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Taste Buds: Abdalla’s

Buds find Stratton steak house to be worth the drive up

January 13, 2012
By EMILY DOMINICI and SHAUNNA DUNDER HERSHBERGER - The Taste Buds , Times Leader

Many of you have heard the old adage "curiosity killed the cat" - but it should also be noted that curiosity can be very, very tasty.

The Buds figured this out last week when they made the trek to Abdalla's Steak House in Stratton.

On Bud Em's many trips to the flea market in Rogers, Ohio, she always noticed the bar/restaurant that sits just off of Rt.7 and wondered what it was like. After a little online research, she was sure that it was somewhere the Buds needed to eat! Could they really be the "Ohio Valley's finest steaks" as boasted on their website?

There was only one way to find out, so the Buds hit the road.

Both famished when they arrived in Stratton, located just north of Toronto, the Buds grabbed a booth in the casual eatery and browsed the menu.

The house special - a 14 oz. charcoal broiled strip steak with jojo's, salad and bread ringing in just under $24 - sounded fabulous but the Buds agreed it was a little much for lunch. Other dinners included a shrimp dinner, chicken dinners and a fish dinner.

Abdalla's also offers a slew of sandwich options including a sirloin steak sandwich, chicken breast, burgers, meatball, fish, ham and cheese and hot sausage. The Buds love a good sandwich.

Also on the menu are a variety of large and small salads (including deluxe, steak and chicken) and several side items or appetizers such as wings, poppers, fresh cut fries and green pepper rings.

This ended up being one of the easier choices the Buds have made as both knew they wanted to try the famous steak.

Bud Em ordered the large steak salad which rang in at 11 bucks. She briefly considered ordering the small size until she realized the large was only one dollar more. The Buds are all about value.

The salad was de-lic-ious! A bed of iceburg lettuce was topped with cucumber, tomato and onion and PILED HIGH with strips of their delicious steak and shredded mozzarella cheese. It took Bud Em a good ten minutes to even find the lettuce under the steak and cheese, in fact, there was practically a TON of steak, which was tender and sooo flavorful. The large salad was definitely a hit, and said Bud even took half of it home for another meal.

Bud Shaunna wavered between the sirloin sandwich and the sirloin tips before finally settling on the tips. The steak tips-actually, they were so large they could actually be called steak cubes-were served in a bowl that was overflowing with sauteed mushrooms and onions. The steak was cooked perfectly and had such a wonderful flavor-it was quite easy to tell the steak was fresh, as they advertise. Bud Shaunna also opted for a side salad served with Adballa's house dressing. The dressing was Italian-style but had a wonderful peppery and savory flavor. We highly recommend it! This delicious and filling meal was well worth the 14 bucks it totaled.

The next time you find yourself craving some steak, why not hop in the car and make the drive to Abdalla's in Stratton? Trust the Buds when we say, it's definitely worth the trip!

The Buds may be reached at tastebuds@timesleaderonline.com.

 
 

 

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