Hello! Corey Preece here for my Thursday blog post on Mountain Eats. This week we have really focused on offering some helpful tips on places to find cheap food in the University City, but what about that often forgotten meal breakfast? As a college student with an unpredictable schedule, setting time aside for the supposedly “most important” meal of the day can be a little difficult. However, one local eatery that will take care of your wallet and your early morning appetite is Tudor’s Biscuit World.
Tudor’s is a new restaurant in Morgantown (located on University Avenue by Hibachi in Evansdale) but its faithful following in southern West Virginia has made this little biscuit shack the place to “start your day the homemade way.” Offering a wide variety of breakfast oriented menu items like pancake platters, biscuits and gravy, and of course the famous biscuit sandwiches, one meal from Tudor’s will tide you over for the rest of the day. The menu is chuck full of an interesting list of biscuit sandwiches which are under $4 with a “5 for 5” deal that allows you to get five different biscuits for $5. The only way I can describe the utter-awesomeness that is Tudor’s Biscuit World is to think of Subway but with breakfast food items like bacon, eggs, sausage, and hash browns.
While the plethora of breakfast options can be dizzying at times, your attention at Tudor’s should rest squarely on the biscuits. “It’s the biscuits, stupid,” and I would have to agree. My favorite of the biscuit choices is the classic “Mary B,” a biscuit with your run-of-the-mill bacon, egg, and cheese. However, a biscuit like the “Duke” is basically a Mary B with a hash brown thrown in for some extra sodium fun! The “Ron” has sausage, egg, and cheese while the “Peppy” sports pepperoni and melted cheese…enticed yet?
If biscuits aren’t your thing, another breakfast item of note is the “Big ‘Tator,” a $5.42 meal with a bountiful helping of home fries (small cubed cut potatoes) covered in scrambled eggs and bacon, drizzled in melted Cheese and served up with a buttermilk biscuit (from past experience, substituting gravy instead of cheese tastes better). But who says you are always going to be up for breakfast? More traditional Southern dinner items like Baked Steak and Gravy and Pinto Beans and Cornbread are available (albeit in the $6-$8 range) and Tudor’s makes sure to please the average fast-food enthusiast with made-to-order hot dogs and cheeseburgers.
Being a southern West Virginia native, I have probably ate at Tudor’s more than any other fast-food restaurant I can think of. Strangely enough, I have never ordered anything but breakfast foods from the “Biscuit World,” so I needed someone to tag along with me and order a food item other than a biscuit or a breakfast platter (to keep my Cal Ripken-like streak going of course!) Luckily, a friend of mine and Tudor’s virgin Ashton Pellom was up for the challenge and ordered an absurdly large bacon cheeseburger with a side of fries and a drink. His initial take on the food was pretty good, “the burger was a “B” burger but I’m a little shocked by the fries I got,” Ashton said. Indeed, his burger looked up to par (probably equal in size to a Hardee’s Thickburger) but his fries allotment was pathetic, there were literally 11 french fries with his burger…it appeared as if someone counted out each fry and tossed them on the plate for shear amusement.
Besides the joke that was the fries, the service and food at Tudor’s is usually top-notch with “thank you” and “yes sir/ma’am” being staples of a country-fried restaurant. My biscuit was great as usual and cheap too, in fact, just about every breakfast item clocks in under $6 and when you are “Dining-on-a-Dime” that isn’t that bad of a choice considering some fast-food/restaurant alternatives in Morgantown. If you decide to go I would recommend going on the weekdays as Tudor’s is only open from 5:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and the weekends include 15-20 person lines inside the restaurant and literally University Avenue traffic-stopping drive-thru lines. However, this really is a place to get a good “bang for your buck,” and is Pringles-approved…”Once you pop you can’t stop.” Err, “Once you bis-cuit you can’t quit.”