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Taste Buds: 19th Hole

Wheeling watering hole expands menu

June 22, 2012
By EMILY DOMINICI and SHAUNNA DUNDER HERSHBERGER - The Taste Buds , Times Leader

It might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of where to go for lunch. And that's not just because they opened at 4 p.m.

But we'd sure bet it's one of the first places that comes to mind when thinking of where to go for wings!

We are talking about Wheeling's 19th Hole (referred to affectionately by regulars simply as "the Hole"), an atypical little structure wedged on National Road between Long John Silvers and the Minit Car Wash. The establishment has long been known to locals as the place to go for cold beer and great wings. Perhaps a heaping order of fries with cheese and bacon in the wee hours of the morning? Yep, the Buds have been there.

Now fans of the Hole have more reasons to cheer.

The bar recently expanded its menu by adding that of the former Caddy Shack in Fulton, which has long been known for its tasty hoagies. They also now open daily at noon to accommodate the hungry lunch crowd.

The Buds have had the wings before and can vouch for their tastiness. Offered by the pound - about eight wings for $6.25 - they can be dressed in any one of a whopping seventeen sauces! The flavors include ranch, honey garlic, garlic parmesan, lemon pepper, Old Bay, General Tso's, teriyaki, honey barbecue, Cajun, blackened medium, spicy barbecue, spicy garlic, mild, medium and hot. For the really brave there are options called "Hole N One" and "Chernobyl." About these we know just one thing: they are way higher on the Scoville heat scale than the Buds are willing to go ... proceed with caution!

The new expanded menu includes all of the hoagies from the Caddy Shack such as their "house" hoagies (Italian, chicken Philly, steak and cheese and the Philly steak) and Pittsburgh style hoagies that are topped with fries and slaw. There are burgers, dogs, sandwiches, pizzas, salads and an overwhelming variety of deep fried appetizers listed under the heading "Things." This is where you would find everything from those famous cheese fries we mentioned before to fried ravioli and shrimp. The best part is that everything on the menu is affordably priced.

The Buds both decided on hoagies, Bud Em going with the Pittsburgh-style turkey and Bud Shaunna with a classic Italian.

Bud Em's whole sub, ringing in at $8.50, was tasty indeed. You just can't go wrong with fries on a sandwich! The sub being a hearty fare, she ended taking half home to share with loved ones. Her only protest was that she prefers a sweeter variety of cole slaw, which is entirely a matter of personal preference.

Bud Shaunna thoroughly enjoyed the classic Italian hoagie. The saltiness of the meats combined nicely with the melty provolone cheese, banana peppers and the tangy Italian dressing. The only thing wrong with the sandwich was that there wasn't enough of it! Bud Shaunna wished she'd ordered a whole hoagie instead of half. Oh well, another reason to go back!

The saying that some things just get better with time is true in this case. Regulars at the 19th Hole have come to appreciate the laid back atmosphere and the friendly staff. But now the local hang out is even better, having incorporated the new menu. We think this has the potential to draw in some new "regulars."

The Buds can be reached at tastebuds@timesleaderonline.com

 
 

 

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