Fast, fresh Mexican food
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The first of two Charleston-area Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurants opened Friday at Dudley Farms in the space formerly occupied by Shoe Carnival. The national chain features build-your-own burritos, tacos and taco salads -- sort of a Mexican version of Subway.
To start, customers choose a burrito flavor: queso, fajita ranchero, ancho chili barbecue or grilled vegetable. A bowl of gumbo is another option. Any of those flavors can be served in a taco shell bowl. Servers ask if you want signature lime and cilantro rice or pinto or black beans and the choice of grilled chicken or beef, pulled pork, shredded or ground beef or grilled vegetables.
Top with a choice of six fresh salsas and lettuce, sour cream, cheese and guacamole.
To lighten the fare, customers order taco salads and burritos "naked." Servers fill a bowl with selected ingredients instead of a tortilla or taco salad shell. The website qdoba.com features an easy-to-use nutrition calculator health-conscious customers can consult before they place an order.
The second area Qdoba will open in a few months at the Charleston Town Center in the space formerly occupied by Gratzi.
Kids cook on public television
WVPBS.2 televises a children's cooking segment, "Hey Kids, Let's Cook," at 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Host Kathy Powers and her assistant chefs, aged 6 to 13, prepare kid-friendly recipes. Visit heykidsletscook.com.
Teays Valley food parties and classes
The Greenhouse of Teays Valley will offer fondue parties, sushi-making classes and grilling classes in February and March.
Fondue Parties on Thursday and March 15 include several pots of cheese fondue, hot oil pots and Mongolian hot pots with breads, meats, veggies and shrimp for dipping and chocolate fondue with fruits and pastry beds.