West Virginia Executive Summer 2014 - Page 117

[ lifestyle ] In the Chef’ssCorner DiOGi’ DiOGi’s is known in West Virginia for its variety of authentic Latin dishes and the friendly service offered to both human and canine customers. Located in Fayetteville, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner for visitors from near and far to experience the lively menu and laid-back atmosphere. DiOGi’s uses only the best local produce, a choice that makes every dish special. To start off the dining experience, the menu offers appetizers like the Chipotle Black Bean Dip, a queso dip with black beans and chipotle peppers, and DiOGi’s Shrimp, which is seasoned and dredged in rice and corn flour, deep-fried and served with chipotle-honey dipping sauce. When it comes to the entrees, DiOGi’s is known for its famous carnitas: tender, slightly sweet chunks of pork slowly cooked then marinated and deep-fried and topped with deep-fried onions. Another main course favorite is the Pollo Loco, strips of grilled chicken breast and locally produced chorizo topped with cheese, salsa verde, red onions and cilantro. Burgers, wings and ribs are also on the menu for those looking for traditional favorites with a Latin twist. To top off the main course, guests are encouraged to try DiOGi’s Salvadorian Bread Pudding. It is served traditionally or deep-fried with warm caramel bourbon sauce and sweet lachera cream. At DiOGi’s, both the ingredients and décor are produced locally. All the tables in the restaurant are made from local barn wood, and the wood on the walls comes from old homes torn down in the Fayetteville area, as well as from New River Gorge timber. While dining, guests are able to browse art pieces from local artists that cover the walls. “I guess I have always enjoyed being different,” DiOGi’s Owner Barbara Aguilar says of the eclectic décor and unique menu. “I have never wanted to be inside the box, just outside of it enough to generate curiosity and delight—in this case, culinary delight. Previously, I had opened three restaurants in Philadelphia and one in New Jersey, and these establishments all served typical Mexican fare. Then I made the trip home to offer something unique to the area.” Part of the uniqueness she was striving for came as an opportunity to serve her customers’ four-legged friends. DiOGi’s is known for being one of the only dog-friendly restaurants in the state. By Maggie Matsko Owner Barbara Aguilar and Head Chef Jearemy Ferrebee “Dogs are my favorite people with four legs,” says Aguilar. “Many people come to Fayetteville for climbing, biking or rafting and have their furry kids with them. Since only service dogs are allowed inside restaurants, I thought it would be great to have tables outside so people can eat and have their dogs with them.” With permission from their owners, each canine guest receives its own complimentary doggie taco and a bowl of water. Another unique aspect about the restaurant is the Cinco de Mayo celebration held each May. In addition to food and drink specials and live music, there is a burrito eating contest for entertainment. “My favorite part of the Cinco de Mayo Gigandous Burrito Eating Contest is all of the pre-contest bragging on how easy it will be to take down a five-pound burrito,” says Aguilar. “To date, only one person has eaten the entire five-pound burrito, and that was in our very first contest, so the challenge will continue.” DiOGi’s is located at 312 North Court Street in Fayetteville and