Lot 12 Public House
117 Warren St.
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
American | $$$
During a recent getaway trip to Berkeley Springs, West Virginia we were excited to try Lot 12 Public House. I had read good things about the restaurant and Chef Damian Heath. Our good fortune had us there the weekend Chef Damian and his wife Betsy reopened after closing for some months due to COVID.
The dinning room is cozy and has the feel of eating at a friend’s house.
It starts with wonderful homemade bread.
Our appetizer was this amazing Toasted Gnocchi with roasted garlic, sautéed mushrooms, and parmigiano-reggiano cheese. The gnocchi was perfect and paired nicely with the mushrooms and cheese.
A nice Intermezzo came in the form of this Guava Ginger Sorbet.
For my entrée I chose a Grilled NY Strip Steak with bacon scallion mashed potatoes, a shitake demi-glace, ramp butter, and chimichurri. The steak had a great sear and was cooked perfectly. The smooth potatoes and demi-glace were a great accompaniment for the steak.
For my side I continued my quest to order Mac & Cheese when ever it appears on a menu. This Smoked Gouda and Roasted Garlic Mac & Cheese was delectable. Don’t hesitate to order this.
My wife ordered a special of Baked Halibut with grilled shrimp and grits in a cream sauce. She said the fish was divine and cooked flawlessly. I enjoyed a bit of the shrimp and grits and found them like the wonderful dishes served in our Southern food Meccas like Charleston or Savannah.
For my dessert I had to try the Lavender Crème Brûlée. There was just a hint of the lavender giving it a delightful flavor.
My wife’s dessert was a simple House made Sorbet with fresh berries.
Chef Damian, a James Beard Foundation Awards 2012 semifinalist, and his wife Betsy opened Lot 12 Public House in 1999. It remains an upscale dinning destination in the northwest corner of West Virginia drawing local guests and diners from Maryland and Virginia. Berkeley Springs is a quaint town with plenty of history and worth an overnight stay if you can get reservations for dinner at Lot 12 Public House.