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Ruby and Ketchy's

2232 Cheat Road, Morgantown, WV - (304) 594-2004
Posted By Michael Stern on October 16, 2008 8:31 PM
Ruby and Ketchy's is a charming little out-of-the-way diner in the Cheat Lake area east of Morgantown. It's open for three meals a day, and its knotty-pine booths and counter are favorite places for locals to come for square meals and conversation. Opened by Ruby Nicholson in 1958, who was soon joined by husband Ketchy, it's still run by descendants of the beloved couple; and many of the recipes, including every-Tuesday meat loaf, vegetable soup, and chili are Ruby's.

Today's menu is broad, including sandwiches, hot meals that range from crab cakes to sirloin steak, and such lunch specials as bean soup and cornbread (every Thursday) and salmon patties with mac & cheese on Friday. We enjoyed our ham dinner, of which the menu boasts "served over 30 years." The ham was pan sizzled and had a good, gentle chew that was muscular and rewarding. Hot roast beef was also good: pot-roast tender and accompanied by a sphere of mashed potatoes covered with gravy. We're not sure what to say about the potatoes, which didn't taste all that real to us, but were a fine gravy conduit.

Blackberry pie is the go-to dessert. It is dark purple and winey, with a rugged berry texture. The crust could have been flakier, but the filling was first-rate.
4 star rating
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Blackberry Pie
Ham Dinner
Peach Berry Pie
Hot Roast Beef Sandwich
Mashed Potatoes

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Posted By Brett Linder on January 4, 2013 4:45 PM
The quintessential Roadfood diner. You wouldn't know it was there unless you knew to look for it. Good homey food, well-made, reasonably priced. Everyone was very nice, the restaurant is clean and comfortable.

Ham dinner, creamed chicken on biscuits, BLT were all very good. Cherry, blackberry, and coconut pies likewise. Really a nice stop on a long drive on a dreary day. We couldn't have been happier to be there.
2 star rating
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Ham Dinner
Blackberry Pie
Mashed Potatoes
Creamed Chicken with Biscuits

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Posted By Trudy on July 4, 2012 9:47 AM
We went to Ruby and Ketchy's recently and loved it. Had the hamburger steak and gravy and it was very good, as was the coleslaw. Enjoyed the experience.
3 star rating
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Posted By Becky Shaevel on June 10, 2012 12:58 PM
Roadfooders who are passionate about supporting family-owned or individually-owned independent restaurants MUST stop and eat here if you are in the Morgantown, WV area. It's practically a moral and ethical imperative, as well as just a simple opportunity for a great home-cooked meal.

My family ate there for Sunday lunch. We had creamed chicken with homemade biscuits (excellent), pulled pork sandwich (excellent), steak salad (excellent), and a fish sandwich (disappointing: small square of fish rather than those big fish sandwiches famous in the Pittsburgh area and West Virginia).

The Sterns' review, and some other reviews and photographs in the forums, tell more of the story.
2 star rating
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