When Cindy and I took a little trip to Ohio a couple years ago, we found ourselves one night in Huntington, West Virginia - right where Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia meet (see map). We weren't certain where to go eat - we thought about a 20 minute drive to some place up the Ohio River, but we asked the girls at the front desk of the Hampton Inn we stayed at. They both said, "Oh, you can't go wrong with Bobby Pruett's Steakhouse."
Bobby Pruett was the head football coach at Marshall University, located in Huntington, for nine seasons. He was a player for the Thundering Herd back in the 60's and became the head coach there in 1996 before he retired (see article). His restaurant is located in downtown Huntington inside the Radisson Hotel (see map). The restaurant is not large, but not cozy, either. There's a ton of Marshall University football memorabilia on the walls and it was pretty interesting to look around at some of the stuff.
It was a Friday evening in late July when we were in there and the place wasn't very busy at all. We had OK service from a somewhat new and flustered waitress. After a couple of gaffes on her part, I just told her to mellow out, take it easy and just be herself. She got tremendously better after that. She was much more relaxed as the night went on.
Honestly, I don't remember what Cindy got that evening, but I got these bourbon and molasses glazed grilled pork chops with a side of sweet potatoes topped with butter and brown sugar. All I know is that the meal was OUT OF THIS WORLD! It was absolutely fantastic. I know that Cindy's meal was great, too, but my meal was just superb.
I've tried to make molasses bourbon glazed grilled pork chops since we visited Bobby Pruett's Steakhouse, but I've come no where close to how great of a taste those were that night.
I'm not certain that I'd want to go back to Huntington anytime soon - there's not much to that town. But if it meant a visit to Bobby Pruett's Steakhouse, I'd be there in a heartbeat.