Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Road Food: St Clairsville, Ohio - Mehlman's Cafeteria

(Our southwest trip started May 1. All of my posts were written as the trip went along but were not posted live until we returned. If you want to read all the posts related to the trip, click on "southwest" in the label section below).

So here we are, zipping eastward on I70 and looking for some place to eat. Just west of the Ohio/West Virginia border I saw a sign for Mehlman's Cafeteria. Didn't have a clue but decided to give it a try. I swung off at the exit and weaved my way through small St. Clairsville, trying to locate the cafeteria.

I found it but ended up passing it the first try. The driveway entrance was really narrow and I missed it. Turned around and made my way into the parking lot, which at 11:30 a.m., was already packed. We didn't know what to expect but with all of these customers, how bad could it be?

We certainly weren't prepared for what we found inside. Food is served true cafeteria style. We grabbed trays and silverware and, of course, first there were the desserts. We took a piece of pecan pie to split. Everything is served and priced a la carte and I chose the stuffed chicken breast with a side of green beans and cabbage and noodles. My husband had the penne pasta. We each had a large soda and the TOTAL bill was $13.59! No wonder it was so popular.

Now to the food. My stuffed chicken breast was excellent. The green beans were overcooked but the cabbage and noodles was good. My husband said the pasta was good. And the only reason we had trouble with the piece of pie was because we were both stuffed from our meal.

If we are ever on I70 again at the OH/WV border, I plan on stopping at Mehlman's Cafeteria. Maybe they will still be serving the stuffed chicken breast.

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