Brunch, a mash-up of breakfast and lunch, is mostly appreciated by those who like to sleep in. When thinking of brunch, one usually envisions a group of people enjoying a long leisurely meal on the weekend, able to relax away from the typical weekday rush.
While there are some options available, Wheeling isn’t generally an area that favors brunch lovers. Many local restaurants do offer brunch on special occasions, like Mother’s Day or Easter. But for the most part, local eateries focus on lunch and dinner. (This does not including chain restaurants that often offer any type of meal, breakfast, lunch or dinner, around the clock, of which there are many in the area.)
The best bet for a solid weekend brunch is at the Ihlenfeld Dining Room in the resort’s Wilson Lodge. Brunch is offered on Sundays from 11 am to 2 pm. The Ihlenfeld Dining Room features a sweeping view of the park surrounding the lodge and overlooks Schenk Lake. Guests dine on a variety of breakfast and lunch options on an extensive buffet. While this is a great brunch, it can also be on the more expensive side of local dining options. http://www.oglebay-resort.com/dining/index.htm
This small local eatery opens at 11 am every day of the week except Sunday when they are closed. They offer a coffee bar and an extensive menu of sweet crepes you can consider breakfast. They serve both sweet and savory crepes all day along with their soups, salads and sandwiches. This restaurant, located in downtown Wheeling’s Centre Market, provides a small town feel with a cozy eating area inside and back patio for outside dining. http://www.lateralligator.net/index.html
Ye Olde Alpha
The Alpha, as it’s known in Wheeling, is another restaurant frequented by locals. They offer breakfast at 10 am on Sundays. This local eatery boasts affordable prices and a community atmosphere. While they do not offer brunch specials, a group can go later in the morning and enjoy both breakfast and lunch options. http://www.yeoldealpha.com/
There are many mid-range sit-down chain restaurants in and around Wheeling in addition to the locally owned eateries and fast food places in the area. While a typical brunch is not the specialty of these types of establishments, the benefit of eating at a chain is the wide variety of food (breakfast, lunch or dinner options) for a low cost. These restaurants include Bob Evans, Perkins, Cracker Barrel and Denny’s and are among the most popular places in the area for an inexpensive sit-down breakfast.