Tasty Tuesday: Fish Hawk Acres

Published: Apr. 10, 2018 at 5:58 PM EDT
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Fish Hawk Acres started as a family farm that has expanded to a market, cafe, and custom catering service.

Longtime friends Dale Hawkins and Teresa Lipps, the co-owners of Fish Hawk, established the brand in 2007 and in 2015, opened their storefront on Main Street in Buckhannon.

"It's about getting in touch with the flavors and where the food comes from. It's a good feeling when you see people enjoying your food," Hawkins said.

The cafe serves rotating daily specials and has a small menu of sandwiches and burgers, as well as a variety of pastries.

"I like the chicken salad sandwich, the flank steak sandwich...Dale does everything well," said Jerry O'Loughlin.

"We have been long-time fans of Chef Dale Hawkins, he actually catered my wedding 17 years ago and it's just been amazing to watch his journey," said Abigail Benjamin.

Chef Hawkins uses farm-fresh ingredients as often as possible in his flavorful, creative dishes.

"In the summertime, we have a lot of fresh produce and we try to incorporate as much local product as we can," Hawkins said.

"It's just amazing to get those fresh, quality ingredients but done in a really creative way. I find myself eating more adventurously," said Benjamin.

Also in the summers, Fish Hawk Acres hosts dinners at their farm in Rock Cave. The farm dinners take place on the second Thursday of each month in June, July, August, and September.

At the heart of Fish Hawk is traditional Mountain State cuisine, including comfort food like pepperoni rolls and wild-grown ingredients like ramps.

"I've really embraced my roots as a West Virginian, so I try to incorporate things that I grew up with, but I also expand it to world foods," Hawkins said.

"It's just lovely to support Appalachian culture at its best," Benjamin said.

Fish Hawk is more than just great meals, here, customers are treated like family.

"They're just so friendly, they make me feel at home," said Blessing Nduka.

Although Chef Hawkins couldn't say much, he mentioned that they are working on expanding the Fish Hawk Acres market.

Fish Hawk Acres specializes in catering and has an expansive catering menu. Learn more at