HUNTINGTON — You can now get a taste of Louisiana cooking in Huntington. A new Cajun restaurant named Gumbo Stop Cafe recently opened in Heritage Station. The small cafe features a daily rotating assortment of po’boys, jambalaya and, of course, gumbo.

HUNTINGTON — In 2015, Jason Webb started his own food truck called Southside Sliders and began serving small burgers with big flavors. After becoming the new owner of G.D. Ritzy’s on Hal Greer Boulevard, Webb is hitting the road with a second truck called Southside Scoops, an ice cream truck…

HUNTINGTON — Black Sheep Burritos & Brews first opened its doors in 2011 at Hal Greer Boulevard and 3rd Avenue across from Marshall University. The restaurant’s eclectic atmosphere and unique fusion menu made it a rapid success with students and foodies alike.

HUNTINGTON — The road to starting a business can be a long one, but for The Stelli Delicatessen owners Stella and Seth Levy, it was longer than most thanks to the COVID-19 crisis. The restaurant was originally supposed to open in spring 2020, but the decision was made to delay the opening fo…

HURRICANE, W.Va. — Established in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, in 1995, The Pita Pit is a chain that’s grown quite a following in the United States, particularly among college kids looking to get a quick bite to eat and people looking for healthier options. A new location opened in Hurricane, …

HUNTINGTON — For some truly massive taters, take a look at Spudz Potatoes on 4th Avenue. The new restaurant specializes in a variety of loaded baked potatoes including a Steak and Broccoli Potato, a Chili Potato and a Spinach and Artichoke Potato. The restaurant also sells a small selection …

HURRICANE, W.Va. — A small bakery with a big down-home charm, The Old Mill Bakery has been serving up cookies, cinnamon rolls, pepperoni rolls and scones in Hurricane, West Virginia, for two years. The bakery is the brainchild of Lynn Bright, the self-described owner/baker/dishwasher/vacuum …

HURRICANE, W.Va. — Located near the Teays Valley exit of Interstate 64 in Hurricane, West Virginia, Area 34 is a meeting space that’s home of the Putnam Chamber of Commerce, the Putnam County Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and the Putnam County Solid Waste Authority. It’s also home of…

HUNTINGTON — First opening its doors at Heritage Station in 2014, Butter It Up was initially established for a niche audience of health food aficionados and people with special dietary needs. The small restaurant slowly developed a reputation for having some of the best coffee in town.

HURRICANE, W.Va. — You might say that baking is a family affair for Ryan Grubbs, the owner of Sweet Mama’s Bakery in Hurricane, West Virginia. The name is an homage to the fact that her mother taught her how to bake. Every day the small bakery offers a variety of cupcakes, cookies, macarons,…

BARBOURSVILLE — Fat Patty’s was founded in 2007 by local restaurateur Clint Artrip. The family pub quickly developed a loyal following due to its variety of burgers. A second location in Barboursville followed in 2011 and then two more locations in Ashland and Teays Valley.

HAMLIN, W.Va. — Like the cavemen of old, Hamlin’s prehistoric-themed Carnivore BBQ has managed to survive multiple extinction level events. The restaurant celebrated its first year in Hamlin on Feb. 28. Much like the restaurant’s mascot caveman named Kenny, the restaurant is a survivor.

HURRICANE, W.Va. — In 2002, Sylvia Tang opened the first Taste of Asia restaurant in Charleston. The restaurant would prove popular enough that a second would open in Teays Valley in 2006 and a third would open in downtown Huntington near Pullman Square in 2008. Although Tang would eventuall…

HUNTINGTON — This Friday marks Chinese New Year, and 2021 will be The Year of the Ox, which symbolizes strength and determination. Feasting is, of course, a tradition associated with the holiday so now may be the perfect time for some takeout.

