CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If tuning things down a notch and getting some exercise are on your to-do list, then a visit to the Clay Center and a local bite to eat may be just the ticket.
Whether you are taking in a morning art exhibit, an afternoon giant screen film or an evening performance, you have an array of easy-to-walk-to dining choices.
There are five locally owned and operated, moderately-priced eateries within a quick -- less than five minute -- walk: Bruno's, Sushi Atlantic, Thelma Faye's Deli, Quarrier Diner and Vandalia Grille.
Each restaurant is featuring a new menu this autumn with healthy options, including vegetarian fare.
As simple rule of thumb, according to www.walkinginfo.org, 100 calories are burned per mile walked by a 160-pound person. Another measurement for calories burned per minute of walking is available online at http://transportation.stanford.edu/pdf/caloriecalc_walk.pdf.
This could be just the motivation you need to have that homemade treat from a local eatery or to select from a variety of healthy food options.
In keeping with the relaxing theme of taking in the art and music scene at the Clay Center, restaurant patrons should keep in mind the importance of being realistic regarding the time necessary to cook from scratch at these establishments.
Chef Jay Thomas of Bruno's said if patrons have tickets for a performance, they should tell their servers upon arriving their time constraints, and every effort will be made to accommodate them.
222 Leon Sullivan Way
Bruno's is the closest restaurant to the Clay Center. Jay Thomas and Daniel Barber own and operate the business. They are featuring a new menu with many healthy food options, including a warm goat cheese salad of mixed greens, pecans, cranberries and flatbread. They specialize in brick oven pizzas, including several varieties that are vegetarian.
Bruno's has a large menu of sandwiches, burgers, grilled rib eyes, chicken breast, ribs, wings, salads and appetizers. Menu prices for salads and appetizers range from $3.50 to $12 for a Bruno's sampler. Pizzas are $13-$18. Sandwiches and burgers are $7-$10. Entrees are $10 to $22.
Bruno's offers a wide selection of regional American beers on tap, as well as imported and American bottled beers, a full bar and wine list. Bruno's features live music on Friday evenings.
It offers dinner 4:30-9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The restaurant has a website, www.brunosofcharleston.com and a Facebook page. For additional information, call 304-720-7295.
422 Shrewsbury St.
Sushi Atlantic is about a four-minute walk from the Clay Center. Haruko Sugawara and her husband, Kimiyoshi Ito, own and operate the restaurant. They are also the only two employees. Patrons should be aware of this if they are facing time constraints.
They, too, have a new menu, featuring traditional Japanese dishes such as nabeyaki, pan noodles with hot soup, featuring shrimp tempura, chicken, fish cakes, vegetables and egg.
Sushi Atlantic offers lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and dinner 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is closed on Sundays and every third Wednesday. It features a wide variety of sushi, noodles, teriyaki, tempura and combination platters. Appetizers and sushi are $4 to $10, noodle and rice main courses $6 to $10. For additional information, call 304-342-0021.
The Quarrier Diner and Timothy's
1022 Quarrier St.