HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) - The Adventure Grill in Mount Clare might seem new but the restaurant has a history. It started out as Bastin's Freezer Fresh, an ice cream hut that opened in the summer of 1961.
"We were young and my husband thought we could do this," said Priscilla Bastin, the restaurant's original owner.
After decades in the family, Bastin's shut its doors. But in August of 2017, the family decided to return it to its former glory and re-opened the old restaurant with a new safari theme and a new name.
"They had it for about 23 years and my uncle, who lives just up the hill, he would drive by and wanted to fix it up and bring back what was here before," said Joshua Bastin, Priscilla's grandson, and the restaurant's manager.
The tiny restaurant serves up fun, creature-themed eats like the Sasquatch steak sandwiches, werewolf cheeseburgers, and crocodile hot dogs with homemade chili. The chili is Priscilla's secret family recipe.
"Their food is just real good. It's better than any place I've ever been," said David Hill.
"They always have the best food it seems like. I've never had such good chicken nuggets, I really haven't," said Channing Michael.
Another customer favorite is the soft serve ice cream. One of their most popular frozen treats is the "Yeti", which is made with soft serve and mix-ins like candy or cookies.
"They've got excellent milkshakes here, really really good," said Ben Sandy.
"I don't know what they put in them, but they make them so good!" said Channing.
At the end of the day, the Adventure Grill is more than just great food, it's a great place to meet kind-hearted people and make fun, family memories.
"My favorite thing is the people," said Priscilla.
"It's just something different. With all the animals and the 12-foot yeti carving outside, it's just something different that people aren't really used to around here," said Joshua.