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Taste Buds: West Texas Roadhouse

February 20, 2014
By SHAUNNA DUNDER HERSHBERGER - Taste Bud ( , Times Leader

LOVE IS in the air.

The much-anticipated (or much-dreaded depending on your POV) Valentine's holiday snuck up on us last week, making us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

And you know what else makes us feel warm and fuzzy? A great meal at a fun restaurant, which is exactly what the Buds got when they headed out to the West Texas Roadhouse in St. Clairsville.

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Pictured is Bud Shaunna’s Sundance’s Choice Sirloin, baked sweet potato and steamed broccoli.

With Bud Em suddenly out of commission, Bud S recruited Bud Hubby to tag along (as if he had a choice in the matter) for this week's mission. Of course Bud Hubby is good company, and all that love stuff, blah blah blah, but Bud S certainly missed her Bud alter ego.

Being Valentine's Day weekend, the Roadhouse was quite busy when the Buds arrived, but for such a large crowd, we only waited about 25 minutes for a table. That was good because the Buds were hungry!

The Roadhouse offers a wide array of menu items including appetizers (featuring their famous Texas Blossom - a hand battered and fried Texas-sized onion served with ranch dipping sauce), salads, soups, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, chicken, ribs, pork, lamb.... WHEW! Did we forget anything? Oh yeah - there's also a children's menu for the "Little Texans" as well as a lunch menu available weekdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Today's Special

West Texas Roadhouse

Located at: 50880 National Rd., St. Clairsville, 740-695-6611

Monday - Thursday & Sunday: 11 a.m. until 10 p.m

Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Specialties: Texas onion blossom, steak, chicken, ribs, and more!

Because Bud S is still implementing a clean, healthy eating regimen, she was extremely pleased to see there were plenty of options available. Did she want pork chops? Chicken? Steak? A duo platter of steak and shrimp? Decisions, decisions.

She ended up choosing Sundance's Choice Sirloin cooked medium, and ordered a plain baked sweet potato and steamed broccoli on the side, all for $16.99. The center cut sirloin was seasoned and cooked to perfection (without any added butter - Bud S asked and the friendly waitress was quite knowledgeable about how the dish was prepared - wonderful!). Bud S has been to a few restaurants and asked for her steak cooked medium but it came out a bit too undercooked for her liking. This one was done just right! And it was juicy and flavorful - the whole half that she could actually eat!

If you've been to the Roadhouse before, you know the potatoes they serve are ginormous. Well, let me tell you, folks, the sweet potatoes are no exception! This potato could have been mistaken for a small submarine! Of course, Bud S could only consume half of it, but it also packaged up nicely in a box with the leftover steak to make for another full meal. While the price seemed a little high, there was certainly MORE than enough food for at least two meals.

Bud Hubby ordered the Chimichurri Steak cooked medium - a 16 oz. monster specially seasoned for a lovely kick - with a sweet potato and side salad for $20.99. Just like Bud S's, his meal portions were large and in charge. The steak itself made for three separate meals! It really had a nice flavor (yes, Bud S had a sample bite), and Bud Hubby also commented that it was cooked the way he liked it. He also gobbled up the sweet cinnamon butter that accompanied the sweet potato - he's got no dietary restrictions, that's for sure!

Both Buds left completely satisfied with their meals - and also with their leftovers in doggie bags. West Texas Roadhouse was a great choice for a special dinner, but with so many menu options, it seems like a great choice for any meal!



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