Chris Dixon, owner of Christopher’s Eats in the River Place shopping plaza on US 60 East, has welcomed the region’s culinary influence. Dixon and his wife, Laura Dixon, relocated to Barboursville from Louisiana to establish and manage the restaurant.
“The variety on the menu stems from having lived in West Virginia, Florida and Louisiana and loving those local/international influences on those cuisines and (receiving) customer input,” Dixon said.
The menu, which includes coal-fired flatbreads, sandwiches and soups, frequently incorporates Chris and Laura’s family recipes.
“My first influences in cooking and baking were my mom, grandmothers and aunt,” Dixon said. “Specific items at the restaurant with family influence would be meatloaf, chess pie from my wife’s side, and most importantly our cheesecake.”
Dixon said their coal-fired oven and fresh ingredients produce distinct flavors in the flatbreads and burgers.
″(Coal-fired ovens are( not something you see too many of right now,” Dixon said. “The flatbreads we cook in the coal oven have a unique and slightly smoky flavor, plus our dough is whole wheat. The hamburgers are my signature grind and made fresh just for us, so you aren’t going to get that flavor anywhere else.”
Nearly everything on the menu is made from scratch, and is sourced from local producers, Dixon said.
“We care a lot about what we do here and work very hard to put the best product in front of our customers,” he added.
For newcomers and restaurant regulars, Dixon said he recommends the cheesecake, gouda mac and cheese, flatbreads, veggie stir-fry and seafood appetizers.
Although the restaurant will move into a new location in the upcoming winter months, Dixon said he guaranteed the new restaurant would maintain the original site’s “overall feel” with several new exciting additions.