Sometimes, taking the beaten path is the best route.
And sometimes, that path leads to a diamond in the rough.
The Buds found themselves heading down a beaten - but familiar - path during a recent outing. Our Bud hearts were longing for the home cooked meals of the holidays, and we set out in search of something to satisfy our taste.
French toast and bacon
Slim Jim with waffle fries
And that's just about the time a co-worker suggested Schlepp's Family Restaurant in Belmont.
Schlepp's Family Restaurant, located just off I-70 exit 208 on Belmont-Morristown Road, has been serving up home cooked, family style meals since the early 90s. The atmosphere is casual, and the prices are reasonable - just what the doctor ordered for some real home cooked deliciousness (without having to do it ourselves!).
Once the Buds were seated in a cozy booth, they began the task of narrowing down their options. The restaurant offers breakfast all day, along with daily house specials. The regular menu offers the standard fare of sandwiches, salads, and entrees, including local favorites dry rubbed ribs and chicken and homemade bread. In addition to the specials and regular menu items, a large selection of homemade pies were available for dessert.
Bud Em was in a sandwich mood at the time, so she opted for the Slim Jim with a side of waffle fries. The hoagie, which rang in at $5.75, was large and stacked with warm ham, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and special sauce. The Slim Jim was tasty indeed - the perfect blend of salty ham and smooth swiss. The tangy sauce was the perfect condiment for this hoagie. The waffle fries were crispy and delicious. The $2 order was plentiful as well - some of which sadly had to be left behind as Bud Em's belly reached full capacity.
Since the clock hovered around that "brunchy" time of close to 11 a.m., Bud Shaunna opted to order off of the breakfast menu. She selected the French toast on homemade bread with a side of bacon for a little over 6 bucks. Three thick, large pieces of bread dipped in a tasty egg batter were fried to perfection. The flavor of the French toast was a nice balance of vanilla and cinnamon, but definitely not too strong. Plus, it wasn't mushy. In fact, the homemade bread stood up well to some butter and a drizzle of syrup. With three large slices of crispy bacon on the side, this proved to be more than enough food for an enjoyable brunch-time meal. Bud Shaunna would definitely order this again.
If it's delicious homecooking at affordable prices that you crave, the Buds recommend taking the path that leads to Schelpp's Family Restaurant, where comfort food awaits!
The Buds may be reached at tastebuds @timesleaderonline.com.