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Taste Buds: Deano's

Much more than pizza at Wheeling eatery

March 14, 2013

When they claim to be "More Than Just Pizza", they aren't just whistlin' Dixie.

And that's a good thing!

Taking advantage of a recent (however temporary) temperature spike, the Buds hit Wheeling's walking trail for some much needed exercise. Upon finishing, they just couldn't resist stopping by Deano's on adjacent Mt. DeChantal Road for a tasty reward.

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Sweet potato fries

Because exercise is all about rewards, right? (That's our secret to staying motivated.)

Deano's menu features gourmet pizza by the slice or by the pie, hoagies, sandwiches, salads and soups, wings, pastas and their famous specialty fries.

The Buds were intrigued by several items on the menu including the "Hangover" which, if its description is any indication, is a mammoth of a sandwich. Each Hangover includes a choice of meats (corned beef, roast beef, honey ham, sirloin steak burger, capicola or smoked turkey and white fish) and is then stuffed full of fresh cut French fries, tangy cole slaw, sliced tomato and provolone on fresh, thick Italian bread. For $7.25 is seemed like a bargain so Bud Em decided to indulge.

While she's had her fair share of hangovers in the past, this one was the first to be a pleasant experience. Downright delightful even! The ginormous turkey sandwich was stuffed to the max with the tasty toppings and came with chips on the side. Their tangy slaw and warm fresh cut fries (we LOVE fresh cut fries!) made the mouth-watering meal good enough to rival any Pittsburgh-style sandwich. And there was plenty left to take home for another Hangover later. It's really hard to beat a two-Hangover day!

Since Deano's was touting its gourmet pizza, she also decided to order a couple slices - which come with cheese and one topping for $1.99 each - to take home for the lil' Bud.

Topping choices include: fresh mushrooms, diced tomatoes, red onions, green peppers, mild pepper rings, roasted red peppers, black olives, green olives, zucchini, pineapple, ricotta, pepperoni, ham, bacon, salami, meatballs, Italian sausage, jalapenos, spinach, feta and anchovies.

Said Bud ordered one with pepperoni and one with mushrooms. Having only had a couple bites before the little Bud scarfed it down, she can vouch that it was delicious! Their hand tossed dough made a delicious crust, which is - of course - the best part of any pizza!

Bud Shaunna decided to try Deano's "Famous Steak and Cheese" hoagie. Grilled marinated sirloin steak was topped with green peppers, onions and gooey provolone cheese on a fresh, toasty hoagie bun. The steak was mouth-watering Bud Shaunna ate every last bit of it (even if she had to use her fingers to pull it off the sandwich). In addition, she also ordered a small side of fresh cut sweet potato fries. These fries were served piping hot and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. The sugar was an unexpected surprise and threw a monkey wrench in Bud Shaunna's Lenten promise of no sugar - but when shared with Bud Em, the blasphemy didn't seem so bad. These fries were delicious! At just around 10 bucks, Bud Shaunna had a very filling meal at a good price.

In addition to the regular menu items, Deano's also offers a Lenten fish special on Fridays, as well as a pulled pork hoagie basket with fries and cole slaw - which sounded delicious!

If you're planning to frequent the walking trail with the coming spring weather - or if you just happen to be near Mt. DeChantal Road - why not stop by Deano's for a hoagie and some fresh cut fries? You'll be glad you did!

The Buds can be reached at tastebuds@timesleader



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