Daniel talked me into trying the brand new Pita Pit in Kanawha City today for lunch. I really wanted to eat at Aladdin but we think they are closed on Mondays. (Side note: I will get my Aladdin fix sometime this week. We tried to go one day last week and the parking lot was filled almost to capacity. Knowing that it would be a very long lunch with such a big crowd, we passed.) I am not a fan of the wrap and I was worried that these pita sammies would be a lot like a wrap. As you may be guessing, I whined about his choice. Continue reading
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.
What was once Chinese is now Mexican. The location beside Bellacino’s in Kanawha City has been home to a couple incarnations of Chinese restaurants, neither of which excited us here at Fork You. Now the space has been freshly painted in a cheery palette of yellow, orange and avacado to transform it into a Mexican Bar & Grill.
You might be wondering: does Charleston really need another Mexican joint? After my first meal at El Patron, I say “yes”.
The Creperi has been on our radar screen for quite a while. The Five were eating subs when we saw two familiar faces looking at the vacant space in the building that houses Intajuice and Penn Station. I was overjoyed because I love Greek food and this couple make the best Greek Salads and chicken and rice soup I have ever tasted. Sadly I never got to enjoy soup and salad, because due to an archaic lease the Creperi is not allowed to duplicate what is served at Penn Station.
I need to say why this is stupid and ignorant. Do you know why all the good 😉 restaurants open around a Wal-Mart? You open a business where there is foot traffic to support it and Wal-Mart brings traffic. So if you bring more traffic to that block of Kanawha City then everyone will do well. That stupid lease hobbles the Creperi and lets Penn Station do a half way job. The landlord would benefit from having successful businesses in the building. Rant off.
Posted in 2 Forks, 3 Forks, Lunch, Review
Tagged Charleston WV, Crepari Cafe, crepe, Dessert, Greek, Kanawha City, Lunch, restaurant, Review
Another shop is open at the Shops of Kanawha, formerly known as the Kanawha Mall: Piro Pizzeria.
Piro’s offers salads, subs, spaghetti & meatballs, calzones and, of course, pizza. Prices are in the neighborhood of $6 – $9 with most pizzas running between $10 and $15, depending on the size and toppings. Pizza is also available by the slice.
Hours are 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Monday through Saturday and noon – 7:00 pm on Sundays. (Their website says they are closed on Sundays, but that is no longer true.)
5707 MacCorkle Ave
Charleston, WV 25387
I have been going to Chin’s in Kanawha City ever since I joined the lunch group (before we started the blog) and I could never find anything I really liked. I have tried the Lo Mein, the chicken and broccoli, the pepper steak, and a few others and it all tasted, for a lack of a better term, slimy.
After a while, I gave up and would just order the sweet and sour chicken. I wasn’t happy with that choice, but at least it wasn’t slimy. I would always agree to go to Chin’s with an unenergetic “that’s fine.”
Piro Pizzeria will be coming soon to the Shops at Kanawha, formerly known as the Kanawha Mall.
Teays Valley will soon be home to another Mexican eatery, El Rancho Grande. They will be occupying the former Schlotzsky’s space near the Kroger at the Teays Valley/Winfield exit.
It is lucky for them that the Schlotzsky’s sign just so happens to be in the colors of the Mexican flag.
A google search turned up another El Rancho Grande in Beckley. I wonder if there is a connection other than a common name?
Tomahawk’s Tuesday Special
Recently, Ron and I enjoyed an afternoon on the deck at Tomahawk’s in South Charleston amid the boaters that docked for a bite and the bikers that rode in for a rest.
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Tagged Beer, chimichanga, coming soon, deck, East Tenampa, El Rancho Grande, Kanawha City, La Roca, Mexican, Milton WV, Nitro WV, outdoor seating, Piro Pizzeria, pizza, Shops at Kanawha, South Charleston WV, Teays Valley WV, Tomahawks