Sorry TJ. I’ve gone back and edited previous posts. I got my new kybd on Mon. so recent posts shouldn’t be a problem. MacConnection.com. . . fast service, good prices.
WVHillBilly – at least use your carriage return more, as the dots instead of spaces is playing havoc with the page width of threads you contribute to….the web server is interpreting each line of yours as one long word, so the longer you type without a carriage return, the wider the page is getting
WJ, Well, perhaps it’s not about shame, but about the fact that it may in her eyes, or other places in my eyes, have gone "downhill." Sometimes I get something down at SK that isn’t particularly good. . . they might keep it around on the steam table just a little too long, or yesterday’s main entre looked too good to toss this morning. Perhaps CB hit it on one of those days. I had fried chicken a couple months ago down there that was tough, dry, stringy and not too warm. A box from Kroger’s would have been better.
And yes, the majority of people in Charleston wouldn’t know a five star restaurant from Southern Kitchen, so places that put on an aire of pretense DO get away with serving substandard food to unknowing customers with more money than taste.
I’m very familiar with people who are somewhat ashamed of their heritage and do things to deny and cover-up their cultural background, but I don’t believe any of the comments on this thread warrant that classification.
I’ve noticed that there are several people on this forum and in general who seem to be ashamed of their traditional local cuisine, like Cora Beth they say that its poor quality and has gone downhill, in other cases they say it doesn’t exist anymore and others say it’s there but it’s just for tourists. I wonder why that is? Maybe this should be a separate new thread?
That’s odd, I was there two years ago and the Country Ham and Biscuits with red eye gravy was truly outstanding, probably some of the best, if not the best I’ve ever had. And the peanut butter pie was absolutely amazing. This place has been around for years, I can’t imagine it taking such a quick downturn in a mere two years.
My experience was that it truly epitimized true genuine regional West Virginia Cuisine in both it’s food and atmosphere!
I would highly recommend Tamarack for the food. The food is prepared by chefs from "The Greenbrier"( a four star resort in eastern West Virginia). Not "fancy" food, just delicious. My husband is still raving about the coconut cream pie.
I would not waste my time on the Southern Kitchen. I ate there earlier in the year and I was extremely disappointed in both the food and the service.
A better choice in Kanawha City is Trevillian’s Pharmacy. They have a soda fountain and serve sandwiches,great hot dogs,and hand dipped malts and milkshakes. Trevillian’s is located at the foot of the Kanawha City bridge.
Nothing shady. The guy didn’t need to place an order. The employee just wanted to know how many he wanted.
BTW, if you’re going to Charleston…skip the Ramada Plaza. Not a good place to stay.
I didn’t……shame on me, I know……can you clue poor sap in? 🙂
I have stayed at the Courtyard across interstate from Tamarack several times. That is always a fun place to visit and eat. I cannot recall specifically what I ate but I do recall it being a very good stop. Great crafts there also.
Paul E. Smith
Also, I went to Tamarack while in WV so the spouse could look at some local crafts. While she shopped, I went and read the newspaper in the cafeteria.
Unfortunately for me I had already had breakfast…they had a very nice and very affordable menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, featuring WV products cooked up by their resident chef.
For example, they had a fresh trout and eggs breakfast with potatoes and choice of bread for $7.00…man that sounds good.
Any feedback on the food there? Is it as good as it looks?
Good Hotdogs. . .
Go to Romeo’s Grill across from the mound in South Charleston. Also, they have the best hot bologna IN THE WORLD!
Skipped the dogs…had the hot bologna. Very nice sandwich…fresh veggies, nice thick slice of bologna, and a bbq sauce on a large fresh bun. Could have used some hot sauce but was still good. (edited to add..I also had the onion rings which were good and the wife had a cheeseburger…also good). The special of the day was a hot bologna, fries, and a draft for $4.50.
The visit to Romeo’s was worth the trip…great little place. I knew what I wanted to order before I got there but the wife wanted to take a look at the menu. The waitress walks up and asks for our order. I gave her mine but it took my wife a few minutes. You could tell the waitress was getting impatient. My wife ordered and the waitress went to get our drinks. When she came back, my wife asked if she could add some cheese sticks to her order. The waitress barks.."No" ,points at the appetizer sign that says "available after 2", and walks away. Hurt my wifes feelings. I explained to her that she was probably the only person in the last 25 years who didn’t know what they were going to order when they hit the front door and she made the waitress wait. I got a kick out of it but the spouse was a little grumpy there-after.
As my wife and I were eating, a guy walks in the door and up to the bar (drinks were upstairs but may have been downstairs some time in the past). Here’s the conversation:
Employee: Hi Dan
Employee: 2 today?
Dan pays and goes to his car. A few minutes later the employee walks out to the car with 2 sandwiches.
I turned to my wife and smiled..she got it.
Thanks for the tip WV!
what’s so funny about the Quaker Steak and Lube..?! It IS a real chain, famous for their chicken wings. I ate there in Erie, PA back in Dec.
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