Saturday, September 14, 2019

Sissonville Edition: Bargains & Brews

Bargains & brews

There's a coffee shop slash thrift shop in Sissonville called Bargains & Brews.

Bargains & brewsThe entire shop is dedicated to clothes and other goods.

Bargains & brewsExcept the front counter, which makes coffee drinks.

Bargains & brewsI went for a frozen caramel coffee - because it's me - and took a look around.

Bargains & brewsHave you been here before?

Barboursville Edition: China Max Asian Cuisine

China Max

The Barboursville Mall has a variety of options in the food court, one of which is China Max Asian Cuisine.

China MaxThe food court spot has standard Americanized Chinese food offerings: sweet & sour chicken, General Tso's chicken, lo mein, crab rangoons, etc.

China MaxYou can get a few different offerings (up to three) over steamed rice, fried rice or lo mein.

China MaxI went with General Tso's chicken, as well as sweet & sour chicken.

China MaxWhich is your favorite combo?

China Max Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, September 13, 2019

Cross Lanes Edition: Los Primos Mexican Restaurant

Los Primos

Los Primos in Cross Lanes has a "Taco Box" promotion, and it didn't take long for me to realize I needed it in my life.

Los PrimosWhen my friend Kaitlynn was in town, we made a trip to Cross Lanes for dinner.

Los PrimosThe Taco Box comes with 16 tacos, three dips, and chips.

Los PrimosSalsa, queso and "mario dip," which has herbs, onions and meat.

Los PrimosThis may be a bit much for three people, but we definitely put a dent in it.

Barboursville Edition: Cosimos Pizza

Cosimo’s Pizza

The Barboursville Mall is full of food options, from Chick-fil-A to rolled ice cream.

Cosimo’s PizzaI recently went to do some shopping, and while there, I grabbed a bite to eat.

Cosimo’s PizzaCosimos Pizza is a pizza shop that has a number of pizzas available, as well as baked rolls, salads, pasta, and subs.

Cosimo’s PizzaI ordered a pepperoni roll and a side of pasta salad. It hit the spot. The pepperoni roll had a nice crisp crust on the bottom with tons of oozing cheese. A side of marinara for dipping. And, pasta salad is always one of my favorites.

Cosimo's Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Nitro Edition: Cali Tacos

Cali tacos

Local favorite Cali Tacos moved to Nitro recently, so I figured that would be a good time to revisit.

Cali tacosPreviously, I visited when they were in St. Albans, so I was excited to try it again.

Cali tacosMy friend Tom and I looked over the menu as we snacked on chips and salsa.

Cali tacosAnd, we ordered a side of queso because you have to have queso.

Cali tacosAnd, we also ordered some Mexican Street Corn - which was more citrusy than I've had before.

Cali tacosFor my entree, I went with the Santa Cruz Quesadilla, which was filled with shrimp, lump crab meat, bell peppers, onions and tomatoes. Plus sides of rice and a small salad.

Cali tacosTom went with this gigantic burrito covered in queso - which looked delicious.

Cali tacosWhat's your favorite thing here?

Elm Grove Edition: Patsy's Pizza

Patsys Pizza

Perhaps the most popular DiCarlo's location is no longer a DiCarlo's.

Patsys PizzaThe Elm Grove DiCarlo's is now named Patsy's Pizza, to pay homage to the longtime owner.

Patsys PizzaIt's the same pizza - just a new name.

Patsys PizzaAnd, I do think it's one of the best (second only to Wellsburg's). It's old school - call in to place your order and get a ticket number, then when you go, you will still wait a while til your ticket is called. No checks or cards. Just pizza. But the best pizza you'll ever taste.

Patsys Pizza

Patsy’s Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Barboursville Edition: Hibachi Master

Hibachi Master

The Barboursville Mall is one of my favorites - not only because they have an Old Navy, but they have a lot of options in the Food Court that are more local.

Hibachi MasterOne I've tried recently is Hibachi Master, which is made-to-order hibachi food. I went with teriyaki chicken, which came with vegetables and fried rice. Yum! Have you been?

Hibachi Master Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Charleston Edition: Melange Cafe

Melange CafeMelange Cafe is a unique restaurant offering coffee and tacos - what a great combination.

Melange Cafe

The cafe grew out of their Atlas Building location and opened a new spot at 700 Virginia Street East. The Atlas location is currently closed, but I believe the intention is to open it back up as a grab & go option.

Melange CafeThe new space is large with tons of windows and natural light, so it becomes inviting.

Melange CafeLooking over the menu, I was tempted by the waffles but ultimately decided on a taco combo.

Melange CafeI went with one steak and one pork taco, a side of Spanish rice and 2 mini muffins.

Melange CafeThe tacos are more small, street tacos with options of white onion, cilantro, salsa verde and queso fresco as toppings.

Melange CafeAnd, though I didn't get coffee on this day, I did get something to drink.

Melange CafeOn their beverage menu is a list of bubble teas.

Melange CafeAnd I had to get an original, which came loaded with boba.

Melange CafeAll in all, a tasty lunch!

Melange Cafe

Swilled Dog Hard Cider

Swilled Dog


I've been trying my best to make it to all the various breweries, wineries, distilleries ... and now cideries in the state!

Swilled DogWest Virginia has two ciders: Hawk Knob and Swilled Dog.

Swilled DogI made my way to Hawk Knob some time ago, but Swilled Dog is a bit further from me so it took me a while.

Swilled DogLocated in Franklin, Swilled Dog Hard Cider has a huge facility.

Swilled DogThe large wooden bar area, the pool tables, the tables - there's a ton of space here for groups or parties.

Swilled DogWe sat at the bar and tried a little bit of everything.

Swilled DogLiterally.

Swilled DogPineapple, caramel apple, mango ginger and root beer were just some of the unique flavors.

Swilled DogHave you been here?

Swilled Dog