UPCOMING FESTIVALS IN HUNTINGTON
Dawg Dazzle, July 2 at Harris Riverfront Park. Independence Day celebration sponsored by 93.7 The Dawg. Headlined by country star Steve Azar. Includes fireworks over the river.
West Virginia Hot Dog Festival, July 30, at Pullman Plaza. Sponsored by Clear Channel Communications. Free admission. Features many Tri-State hot dog vendors, antique and modern car show, pet parade, weiner dog races, rides, live entertainment and more. Call 304-525-7788 or visit www.wvhotdogfestival.com.
Huntington Rib & Music Fest, August 11-14 at Harris Riverfront Park, Huntington. Four-day long festival features national recording artists, local and regional entertainment, carnival games and a rib competition with cash and prizes. Call Big Sandy Superstore Arena at 304-696-5970 or visit www.bigsandyarena.com.
Appalachian Music Festival, Sept. 3 at Heritage Farm Museum and Village at 3300 Harvey Road, Huntington. Call 304-522-1244 or go to www.heritagefarmmuseum.com.
Swinefest 2011: "Guyandotte Goes Hollywood," Sept. 8-10, downtown Guyandotte, W.Va. The festival kicks off with a parade featuring Marine Color Guards, Civil War groups, army vehicles, fire trucks and more. Live music on Friday and Saturday, clowns, vendors of arts and crafts, foods and more. Fresh pulled pork served Friday evening and Saturday at noon. For more information, search for "Swinefest Solutions" on facebook.com.
X-Fest, Sept. 11 at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington. Hard rock station WMAX 106.3 FM celebrates with a full day of regional and national hard-core and heavy metal bands. Featuring Theory of a Deadman and Alter Bridge. Call 304-696-5990 or go online at www.x1063.com.
Chilifest, mid-September in downtown Huntington. Annual West Virginia State Chili Championship is sanctioned by the International Chili Society, and the winner of Chilifest represents West Virginia in at the ICS's World's Chili Championship. Chilifest raises money for the Tri-State Ronald McDonald House. Cooks who want to compete can register by logging on to www.chiliwilli.com or stopping by Chili Willi's, 840 4th Ave., and picking up an application. Call Chili Willi's at 304-529-4857.
29th Annual Greek Festival, Sept. 23-25, St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 701 11th Ave., Huntington. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Three days celebrating the rich heritage and tradition of the Orthodox Christian faith and Greek culture. Featuring Greek food and pastries, live Greek band, Greek dance performances, church tours, inflatables for kids and more. Admission and parking are free. Learn more at www.stgeorgehwv.org/festival.
Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society Inc.: Located at 14th Street West at Memorial Boulevard, Huntington. Hours are by appointment only. Operated by the Collis P. Huntington Historical Society. Free admission, donations accepted. Call 304-736-7349.
Heritage Farm Museum and Village: Recreates turn-of-the-century Appalachian life in restored log buildings, including a pioneer village with blacksmith shop, antique shop, church, petting zoo, bed and breakfasts, museums, community room, old school house and more. Guided tours available all year 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday (except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and, in the winter months, weather permitting). Admission: Guided two-hour tour, $8 (ages 13-64); $7 senior (ages 65 and older); and $6 (ages 3-12; age 2 and younger are free). Admission for guided one-hour tour, $6; $5 seniors and children. Admission for Petting Zoo/Nature Walk is $5. Groups of 15 or more qualify for special group rates when making advance reservations. Located at 3350 Harvey Road, Huntington. For more information, call 304-522-1244, or visit www.heritagefarmmuseum.com.
Huntington Museum of Art: Conservatory, silver and portraits, firearm collections, gallery, glass, museum shop and various changing exhibits. Located at 2033 McCoy Road, Huntington. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call 304-529-2701. Go online at www.hmoa.org.
Huntington's Kitchen: Jamie's Kitchen, which was built in downtown Huntington as a set for the unscripted television series "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution," is still open for visitors. Following taping, the show's producers handed the state-of-the-art kitchen over to Ebenezer Medical Outreach. Although the name above the door was changed to "Huntington's Kitchen," its mission remains the same: to teach families how to prepare healthy, quality meals from scratch. It's located on 3rd Avenue in Downtown Huntington, just across the street from Pullman Square.
J Taylor Auto Collection: 14th Street West, Huntington. A growing collection of cars and automobile items, geared toward the car lover. Free admission. Call 304-522-2864 for times.
