Monthly Archives: September 2010

Canyon Vista Restaurant at Hawk’s Nest

Ashley says…

My husband recently bought a new Jeep Wrangler rag top and we were heading to Lewisburg for the Greenbrier Classic golf tournament for the weekend.  We decided to put the top down and take the scenic route through Gauley Bridge, Ansted, Rainelle, Rupert, etc.  It was around dinner time as we were approaching Gauley Bridge and we were debating whether to stop for dinner at the Glen Ferris Inn or drive a little further to Hawk’s Nest.  A coin flip later, we were headed to Hawk’s Nest

I’d only eaten at the restaurant at Hawk’s Nest once before and didn’t remember much about the food.  All I could think of was the amazing view of the New River from the dining room.  It was a beautiful evening this visit and we were hoping for a table by the window to take in the view.   But, understandably, all of those tables were full.  There are so many windows in the dining room and our table was close enough that we could enjoy the wonderful view without being right next to the window.

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The Charm City Food Tour – The Dogwood

Susan says…

Located in the art-rich northwestern Baltimore neighborhood of Hampden, The Dogwood’s décor and creative menu are right at home.   Executive Chef Galen Sampson and Maitre’d Bridget Sampson, a husband-wife team, began with a take-out business.  Their use of sustainable foods combined with an admirable social mission has made them a local favorite.  Their mission:  to provide training and employment to folks overcoming addiction, incarceration, homelessness and/or underemployment.

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Open Letter to Aladdin Restaurant

Dear Owner/Operator(s) of Aladdin Restaurant,

Given the many restaurant meals I have consumed during my lunch hour all over this fair city of ours, I have gained valuable knowledge and experience which can help your restaurant become one of the very best.  Because, you see, right now you have a problem.

Do you have delicious food crafted from fresh ingredients, served hot?  Yep.

Do you serve that delicious, hot food at reasonable prices?  I think so.     

And do you serve that delicious, hot, reasonably-priced food in a timely and efficient manner?  Ummmmmm……..No. 

Some days all I can think about is the tender, delicately spiced lamb mixture sliced and layered with fresh, crisp lettuce inside a warm pita cleverly wrapped in white paper so the filling doesn’t fall out as I devour it.  And those thoughts are immediately followed by feelings of nervousness and distress that I experience every single time I go to Aladdin at the hand of the completely inadequate service.

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Breaking News Nugget – Blossom Deli to Close

Susan says…

As I was driving to work this morning constantly switching radio stations to find music instead of talking and failing miserably, I paused at V100 for the local news.  I heard that Blossom Deli will be closing their doors this weekend.

Closed for dinner.  Closed for lunch.  Closed.

This is the second Sohovich restaurant to close.  First Billy’s, which was open and then closed and the open and then closed.  Now the nostalgic Blossom Deli that reopened under Bill Sohovich’s reign 16 years ago.  You’ll recall that recently the Blossom closed for dinner and then again offered dinner on a limited basis with a revamped menu.  Is this a sign that Soho’s could be next on the chopping block?  I hope not. 

This is indeed sad news for Charleston diners.