No foods are fried at 5 Corners Cafe. They serve pickles with sandwiches and burgers, or customers may order potato salad, coleslaw, chips or Hassey's own spicy sweet macaroni salad. "I like spicy foods," she said.
The rotating dinner specials might feature made-from-scratch chicken pot pie, rib-eye stroganoff or lasagna all served with homemade yeast rolls. Dinners range from $11 to $17 on Fridays when they serve steak dinners.
Hassey learned to cook professionally at 19 when she cooked tableside at Laury's, her first job. "I've been watching chefs do their thing for a long time. I can usually taste a item and make it myself," she said.
About 60 people a day dine or take food out at 5 Corners Cafe. Several much-appreciated regulars dine in two or three times a week, while others make a point to stop by for their favorites when they're in town.
Hassey makes all her salad dressings from scratch including a tangy French topped with bleu cheese, a dressing she perfected after customers requested the distinctive flavors that once topped salads at an old Charleston favorite, the former Sterling Restaurant. Hassey never dined there, but former Sterling customers tell her she got it right.
The restaurant is open weekdays for lunch and until 7 p.m. for dinner Wednesdays through Fridays and closed on Saturday and Sunday. It's also available for private parties after hours.
"We're closed on the weekends so we can have some family time," Crow said in reference to family members who don't work at the restaurant. He visits with his parents, including his mother, Barbara Boggess, who taught him to cook. He honed his baking skills that satisfy his own sweet tooth at her side. He bakes his favorite cake, a chocolate butter cream iced chocolate cake, from her recipe.
The dessert menu changes, according to what's in season and what Crow's in the mood to make. He stretches out the dough and liberally sprinkles it with cinnamon sugar and sometimes chocolate chips for his oversized cinnamon rolls, which he often reincarnates as chocolate chip bread pudding with cream cheese filling the next day.
5 Corners Cafe, 423 Virginia St. W., is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Closed on weekends. Call 304-205-7817. Delivery available for a $3 flat charge, regardless of the order's size.
Reach Julie Robinson at jul...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.