JUSTICE ADDITION, W.Va. — The Parkway Drive-In has been named to the list of 101 Unique Places to Dine in West Virginia.
The list was compiled by the W.Va. Department of Tourism and features many other restaurants West Virginians will be familiar with like Jim’s Spaghetti House in Huntington, W.Va., Stillwaters at the Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, W.Va. and Poky Dot in Fairmont, W.Va..
Andrea Bond, public information specialist with the W.Va. Department of Tourism, explained how the list came about by saying, “We just got a lot of comments from people who loved the local flavors. Whenever they are traveling they want to experience the…special local ingredients they might not find elsewhere in a chain restaurant. What we do is we put a link on the website and have people vote to nominate their favorite restaurants. They had to be locally owned and operated and not part of a franchise. We’ve got feedback from some of the restaurants who’ve said that customers that came in specifically because they saw the restaurant in the dining guide and wanted to experience it.”
Jay Mayhorn, owner of Parkway Drive-In described the honor of being named to the list of gastronomic greatness by saying, “It’s great. We’ve got some great help here. We try to keep everything the same and consistent. If it’s not broken don’t fix it.”
US Senator Joe Manchin sent a statement congratulating the restaurant and its management and staff through his regional coordinator, Mike Browning, and Browning addressed the crowd with Manchin’s statement saying, “We all know the secret to success for any business is having a quality product or service that is reasonably-priced and employees that provide excellent customer service. I applaud the success of this true mainstay in W.Va. and encourage visitors to travel from all across the state and nation and experience the hospitality this family-owned small business provides. I am honored to join the entire community in congratulating Mr. Mayhorn and the Parkway Drive-In for this designation as one of West Virginia’s best places to eat.”
In an example of the loyalty that some customers of Parkway Drive-In can exhibit, this reporter was pointed to the corner table of the stone-walled dining room where Tom McNeely and his family were seated. McNeely explained that when he flew in from California last week to visit his family and found the restaurant was closed for the week he knew he had to stay until employees returned from vacation to reopen. McNeely made it clear he delayed his return to California, “Just to come down here and get my slaw dogs.”