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Café Crave serves comfort food in Guyandottte

Oct. 02, 2013 @ 11:20 PM

HUNTINGTON — Are you looking for a homemade meal for lunch?  Then you may want to give Café Crave in  Guyandotte a try. 

The new restaurant was opened in August by owner/chef Holly Tomblin. A graduate of Mountwest Community and Technical College,  Tomblin took inspiration for the new lunch spot from the “Meat and Three” restaurants commonly found throughout the American South. Prior to starting Café Crave, Tomblin worked at Huntington’s Kitchen and owned her own catering company.

“We serve up comfort food,” said. “I wanted this to be a community restaurant where people could enjoy each other’s company and get in and get out. We have a hot bar each day, a salad bar and soup. It took us about eight months to renovate this building. This is a very old building with a lot of history. There was a hotel in this location at the turn of the century and later a couple of drugstores were in here. I know of at least three restaurants that were in here over the years.”

Everyday the hot bar will feature a choice of two main dishes and an assortment of sides. Prices range from $3.99 for one main dish to $6.99 for a main dish and three sides. Customers can serve themselves cafeteria style.  Dishes include Italian meatloaf, glazed porkchops, Swiss steak, spaghetti and fried chicken. The restaurant features chicken enchiladas on Thursdays and Canjun dishes on Fridays including New Orleans crab cakes and jambalaya.

“We had to make some adjustments, we had chicken and dumplings but because the weather was so warm a lot of people didn’t order that,” Tomblin said. “As the weather gets colder we’ll be doing some stews and heartier soups. We’ll also probably do some holiday desserts like pumpkin rolls and  pecan pie. We’ve had a few people inquire about catering and we would like to offer that as it gets closer to the holidays. We have also had a couple of organizations have their luncheons here.”

Café Crave is located at 201 Main St., in Huntington, next to the Guyandotte post office. It is open for lunch on weekdays Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cash and most major credit cards are accepted. For carry-out orders or more information, call 304-523-8383.

 

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