Did somebody say party? A party about FOOD, you say?
That's right! When the Buds found out through their many resources (we have eyes EVERYWHERE) that Coleman's Fish Market was having a 100th birthday celebration, we had no choice but to show up at the party.
Perhaps nothing is more synonymous with Wheeling than Coleman's famous fish sandwich. People from different parts of the country, including former Ohio Valley natives, typically include a stop at Coleman's in Wheeling's historic Centre Market when they're back in town. And if they've been feeding hungry folks of the Ohio Valley (and beyond!) for 100 years, they're certainly doing something right!
A?fantastic balloon display greeted customers during Coleman’s 100th anniversary celebration.
The Buds arrived early in anticipation of a crowd, but apparently, so did everyone else! However, the line moved quickly as usual, and while the Buds waited, they chatted with a friendly older gentleman behind them and took in the festivities. A skilled balloon craftsman was making balloon animals for the kids, and Coleman's servers were passing out free samples of their delicious fish. Even the display at the entrance of the market was done up in intricate lobster and octopus balloon animals, blue balloons, and a large "100" right at the top. It looked fantastic!
In addition, Coleman's had hourly prize giveaways, a live band in the afternoon hours (Smoke Daddy and the Crawfish - who else?) and birthday cake. Perhaps the best part - Coleman's 100th birthday special was buy one regular fish sandwich and get another one for a buck! You can't beat that!
Bud Shaunna decided to go with the tried and true regular fish sandwich and took advantage of the special, taking a sandwich home for Bud Hubby. She also ordered a side of Jojo fries and coleslaw.
The fish sandwich can be summed up in one word: YUM. But since we get paid for the amount of words we use, we will elaborate by saying that not only was it delicious, but it was pretty filling too. There was a healthy amount of hot, breaded fish on the sandwich, and even though the bun is just two pieces of sandwich bread, it's practically a slice of heaven. Fish and bread - that's all Coleman's needed to knock it out of the park!
The Jojo fries were cut into nice-sized wedges, and were crunchy on the outside but soft and potatoey on the inside. Dunked in ketchup, these were the perfect compliment to the sandwich, as well as was the creamy coleslaw.
In the interest of diversity, Bud Em opted to go with the chicken finger basket with fries and coleslaw. On a last minute whim she added a shrimp and pork eggroll for good measure (it IS a fish place afterall...)
The first thing she went for was definitely the coleslaw. We don't know how they do it but it is fabulous and there's none like it anywhere else. Crunchy and creamy it's sweetness is the perfect complement to their fish or chicken. The chicken fingers were tender and juicy, breaded in the same breading as used for the fish. With a side of honey mustard, they made the perfect lunch. Last but not least Bud Em sampled the tasty shrimp and pork roll. Yummy!
We hated to dine and dash, but it was time to make room for the many other patrons eager to sit down and dig into their sandwiches. The Buds were glad they got the chance to step out and help celebrate the 100 year milestone of the legendary Wheeling eatery.
Here's to the next hundred!
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