Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tudor's Biscuit World

Tudor's just opened in Morgantown today, and all of Morgantown is a-frenzy. People from southern West Virginia go crazy about its biscuits like they're addictive. It's native to West Virginia, and has only really been expanded in the southern counties. I've had it once before, a quick trip through the Weirton's Tudor's when it first opened, but I was unimpressed. I thought I'd let Morgantown's Tudor's redeem itself - especially since the Morgantown location has its own Twitter account.

I had a break in classes today, so I took at trip through the drive-thru (maybe my first mistake). I knew of the general area that Tudor's was in, and I actually happened upon the building by chance. There is a sign outside, but the building is very plain looking, with no signs on the actual building. Luckily, where I decided to turn was correct, and as I was driving, I realized I was in the Tudor's parking lot, and I had in fact driven around to the drive-thru, though there were no signs directing me, and I was driving blindly. It's a miracle I stumbled upon this, honestly.

Boy, was this an experience. I ordered a biscuit and a platter to try a little of each. I had to repeat my order six times for them to understand. Six. At one point, the girl said, "So, you want that chicken thing, right?" And I said, "No, I want the 'chicken tenderloin platter lunch special.'" This was quite rude and almost embarrassing. I pulled around to the window and I waited at the window for a good five minutes before anyone even took my credit card to charge me. After handing it back, I waited another 8 minutes or so before receiving my meal, with no "thank you" or "sorry for your wait" or anything. The customer service, at least the drive-thru, receives an F.

When I got home, I was only hoping the meal would be better. As it so happens, the chicken platter was tasty. I got mashed potatoes and cole slaw as my sides. The potatoes were creamy and buttery with country gravy on top. They tasted homemade, and the cole slaw was average - on the warm side which is never appetizing for a dish supposed to be cold. The chicken tenderloins were a bit dry and salty, but for a fast-food restaurant, they were pretty good. I wished I had more gravy to add a more hearty flavor to the tenderloins. As far as fast-food goes, this is what I expected.

I also got the "Thundering Herd" biscuit simply because it sounded the best: sausage, egg, cheese, potato on a biscuit. I was excited about the addition of the "potato" - essentially a hashbrown - because it's different from McDonalds. But honestly... they both tasted the same. I wouldn't be able to tell the difference, except Tudor's sausage seem to be of an even lower quality, as there were hard bits and pieces I spit out.

I've said a lot, even if there isn't much to say. This is an average fast-food chain, even though native to West Virginia, it can't make up for the mediocre food.

Grade: C
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