Good Eats: Take Food to a Higher Level @ Landings!

Take food to a higher altitude this Spring at Landings, a farm to table experience. Located inside the Greenbrier Valley Airport, this is Lewisburg’s newest eatery serving American and Caribbean foods. It has beautiful décor with a rustic Appalachian theme and is an excellent choice for lunch, dinner, or simply to enjoy gourmet desserts, cappuccinos, and cocktails. Chefs Melissa Graham and Estela Estrada tell us, “We wanted to ensure that the restaurant reflects local elements that make you feel at home. We want to showcase the best of our region, have the best decor and the best food in a unique environment that you would want to return again.”  Landings was created by them to show visitors the best of West Virginia.

“What a surprise. Medium price fine dining. Beautifully decorated. Service was prompt & friendly. Thank you, Hanna! Shrimp Scampi was some of the best I’ve had. Wife had Tempura Fish & Chips. Give them a try.” – Dan I. via Yelp.

When you enter, your eyes will catch the vibrant colors and attractive design. You’ll notice the locally made stained wood floor, tables, and countertop/coffee bar. There are two barn doors, made locally, that slide together to make a private room for meetings and dining.  The deep colors of the dining room walls feature locally framed paintings that capture the artist love of the area.  The steel bronze chairs, high back chairs, and glass top tables are made in Virginia that features local attractions such as The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Snowshoe Mtn. Resort, Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, and Greenbrier Valley Airport. The table setting Stem Glass, cloth napkins and flatware awaits you when you arrive at your table.  Your server will serve you on West Virginia’s Homer Laughlin Company Fiesta Ware when your meal arrives.  And don’t miss the dessert case when you come in as Chef Estela and Company has beautiful and tasty pastries displayed for your sweet tooth.

Besides the décor, Melissa and Estela decided it was important for them to support local food producers and be a Farm to Table restaurant. They say, “We believe in the growers and producers of the Greenbrier Valley and Alleghany Highlands!” Regarding the menu, Chef Melissa wanted something unique and at the same time familiar to the local community.

“Decided to stop in for a quick lunch.  The atmosphere was wonderful.  Our server was great.  The food was fantastic along with it being very reasonably priced.” – Brit W. via Yelp

She worked to reflect what the area would want. Estela says, “There are some people born with a silver spoon in their mouth. Chef Melissa was born with a spoon on her hands. “She knows her flavors and I’m proud of working with someone that keeps her family traditions as well as flavors.”      

Chef Estela is native of the American Island of Puerto Rico. At an early age, she learned her desire for great food from the Caribbean Islands. She says, “Abundant fresh produce and knowledge of preparing of delightful dishes was a family tradition.” She brought these recipes for travelers and locals to enjoy. Aside Caribbean food, they serve American as well. Steaks and Seafood are on the menu, including gourmet Burgers, Sandwiches, and Salads. There is also a Children’s Menu for those who have something different than the adults.

This location was formerly the Dutch Haus. The new eatery officially opened on November 6th, 2017.  The renovation process took almost a year as careful and well-thought details went into the design of an entirely new kitchen and dining room. Since the change, there have been many updates. Estela says, “It was quite a renovation. We added larger portrait windows around the dining room to allow you to see the mountain vistas, sunsets, and aircraft movement. We felt that adding an outdoor patio would give those most excellent weather days an opportunity for guest to enjoy eating outside!”

Since opening, the response has been very positive and dining room has been quite full regularly. The team has received lots of nice feedback online and in-person. They say, in the beginning, they had some issues as some reviews will show. “We always use these reviews to improve on our products and the experience for our local community. Our focus is what our community wants.”

Among the more popular dishes, they say it’s definitely the Fish and Chips Plate. This is a Tempura-Battered Cod Fillet along with home-cut fries served with tartar sauce and garden peas. Another favorite is the Trout Dip Appetizer, a fresh local Smoked Trout served with bagel chips. They say they’ve also offered some well-liked specials such as Seafood Platters and Burgers of the Day. The team is looking forward to offering something daily as they enter the season with their local farmer’s supply.

This Spring, Chefs Estela and Melissa are looking forward to opening their new outdoor patio. This will allow you to sit outside and experience the airport’s aircraft movement while you dine. “The fenced-in grass area is adjacent to the patio. This will be inviting for the children play while you finish your meal, legal beverage and or your West Virginia Black Dog Coffee with that special homemade dessert from Chef Estela’s kitchen!” says the team. The patio is available for events as well. Just give them a call for details at 304-645-5477.

To learn more about Landings, visit gvairport.com/services. Click here to follow them on facebook!

– HashtagWV #100. April 2018

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