Whether you're looking for a quick bite to eat or a catering service Lori and Roger Coffee have got you covered. The married owners of L&R Custom Catering spun off a small barbecue stand on Mount Vernon Road in Putnam County before moving near Hurricane's Waves of Fun water park in 2010, then in 2015 the restaurant moved to its current location on Teays Valley Road.
"I would say I serve a 'mixed style' barbecue. I moved here from Texas, before that I lived in Oklahoma, I've been to Memphis, and I was raised in California. So I took what I learned in all of those places, mixed them all together and kept what worked," Roger Coffee said. "We smoke our pork for a minimum six hours. Brisket takes eight to 12 hours depending on the size of the cut of meat. We have a rub that we put on everything. We have a sauce that we ship in that's not available anywhere else east of the Mississippi."
You can stop in and enjoy a pulled pork sandwich ($5.95 small, $6.96 large), chicken ($5.95 small, $6.95 large), or beef brisket ($7.25 small, $8.25 large). There are also combos featuring a choice of meat and two sides such as coleslaw, baked beans, potato salad, macaroni & cheese, or green beans.
If you're in the market for a quick lunch you can grab the "WV Special" featuring two hot dogs with mustard, onions, slaw and sauce plus chips and a drink for $5.95. The menu also includes spare ribs, wings, and salads. Bread pudding is a signature dessert. They have a family take-out special featuring one pound of pork, four kaiser rolls, a 16 oz serving of slaw, and a 16 oz side of your choice for $21.98.
An army veteran, Roger Coffee has a wall of medals, patches, plus other pieces of military and law enforcement memorabilia.
"I've been collecting military memorabilia since 1980 because I was in the military. We've had items donated by 80 different veterans," Coffee said. "I have things from World War I throughout today. We want to honor any and all veterans."
The Coffees also offer a full catering menu. In addition to all of their barbecue, catering options include country ham, baked steak, home style meatloaf, and southern fried chicken. They can also do Italian dishes such as angel hair pasta, chicken alfredo and lasagna.
"Right now we're booked up on catering through Christmas. The amount of time ahead depends on the crowd size and the menu. The more notice the better. We have some customers that use us every year," Coffee said.
L&R BBQ is located at 3380 Teays Valley Road in Hurricane. It is open from 10:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 10:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Cash, check, and all major credit cards are accepted. For carry-out order or catering call 304-757-0707. You can follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wvbbq/.
NAME: L&R BBQ
TYPE OF FOOD: Barbecue, catering
ADDRESS: 3380 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, WV
HOURS: 10:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday
PAYMENTS ACCEPTED: Cash, check and all major credit cards