Nestled inside the Capitol Market, Charleston’s farmers’ market, Soho’s offers gourmet Italian food and wine in a cozy, comfortable atmosphere. Open for lunch and dinner, highlights include pollo alla parmigiana with Soho’s signature marinara sauce and the Soho lasagne layered with Bolognese meat sauce and ricotta cheese. If perusing the Capitol Market activates a sweet tooth, try the cannoli, tiramisu or Soho brownie. Dinner specialties also include less Italian surprises such as the jambalaya and five spice duck, which give a taste of local cuisine. This, coupled with a generous wine selection, makes Soho’s sure to please any appetite.
Soho’s Italian Restaurant, 800 Smith Street, Charleston, WV, USA, +1 304-720-7646
Encased inside Charleston’s historic Amtrak train station, Laury’s Restaurant has been offering some of the city’s best fine dining since 1979. The building was originally opened at the C&O Railroad Depot and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Situated on the banks of the Kanawha River, the restaurant offers fantastic views of the river and downtown Charleston, while the kitchen serves up steak, seafood, pasta and signature salads in an ornate dining room with stellar service. Starters include parmesan-encrusted escargot and lobster stuffed mushrooms, and lamb, veal, steak and chicken are all served as entrees and can be paired with a selection from the solid wine list. Laury’s is open only for dinner, and reservations are recommended.
Laury’s Restaurant, 350 Maccorkle Avenue SE, Charleston, WV, USA, +1 304-343-0055
Bluegrass Kitchen is located just across Washington Street, nearby the historic State Capitol building. Here you can enjoy contemporary Appalachian cuisine in a dining room restored to its 1920s glory, which maintains a casual atmosphere. The restaurant also functions as a gallery for the many fine artists living in the local neighborhood. The kitchen offers mountain fare classics such as mac and cheese and trout and grits, but also vegetarian options, like the black bean burrito. Bluegrass Kitchen is open for brunch, lunch, and supper, accompanied by live music on the weekends.
Bluegrass Kitchen, 1600 Washington Street East, Charleston, WV, USA, +1 304-346-2871