Madie Carroll House: Located in the historic neighborhood of Guyandotte in Huntington. Tours of the historic house and small regional museum by appointment only. Call 304-522-0325.
Spring Hill Cemetery: Located near the Fairfield West neighborhood of Huntington, this cemetery is the final resting place of many of the victims of the 1970 plane crash that killed 75 Marshall University football players, coaches and fans. It includes a monument to the lost team and the graves of several players who were never identified. Spring Hill is also the final resting place of many Civil War soldiers. Call 304-696-5516 or log onto firstname.lastname@example.org.
Museum of Radio and Technology: Located at 1640 Florence Ave., Huntington. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission by donation. Call 304-525-8890.
Renaissance Art Gallery: This non-profit co-op of Tri-State artists is located at 900 8th St., Huntington. It features various changing exhibits, ongoing art classes and the National Miniature Exhibition each November. Hours are: Tuesday through Saturday 12-4 pm. Sunday, 1-4 pm. 304- 525-3235. For appointments call 304-453-3187.
Pullman Square: Marquee Cinemas' Pullman Square 16, one highlight of the Pullman Square development, offers 16 screens with premium technology. It's located on 3rd Avenue near the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Call 304-525-7469 and go online at www.marqueecinemas.com.
4th Avenue: The Cinema Theatre, 1023 4th Ave., offers deeply discounted, second-run movie showings. For less than half the price of an average movie ticket, you can enjoy blockbuster movies a few weeks after their premiere dates. The theater has found much success with Friday midnight showings of "Rocky Horror Picture Show." Call 304-525-4440 and go online at www.ourshowtimes.com.
Guyan Golf and C.C.
U.S. 60 East, Huntington
Holes: 18, private. Par: 71.
Yardage: Blue 6,446; White 6,062; Gold 5,458; Red 5,347.
Description: Plenty of trees and slick greens. Home of the MU golf program.
Strike Zone Bowling Center
141 Eastern Heights, Huntington
Call 304-733-2695 or visit www.huntingtonbowling.com/default.asp.
626 5th St., Huntington
Kids age 5-18 bowl free from 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays in June, July and August. Free shoes are included.
Pump Up the Fun
6759 Merritts Creek Road, Huntington
Come during open gym time, schedule a party on-site, or rent inflatables for your next event.
Call 304-733-2FUN, or visit http://pumpupthefun.com/cms/mos/Frontpage/Itemid,1/
PULLMAN SQUARE, 3rd Avenue, www.pullman-square.com: The burgeoning $60 million entertainment complex opened in November 2004 and features the bookstore Empire Books & News, which boasts more than 6,000 different magazine titles. Video games are available at the complex's Game Stop. Pullman Square also has a Merle Norman cosmetics store, and upscale ladies' boutiques Runway Couture, Heels, Inspired and Chico's. The center also has a 16-screen, stadium-style movie theater, Starbucks and more.
DOWNTOWN HUNTINGTON: Around Marshall University's campus in the heart of Huntington, many stores offer a wide variety of wares. Downtown provides men's clothing stores like Wright's and a variety of women's clothing boutiques such as The Village Collection, 900 4th Ave., 304-525-2204, which boasts more than 34 years in business. Department store Mack and Dave's, 1010 3rd Ave., Huntington, 304-697-4211, www.mackanddaves.com, has operated in downtown for more than 50 years and provides furniture, jewelry, electronics and a variety of other goods. Downtown specialty stores include children's apparel store CityKids, 948 4th Ave., 304-525-2511, and Funky Friends at 308 9th St., 304-522-2202. Pet Palace, at 4th Avenue and 9th Street, offers pet supplies, clothing, fresh-baked treats and some small pets.
DOWNTOWN HUNTINGTON: Glenn's Sporting Goods and Dan's Sport Shop offer all the Marshall University licensed wear you can carry, plus a ton of sports gear. One of the newest downtown stores is Sally Weiler Designs Room 2 Create, located in Capital Centre Huntington, at the corner of 4th Avenue and 8th Street. The interior designer opened the store for shoppers to pick up unique, stylish items for the home. Mug and Pia, located across from Pullman Square, specializes in gifts for any occasion and paper products including stationery, invitations and cards. The name is an acronym for "Most Unique Gifts and Paper Items Around." Call 304-525-7880. Kim Sarka Lake, the owner of Mug and Pia, also just opened kitchenware store Simply Whisk, at the corner of 4th Avenue and 9th Street. Just a few blocks west, Workingman's Store offers a variety of clothing from casual dressy to rough-and-ready work clothes, also offering men's expanded sizes. It's located at 140 5th Ave.
