The Food Guy: Red Fire Asian Grill anything but red hot

The Food Guy: Red Fire Asian Grill anything but red hot

Oh, Red Fire, what am I to make of you?

When I heard word that this funky new sushi-bar-meets-hibachi-grill was opening at Southridge Centre — and it was going to be owned and/or managed by the same genius responsible for my beloved Su-...

The Food Guy: East End event pairing desserts, wines a sweet idea

The Food Guy: East End event pairing desserts, wines a sweet idea

If you thought last year’s inaugural Sips & Sweets Wine Tasting and Bakeoff Challenge was nice, you’re going to love this year’s event twice as much.

The Food Guy: Great food, great views just an Adventure away

The Food Guy: Great food, great views just an Adventure away

So I’ve kept this secret long enough.

I’ve been teasing you with cryptic tweets, taunting you with mouthwatering Facebook photos and dodging your demands to reveal the name of my latest dining-out obsession.

WV Food Guy: A local James Beard affair and salads galore!

WV Food Guy: A local James Beard affair and salads galore!

A few weeks ago I shared the news that South Hills Market & Café chef/owner Richard Arbaugh had been invited back for a...

The Food Guy: Searching for the Kanawha Valley’s best salad

The Food Guy: Searching for the Kanawha Valley’s best salad

I love hearing from readers reaching out to share a great dining-out experience they’ve had, asking about my favorite restaurants, requesting my help finding a particular recipe and more.

The Food Guy: The Barge resurfacing Friday with bar-and-grill fare

The Food Guy: The Barge resurfacing Friday with bar-and-grill fare

News of The Barge’s resurrection generated so much buzz that I’m back this week with a few new developments,...

The Food Guy: Lem’s Meat Varnish serving up can’t-miss brisket

The Food Guy: Lem’s Meat Varnish serving up can’t-miss brisket

I’ve got a hot one, y’all!

The side dishes are hit or miss, but let’s be honest. That’s not why you’re going.

The Food Guy: South Charleston floating restaurant barging back in

The Food Guy: South Charleston floating restaurant barging back in

The Barge is reopening! The Barge is reopening!

I don’t know many details yet, but apparently the rumors I’ve been hearing are true. The one-time floating restaurant along the Kanawha River near the Patrick Street Bridge has been...

The Food Guy: Are you the missing ingredient in Gordon Ramsay's next TV show?

The Food Guy: Are you the missing ingredient in Gordon Ramsay's next TV show?

So get this.

The producers of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's next TV series are looking for Charleston families to be featured on the new show.

The Food Guy: Indoor beer fest features tasty food, too

The Food Guy: Indoor beer fest features tasty food, too

I’m a little late to the party on this one, but the area’s first indoor craft beer, food and music festival is on tap this Saturday at the South Charleston Community Center.

The Food Guy: Huntington bar makes another beer destination list

The Food Guy: Huntington bar makes another beer destination list

With more than 5,000 small and independent craft breweries now operating in the U.S., there are more options than ever when it comes to enjoying great beer. But what are the very best places?

The Food Guy: Best bites from Culinary Classic, Guiness cook-off

The Food Guy: Best bites from Culinary Classic, Guiness cook-off

ROANOKE — Stonewall Resort’s annual Culinary Classic has traditionally given guests the opportunity to taste the talents of some of West Virginia’s finest chefs and...

Surprise ending marks Berkeley Springs’ ‘Academy Awards of water’

Surprise ending marks Berkeley Springs’ ‘Academy Awards of water’

BERKELEY SPRINGS — Some 24 hours before a shocking Best Picture snafu rocked Sunday night’s Oscars, drama of another kind was unfolding at an event dubbed the Academy Awards of water right here in West...

The Food Guy: Tasting the waters (and flavors) of Berkeley Springs

The Food Guy: Tasting the waters (and flavors) of Berkeley Springs

My visit to judge this weekend’s 27th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting was especially timely, given the recent big announcement that this tiny town, once called Bath, is still home to West Virginia’s only James Beard-...

The Food Guy: WV food (and The Food Guy) are having a moment

The Food Guy: WV food (and The Food Guy) are having a moment

OMG, I’m on the Food Network! Not the popular national TV channel (it’s at this point in the story where my kids immediately lose interest) but I’ve been officially published on FoodNetwork....

The Food Guy: King Kabab a gem in the area’s restaurant crown

The Food Guy: King Kabab a gem in the area’s restaurant crown

My heart skips a beat every time a new locally owned restaurant opens in the Kanawha Valley, but there are some I silently celebrate more than others. (Our secret, OK?)

The Food Guy: Marco’s has good pizza, but needs improving elsewhere

The Food Guy: Marco’s has good pizza, but needs improving elsewhere

A few months ago, I shared news that the Kanawha Valley’s first Marco’s Pizza had opened in St. Albans. Now, the chain has inched its way into Charleston with the opening of its newest location at Patrick Street in the space where...

The Food Guy: A bite-by-bite recap of Charleston Restaurant Week

The Food Guy: A bite-by-bite recap of Charleston Restaurant Week

For the first two years of Charleston Restaurant Week — pretty much the most highly-anticipated local culinary celebration, like, ever — I was mostly out of town.

The Food Guy: Local spots packed with Restaurant Week diners

The Food Guy: Local spots packed with Restaurant Week diners

Charleston Restaurant Week is in full swing and we dove into it last night with dinner at Laury’s — with stops at Bricks & Barrels, Paterno’s and Celsius booked over the coming days as well.

The Food Guy: Restaurant Week menus create quite a buzz

The Food Guy: Restaurant Week menus create quite a buzz

The menus are here! THE MENUS ARE HERE!

If the folks organizing Charleston Restaurant Week were trying to build suspense by keeping this ...

The Food Guy: Soho’s brunch off to a tasty start

The Food Guy: Soho’s brunch off to a tasty start

I made my way down to Capitol Market this weekend to check out Charleston’s newest brunch offering, with Soho’s now open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Sunday with a selection of regular menu items along with weekly specials.

The Food Guy: Good eats at nearly 5,000 feet

The Food Guy: Good eats at nearly 5,000 feet

While ringing in the new year up at Snowshoe this past weekend, we took a break from winter play to check out a couple of cool food and drink hotspots on the mountain.

The Food Guy: New Huntington ‘arcade bar’ Peddling great burgers

The Food Guy: New Huntington ‘arcade bar’ Peddling great burgers

Oh. My. Word. I’m sure you remember when all of our recent chatter about the area’s best burgers...

The Food Guy: ’Tis the season for authentic Mexican food

The Food Guy: ’Tis the season for authentic Mexican food

Merry Christmas? Nah. Feliz Navidad, baby!

Putting a fun spin on the traditional Christmas party, the wife and I just hosted a lively Mexican-themed “Feliz Navidad” celebration, complete with pork carnitas, brisket...