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Bluegrass in Charleston

May 22, 2013

The West Virginia State Track meet last weekend ended early enough (many meets run to 10pm) that we could enjoy a marvelous dinner at Bluegrass Kitchen, located in Charleston’s East End at 1600 Washington Street East. Near the Capitol and also near Laidley Field, Bluegrass Kitchen offers a menu with many seasonal locally sourced dishes that are well prepared.bluegrass_exterior_2007_sma

Owner Keely Steele works with small local farms and organic suppliers to source pesticide, hormone & antibiotic-free and non-genetically-modified food supplies.  The farms providing protein and produce are located in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio within a couple of hours from Charleston.  Farms like Fish Hawk Acres provide produce year round and the menu offers specials that reflect seasonal offerings.


We ordered the fried chicken and the green curried lamb. Both were delicious! This is a restaurant we would patronize often if we lived closer!

Keeley Steele owns three eateries, each appealing, and each worth a visit. Tricky Fish, located across the street from Bluegrass Kitchen, is more laid back with a deck for outside eating and drinking.  Frütcake is the pastry shop and desserts at both restaurants are from that bakery.


The Bluegrass Kitchen operates with a mission of sustainability with an effort to recycle, eliminate or reduce the use of plastic, conserve electricity where possible, and eliminate the use of chemicals.  Their mission is to measurably reduce our carbon footprint on the environment and to provide high quality food and beverage service with a sustainable, recyclable and local emphasis on all products used in the course of our business. It is our goal to fully establish these practices throughout our restaurants and continually learn about the newest developments in all areas of sustainability and implement changes as an ongoing practice of our businesses. We strive to help redevelop Charleston’s Historic East End as an arts & small-business-friendly district and are active participants in East End Main Street.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 22, 2013 8:23 am

    I’ve driven past the Bluegrass Kitchen many times and have always wondered how it was. Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll definitely check it out the next time I visit Charleston.

    • May 22, 2013 1:46 pm

      Check out their website at to see the menu. Specials change and the ones listed are not the ones we saw last Saturday. EVERYTHING is well prepared and delicious and the people are very friendly.

  2. May 24, 2013 1:36 pm

    Thanks for this article on the Bluegrass Kitchen. Keeley and Jon are great people who are committed to doing good stuff for the East End 🙂 Love them and their restaurant! Melody owner, Café Cimino Country Inn

    • May 24, 2013 1:38 pm

      We ate there last year after one of the track events at Laidley Field and I lost my photos and notes! (I bet they surface soon) It gave us another chance to go back and enjoy the wonderful food and people there.

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