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“Disgusting! They serve HAIR in the smoothies! -->no apologies<--” 1 of 5 stars
Review of The Wild Bean

The Wild Bean
119 E Washington St, Lewisburg, WV 24901
(304)645-3738
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Ranked #7 of 38 restaurants in Lewisburg
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Vegetarian
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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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“Disgusting! They serve HAIR in the smoothies! -->no apologies<--”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

On our most recent road trip, we decided to pass through the oft overlooked, charming, well-to-do area of Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

Lewisburg offers much of the charm and eclecticism as any Coastal hip town offers. One of the Lewisburg's downtown venues is a place which appears to be trendy and smart: the Wild Bean: "Organic coffees, and All-natural vegetarian dishes."

During our 3-day visit, we decided to stop for a smoothie and check out the scene. While the vibe feels open and appealing, the haughty staff and ridiculously long wait was almost enough to make us leave (there were only 2 other patrons at the time we were visiting).

We ordered a Blueberry-Banana smoothie. While it was being prepared (or so we thought), we sifted through the wide assortment of vinyl. Lucky us!! The best part of our visit to "the Bean" was snagging a great old album for only $.50.

But it took FIFTEEN minutes to receive our drink --> because (I quote) "we use local, organic blueberries"... ?? Fact: they didn't even begin preparing our smoothie until nearly 10 minutes after our ordering. During that long wait we figured out that the place must be nothing more than a pretentious wanna-be hip and trendy coastal joint.

We opted to enjoy our smoothie outdoors (when it was finally ready). The lovely Lewisburg Main Street should have been the perfect place to sip such a delight .... You can imagine our disgust when we discovered not one, but TWO hairs in the drink !!!

I was so grossed out that I almost lost my lunch (thank God we'd eaten elsewhere!).

When my husband went in to inform the Counter folks, they simply shrugged him off and said "It happens sometimes" then went back to whatever was more important behind the counter, than the customer in front of them.

Wow!! Check out our Trip Advisor reviews: we really try to go out of our way to visit 'Mom and Pop' places wherever we go. Service (NON-service) like that, especially in an upscale place such as Lewisburg WV, was a real shock.

I'm not sure when or if I'll be able to drink another smoothie away from home again. But you can be certain we will let as many people know what happened there, and how it needs to step up its game if they want to tout themselves as being healthy, OR classy.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Love it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

Vegetarian fare is fresh and organic (not 100%). Meals are varied and service is friendly. Bathrooms are clean and coffee is brilliant, as well as a variety of teas available.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“good coffee”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

good coffee and pastries and even better service. conveniently located on the main street. refreshing

Visited June 2013
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Virginia Beach, VA
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“Love It”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Like a choice for natural foods, organics and a nice atmosphere, then this is the place. Locals love it too. Great little town and lots of beautiful scenery. Definitely go here if you travel to Lewisburg.

Visited June 2012
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Greenville, North Carolina
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“Busy and Eclectic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Needed somewhere to grab lunch in Lewisburg and this place was perfect. It is an eclectic place, that we were surprised to find in such a small town. The menu was very vegetarian and vegan friendly - also another surprise! The atmosphere is great and the food was good. Would stop by again if in town!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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