September 10, 2019

Charleston, West Virginia: Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream+Taylor Books; restaurant review+things to do


Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream  225 Capitol St., (304) 343-6488.  M-Thur 11am-8pm; F-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 11am-5pm.

exterior of Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream in Charleston, West Virginia
exterior of Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream in Charleston, West Virginia

Counter-service in this crisp ice cream parlor-cafe keeps things moving quickly.  It is a great stop for a salad or sandwich, but don’t miss the soup of the day with a side of local Charleston bread.  From an array of housemade ice cream flavors, I picked Butter Pecan and wasn’t sorry.  Flavors change regularly, but folks say it is worth the wait for Espresso Oreo and Guinness.  Gluten-free and dairy-free options are also available.  All this and really nice servers, too!

interior of Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream in Charleston, West Virginia
interior of Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream in Charleston, West Virginia


soup and bread at Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream in Charleston, West Virginia
soup and bread at Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream in Charleston, West Virginia
Ellen's Homemade Ice Cream Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



And just across the street is:
Taylor Books  226 Capitol Street, (304) 342 1461.  M-Thur 7am-8pm, F 7am-10pm, Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-5pm.

exterior of Taylor Books in Charleston, West Virginia
exterior of Taylor Books in Charleston, West Virginia

This Charleston institution opened in 1995.  More than just a bookstore, in addition to selling books it schedules readings and live music.  Also, local artists are exhibited in a gallery space, and a small cafe serves coffee, pastries, and locally brewed beer.

interior of Taylor Books in Charleston, West Virginia
interior of Taylor Books in Charleston, West Virginia


art gallery at Taylor Books in Charleston, West Virginia
art gallery at Taylor Books in Charleston, West Virginia



cafe at Taylor Books in Charleston, West Virginia
cafe at Taylor Books in Charleston, West Virginia



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August 28, 2019

Charleston, West Virginia: Noah’s Restaurant & Lounge; restaurant review


Noah’s Restaurant & Lounge  129 Summers St., (304) 343-6558.  D Tu-Sat.

entrance to Noah's Restaurant & Lounge in Charleston, West Virginia
entrance to Noah's Restaurant & Lounge in Charleston, West Virginia


Featuring a clean-lined contemporary decor, this restaurant features an accomplished and well-regarded chef, Noah Miller.  The limited menu changes regularly, and when my group of three dined here offered  only three main course choices.  We started by sharing two tasty appetizers:  Indian-style spiced ground lamb kofta balls and watermelon salad with arugula and Feta cheese in a balsamic vinaigrette dressing.  My main was a beautifully presented crab-crusted scallop tempura that was succulent and delicious.  I’d love to enjoy this dish again.  My companions both ordered pan-roasted halibut with baby potatoes and Brussels sprouts and were also pleased.  (The other main this night was a beef filet with potato, asparagus, and house-made Worcestershire.)  We were all pleased with a dessert peach poached in wine and served with three spoons, and
left satisfied and already talking about a return visit.


dining room at Noah's Restaurant & Lounge in Charleston, West Virginia
dining room at Noah's Restaurant & Lounge in Charleston, West Virginia


Indian-style ground-lamb appetizer at Noah's Restaurant & Lounge in Charleston, West Virginia
Indian-style ground-lamb appetizer at Noah's Restaurant & Lounge in Charleston, West Virginia


watermelon salad with arugula and Feta cheese at Noah's Restaurant & Lounge in Charleston, West Virginia
watermelon salad with arugula and Feta cheese at Noah's Restaurant & Lounge in Charleston, West Virginia


crab-crusted scallop tempura at Noah's Restaurant & Lounge in Charleston, West Virginia
crab-crusted scallop tempura at Noah's Restaurant & Lounge in Charleston, West Virginia


halibut plate at Noah's Restaurant & Lounge in Charleston, West Virginia
halibut plate at Noah's Restaurant & Lounge in Charleston, West Virginia


poached peach at Noah's Restaurant & Lounge in Charleston, West Virginia
poached peach at Noah's Restaurant & Lounge in Charleston, West Virginia
Noah's Eclectic Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



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