Ya know, there are just those times when one gets a hankering for a tasty brat with perhaps a John Dillinger death-mask on the side.
Until recently, the food/paranormal combination was unavailable - at least locally- but the ever-searching Buds have stumbled upon an establishment of such uniqueness: German Jacks Weinery and the adjoining Archive of the Afterlife.
With the former (and reportedly haunted) penitentiary and the adjacent Indian burial mound, one could say that Jefferson Avenue in Moundsville is a bit of a hotspot for paranormal activity and other "afterlife lore" so to speak, so it only makes sense that that's where you'll find German Jacks.
The casual eatery offers patrons a selection of various hot dogs, brats and sausages, side items and beverages. Specials include Das Flammenwerfer (The Flamethrower: a fiery blend of peppers, herbs and temper), the Alter Hund (The Old Dog: a blend of cheeses, herbs, bacon and bbq), and Naked Dog in a Fur Coat (The Les Barker Special: chili sauce, cheese, onions and beans). Combos are The Barker (two beef franks with a side and a drink), The German Jack (two sausage links with a side and a drink), and The Wurst Combo Ever (two beef brats with a side and a drink), which range from $5 to $6.50.
Bud Em, admittedly not a hot dog lover, opted to try The German Jack with a side of potato salad and a cold soda. The two sausage links, which she had topped with just yellow mustard, were served on warm buns and were delicious! The sausage was seasoned perfectly - not too spicy. With the potato salad and drink, this little lunch really hit the spot.
Bud Shaunna tried a hot dog with the special Alter Hund topping. A hot dog topped with gooey cheese and a slice of bacon - um, what's not to love about that? With a side of baked beans, Bud Shaunna enjoyed having something out of her usual "norm" for lunch.
While the Buds waited for their orders to be filled, they couldn't resist taking a stroll through the paranormal museum.
The museum includes items and artifacts from the West Virginia State Penitentiary, a spiritual endangerment exhibit, spiritual protection exhibit, and a haunted artifacts exhibit. The Buds enjoyed viewing an authentic psych ward bed from the former pen, a cell door and mugshots of executed inmates. Also on display were interesting WWII artifacts, a holy sacrament container/crucifix which was used in two different exorcisms, ouija boards, voodoo dolls, death masks and more.
It was an interesting lunch hour to say the least!
If you'd like to indulge in some hot dogs and eerie artifacts, here's your opportunity. On Saturday, June 8 at 6 p.m., head over to German Jack's for an Earthbound Paranormal Gathering, which includes a guest speaker. For $7, enjoy the program AND get dinner too! We're certain you'll have a hauntingly good time.
The Buds can be reached at tastebuds@timesleader online.com.