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Taste Buds: Tilly's Diner

Diner’s newest location brings good eats to Bridgeport

August 5, 2011

Although Tilly's Diner may be brand new to the Bridgeport area, it is certainly nothing new to the Taste Buds.

The Buds have visited Tilly's initial location on First Street in Moundsville as well as the previous location (no longer operating) in the Warwood shopping plaza. Both times the Buds were served up a yummy lunch at an affordable price. What more could a Bud ask for?!

At its newest location at the former Ponderosa Steakhouse on Rt. 40, Tilly's offers the same menu set in a 50's themed atmosphere. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, there is sure to be something on Tilly's menu for everyone.

The breakfast offerings include various styles and combinations of eggs, muffins, sausages, bacon, breakfast potatoes, biscuits, gravy, toast, steak, French toast and pancakes. And, for good measure, they've also thrown in omelets! Who doesn't love a good dose of cheese in the morning?

As self-proclaimed lovers of breakfast foods, the Buds were eyeing up a platter of two pancakes, two eggs and choice of meat for just $4.99 or their mac daddy of omelets: the Big Poppa Omelet (bacon, ham, sausage, cheese, mushrooms, onion and pepper) and toast which rings in at just under seven bucks.

Not too shabby!

The lunch menu is a tantalizing feast for the sandwich lover - burgers, reubens, clubs, dogs, grilled cheese, tuna salad and BLT's are all on the menu.

The Buds were previously challenged to try the famous Tilly Burger, which is three - that's right - three cheese burgers topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle. While it was delicious, the monster burger proved to be a little more than the Buds could handle, at least if they wanted to be at all productive during the duration of the work day.

That considered, one Bud opted to get the Slim Jim with a side of fries, and a trip to the salad bar for an additional $2.99.

The salad bar was kept simple, an iceburg lettuce mix with various veggie toppings, macaroni salad, cole slaw, potato salad and cottage cheese. Also included was a pot of chili, though the Buds decided not to indulge as it was nearly100 degrees outside.

The sandwich, made of ham, swiss, thousand island dressing, lettuce and tomato served on Texas toast, was quite tasty. The only concern was that it maybe could have had a little more "stuff "on it, as the the thickness of the bread made the fillings seem a bit scarce. Said Bud added a small salad from the bar and a heap of their homemade cole slaw, which happened to be outstanding! With the fries and a soda, the filling lunch rang in at 10 bucks.

The other Bud ordered the taco burger-a yummy burger topped with lettuce, onions, salsa and sour cream. While the burger was delicious, said Bud had trouble eating it because the sour cream soaked into the bottom of the bread and caused it to fall apart. Delicious but messy! With the salad bar and french fries on the side, this meal filled a Buds' belly for just under nine bucks.

The family-friendly diner offers a bevy of affordable dinners (ham, liver & onions, hot beef, hot turkey, spaghetti, fish and chicken), a senior menu, and a kids menu. They also have homemade pies which may be purchased by the slice or whole.

Sadly, the Buds were too full to try the pie though it sure looked delicious. This might just be the perfect excuse to head back to Tilly's.

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