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Taste Buds: The Wooden Wheel

Amish restaurant in Quaker City makes Buds swoon

December 16, 2011
By EMILY DOMINICI and SHAUNNA DUNDER HERSHBERGER , Times Leader

Some of the best things in life are found off the beaten path.

And by off the beaten path we mean precisely seven rural miles off I-70 exit 193. There, at the corner of Broadway and Pike streets in Quaker City sits a little restaurant called the Wooden Wheel.

At the Wooden Wheel you will find authentic, fresh, made from scratch, wholesome Amish cooking. And you will love it.

The Buds made their first trek to the fairly recently opened restaurant this past week. After tasting the delicious food, the Buds are sure that many trips will follow.

The menu at the Wooden Wheel offers a variety of breakfast combinations, dinners and sandwiches. The breakfast menu had quite a few options that certainly piqued the Buds' interest, including the breakfast pizza (a biscuit crust smothered with sausage gravy and home fries, layered with eggs and bacon and covered in cheese sauce); and pancakes stuffed with creamy filling served with strawberry or blueberry preserves and topped with whipped cream. Wow! The dinner options include a special Amish wedding dinner featuring breaded oven baked chicken, real mashed potatoes and dressing covered in gravy.

What a tough decision for the Buds! Bud Em decided to try the homemade noodle dinner, which came with a pair of sides, in this case a baked sweet potato and tossed salad, for just $6.25. To the Buds' delight, meals are also served with fresh bread that comes with both apple butter and a peanut butter spread.

Bud Em's meal was supurb. The noodles were delicious, with little chunks of potato and carrot and swimming in a creamy chicken flavored sauce. It was the ideal comfort food. The salad and sweet potato were also both delightful, and it was a great deal of food for the price. Bud Em also purchase a huge homemade cinnamon roll (only $1.25!) to take home for later. It was fantastic, and Bud Em highly recommends.

The bread deserves its own paragraph! Given the choice of white or wheat, the Buds chose wheat. Oh goodness! The bread, in the form of a small loaf, was divine. So light and so flavorful, the Buds have never tasted its equal. In fact, both purchased a mini loaf (for just 99 cents!) to take home for later. The little cups of apple butter and peanut butter spread were off the hook. Yummy, yummy, yummy.

Bud Shaunna opted for the fish dinner - breaded with their homemade crumbs - with sides of tossed salad and homemade stuffing on the side, which totaled $9.75. The Wooden Wheel actually offered THREE types of gravy - chicken, turkey or beef. Bud Shaunna chose chicken, and it was rich and delicious atop a moist scoop of stuffing. No chewing necessary - that stuff just melts in your mouth. The breading on the monstrously large fish was quite flavorful, as was the accompanying homemade tartar sauce. This meal was filling and simply delicious.

Yes, the Buds shudder when they think of the Weight Watchers points consumed, but have come to the conclusion that every calorie was well worth it! They will definitely make the trip back to the Wooden Wheel.

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

 
 

 

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