No sooner had I teased that I might have already found 2021’s Dish of the Year, when a few new front-runners made a case for that title.
I’ve already declared Lola’s French 75 the drink of the summer, so why not throw down an early gauntlet for 2021’s dish of the year?
While reaching out to share her love of always gathering around the table for family dinners, reader Elaine Endicott also asked me if one of her favorite West Virginia gems – Café Cimino Country Inn in Sutton – was closed.
People were WAY more excited about this than I would’ve expected, but the Shoney’s on Kanawha Boulevard reopened last week after being closed since the start of COVID-19 more than a year ago.
We have a new restaurant opening, new menu items debuting and a follow-up on a stinky hot story we’ve been following for weeks. It’s a big week in local food news, so let’s get to it!
Restaurants aren’t the only things gradually returning to normal as we continue to emerge (please, oh please) from the grips of COVID-19.
I’m surprised I didn’t get my West Virginia Card revoked for this, but I just now got around to trying the nearly world-famous “Ramp Burger” at Ridge View BBQ that folks around the Kanawha Valley (and beyond!) lose their collective minds over each spring.
This past weekend saw the return of closed-street outdoor dining along Hale and Capitol streets downtown, a move that seemed to be celebrated by many, based on the number of folks I saw filling tables on Sunday afternoon alone.
With an hour to kill before a lacrosse game in St. Albans one evening last week, we were looking for a new place to have a quick bite to eat. And it was one of those days where I was in no mood for anything remotely healthy.
If you’re still mourning the loss of this past January’s Charleston Restaurant Week, two nearby counties are serving up current and upcoming culinary celebrations of their own.
I’ve been giving lots of attention to tasty brunch menus of late, highlighting a few favorite dishes at some of the area’s locally owned restaurants.
In sharing my current quest for out-of-the-ordinary local dishes last week — and how The Block’s hot new Sunday brunch menu checked that box — I also teased a recent discovery at Tricky Fish on Charleston’s East End.
Facebook food envy got the best of me again, when a friend posted a photo of a delicious-looking soup running as a special at Books and Brews on Charleston’s West Side.
We turn our focus to Kanawha City this week, with a roundup of restaurant and market openings and, sadly, closings.
There are several restaurants around town that I absolutely adore — and have given rave reviews — but really don’t frequent that much on a regular basis anymore.