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Taste Buds: Quaker Steak & Lube

Lenten lunch buffet is right fit for Buds

March 8, 2012

With Lent in full swing, the Buds were torn over where to eat lunch last Friday.

The saintly Bud Shaunna was looking for fish, but Bud Em was up for anything. That's when they recalled an advertisement for the Lenten buffet at Quaker Steak.

The Lube was looking like a godsend.

The all-you-can-eat Lenten buffet is available every Friday during Lent from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Quaker Steak and Lube. For $8.59, hungry folks can fill up on regular Lube favorites as well as a variety of Lenten-friendly foods. The hungry Buds wasted no time in making their way to the smorgasboard.

The Buds began with the salad bar which included regular and shredded lettuce, grape tomatoes, shredded carrots, cucumbers, peppers - the usual suspects. There were croutons and crunchy noodles to top it off as well as a variety of dressings. Also on the cold bar was cole slow (which Bud Em found to be quite tasty) and pasta salad. The ingredients were fresh and crisp and both Buds were pleased.

Also on the lunch buffet was hot soup. Patrons could choose between New England clam chowder and a traditional wedding soup. While both options looked delicious, the Buds were eager to hit the hot bar, thus skipping the soups.

The hot bar was loaded with all sorts of good food. Both baked fish and fried fish fillets were available, mac-n-cheese, pierogies sauteed with onions, soft pretzels, and three types of wings. Finally, a table of desserts awaited diners who are still able to indulge.

Bud Shaunna liked that the fish was cut into smaller, easy to sample pieces. The fried fish was your usual breaded variety and had a nice crunch without being greasy. The baked fish fillets were divine-buttery and fresh, the meat just melted in her mouth. And of course, Bud Shaunna is always a sucker for potato filled pierogies, especially when they're cooked with onions. There was only one word to describe them on that second Friday of Lent - heavenly!

Bud Em was eager to have some of the wings. Sauces on the buffet that day were barbecue and Thai 'R' Cracker. Bud Em tried both flavors of traditional wings but thoroughly enjoyed the Thai 'R' Cracker boneless grilled wings. It's her new favorite. Described as sweet Thai flavor with a kick of chili and garlic, the sauce was amazing, and you just can't not feel good about eating skinless, grilled chicken. Perfectly healthy and delicious. With a scoop of ooey gooey macaroni and cheese on the side - which Bud Em admits was slightly less healthy but totally worth it - it was a great meal.

FYI - the soft pretzels at the Lube are awesome! Neither Bud could resist snagging a couple pieces of them. Had they provided their tangy beer cheese dip, the world would have been perfect. Trust us, it rocks!

The Buds really enjoyed the endless Lenten buffet at the Lube, as it literally offers something for everyone whether they are looking for just seafood, some of the Lube's famous wings or even a light lunch. This buffet has all the bases covered!

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