HERITAGE STATION: Home to the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau, Heritage Station, located at Veterans Memorial and 11th St. (across from the entrance to Harris Riverfront Park), is growing with unique retailers, restaurants and local artisans. The Jameson Cigar Company opened a cigar and coffee shop this spring. Another new store is Bottle & Wedge, which sells specialty beers and cheeses. Other recently announced tenants include Sadler & Smith (furniture restoration), Event Solutions, River and Rail Bakery, Present Blessings, and Morrison Studios (photography and videography). Existing businesses there include Adell's Antiques, All About You Hair & Nail, Bodyworks Spa and Gallery, Crumpets and Tea, Custom Framing by Jenks, Eve Inc., the Red Caboose and Sweet. The Greater Huntington Parks and Recreation District is spearheading a plan to turn the historic Heritage Station into an artisan retail center where local residents and guests can shop locally owned galleries and boutiques and be entertained by local artists and performers.
MOTORCYCLE RETAIL: Charlie's Harley-Davidson, 408 4th St., www.charlieshd.com, 304-523-1340, is a 66,000-square-foot Harley-Davidson dealership complete with a retail store and diner. Charlie's Harley-Davidson also maintains a shop at the Ashland Town Center Mall.
OLD CENTRAL CITY ANTIQUE DISTRICT, 14th St. W., Huntington, www.oldcentralcity.com. This street in Huntington is home to many antique stores. These include Central City Antique Mall, Antique Center Inc., Hattie and Nan's Antiques and several more.
Description: Casual dining billed as your "Neighborhood Bar and Grill."
Address: 1135 3rd Ave.
On the Web: www.applebees.com
Description: Home of "31 Flavors," this ice-cream shop's menu has expanded to include smoothies, frozen coffee drinks, milkshakes, ice cream cakes and more, along with the tried-and-true, hand-dipped flavors.
Address: 1598 Washington Blvd.
Description: This is the second location for Benny's, which was founded in Dublin, Ohio, by Jin Hyun. Authentic cheesesteaks served on scratch-made rolls.
Address: 289 9th St., Pullman Square
Buddy's All-American BBQ
Description: Bring the wet wipes when you visit this restaurant, which prides itself on serving wings smothered in sauce, barbecue sandwiches and ice-cold beer.
Address: 1537 3rd Ave.
On the Web: www.wvbbq.com
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Description: In addition to chicken wings and ribs, this eatery offers a wide array of sports broadcasts, full-service bar and video trivia games.
Specialties: Buffalo, N.Y.-style chicken wings.
Address: 746 4th Ave.
On the Web: www.buffalowildwings.com
Description: Pulled pork and beef sandwiches, spareribs, hot dogs and more.
Address: 833 6th Ave., Huntington
Phone number: 304-730-3763
Central City Cafe
Description: Located in the heart of the city's antiques district, this eatery offers a variety of soups and sandwiches with decor displaying Huntington's history.
Address: 529 14th St. W.
On the Web: www.oldcentralcity.com
Description: 1950s-style diner surrounded by Harley-Davidson memorabilia.
Address: 408 4th St.
On the Web: www.charlieshd.com
Description: A favorite of the Tri-State for more than 20 years, this restaurant offers Tex-Mex at its finest with a flair for detail and fresh ingredients.
Address: 1315 4th Ave.
On the Web: www.chiliwillis.com
China Garden Buffet
Description: This authentic Chinese eatery offers a cozy dining atmosphere filled with scents from the buffet, which is full of hot entrees, rice and soups. Buffet is available for carryout.
Address: 804 6th Ave.
Club 21 at the Frederick
Description: Italian, Asian, Greek and American, plus a with a full wine list and the option of a three-course meal. Finish off with raspberry or chocolate souffle. Open 5 p.m. to 9 or 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Sometimes open to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations accepted, but not required.
Address: 940 4th Ave., Huntington
On the Web: www.21frederick.com/
Description: A restaurant and pub offering food at lunchtime only (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), close to Marshall's football stadium. A bonus: There is also an attached laundry mat, so you can wash your duds, down some suds, and have a sandwich to boot.
