I’m hearing from lots of you who can’t wait for the new 1010 Bridge Restaurant to open next month inside the old South Hills Market location on Bridge Road.
Out of all the restaurants readers have been asking me about over the past month, one has received far more inquiries than all the rest combined.
With indoor dining at restaurants still off the menu, at least for a couple more weeks, and Mother Nature’s cold and rainy turn putting a damper on outdoor dining, it hasn’t been a great week for eating out.
Although it may seem like a tough time to be a restaurant critic — with restaurants largely closed and all — I’ve never been busier on the food front.
Our mission to highlight local restaurants still hustling despite the coronavirus crisis continues, with this week’s spotlight shining on one of my very favorite restaurants in the area: Nawab Fine Indian Cuisine in Kanawha City.
When I sang the praises of downtown’s Hale House last week, I hinted it was one of three fantastic new restaurants to have recently emerged on the local dining scene.
It’s not uncommon for a new restaurant to open with big buzz, but it’s highly unusual for one to be firing on all cylinders right out of the gate. Most new places need a few days, weeks or even months to work out the kinks and settle into a groove of good food, ambiance and service.
News that The Market, formerly South Hills Market & Café, on Bridge Road suddenly closed its doors for good Saturday night was quite a blow to the local restaurant scene, sending waves of shock and awe throughout the Kanawha Valley that are still rippling days later.
Last week, I previewed one of my favorite food events of the year: this Saturday night’s epic beer vs. wine FeastivALL gourmet pairing dinner at Berry Hills. This week, I’m going ga-ga over another one: next month’s amazing “A Taste of ...” gala at the Clay Center.
When doing a full-on critique of new restaurants, I usually steer clear of grand openings, opting instead to sneak in a few weeks later for a more “secret shopper”-type review of the food, service and atmosphere it offers on a regular basis.
Just when you thought Christmas was over, clear those vocal cords and queue the music ... “It’s the mooost wonderful tiiime of the yeeear!”
South Charleston launches a new “restaurant week” event, Cook Out is coming to Charleston and Sokolata may be moving to new digs. Just another week bringing you one big food news bomb after another. It’s what I do.
The Barge has closed, a new riverfront Mediterranean restaurant has opened and I reveal my pre-Charleston Restaurant Week menu awards. We’re full of local food news this week, so let’s get started!
When a struggling restaurant closes, then the same or different owners announce a series of on-again/off-again new concepts and names that start and stop (or never even start in the first place) over the course of a few years, there’s not a lot of confidence that place is going to make it in…