My recent exploration of Putnam County’s food scene has taken me back to enjoy a few old favorites, like the so-good-it’s-drinkable panang curry at Thai Valley Kitchen in Putnam Village Plaza and the gloriously messy Korean beef wonton nachos with lime crema, pickled slaw, jalapenos, sesame …

I recently shared news that the YWCA’s popular pre-Thanksgiving brunch “Foodie Feast” was moving to Beni Kedem Temple next to the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center this Sunday, but a new venue isn’t the only big change in store for guests. The annual event benefiting the Sojourner’…

Every now and then I stumble upon a restaurant — or in this week’s case, two — where the food is so good it completely blows me away. But as exciting as spots like this are to find, the discovery is even sweeter when they turn up in the most unlikely of places.

In local restaurant news, downtown’s Axes and Ales has new owners and expanded hours, a local sushi grill closes, a new Chinese buffet is on the way, a Spencer bakery is making waves and Habitat for Humanity wants your help picking which restaurant to feature at its upcoming “A Taste of ...”…

In the first significant revamp of its Charleston location’s more than five-year history, Black Sheep Burrito and Brews at the Brewery just launched a colorful amped-up menu offering several new dishes and removing a couple of longtime options as well.

Nine West Virginia restaurants have been honored by Wine Spectator for offering the best wine selections paired with equally fine cuisine. That’s quite an honor, although the local list is a little shorter than years past, when as many as 11 to 13 Mountain State restaurants were recognized.

Pretty much every time I’m bee-bopping around town enjoying a drink or dinner, checking out a local event or zipping through the grocery store, someone I see is going to pop the question: “So Food Guy, what are the best new restaurants in town?”

Funerals for Sunday, January 19, 2020

Atkins Sr., Dennis - 2 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Crislip, Edna - 2 p.m., Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Driggs Sr., Phillip - 4 p.m., St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Charleston.

Sigmon, Steven - 4 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.