THE Buds must go on.
Even though Bud Em was under the weather, Taste Buds must still be written, so being the trooper that she is, Bud Shaunna marched on (sadly) without Em for one week. On the other hand, that did open the door for a "guest" Bud, which happened to be, not surprisingly, Bud Shaunna's hubby.
On the heels of the news that the Wheeling Nailers hockey team is staying in Wheeling, the Buds decided to check out Hattricks Sports Bar & Grill. Located on Market Street, this newly opened restaurant boasts a playful hockey theme. The new floors are painted like a giant hockey rink, complete with blue and red lines, and several large, flat screen TVs line the walls. Even the outside of the building was given a facelift to make the place look fresh. Hattricks also offers a full bar - and in an effort to hammer down on drunk drivers, the restaurant also offers a unique service: On Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., they provide a bus that will pick people up and take them home (within a 10 mile radius) if they are unable to drive. What a great idea!
We took a seat at one of the tall, pub-style round tables in the restaurant, and the friendly waitress handed us a pretty large menu. Appetizers included the standard fare, but also some interesting choices like crab fries with old bay and cheese sauce, pierogies, fried pepperoni pizza balls and cheesesteak nachos. They also have many different wing sauces and offer a wing special Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, the menu also includes several salad options, hot sandwiches and wraps, hoagies, burgers and steak sandwiches.
The waitress suggested one of the cheesesteak sandwiches, saying that they were a house specialty. Hattricks has just about every cheesesteak flavor imaginable. Bud Shaunna couldn't decided between the chicken cheesesteak, the BBQ cheesesteak, the teriyaki chicken cheesesteak or the pizza steak, so she ultimately decided to try the basic cheesesteak hoagie.
This hoagie did not disappoint in size or taste. Served on a hoagie bun, this was a traditional Philly-style cheesesteak chopped with the cheese, onions and peppers all mixed in together. It was totally off the hook - delicious, flavorful and juicy. It was so good, in fact, that Bud Hubby snuck a few bites and noted that it was the best cheesesteak he'd ever eaten. Served with a side of crispy onion rings, this meal rang in at $8.50. Bud Shaunna would definitely order this cheesesteak again and again!
Torn between the Cajun burger or the burger with fried onion and provolone, Bud Hubby opted for the latter. This thick burger was cooked perfectly and was topped with plenty of fried onions and gooey provolone. And happily, it tasted as good as it looked. With fries, a pickle spear and a pop on the side, this filling meal was a great deal at $7.50.
If you're looking for a new spot for lunch, dinner or a fun late night hang out, Hattricks is sure to have something for just about everyone. They certainly scored a goal with the Buds!
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