The South Hills Market & Cafe
Why We Went: I met my friend Katie at the local neighborhood cafe for a lunch date. Since the South Hills Market & Cafe changed hands before I moved to Florida, I had not been there to try their new menu. This is one of Charleston, West Virginia’s, better breakfast and lunch spots. They serve dinner as well but I have never eaten there for that meal.
What We Had: For lunch, I selected the Classic Reuben with Pasta Salad. Katie chose the Half Sandwich/Soup Combo with the Ham & Brie Sandwich. The soup of the day was Roasted Red Pepper Soup, one of my favorites.
Something Special: The menu has many great items to choose from. It was hard to narrow down between all the yummy sounding choices.
Recommendation: The South Hills Market & Cafe’s menu is in tiny print and very basic. I would recommend to splurge and create a beautiful menu to show off the interesting food choices and fresh ingredients. I would also use a much larger font.
A Local Neighborhood Hot Spot
Noteworthy: My Reuben was delicious! The grilled bread was piled high with corned beef, sauerkraut, melted cheese, and 1000 Island dressing. The sandwich has plenty of meat, but not too much of any one thing. It offered a great balance.
Bonus: I liked that the South Hills Market & Cafe features fresh flowers on the tables. They also use unusual and attractive local Fiestaware pieces to dress up the tables.
Best Part of the Meal: The ambiance is welcoming at the restaurant. It has that local feel and is not over-the-top pretentious or trying too hard to be trendy. I appreciated that.
What Needs Improvement: The Roasted Red Pepper soup was bitter and really bad. Most red pepper soups I have had include tomatoes and sugar to balance the flavor, but this was almost sour. Also, the half sandwich presentation was pitiful; surely that needs to be addressed. The half sandwich was also just ham and brie, no lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, nothing.
Total Check Before Tip: I was treated! (Thanks, Katie)
My Rating Scale 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest)= 8 1/2 (my Reuben only)