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Taste Buds: Prima Marina

Buds boat in to Moundsville mainstay

August 25, 2011
By EMILY DOMINICI and SHAUNNA DUNDER - The Taste Buds , Times Leader

As the first signs of fall are starting to appear, the Buds have been desperate to hold on to the last few weeks of summer. They just haven't had enough of it yet.

In an attempt to cram as much summer fun as they could into the next few weeks, the Buds decided to put their boat in the river just a few more times. After all, the annual Vintage Raceboat Regatta is coming up on Labor Day weekend and the Buds are sure to be in on the action. It takes more than brain-eating amoebas or man-sized catfish to scare these two gals!

Cruising up and down the river sure can work up an appetite, so the Buds were happy to run across the Prima Marina during one of their recent excursions. Seriously, they are the only restaurant in the valley that patrons can not only access by car or foot, but by boat as well! How cool is that?!

Located at 1501 Water Street in Moundsville, the Prima Marina is open year-round, and offers hungry patrons a surprisingly large menu.

Since the weather was sunny and warm, the Buds chose to sit out on the patio overlooking the river to ponder their dining options.

The menu at the Prima Marina features an extensive list of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads and dinners. The Buds hardly knew where to begin!

The appetizer section has everything from crab-stuffed mushroom caps, cheese sticks, wings, poppers, potato skins and shrimp cocktail to some interesting combinations such as the Hot & Bothered (cheddar poppers, pizza cheese logs, hot pepper cheese balls, and the ever-intriguing "Ring of Fire") and the Good & Plenty (fried zucchini, cauliflower and onion rings).

Sandwiches and burger choices include just about every single sandwich under the sun. There are several types of burgers, hot dogs, hoagies, clubs, melts, grilled roast beef and chicken sandwiches, Reuben and Slim Jim, a rib-eye steak sandwich topped with blue cheese (YUM!) and the "Mandy" (grilled cheese with bacon, egg and mayo). Hmmm...what a tough decision!

Bud Em finally decided to go with the Jumbo Uke. This may have been the best decision she made all week. Grilled rye bread was piled high with hot ham, Swiss cheese and sweet, crunchy cole slaw. The sandwich was delicious, the perfect combination of flavors. With a side of fries and a soda, the very filling lunch came to 11 bucks. Bud Em would definitely order this again!

Dinners at the Prima Marina are sure to have something for everyone! Among them are the hot roast beef sandwich, grilled chicken, A Lotta Bull (16 oz. boneless tip sirloin), Lazy Man's Lobster (sounds interesting!) broiled Canadian white and more.

Bud Shaunna opted to go with the shrimp scampi dinner. She loved that the cooks took the tails off the shrimp, which made eating these delicious critters extremely easy-and there were certainly plenty of 'em to eat! The scampi sauce was buttery and not too garlicy. The surprising addition to this dinner was the cauliflower, which actually came deep fried. Yum! A thick, mouth-watering slice of garlic toast and a side salad made this a filling and very tasty meal.

If you happen to be on the river in these last weeks of summer or just out and about in Moundsville any ol' time of the year, the Prima Marina is sure to have a tasty meal for you.

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