Specialties: Ham and cheese sandwiches, steak sandwiches, chili and spaghetti on select days
Address: 212 20th St.
Coach Bobby Pruett's Steak House
Description: Named after the former Marshall University football coach, this restaurant offers a variety of meat, pasta and seafood entrees in an atmosphere flavored with Thundering Herd memorabilia.
Address: 1001 3rd Ave. (inside the Radisson Hotel)
On the Web: www.bobbypruettssteakhouse.com
Cold Stone Creamery
Description: The store features 18 flavors of ice cream, to which patrons can add a variety of mix-ins for a distinct creation. Employees do the mixing on a granite stone while patrons watch.
Address: 10 Pullman Square
On the Web: www.coldstonecreamery.com
Crumpets & Tea
Description: Afternoon tea, light lunches, formal dining. Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Available for special arrangements.
Address: Heritage Village, 210 11th St., Suite 2
Phone: 304-522-1112 or 304-634-1064
Description: With more than 70 menu items, you'll think you've just walked off the streets of New York City when you visit this Italian snack shop.
Address: 1206 4th Ave.
On the Web: www.daniellos.2ya.com
Description: Mexican favorites like quesadillas, fajitas and burritos, and signature items like Authentic Chiles Rellenos.
Address: 1325 Hal Greer Blvd.
Description: Located near the Marshall University campus, Fat Patty's offers casual dining and a menu with 12 specialty burgers.
Address: 1935 3rd Ave.
On the Web: www.fatpattysonline.com
Five Guys Burgers & Fries
Description: The name says it all -- this casual dining restaurant prides itself on offering the highest quality burgers.
Address: 900 3rd Ave., Pullman Square
On the Web: www.fiveguys.com
Description: This "experimental" restaurant has turned into a big hit, combining the 24-hour breakfast menu of Flapjacks with the authentic Mexican fare of Tenampa. This is where your go when you get a midnight craving for burritos and waffles. Carryout is also available.
Address: 3rd Avenue and 15th Street, Huntington
Description: Cold legal beverages, video games, skee-ball, 13 televisions and some darn good food.
Address: 2501 5th Ave.
On the Web: www.ginospizza.com
Description: This fun pub just across the street from Marshall stadium is a popular hangout on game day and all year-round. Also offers delivery.
Address: 2002 3rd Ave., across from the Marshall football stadium
On the Web: www.giovannishuntington.com
Happy Dragon Chinese Restaurant
Description: Buffet always available as well as menu items; carryout and call-ahead orders available.
Address: 1238 4th Ave.
Hibachi Japanese Steak House
Description: Watch skilled chefs cook an authentic Japanese meal at your table.
Address: 839 4th Ave.
Description: A West Virginia original -- a fanciful experience that pokes fun at Appalachian stereotypes while serving up some gourmet hot dogs with emphasis on great service and hospitality.
Address: 1501 3rd Ave., Huntington; 6591 Ohio River Road, Lesage, W.Va., and franchises in Culloden, W.Va., and Chesapeake, Ohio.
On the Web: www.hillbillyhotdogs.com
Description: Stop by for a sandwich or boxed lunch to go, or try some of the homestyle sides and desserts.
Address: 4341 Rt. 60 E. #3500
On the Web: www.honeybakedham.com.
Description: Upscale casual dining that incorporates mainly locally derived ingredients. Open for lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; dinner 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.
Address: 910 4th Ave.
Description: Pizza lovers will enjoy this Italian eatery, which also offers a variety of hot wings, subs and calzones.
Address: 335 Hal Greer Blvd.
On the Web: www.hussonspizza.com
Jim's Steak & Spaghetti House
Description: A Huntington favorite for more than 70 years. Enjoy homemade spaghetti and top-notch service while sitting in booths that are lined with autographed pictures of celebrities and entertainers who have visited the restaurant. Don't forget to ask about the day's selection of homemade pies.
Address: 920 5th Ave.
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich Shop
Description: Need lunch, stat? Head to Jimmy John's for a variety of fresh sandwiches, promised to be made in 30 seconds or less.
Address: 1418 4th Ave.
On the Web: www.jimmyjohns.com
Jewel City Seafood
Description: Part fresh seafood market, part sit-down restaurant, Jewel City lets you take home the catch of the day and cook it your way, or order it custom-cooked for you, along with down-home sides.
Address: 1317 4th Ave.
