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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.