Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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October 31, 2013

PRESTON: Floyd County foods, zombie gear, woks and Winters

ASHLAND — I’m convinced I must get to the city of Prestonsburg, “The Star City of Eastern Kentucky,” for a good meal sometime in the days ahead.

I’ve heard from a few folks, including my parents, who visited the recently opened McGuire’s Brickhouse at 358 S. Central Ave. and report a great experience. My mama enjoyed the pork chop dinner for a recent birthday and also said she really liked the ambience of the renovated old home, which is decorated in a Prohibition-era theme.

I’m yet to talk to anyone who has tried the McGuire signature pizzas, although I am told they make a great steak and have some outstanding bourbon selections to choose from. The brickhouse is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call (606) 886-0909.

Another recently opened Prestonsburg restaurant has been causing a lot of comments on social media sites: Sandy’s Restaurant & Catering at 328 S. Lake Drive. Sandy’s specializes in country-style cooking (a recent Sunday special included chicken and dumplings, pork chops, cubed steak and gravy, with sides mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potato casserole, broccoli casserole or coleslaw). A quick check of the daily specials revealed an appetizing selection, as well as some mighty-fine-looking pastry products from the bakery.

Sandy’s is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (606) 886-0106.

And, leading the list of Prestonsburg places personally endorsed by people who read this column: Lizzie B’s Cafe & Bakery at the bottom of the hill below the Stonecrest golf and sports complex on the old road to Paintsville. The restaurant has been great reviews for things, including cactus chili, as well as the ribeye with French dip, and one patron has publicly declared it has “the BEST Reuben I have ever had in my whole life!”

I could not find a listing of the hours at Lizzie B’s, but I did notice the restaurant often serves evening meals and drinks with a dose of music by the likes of the legendary Mickey Bentley and the mighty Dustin (“The Groover”) Hoover. That’s some good stuff right there. For more information, call (606) 886-2844.

Uniforms and

zombie supplies

I’m having a tough time believing it has been three years since the old Army/Navy store in downtown Ashland officially became Premier Duty Gear, although it celebrated that milestone last week with a live remote on local radio and pizza for everyone who stopped by to help celebrate.

Owners Steve and Julie Yates seem to have accepted the fact they will always answer the phone at the shop with the new name, only to be asked, “Is this the old Army/Navy store?” and have embraced this as part of day-to-day operations.

“Still. Yeah, every day,” Steve said when I asked about the consistent conversation.

The small business at 236 16th St., which has long been one of the downtown district’s signature shops, has evolved in the past three years and, with the passing of Ronk’s, is now the primary suppliers of uniforms for firefighters and other “duty” folks for miles around. Military surplus items remain a big attraction for customers, as well as various targets and other gear oriented toward the anticipated zombie apocalypse. Speaking for myself, they have a lot of “stuff” in there I just like looking at, and I spotted a nice little karambit, which my wife would likely enjoy adding to her collection of potentially deadly edged weapons.

The Yateses emphasized they have access to a lot of things they simply don’t have enough room to stock, and encourage anyone looking for a specialty items to ask if they can get it for them. For example, Julie said people are often surprised to discover they have, and can get, BDUs in children’s sizes. Premier Duty Gear is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, look on Facebook, visit premierdutygear.com or call (606) 324-0250.

Wok lives up to name

Fellow intrepid journalist Ken Hart also filed a restaurant report last week after enjoying a meal at the new Yummy Wok restaurant on Diederich Boulevard in Russell.

“The Yummy Wok Chinese restaurant opened a couple of months ago in the Russell Centre shopping plaza on Diederich Boulevard, and I finally got around to eating there for the first time this past week,” he said. “Future lunch visits there are most definitely in my plans.

“While Yummy Wok’s menu doesn’t vary significantly from those of other Chinese eateries, the food is delicious, fresh-tasting and reasonably priced. I had cashew chicken, one of more than 30 lunch specials priced at less than $5 and available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to the main dish, you get fried or white rice, plus your choice of an egg roll or several different soups. It’s a more-than-ample amount of food, and, even with a canned soft drink added, my check was still less than $7, not including tip.”

Hart said he was also “quite impressed with the cleanliness of the restaurant, and the friendliness of the service,” and recommend the place highly.

“One note:” he added, “Unlike most of the other Chinese eateries in the area, Yummy Wok doesn’t have a buffet. It’s strictly order from the menu. You do have the option of dining in the restaurant or getting your food for carry-out.”

Yummy Wok’s hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. You can place a call-ahead order by phoning (606) 329-8686 or 329-0088.”

Now at Bellefonte

Massage master Lonnie Winters has moved L Massage from downtown Ashland to the Bellefonte Pavilion and reports he is loving the new space.

“Being located right off U.S. 23 in Russell, and being so close to a fitness center and a major hospital, allows my current and potential clients the convenience and opportunity to experience the true magic of massage as a complementary therapy,” Winters said. “Some of my clients use complementary treatments, such as massage, to go along with the medical care they get from their health care provider. Working with other health care providers on care plans is something I would like to pursue in my new location.”

Without being asked, Winters also pushed on one of my personal buttons when he offered, “Parking is also a massive convenience to my clients and I after practicing in downtown Ashland for the past few years.”

Specializing in performance, relaxation and pain relief, Winters will offer free 10-minute chair massage demonstrations Nov. 4 through 18 (schedule permitting), and has appointments available Monday through Saturday with slots available from early-early morning until early evening.

“All OLBH employees will receive a 10 percent discount on sessions 30 minutes and over, indefinitely,” he added. For more information or to schedule a massage session, call (606) 694-1014.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at (606) 326-2651.

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