The city of Moundsville is home to many unique landmarks and attractions.
To begin with, there are the namesake ancient Indian burial mounds; there is "Old Sparky" and the former state penitentiary where he lives; add a roller derby team, a zip line tour and the coolest ice cream shop this side of the galaxy (shout out to the Big Dipper!) and you have plenty of reasons to head to Mound-town right now!
While you're there, the Buds recommend you check out the latest gem they've discovered: Alexander's on 7th.
Jalapeno Popper Dip
Located at 508 7th St., the restaurant is in the former Mound City Bank that was constructed in 1907, and as their Facebook page states "the renovation process and conversion of this building into a unique cafe was designed to preserve the architectural and historical integrity of the building." We love historical preservation!
After being seated the Buds had a chance to peruse Alexander's menu, which isn't very big but offers a unique selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches/burgers and open faced specialties. They also offer a buffet every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Patrons will find such menu items as artichoke and jalapeno popper dip, French onion soup, Caesar, cobb, Greek and Tabasco salads, classic burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, turkey and cheese wraps and even fried bologna! The specialties include the Black and Blue (Angus strips sauteed with mushroom and onion served over provolone bread topped with blue cheese) a double burger and the Vegetarian which features grilled vegetables and cheeses. Yum!
The gals couldn't resist putting in an order for the jalapeno popper dip before they had even settled on their entrees. Ringing in at $5.95 for a generous amount, this may very well have been the best thing the Buds have ever tasted. The spicy cheese blend topped with sliced jalapenos and shredded cheddar was served warm with tortilla chips for dipping. It was so tasty that after one bite Bud Em was Googling a recipe! Delicious and addictive indeed!
Bud Em finally settled on the cobb salad which rang in at $8.95. The large salad featured a bed of mixed greens topped with grilled chicken, shrimp, bacon, cheddar and blue cheese. With a side of sweet and sour dressing and a hunk of crusty bread, Bud Em couldn't wait to dig in! As expected, it turned out to be every bit as good as it looked. The meats were tender and the greens were fresh. Bud Em ate the whole thing, not even leaving a single sliver of cheddar cheese behind.
Bud Shaunna opted for the classic hamburger for a very reasonable $4.95. Served on two thick slices of fresh white bread, a nicely seasoned burger was topped with a variety of greens (no iceberg lettuce here!) and several slices of juicy tomato. The bread kicked this burger up a notch, and served with a pile of potato chips on the side, this was more than enough for a filling lunch.
The Buds were so pleased with their lunches, we plan to make another trip to try out Alexander's lunch buffet. Who knows - maybe we'll see you there!
The Buds can be reached at tastebuds@timesleader online.com.