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Taste Buds: Tesla Grille

Serbian-American Cultural Center’s restaurant wows the Buds

November 2, 2011
By EMILY DOMINICI and SHAUNNA DUNDER , Times Leader

Up until recently, whenever the Buds heard the word "Tesla", it conjured images of the 80's metal band best known for "Love Song" and their cover of "Signs". It was the only Tesla they knew.

Well, the Taste Buds do now declare: there is a new Tesla in town and the name will henceforth be synonymous with "great food"!

Always vigilant in finding new places to eat, Bud Em came across an advertisement some months ago for the Tesla Grille located at the Serbian-American Culture Center in Weirton. Although she had never heard of it, she immediately checked out their website and was quite interested in what she found.

Tesla's is the Center's restaurant which is open to the public and offers dining and cocktail service four days per week. Every Wednesday from 4 - 8 p.m. they offer the Taste of the Valley Buffet, which features ethnic specialties from the many diverse cultures that make up the Ohio Valley. Whether it be Italian, Greek, Mexican, American or Serbian, for just $7.95, patrons get all-they-can-eat. Sounds fabulous!

Thursday evening, from 4 - 8 p.m., offers the dinner buffet which features a made to order pasta station, salad bar, soup, and varied entree choices complete with vegetable and side item. All this also rings in at $7.95. Wow!

Fridays feature their famous Fish Fry from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The menu offers such selections as baked fish, all-you-can-eat Canadian White fried fish, jumbo shrimp dinners and even a one pound "Whaler" sandwich. During dinner hours on Friday, the chef also prepares a dinner special.

The Buds were delighted to visit the Tesla Grille for lunch last Friday and were eager to sample the fish selections. Bud Em decided to try the fried shrimp. Eight jumbo shrimp were lightly breaded and perfectly fried. Side options were seasoned fries or cabbage and noodles. The meal also included choice of American or Serbian cole slaw and thick slices of bread. Bud Em selected the American style slaw.

The food was wonderful. Bud Em greatly enjoyed the cabbage and noodles, not a side item you find everywhere. The slaw was rich and creamy and the bread was fresh and soft. No complaints from Bud Em on anything.

Bud Shaunna decided to try some of their special Serbian dishes, ordering the Baked Icelandic Cod "Serbian Style" along with the cabbage and noodles and the Serbian cole slaw, which is tossed with oil, vinegar and garlic. Yum!

A piece of baked white fish was topped with a sweet tomato-like sauce and included some diced green peppers and onions. Bud Shaunna was blown away by this delectable combination of flavors - it was pretty easy to gobble it all down. Add that to the amazing cabbage and noodles and the yummy Serbian cole slaw and this made a very filling and very tasty meal.

On Sundays, the Tesla offers their Sunday Brunch Buffet from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. This doozy features a different hand carved meat selection each week, made-to-order omelet station, made-to-order pasta station, and a full breakfast bar which includes scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, pancakes and sausages. There is also a dinner selection, salad bar and soup. As if that weren't enough, pastries, breads and dessert are also included and all for just $10.95!

The Buds really enjoyed their experience at the Tesla Grille and both look forward to making the trip again for the fabulous sounding Sunday Brunch.

In true Tesla fashion, it left them singing 'Love Song'.

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

 
 

 

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