Well somebody sure dropped the ball!
The Buds are scratching their heads and wondering how - in eight YEARS of "budding" - they had not heard any mention of one Bob's Lunch in Moundsville.
Seriously - this ordinary-looking corner eatery at 800 3rd Street is very obviously a favorite of many, MANY Moundsvillians and has been for over six decades. The Buds shall remain ever grateful to the new co-worker who alerted them to its existence!
Pictured is city chicken with mashed potatoes and the BLT on homemade grilled bread.
After reading some online reviews and Facebook research, the Buds were pumped as they dropped by for lunch around 11 a.m., and it's a good thing they arrived when they did as the neatly kept diner was nearly full. The Buds grabbed a booth and perused the menu as they waited for the server.
Bob's menu includes a bevy appetizers, soups and salads, several burgers and sandwiches including many Elby-esque items (Bob Boy, Slim Gary and Patty Bob to name a few); breakfast served all day including omelets, pancakes, French toast, various egg combinations and the Haystack (pancake topped with scrambled eggs, cheese, hash browns and bacon and topped with another pancake); and dinners featuring seafood, chicken, beef, pasta and more. They offer daily specials and even serve Oliver's Pies for dessert. Yum!!
The gals couldn't resist an order of fried pickles to get them started. Dipped in creamy ranch, the tasty spears really hit the spot.
Feeling nostalgic, Bud Em opted to try the days' special which was city chicken with mashed potatoes and vegetables. The dinner, which also came with the most delicious roll ever, rang in just under eight bucks.
When she was growing up, Bud Em always enjoyed her mother's delicious city chicken and, in fact, had never had it prepared by another, so it's pretty safe to say there were some high hopes for the dish. And she wasn't disappointed. The two skewers of meat were as tender as could be and seasoned perfectly. And nothing goes better with city chicken than a mound of mashed potatoes with gravy. The homestyle comfort food was just perfect on a rainy afternoon.
Bud Shaunna waffled between ordering a burger or a sandwich, but finally decided on the BLT on grilled homemade bread, thanks to the suggestion of the waitress. The sandwich rang in at $3.99 and for two bucks more, Bud S made it a combo with spicy waffle fries and a pickle (this one wasn't deep fried).
Much to Bud Shaunna's delight, the bread was out of this world. It was lightly grilled and flavorful, and the sandwich was loaded with bacon, green lettuce and fresh tomato slices. The bacon was nice a crisp - no soggy stuff here! The spicy waffle fries were absolutely fantastic, and even though Bud S was full from the sandwich, she painfully ate every last crumb of waffle fries from her plate. It. Was. Good.
The Buds are so happy to have come across Bob's Lunch, even if it was a few years later than it should have been. We adored the atmosphere and the food, and highly recommend it to anyone heading through Moundsville. And if our ringing endorsement isn't enough to convince you to stop, then talk to any of the number of people filing in and out of what is obviously a town favorite.
The Buds can be reached at tastebuds@timesleader online.com
The works of Magnolia High School's art students will be on display at ArtsLink's upcoming First Sunday exhibit set for June 1 from 2-4 p.m. The free event will be held at the Francis Creative Arts Center at the corner of Maple Avenue and Washington Street in downtown New Martinsville. Light refreshments will be served.
The art pieces to be shown represent those from grades 9-12 who studied under instructor Leslie Day in various classes over the school year including Advanced Studio Art, Art II, Art III, and Art IV. Notably, one piece to be shown is the first place winner for Mixed Media from this year's West Liberty Media Arts and Design Festival.
There will be a variety of clay pieces, plaster sculptures, and even a paper mache goat on display. Additionally many works are made with paints, oil pastels, stained glass, and other mixed media. Day notes that Impressionism and Cubism are the most prevalent styles appearing in the show that includes a number of both two and three-dimensional works.
Day, a local graduate of West Liberty University, began teaching Art at Parkersburg High School before being placed at her alma mater in December. "My goal of this exhibition is to allow the students an opportunity to share their talents with the community," Day states. "They work very hard on their artwork and rarely have the opportunity to let it be seen by anyone other than friends and family. I think this will be a good experience for the students that are selected to participate to stand by their work and discuss it with the public."
"We are very excited to have Leslie's students exhibit their work in our gallery," notes ArtsLink president and exhibits chairperson Miranda Stokes. "We are always thrilled to see what the young people in our community are doing artistically and hope the public will help us welcome and support these students." Mark your calendar and support these talented, hard working individuals on June 1 from 2-4 p.m. at the Francis Creative Arts Center in New Martinsville.
This free event is part of ArtsLink's ongoing First Sunday exhibit series. For further information on this or other ArtsLink activities, please call the ArtsLink office at 304-455-2278, e-mail at , or visit the website at . ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact 304-455-2278 to request assistance. Financial support for ArtsLink's activities thanks to West Virginia Northern Community College, WETZ/WYMJ/WNRJ Radio, Williams, EQT Foundation, WETZ/WYMJ/WNRJ Radio, and Ohio Valley Online.
CUTLINE 1: This mixed media piece by MHS Senior Ayla Butcher won first place at this year's West Liberty Media Arts and Design Festival, and will be featured among many other creative works by students at MHS at ArtsLink's First Sunday Exhibit slated for June 1 from 2-4 p.m. at the Francis Creative Arts Center in New Martinsville.
CUTLINE 2: The mask seen here was made by Trey Baker, a Magnolia High School sophomore. It is made with plaster, and painted with ink. See more pieces like this one at ArtsLink's First Sunday Exhibit featuring the works of MHS art students on June 1 from 2-4 p.m. at the Francis Creative Arts Center in New Martinsville.