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May 11, 2009 04:27 PM

Charleston, WV suggestions?

Am planning to be in Charleston, WV (downtown area, specifically Capitol complex, train station, Clay Center) in the foreseeable future for a day, and am looking for suggestions on chowish options, any and all meals possible. The only thing I've found here is a general discussion about West Virginia hot dogs (they actually sound like southern style chili-slaw dogs), though nothing specific to this city.

Any help here? Many thanks.

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  1. I spend a decent amount of time in Charleston and I'd recommend

    -The Blossom Deli for great sandwiches and atmosphere. They switch over to fine dining at night but I've never been there for that.

    -The Bluegrass Kitchen for cheerful, delicious food in a quirky neighborhood atmosphere. Around the corner from the famed Empty Glass music club, which is quite worth checking out if you enjoy dive bars and great music.

    -Tidewater Grill for pretty good seafood--not particularly innovative, but a solid menu--the sort of place one would go for a power lunch.

    -The Gold Dome Barbecue. This is very much a dark, smoky local bar but it's got delicious pork bbq sandwiches, great onion rings, fried baloney sandwiches, pool tables and good karaoke on I think Tuesday nights. It's on McCorkle Ave.

    4 Replies
    1. re: buttermilk

      I'll second Blossom Deli. I used to avoid stopping in Charleston when traveling on I-77, but since finding Blossom, I make a point of trying to stop there. Great food and a fun place.

      1. re: buttermilk

        Ummm! Bluegrass Kitchen is my favorite. The Blossom Deli and Soho's are good too.

        1. re: MadAnne

          I will third Blossom Deli and the Bluegrass Kitchen. They are both unique and quality choices for dinner. Blossom is closed for Monday evening dinner. At Bluegrass Kitchen, I recommend ordering off the daily specials menu which are plentiful and generally locally sourced and well prepared.

          Does anyone have any opinions on South Hills Market and Cafe or Bridge Street Bistro? I am here for work for a couple more days and would appreciate any guidance.

          In my visits here, I never cared much for Soho (maybe ordered the wrong thing) or Tidewater Grill (too corporate).

          1. re: Highland Park

            Ate at South Hills Market and Cafe tonight. It was quite good - had the beets, wahoo, and strawberry shortcake. Beer menu was great and wine menu wasn't bad either. Food was definitely well-prepared new American cuisine and of good quality. Service was a bit slow and there were only two servers for a dining room of about 12-15 tables, most of which were full. Definitely worth a visit.

            South Hills Market & Cafe
            1010 Bridge Rd, Charleston, WV 25314

      2. Would Chowhounds still recommend The Bluegrass Kitchen, South Hills Market and Blossom Deli? Davwud, if you read this, have you been to the Blossom Deli?

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        1. re: prima

          I'm not sure Blossom still exists. The other two should still be fine. If dining solo, you may find the atmosphere at Bluegrass to be more fun, although either are suitable. Food-wise they are very different, but both good in their own ways.

          1. re: prima

            Traveling through the area and stopped for lunch at South Hills Market... good find!

            LOVED the Duck Confit Eggrolls! Flank Steak sandwich was tasty but sliced too thickly for it to be tender. Mother loved her ruben. Quesadillas were very flavorful and salsa had a bit of a kick (would have liked it a bit spicier). I'd love to try the breakfast and dinner menus... dinner, especially, seemed creative.

            All in all, a solid choice.

            1. re: Rene

              Sounds great! Thanks for mentioning what you ordered. :-)

              I hope to have dinner at SHM when I'm in Charleston.

              1. re: prima

                I was visiting Charleston on a Sunday, and discovered that South Hills Market closed at 4 pm on Sundays. I ended up having dinner at The Chop House (which I had found via Opentable), a chain in the mall near the Marriott, which was fine for chain food at a mall. Somewhat unusual version of crab Louie, but still hit the spot. Good breads, decent filet mignon. Very rich (too rich for me) potatoes au gratin. Very friendly service.

                I decided to have breakfast at the Marriott, and it was a good value for a hotel restaurant. Breakfast cost around $14 for the buffet, which included better fruit offerings (mango, perfectly pared berries, very ripe melon, rather than the typical underripe melon), biscuits with sausage gravy, omelettes, waffles, pastries (better than average pastries for a hotel resto buffet), etc.