While on location in Cambridge recently, the Buds couldn't help but notice the steady stream of folks that were entering a restaurant adjacent to where the Buds had parked. Hmmmm...it's just this type of activity that sets our "Budar" into a frenzy. Hence, a full investigation was launched into said eatery. It didn't take the Buds long to realize they'd stumbled upon a real gem!
Theo's Restaurant, located at 632 Wheeling Ave., has been a family dining tradition in Cambridge since 1931 and claims to be "twice as nice for half the price!" As it turns out, the Buds couldn't have said it better. Theo's has it all - a great atmosphere, friendly waitstaff, and super delicious food at amazing prices.
The menu features a bevy of sandwiches, burgers, salads and homecooked dinner specials. There are Coney Island hot dogs, chicken and tuna salad croissants, grilled cheese, hot turkey and roast beef sandwiches, gyros, a prime rib burger, the Theo pizza, the fish tail sandwich and a jumbo apple bacon steakburger just to name a few. Dinner entrees available after 4 p.m. include items such as Jack Daniels marinated chicken and pork chops; strip, ribeye and sirloin steaks; spaghetti, stir-fry, and broiled tilapia. Among their regular daily specials are liver and onions, turkey and dressing, country fried steak, baked steak, cabbage rolls, meatloaf, lasagna, creamed chicken on biscuit and chicken and noodles. Phew! That's quite the selection. To top it all off, Theo's has a selection on homemade pies they claim are "out of this world!" We'll just have to see about that!
Smoked Turkey and Avocado sandwich
Trpoical Chicken Breast Salad
Bud Em settled on one of the seasonal dishes - the tropical chicken salad and a cup of vegetable soup. The cup of soup was just $1.75 and was served with a basket of assorted crackers. This delicious homemade soup was hearty and full of veggies. The salad rang in at $7.99 and featured fresh spring greens, sliced strawberries, nuts, raisins, charbroiled chicken breast and shredded mozzarella cheese and was served with their summer classic banana peach dressing. Yes - banana peach dressing?! While Bud Em admittedly has had more than her share of chicken salads over the years, this one is definitely a stand out. The tender chicken, sweet fruits and salty nuts made a wonderful combination but the dressing was what really made it unique. The thick and sweet concoction could practically be eaten by itself were such a thing acceptable.
Bud Shaunna was undecided until she glanced over the daily specials menu and noticed a turkey and avocado sandwich. Theo's had her at avocado. Served on buttered and lightly grilled cracked black pepper bread, this sandwich was a big winner! Turkey was topped with fresh lettuce, thick slices of tomatoes and pepper jack cheese. The avocado was spread across the bottom, and although there could have been more avocado spread for Bud S, it was still good. The cracked black pepper bread, however, took this sandwich from regular to amazing. Served with a heap of tasty fries, the filling and tasty meal was quite a bargain at $6.99.
And what would be a lunch at a local favorite without a piece of homemade pie? Theo's pies come highly touted by regular visitors, so Bud S made the ultimate sacrifice and ordered a slice of peach pie. With the first bite, it was immediately obvious these were fresh peaches - no soggy canned stuff here! It had a lovely tartness, and the crust - always the Buds' favorite part - was flaky and delicious. Topped with real whipped cream, this pie was a great way to end the meal!
Needless to say, the Buds enjoyed their visit to Theo's. With great food at great prices it's a win-win all around. Go there!
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