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Restaurant Road Trip: Terra Cafe

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This Restaurant Road Trip can be done by car, foot or even bike.

We took a pit stop off the rail trail in Star City where there's always fresh, local food available from the Terra Café.

"We get a lot, especially on the weekends, of joggers, walkers and bike riders that come in and want a bite to eat or have a coffee after a workout," said General Manager Aaron Russell.

From sandwiches, to soup, to homemade bread, the Terra Café is whipping up food with the simplest of ingredients.

"When it's made with love and you know where everything is coming from, it tastes better period," said Executive Chef Barbara Yanero.

The restaurant's motto is "local ingredients for international recipes," like the "Bahn Mi," a Vietnamese pork sandwich made with a rice flour baguette, local vegetables pickled this summer and a homemade aioli. It's those kinds of products that set Terra apart.

"You go to chain restaurants and you close your eyes, you couldn't tell which one you're in because everything tastes like it came out of the same box. This doesn't taste this way. It's interesting,"said Ann Payne of Morgantown.

Yanero is a photojournalist who has traveled to many countries. She said hands are important in food preparation for many other cultures and she brought that message back to the Terra Cafe kitchen, where there seems to be a fresh calm about the food. None of it has preservatives, she said.

"People do want to know what's in their food. They're concerned about that. They are starting to realize what an important part of their life that is," Yanero said.

And it seems the best is yet to come for the young establishment.

"I'm really looking forward to summer. I mean it's a great place to come in the winter, but it's amazing. It's right on the river," Payne said.

Terra Café is open for breakfast and lunch. If you can't make it in during those hours, they sell prepared food to make at home. You can also order ahead of time online or through its Terra Cafe Droid app. An iPhone app is coming soon, they said.