Dixon describes Christopher's Eats as "a fresh-from-scratch kitchen," devoted to making as many things in-house as they can and sourcing as many foods locally as possible.
"We get eggs from a local farm, we get vegetables from a local farm," he said. "We make everything in-house. That's kind of our ideal thing is to make things from scratch, a little bit on the healthier side, and still have fun with the food."
The menu ranges widely, from pimento cheese panini, salmon and pork chops, to meatloaf, fish tacos and crab and shrimp mac'n'cheese. Side dishes range from Brussels sprout hash and truffle fries to collard greens and mushroom orzo.
A host of appetizers include seared black bean and corn cakes with cilantro avocado cream to pulled pork nachos, a cheese board and "coal-fired" wings, in flavors from Cajun and curry barbecue to thai chili.
While all the sauces and breads are homemade, not everything is made in house, noted Adams. "I'm a Heinz ketchup guy and I definitely didn't want them making ketchup."
A few other thing are locally made in the restaurant's handsome interior, which features a martini and cocktail bar called Currant, with a long curving wooden bar top at one end of the room.
"All the wood is hand-cut," said Adams. "The tables are hand-cut in West Virginia. All the stonework was done in West Virginia."
The booths come from the old Ming's restaurant in Huntington and were refurbished to match the restaurant's interior design.
Christopher's Eats recently won a coveted contract to host some live local sports programs, including the Coaches Show, Marshall Thundering Herd radio call-in programs starring football coach Doc Holliday and men's basketball coach Tom Herrion. Hosted by Voice of the Herd Steve Cotton, Holliday's show airs 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays during football season on the Thundering Herd IMG Sports Network, with questions taken live inside the restaurant and via phone.
The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (304) 736-5520 or visit christopherseats.com.
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