Tasty Tuesday: Medallion Restaurant

Published: Mar. 27, 2018 at 5:55 PM EDT
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The Medallion Restaurant on Main Street in Philippi is known for homemade food and kind, friendly service.

"I usually drink coffee, he has water, and nine-tenths of the time when we come in and sit down, our coffee and water are out on the table," said Karen Shahan.

Kevin Lyons didn't always want to own a restaurant. He spent years in the coal mines, then in the nineties, decided it was time for a change. So, in 1992, he opened the Medallion Restaurant.

"It's just my mom and dad's type of restaurant, just a 'ma and pa' type place," said Lyons.

The menu consists of simple, fresh, home-style recipes that come in large portions for a fair price.

"It's good, home-cooked food and a nice atmosphere," said Howard Kuhnes.

The person behind the delicious meals is head cook Jo Sommerfield.

"She's been in this restaurant 39 years and she's something special," Lyons said.

Jo whips up recipes like the "Judy Special", a breakfast plater with hash browns, ham, peppers, melted cheese and a biscuit. She also puts a twist on a Giovanni, made with ribeye instead of cube steak.

"I love their calzones and I love their steak hoagies," said customer Neil Baker.

For one particular customer, the restaurant holds a special place in her heart. Karen Shahan's husband Karl was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease 10 years ago, and the Medallion has been a godsend for his condition.

"The doctors told me, whatever I'm doing keep doing it and like I said, we eat here 3-4 times a week. They give him the chance to choose what he wants off the buffet, and the price is right," said Shahan.

At the end of the day, Medallion Restaurant is more than just it's menu. It's a gathering place for the community and a hub for great conversation.

"It's not just about the food, it's about socializing with other people," said Lyons.

"People I don't even know here, they always wave and talk," said Alderson Broaddus University student Haley Frost.

Frost's friend, Kelsey Hudson, added: "It reminds me of home, it's like a big family."