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Taste Buds: Steak and Shake

Addition of breakfast menu ‘shakes’ things up in St. Clairsville

October 6, 2011
By EMILY DOMINICI and SHAUNNA DUNDER - The Taste Buds , Times Leader

Nutritional experts have referred to breakfast as being the most important meal of the day.

The benefits of eating breakfast include boosting concentration ability as well as metabolism, lowering cholesterol levels, increasing nutrient, vitamin and mineral intake and increasing strength and endurance levels to engage in physical activity.

These things are all well and good to the Buds, however they are more concerned with the immediate benefits of eating breakfast: ending hunger!

When the Buds learned that Steak and Shake recently added breakfast items to their menu, they couldn't wait to check it out.

Between the daily hours of 6 and 11 a.m., Steak and Shake offers a wide variety of America's favorite breakfast foods. Countless options that await hungry patrons include stacks of pancakes (buttermilk, blueberry or chocolate chip), skillets, scramblers, biscuits and gravy, and breakfast sandwiches, all available in just about every combination imaginable. What's better? They are all at some of the most reasonable prices that the Buds have ever seen.

It certainly took the Buds more than a few minutes to decide what to order. Some of the most enticing options included the Portobello and Sausage Skillet described as a savory combination of fresh eggs, scrambled with grilled Portobello mushrooms, sausage crumbles, caramelized onions and both Swiss and Cheddar cheeses served on top of shredded hash browns with choice of biscuit, toast or bagel. Wow! Now that certainly sounds like a mouthful!! Or how about the Royale Steakburger? A fried egg on top of a double Steakburger with melted cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo with a side of hash browns. Or perhaps the Pancake Sandwich "Panwich" - a knife and fork sandwich with two pancakes, sausage patty and scrambled egg topped with syrup and served with a side of hash browns.

Bud Em decided to try the All-You-Can- Eat pancakes. For $3.99, they start you off with a stack of three, then bring 'em two at a time until you've had your fill. The hungrier you are, the sweeter the deal! Said Bud - a pancake lover from way back - found the pancakes to be fluffy and delicious. She would definitely return for this deal. She also added a side of their crispy hash browns for good measure. Five of the silver dollar sized potato cakes made a serving and they were sure tasty. The whole meal, with a beverage, came to just eight bucks, which is pretty good, especially if you've taken the all-you-can-eat gimmick to heart!

Bud Shaunna took the route of sampling a little bit of everything. Starting with a breakfast shooter (two mini buns with scrambled egg, cheese and bacon or sausage) and following up with a fruit and yogurt parfait (both items just 99 cents) and a bowl of their hearty perfect start oatmeal topped with fruit and nuts which rang in at $2.49.

The breakfast shooter with bacon was delicious, as was the generous portion of yogurt in the parfait. But the real gem was the oatmeal - not mushy but nicely cooked, and with the dried fruit and nuts, Bud Shaunna didn't even need brown sugar to give it enough sweetness. With a cup of decaf, the whole meal totaled just over six bucks, which is more than reasonable for a nice sampling of some of the healthier options on the breakfast menu.

Next time you are hungry for a great deal on breakfast, the Buds recommend you stop in at Steak and Shake for a hearty meal.

The Taste Buds may be reached at tastebuds@timesleaderonline.com.

 
 

 

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