Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

November 11, 2012

Tim Preston: Buffets, from choppers to mopeds and fashionable discounts: 11/11/12

Tim Preston
The Independent

ASHLAND — It took a couple of days for me to realize I had an abbreviated work week last week, so I’m typing this one on the fly between election coverage and Veterans Day assignments.

At this point, I have no idea how the presidential election turned out, and don’t even know if that will be properly answered even by the time this hits newspaper boxes Sunday morning (OK, that part didn’t turn out to be true). My wife and I cast our votes Tuesday, and with a late work day ahead we decided to enjoy lunch together at Kyova Mall where there were several polling places.

Lured by a pleasant mix of aromas that included unmistakable notes of barbecue sauce, we hopped into the back of the short line waiting for a shot at the buffet offered by Jubilation Grill. The lunch buffet included a nice selection and I divided my plate between chicken and dumplings, jambalaya and a big barbecue sandwich, accompanied by fresh green beans, macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes. On my second pass I sampled the meatloaf and a bit more chicken and dumplings, as well as following the chef’s advice to try one of the lemon tarts among the dessert selections. Everything I tasted on the lunch buffet was delicious, and the dumplings actually met or exceeded my wife’s strict Granny-from-Marrowbone-Creek standards for that dish.

I will say some folks might have a little trouble getting to some of the foods on the back side of the buffet, but suspect the owners will figure out ways to improve on that. The evening buffet costs a bit more, although it also includes ribs and brisket among the entree items. I’m not sure about this, but I think I’ve also seen something online about seafood on the evening buffet as well. I suspect we’ll go back and try that one again sometime.

While at the mall, I also couldn’t help noticing a banner announcing the forthcoming opening of My Dad’s Pizza in the former Cheron’s space near the main entrance. I like the food from My Dad’s in Flatwoods and predict the family-owned pizza restaurant will certainly be a welcome addition to the Cannonsburg business scene.

Iron City Choppers

Partners David Cole, his son, David “Dave-O” Cole and Noah Frame recently moved their business, Iron City Choppers, from Ironton to 2104 13th St. in Ashland, where they welcome new customers along with those they’ve worked with across the river during the past four years.

The senior Cole said the partners all live in Ashland and Catlettsburg, and the shop specializes in Harley-Davidson work, “but we repair and service all makes and models even down to mopeds and scooters. If it’s got two wheels we fix it.”

I had a few moments to speak with Frame while setting up for a photo and he pointed out the new shop is one of the only places in the area for in-house powder coating work, and the shop also has a selection of accessories and aftermarket parts, including handlebars and engine upgrades.

Iron City Choppers is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, with expanded hours during warm weather. For more information, call (606) 420-4370.

A Boutique

Carolyn Runyon, owner of A Boutique on Carter Avenue next to the Chimney Corner Café in Ashland, invited me to drop by the beautiful old home that houses the intimate shop full of fashion bargains, but I haven’t yet had a chance to take her up on it.

Runyon said she is working to issue gift certificates good for 20 percent discounts Friday and Saturday in honor of the anniversary of the shop’s opening 20 years ago. The business owner also plans to reward shoppers with dozens of what I described in my notebook as “ultra-deluxe premium holiday cookies” during the anniversary event. For more information, stop by or call (606) 324-1082.

Sunday buffet

I’ve had a couple of suggestions to drop by the Grayson Conference Center to try the Sunday buffet, and just happened to receive a menu for that very thing as      I was getting this week’s column together. If anyone happens to be in Grayson today and wants to file a field report, I’ll be happy to pass it along.

The menu for the day includes salmon patties, beef stew, macaroni and cheese, green peas with mushrooms, sweet corn bake, hot buttered rolls, cole slaw and a dessert bar.

The center will also offer a Thanksgiving buffet, and plans are being made for a New Year’s event. For more information about the conference center at 371 C.W. Stevens Blvd., call (606) 475-0565.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.