!

  4. capnwinters says:

    What a lovely closing line, Corey, I can certainly dig it. Props for interviewing a restaurant patron and a server too, that’s the way to bring some journalism to food, baby! And lastly, it’s good that you made note of the Finch’s splendid glass storefront, as I find it to be the establishment’s most charming quality.

  5. ewadd986 says:

    That’s pretty cool I never would have thought that Golden Finch would have such a diverse menu. Really sounds like some good, high quality food at a decent price, good job Corey.

  6. Shay Maunz says:

    I love, love, love the Golden Finch. Especially because, even though it’s fine dining, the atmosphere is still pretty casual. It’s a comfortable place to go for lunch or dinner without too much hullabaloo. Also, get the beer battered french fries. Just do it. You’re welcome.

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