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Taste Buds: Depot Bikery

Outdoor eatery offers food with a view

August 30, 2012

It's never an easy transition.

Getting back to the grind in the office after a week at the beach can be very rough at times. Ask Bud Em, she's going through it right now.

That is precisely why Bud Shaunna suggested that the Buds get outside into the sunshine and enjoy a relaxing bite to eat while overlooking the peaceful Ohio River. Though it's not quite the same as being at the ocean, Bud Em welcomed the idea, so they headed over to Wheeling's Heritage Port to lunch at the newly introduced Depot Bikery.

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The waterfront eatery, located at the north end near the playground, has the feel of a classic sidewalk cafe, featuring umbrella-shaded tables and a scenic view of the Ohio River and Suspension Bridge. Run by Soup Shack proprietor Frank Warren, the Depot Bikery will be open for lunch on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature many of the cold food items that have become popular at his Centre Market location.

The Buds are huge fans of the Soup Shack's tasty soup selections and Bud Em especially enjoyed the fresh spinach salad with homemade dressing on their last "official" visit. Now, they were ready to try some of the other cold items on the menu that usually end up being trumped by the soup. At the Bikery, patrons can munch on hummus tacos, spinach or garden salads, Greek pasta salad, fruit soup and turkey club, chicken salad and egg salad sandwiches. They also offer bottled water and a selection of soft drinks.

Bud Shaunna was happy to have the opportunity to finally try the hummus tacos and, giving in to curiosity, added a bowl of the summery fruit soup for good measure. The hummus taco was quite large, more like a wrap served in a soft shell, and had a flavorful Greek flair with a thick layer of hummus, diced tomatoes, black olives, fresh spinach and feta cheese. Served with a vinaigrette dressing and crispy tortilla chips on the side, the taco was filling and tasty.

But the real interest here was the fruit soup. Having been a staple on the Soup Shack's summer menu, fruit soup is not a savory soup. Instead, it's a yogurt-based sweet soup, topped with strawberries and served with graham crackers. For anyone who might be on the fence about trying fruit soup, don't be! Bud Shaunna likened it to eating a fruity flavored pudding, except a little thinner in consistency. And the whole pieces of strawberries added some nice depth. It was definitely a winner! Overall, this meal filled Bud Shaunna's belly for only 8 bucks.

Though she eyed up the chicken salad sandwich with intent, Bud Em realized that readers may be fed up with her and her love of chicken so she did the unthinkable ... she ordered the turkey.

Yup, the turkey club it was. For 5 bucks, she got a good sized sandwich on fresh multigrain bread layered with turkey cold cuts, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Served with a dill pickle spear and a handful of tortilla chips, the sandwich made for a tasty lunch indeed. With a can of soda for an additional buck, she savored each bite while basking in the sunlight and gentle breeze.

Whether you're a biker, a walker, a jogger or a downtown office worker, the Buds recommend stopping by the Depot Bikery for a relaxing lunch while the good weather lasts.

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