There’s something for everyone on the Taiwanese-centered pan-Asian menu at Lavender Cafe. Diners will find the long list of appetizers, soups, rice and noodle dishes, and house favorites we expect on any Chinese menu, along with an entire page of chef’s specials. Fans of hot pot will appreciate the Chinese and spicy Korean kimchi options. Lavender also has a full sushi bar with nigiri and maki. And complementing all of that is a great variety of hot or cold green, black, and milk teas, flavored tea and juice combinations, and fruit smoothies, with or without tapioca pearls.
Even with its huge menu, Lavender’s earnest staff completes both take-out and dine-in orders quickly. — PK
247 Beechurst Avenue, 304.296.2266, mylavendercafe.com
Every day of the week, a steady stream of customers heads for Wong’s Wok in the food court at the Morgantown Mall. The line moves fast. Wong’s Wok’s concise menu of hot, readymade Chinese-style combo meals makes for quick service and a devoted following of mall-goers. Part of the restaurant’s popularity is due to its fast, fresh dishes and generous servings, Sesame Chicken and Bourbon Chicken among the favorites. Part of it is the owners themselves. Over their two decades at the mall, Jimmy Wong and his wife, Bing, have earned customer devotion through their tasty dishes and very obvious hard work—and by greeting regulars by name and everyone with a friendly smile. — PK
9409 Mall Road, 304.983.6815