HUNTINGTON — Since 2011, Roosters has been a staple of Pullman Square and one of downtown Huntington’s most popular sports bars. Part of a regional chain with locations in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia, Roosters is a self-described “fun, casual, joint.” The chain was founded in 1988 by Bo…

BARBOURSVILLE — First opening its doors in 2015, Fratelli’s Italian Restaurant takes its name from the Italian word for brothers. It is owned and operated by Francisco Ortiz, whose family owns several restaurants in the Tri-State including Tuscany Italian Restaurant in Gallipolis, Ohio, and …

HUNTINGTON — First opening in 2015 as a side business of Le Bistro, The Cellar Door has traditionally been a spot for private parties and holiday celebrations. After closing down for several months following the retirement of founder Pam Abraham, The Cellar Door reopened alongside Le Bistro …

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A small South Charleston bakery received some national attention earlier this year when food blog Mashed.com named Sokolata the best bakery in West Virginia as part of its “Best Bakery in Every State” list.

HUNTINGTON — If you’re looking for some southern flavor in Huntington, Soul Food Twist is a new option. This small soul-food takeout on 12th Street in Huntington serves a variety down-home inspired meals from meatloaf to barbecue ribs to seafood. The new restaurant was opened Sept. 19 by Joa…

Savannah's has reopened under new ownership as longtime employee Tara Dunn has taken the reins and rebranded it Savannah's Bistro. The restaurant continues to have an extensive wine list as well as offering catering and a special Sunday brunch menu.

HUNTINGTON — There’s a new restaurant offering a mix of Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes along 10th Street behind the Doubletree by Hilton in Huntington. East Flavor brings a variety of new dishes to the area, including Donburi (meat and rice bowls), Dry Pot and a mix of authentic Szechuan …

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. — If you’re looking for something different, there’s a new restaurant in St. Albans, West Virginia, that serves up an assortment of Lebanese, Greek and Italian dishes. Mediterranean Breeze offers a variety of dishes including Shawarma, shish kebab, wood-fired pizzas, Greek …

HURRICANE, W.Va. — It’s been a tough year for all of us, but a new restaurant in Hurricane, West Virginia, is looking to rake in the dough. The Belknap Dough Company is a new pizza joint in Hurricane that serves up authentic Neapolitan pizza prepared in a wood-fired oven.

Westmoreland Pizza 3.14 (pronounced “Pizza Pi”) is serving up pizzas made from hand-tossed dough as well as hoagies, salads, pasta and housemade pepperoni rolls called Pizza Dunkers. The restaurant opened Sept. 14.

There’s a new food truck making the rounds in Barboursville. Co-owned by Kae Bradley and Hanh Nguyen, Bite Mi Asian Street Food serves up a variety of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese including pork buns, pad thai, fried rice and spring rolls. The new truck officially opened Aug. 29.

CHARLESTON — A new challenger has stepped into the ring! Hailing from Charleston and weighing in at a third of a pound of beef, cheese, ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, bacon, avocado on Texas toast comes The Lariat — one of a variety of burgers served at Charleston’s Squared Circle Burgers.

ASHLAND — Over the years, the corner of Greenup Avenue and 15th Street has been home to a number of restaurants, including Katie’s Corner Cafe, The Lamp Post and Alma’s Italian. It’s now the home of The Mill Cafe & Bakery, which offers a daily rotating selection of cookies, danishes, cre…

ASHLAND — Named for founder Chuck Whitman, Whit’s Frozen Custard was established in Granville, Ohio, in 2003. Today, the regional chain has more than 50 locations in nine states. One of the newest franchises opened in Ashland this summer. Each day, the shop serves up the cool, creamy dessert…

HUNTINGTON — First opening in 2012, Le Bistro is a French-inspired restaurant offering an elegant dining experience and one of the best wine selections in town. The business was expanded in 2015 to add The Cellar Door, a separate bar and tapas room.