On the Web: www.jewelcityseafood.com
Marshall Hall of Fame Cafe
Description: Soak up the rich history of Marshall athletics while you enjoy your meal.
Address: 857 3rd Ave.
On the Web: www.halloffamecafes.com
Max & Erma's
Description: Casual American cuisine for lunch and dinner
Address: 26 Pullman Square, Suite 223
On the Web: www.maxandermas.com
Mediterranean Market and Kabobs
Description: Specializes in Morrocan, Greek and Turkish food, as well as Halal meats, which are prepared in accordance to Islamic law and may be ordered ahead in bulk.
Address: 1117 4th Ave., Huntington.
Nawab Indian Cuisine
Description: Enjoy authentic Indian cuisine in this peaceful setting.
Address: 600 4th Ave.
On the Web: www.nawabonline.com
New York Bagel Cafe and Deli
Description: The shop sells New York bagels of various kinds, along with breakfast sandwiches, deli sandwiches with Boars Head meats, salads, many types of soups, pastries and more.
Address: 944 4th Ave.
Description: Need a quick lunch, but want something healthy? Check out the Pita Pit for a variety of fresh, healthy sandwich selections, all rolled into a pita.
Address: 1216 4th Ave.
On the Web: www.pitapitusa.com
Description: Any seafood lover will be delighted at this internationally known chain. The restaurant includes a fully stocked bar and moderate wine list.
Address: 200 10th St.
On the Web: www.redlobster.com
Description: Authentic Mexican food served in an authentic Mexican atmosphere.
Address: 914 4th Ave., and a second location at 2595 5th Ave.
Phone: 304-522-3010, 304-522-2300
Rocco's Little Italy
Description: A smaller version of the well-known Rocco's Ristorante is Ceredo that accommodates a busy lunchtime crowd.
Address: 1345 4th Ave.
On the Web: www.roccoslittleitaly.com
Description: You'll find fine-dining at its best at this destination restaurant located in a remodeled house built in 1903. Reservations suggested.
Address: 1208 6th Ave.
On the Web: www.savannahsmenu.com
Description: With more than 500 locations across the country, this chain prides itself in its variety of sandwiches served on sourdough bread.
Address: 844 4th Ave.
On the Web: www.schlotzskys.com
Schooner's Waterfront Grille
Description: Dine in a floating restaurant moored on the Ohio River; or, May through September, take a dinner cruise on the sternwheeler The Mark Twain.
Location: On Buffington Street at the Adams Landing Marina in the historic Guyandotte neighborhood of Huntington
Phone: Restaurant, 304-529-FOOD (3663); boat, 304-781-BOAT (2628).
On the Web: www.schoonerswv.com
Sharkey's Fins Cafe
Description: Enjoy gourmet pizzas and a selection of appetizers in a fun environment that is home to sports telecasts, trivia and live music on most weekends.
Address: 410 10th St.
Description: This chain offers down-home southern cooking with a daily buffet.
Address: 1700 Washington Ave.
On the Web: www.shoneys.com
Taste of Asia
Description: Japanese steak house and grill Specialties: Take your pick of Thai, Japanese or Chinese cuisine
Address: 821 3rd Ave.
On the Web: www.tasteofasiahibachi.com
Thai House Restaurant
Description: Authentic Thai food
Specialties: All the dishes you'd expect at a Thai restaurant, with spice levels ranging from mild to spicy
Address: 912 3rd Ave., Pullman Square
Third and Ninth
Description: New York-style deli and gourmet food market.
Specialties: Reuben, corned beef, pastrami and Cuban sandwiches and more; Jeni's ice cream in the freezer.
Address: 905 3rd Ave., Huntington
Uno's Chicago Grill
Description: Chicago-style pizza and a variety of other entrees and grill items
Address: 279 9th Ave., Pullman Square
On the Web: www.unos.com
Vic's Ivy Cuisine
Description: Enjoy a variety of flavorful soups and salads in this quaint restaurant with a bright, artistic flair. The restaurant also offers catering for a variety of events.
Address: 412 9th St.
Description: Authentic Mexican cuisine
Address: 1360 14th St.; a second location, called El Tenampa, in Kenova, W.Va.
West Virginia Rib Station
Description: Ribs and other meats cooked all day in a smoker with combinations of cherry, apple and oak woods
Address: 210 11th St., Huntington
Phone: 304-697-RIBS (7427)