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Taste Buds: The lunch box

New Elm Grove eatery has familiar menu

January 6, 2012

Late last week, between all the Christmas treats and feasts and the approaching New Year's celebrations (which naturally included more treats and feasts) the Buds found themselves....hungry.

Knowing all too well how to fix this problem, they promptly headed to the Elm Grove section of Wheeling for a quick meal at The Lunch Box.

The eatery is owned by Shirley Seymour, who previously owned Tilly's Restaurant in Moundsville. The Lunch Box, which opened this past November, boasts the same Tilly's menu that many locals have come to love.

For those not familiar with the menu, here's a little rundown. The breakfast offerings, which range in price from $2.99 to $6.99, include various styles and combinations of eggs, breakfast meats - sausage, bacon, and ham - breakfast potatoes, biscuits and gravy, toast, steak and pancakes. They also have a western omelet and the Big Poppa omelet loaded with bacon, ham, sausage, cheese, mushrooms, onion and peppers. Now THAT sounds like an omelet!

Also on the menu are sandwiches of literally all types! From the menacing Big Poppa burger (triple cheeseburger topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, ketchup and mustard) which is so large it has to be held together with a steak knife, to the Reuben, Slim Jim, chili dog and hot beef or turkey, there is sure to be a sandwich to suit any persons tastes and the prices range from $2.99 to $5.99.

Dinners at the Lunch Box include grilled ham, liver and onions, grilled chicken, grilled chopped sirloin, shrimp and clams, roast beef and roast pork. With two sides included they each ring in at $7.99.

Deciding to end 2011 with something a little naughty, Bud Em ordered a club sandwich with a small order of chili cheese fries on the side. The sandwich was your typical club: layers of white toast, ham, bacon, fried egg, tomato, lettuce and mayo. It was a little messy to eat but tasty all the same. The chili cheese fries were yummy. Fresh cut fries topped with real chili - kidney beans and all - and smothered in melty cheese. The indulgence was worth it.

Bud Shaunna opted to finish out the year on a slightly healthier note ordering the large grilled chicken salad. The salad was made up of typical iceburg lettuce chunks, as well as some cherry tomatoes, onions and cucumbers. The chicken was moist and tasty (and there was plenty of it), and the salad itself was topped with cheesy fries. It was tasty and filling.

Whether you are looking for a triple cheeseburger, a chicken dinner or a hearty breakfast, then you should visit the Lunch Box in Elm Grove. The price is certainly right!

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