ASHLAND — Two years ago, William Bare expanded on his Bare Arms Indoor Range & Training Center with the addition of a restaurant. His first eatery, Bombshells Burgers & BBQ, opened in Huntington in June 2018. Now, Bare has opened a second restaurant in Ashland named Bombshells & Ales.

HUNTINGTON — In addition to serving some of Huntington’s best burgers, The Peddler is an unlikely symbol of resilience in the local restaurant scene. First opened on 4th Avenue in 2014 by Drew Hetzer (who also owns The Backyard), it was forced to close two and a half months later after the r…

BARBOURSVILLE — In 2018, Antonio and Brienna Vargas opened Monte Alban in the Eastern Heights shopping center. The restaurant moved to the River Place Courtyard in November 2019. The new location was formerly the home of Gringos & Botanas. The restaurant offers a variety of traditional M…

HUNTINGTON — Formerly located at Heritage Station, Sip Downtown Brasserie has moved to a new home along 9th Street that includes an expanded dining area and a party room for private gatherings.

HUNTINGTON — If you like sandwiches, hot dogs and cupcakes, there’s a new restaurant on 9th Street you might want to flock to. Located in the former home of Vic’s Ivy Cuisine, the new restaurant has a beach theme with pictures of pelicans and flamingos. Owner Jacki Shaffer chose the cafe’s n…

HUNTINGTON — The process of opening a new business has many logistical challenges, but for Jin Lin, the owner of Huntington’s newest restaurant, the COVID-19 crisis hit shortly before she and her family had scheduled to open.

First established in 1939, The Midway Drive-In West has remained open through several historic events, so it's not surprising the restaurant is resiliently continuing to serve the community though the COVID-19 crisis.

HUNTINGTON — With the state under a stay-home order and the future uncertain, restaurants are now looked upon as an essential service. Most are shifting to carry-out only format, but one classic area restaurant is returning to the days of the car-hop.

CROSS LANES, W.Va. — A butcher shop in Cross Lanes seems to be an unlikely place to be greeted by the voice of Bob Marley, but owner Ron Cole wears his love of reggae music on his sleeve. It’s also an unlikely place to find a great pizza, but the WV Brick Oven Bistro offers just that.

HUNTINGTON — Started in 2015, The Den By Denny’s is a chain of fast casual restaurants spun off of the Denny’s diner chain. Aimed directly at college kids, the restaurants offer traditional Denny’s fare like The Grand Slam Breakfast.

HUNTINGTON — The food court at the Marshall University Memorial Student Center wasn’t the only campus dining establishment to get a makeover. The 2019-20 school year saw the debut of three restaurants at the new Towers Marketplace: Mein Bowl, The Den By Denny’s and 1837 Fresh Food Market. Th…

HUNTINGTON — While the Marshall Hall of Fame Cafe is dedicated to Marshall University’s collegiate athletics, this Sunday is all about the biggest game of the year when the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs face off at Super Bowl LIV.

HUNTINGTON — A little sports bar is gearing up for the biggest game of the year. Bar None recently opened at 14th Street and 4th Avenue in Huntington. Owner Jason Lea is hoping that a focus on soccer and other lesser-covered sports as well as a sense of community will help the bar make a nam…

Just on the edge of Huntington and Lavalette is a small dessert shop with a lip-smacking variety of cupcakes, cookies, ice cream and other delights. There’s also savory treats like pepperoni rolls and lunch specials on weekdays. Sweet Street was founded by owner/operator Cheryl Maynard.

HUNTINGTON — The name Veterans Pizza has a double meaning. While owner Michael Skaggs is a proud Marine Corps veteran, he’s also a veteran of the local restaurant scene and previously owned a pizzeria called Mike’s Pizza Depot in New Boston, Ohio. Located next to Camden Corner in Westmorelan…

BARBOURSVILLE — It was three years ago when husband and wife Dave and Trish Stewart hit the road with their first food truck, The Sideline Grille. A year later, they started their second food truck with The Twisted Taco. Now both menus have been combined in one brick-and-mortar location at T…

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