Lobster Trappn food truck opens a new restaurant in Hurricane
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by Steven Keith
5d ago
The popular Lobster TrappN food truck has now opened a new brick-and-mortar location in Hurricane at the original of Bridge Café & Bistro at 44 Midland Trail in Hurricane. Called The Trapp – which stands for Transforming and Reinventing Abilities into Praise and Prosperity – the new seafood-based restaurant is the brainchild of Lawrence Charles, better known as “Chef LB,” who got his start in the business by once cooking and serving food from his aunt’s back porch back in the day. Since then, he’s built a successful food truck that has gained an army of supporters while ..read more
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Will back-to-back nominations lead to a James Beard win?
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by Steven Keith
2w ago
Will the second time be a culinary charm for Charleston’s own Chef Paul Smith? The chef and co-owner of 1010 Bridge Restaurant, The Pitch and Ellen’s Ice Cream has once again been selected as a finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s prestigious “Best Chef: Southeast” award, making him one of the top 5 chefs honored in a region that includes Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. For those of you scoring at home, that puts him in the company of top chefs and restaurants from such culinary hotspots as Atlanta, Charlotte, Asheville, Nashvi ..read more
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New "Boat Bites" riverside food truck caters to hungry boaters
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by Steven Keith
3w ago
There’s a new food truck in town, but you won’t find it roaming the streets of Charleston or parked at your favorite summer festival. This one is anchored along the Kanawha River. Boat Bites food truck at Trojan Landing – the boat dealer and marina near the Patrick Street Bridge where my beloved Barge Restaurant was once moored – opened this past weekend serving no-frills food exclusively for boaters and store customers. Operated by Heather Hardman, who helps run the adjacent boat shop along with her husband, Boat Bites offers a selection of entrees including hamburgers, cheesebu ..read more
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Savoring the best of the rest at Charley West BBQ Fest
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by Steven Keith
1M ago
Amidst all of the fun activities in downtown Charleston this past weekend – and there were SO, SO many – was a tangy and tasty one near and dear to my heart. Or should I say tummy? I was once again honored to serve as a judge at the annual Charley West BBQ Fest, which filled a few blocks of Laidley Street next to Slack Plaza on Saturday afternoon as world-class bikers raced through the streets of downtown as part of the USA Cycling Pro Road National Championships held here. After blind-tasting boxes full of ribs, pulled pork, sauces and more, my fellow gang of judges and I for the Comp ..read more
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Breath of fresh air: restaurant reopening, another expanding!
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by Steven Keith
1M ago
Let’s take a break from all of these depressing restaurant closings of late to talk about one that’s coming back, albeit a small spot. Just two months after closing its doors on March 9, the Pita Pit of Hurricane has reopened under new ownership – and they’re bringing their Sam’s Hot Dog menu back as well. The restaurant just off I-64 and Hurricane Creek Road held a soft opening this past Saturday and teased an upcoming “Grand Reopening Extravaganza” featuring food deals, giveaways and fun activities. “We can't wait to welcome you back and share our passion for delicious, health ..read more
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Rash of recent restaurant closings is no real cause for alarm
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by Steven Keith
1M ago
With the closing of two more longtime local restaurants this past week (more on that in a minute) I can’t tell you how many calls and emails I’ve fielded from readers asking – many in a panicky voice – what in the world is happening in Charleston to cause all of this? It’s as if a simple explanation would put their minds at ease, or at least help them make sense of the losses. And in my opinion, there really is a simple explanation: The restaurant business is brutal, y’all, and it has only gotten more difficult since COVID. Food and supply costs have skyrocketed, good help is hard to ..read more
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The Pitch scores with new menu items and dinner specials
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by Steven Keith
2M ago
After being forced to briefly close after this month’s double-whammy of severe storms, The Pitch of WV has not only reopened – but with a new menu, new weekly dinner specials and the return of a popular pizza. I recently stopped by to try a few of the new items and was immediately reminded why I dig this place so much. Reminded, but not surprised. I mean, how many sports bars do you know that are led by a two-time James Beard Finalist chef? Paul Smith’s partnership in that popular pub at Shawnee Sports Complex between Dunbar and Institute continues to pay delicious dividends. On ..read more
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New Phat Daddy's opens, Corner Kitchen closes to the public
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by Steven Keith
2M ago
Phat Daddy’s on Da Track is back – and with a new breakfast menu, to boot! After a short closure to move from an open-air barbecue joint to a brick-and-mortar building across town, Phat Daddy’s on Da Tracks has reopened in its new location along 6th Avenue on Charleston’s West Side. In addition to the restaurant’s already popular barbecue ribs, brisket, pork and chicken – which you can get on sandwiches, bowls and platters, along with fried fish, salmon cakes, shrimp and steak with hearty sides – they’re also now open early Monday-Saturday offering an all-new breakfast menu ..read more
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New Larobi’s opens at old Dairy Winkle in Campbells Creek
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by Steven Keith
2M ago
A new Larobi’s Pizza has opened in Campbells Creek at the site of the former beloved Dairy Winkle that was damaged by a fire there in January of 2023. After initially raising money to help repair and reopen Dairy Winkle, owner Kerry “Paco” Ellison decided late last year to sell the 10-year-plus business instead. Larobi’s owner James “Junior” Gilpen swiped it up and spent several months significantly rebuilding and renovating the space, which only consisted of four walls and a floor when they took possession of it. In addition to a new layout and décor, there’s also a completely new ki ..read more
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Kita Modern Japanese jumps on the mocktail trend
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by Steven Keith
2M ago
First it was craft pizza, then came craft beer. Both culinary trends took the country by storm years ago and never looked back. Fancy cocktails have enjoyed a similar trajectory in recent years, popping up everywhere from swanky steakhouses and boujee bistros to your local sports bar and grill. What more, their explosion in popularity helped usher in a whole new appreciation of creative libation combinations. Fruity and fabulous, spicy and seductive, tart and herbaceous, savory and sweet. You can sip those combinations and more at many places now – in all their tajin-rimmed, lychee-ki ..read more
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