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Taste Buds: Wild Wild West

Wheeling eatery offers weekday lunch buffet

November 14, 2013
By EMILY DOMINICI and SHAUNNA DUNDER HERSHBERGER - The Taste Buds , Times Leader

With all the hard work the Buds have put into this year's Holiday Traditions cookbook and shopping planner (which is super awesome and you WON'T want to miss it ... look for it in your Times Leader on Tuesday, Nov. 26!), let's just say the Buds have worked up quite the appetite!

Their grumbling tummies gave the Buds a great idea: what a perfect time to check out the new lunch buffet at The Wild Wild West Sports Bar located on Rt. 88 next to Oglebay Park! And they were off to said eatery before you could say "John Wayne."

The lunch buffet is available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and rings in at $7.95. On the day the Buds visited, it featured plenty of good grub: cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, cream of mushroom soup, a salad bar with all the fixings, cole slaw, Maui chicken, candied keilbasa, perogies with sauteed onions, a vegetable medley and a variety of wings. Not a bad deal, eh?!

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A plate from the Wild Wild West’s new lunch buffet features, cheese pizza, salad, vegetable medley and Maui chicken.

Bud Em helped herself to some cheese pizza and a fresh salad to start with. Cut into small pieces, the pizza was very tasty. Nothing elaborate, as it's not from a pizza parlor, but quite satisfying. And, of course, you KNOW the Buds are "salad people" so they are never sad when they see a variety of fresh veggies and toppings ready to be piled high! Both Buds made quite lovely salads - if we do say so ourselves, topped with items such as cucumber, tomato, bacon bits, and shredded cheeses. They also sampled a dab of the cole slaw. Delish!

Bud Shaunna, a sucker when it comes to soups, dished out some warm cream of mushroom soup. The soup had a nice flavor and was filling without being an extremely heavy cream soup. A package of crackers would have put the finishing touches on this soup, but that's what the rest of the meal is for!

After the soup and salad section, the Buds moved on to the hot foods. Both gals took quite a liking to the Maui chicken, which was tender strips of grilled chicken flavored with a sweet and spicy sauce. Reminding them of a Thai-type flavor, it was definitely worth going back for seconds!

And who can resist a perogie? Not the Buds! Both sampled the soft, potato-filled pillows of goodness, and topped with skillet-cooked onions, these were a nice comfort food choice. In addition, the combination of steamed broccoli, carrots and zucchini in the vegetable medley provided a good side dish for the chicken and perogies.

The buffet featured four types of wings: Spicy New Yorker, chili, mild and plain. Bud Em did her duty by trying both the Spicy New Yorker and the mild. The jumbo wings were meaty and cooked perfectly. The NY seemed to be a combination of ranch and mild with perhaps some feta in there. Whatever it was it was delicious!

While Bud Em was putting away a few wings, Bud Shaunna passed on the wings and instead found her way to the cream puffs. An assortment of bite sized puff pastries with chocolate and plain toppings were the perfect way to finish off the meal - not too heavy, with just the right amount of sweetness.

The Buds were very pleased with their meal, feeling full but not overly stuffed. We liked the variety of foods, some lighter and some heavier than others, but it was a nice balance. If you're looking to try a different venue, head on up to the Wild Wild West Sports Bar - maybe while you're there you can game plan your Oglebay Fantasy in Lights viewing route!

The Buds can be reached at tastebuds@timesleaderonline.com

 
 

 

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