This 9 Pound Banana Split from The Poky Dot in Fairmont, West Virginia Is A Must For Foodies

by Crystal Carder

Ever since I started watching, Man Versus Food, a few years ago on the Travel Channel, I’ve always wanted to try a compelling food challenge. And, that search eventually took my family to Clearfield, Pennsylvania, a few years ago, to a restaurant that was featured on the show, Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub. This place has an enormous 2-lb burger, that is almost impossible for someone to eat. 

Denny's Beer Barrel Pub Compelling Food Challeneg

I’ve never been the type of girl who loves hamburgers, so while we were there, I knew there was no point to try the challenge, I just couldn’t do it. That experience was years ago, we’ve always talked about going back, but for now, I wanted a challenge I could actually do; like pizza or ice cream.

That’s what lead us to a small diner named The Poky Dot, right in Fairmont, West Virginia. 

Pokey Dots Fairmont WV Banana Split

This diner is so small-town, that I just learned of it last week when Insider Dessert featured it on their Facebook page.

After watching that delicious video, I showed it to everyone I knew. I was so excited that The Poky Dot was located just an hour away from me, that I immediately made plans to visit the diner that same week.

The day we got to The Poky Dot, it was a weekday. We thought we would be the only ones there, but much to our surprise, the place was packed. Every parking spot was almost gone and when we walked in, we lucked out with one of the last booths in the front room. 

The Poky Dot is decorated to look like a 50’s diner and almost everything looks classic. The colors are bright and fluorescent, the seats are set together, and the food is made almost right in front of you.

When we sat down, our waitress almost immediately greeted us and offered us a menu. While we didn’t look at the menu, everything the waitresses carried out from the kitchen looked delicious. One thing that we noticed most of the folks ordering was The Poky Dot’s specialty milkshakes. The milkshakes were served in mason jars coated with chocolate and looked like they had plenty of extra yummies inside.

We ordered almost right away, and less than 20 minutes later, the humongous banana split was at our table.

The Poky Dot in Fairmont, WV Banana Split

The kids couldn’t get over the size and neither could I. We all shared the banana split, but after a while, we were too full. Between all of us, we were lucky to polish off just 1 of the gigantic scoops. 

The Poky Dot Fairmont WV Banana Split

By the time we were done with the banana split, we had made quite the mess, but the staff were so friendly, they told us not to worry about it.

Although I will probably never buy the 9-lb banana split again, I would love to go back and try their food sometime in the near future.

The Poky Dot is opened 7 days a week and I highly suggest putting that banana split on your bucket list. If you would like to learn more about The Poky Dot or look at their menu, check out their website HERE


Have you ever tried any food challenges, I would love for you to share a picture of it in the comments below.

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