My teenage sons and I have a new favorite place to eat: Wegmans.
Previously on Friday nights, I’d get fast food. They loved it, and it gave me a break from cooking. They’d choose from between the usual suspects: BK, McD’s, Wendy’s or Chick Fil-A.
Problem being, when I went vegetarian, my options became limited. (Yes, there’s fries, but I’m trying to limit my carbs.) Then I watched HBO’s “The Weight of the Nation” and my mind was blown by all the additives in prepared food that I’d rather not serve my children. It made me wonder if, by virtue of fast food, could I be charged with child endangerment?
Not long ago, Rochester, NY-based Wegman’s opened a store near us in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. (Yes, PA has some odd names for towns. It’s part of the charm.) It’s huge and gorgeous, and about fifteen minutes away. There were two other stores in the area, but at least half an hour away, so with gas prices what they are, I needed a reason to go there. Now I have a reason: it’s Friday.
Last week I took the boys to the Pub at Wegmans, and we sat down and ordered a meal—in a supermarket!—and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m told that if you ask nicely, they’ll invite you to the kitchen and the chef will show you how to make it yourself. The pizzas that the boys had were available to purchase in the amazing ready-made meal area. Cooking instructions are provided on the package. Pop it in the oven and it’s dinner!
Then there’s the buffet. It’s not all-you-can-eat, but you pick out what you want and it gets weighed at the register. Next time we go, I need to take a picture of the gleam in the boys’ eyes when they see the wing bar, complete with fries, mozzarella sticks, and several varieties of wings. Ryan insists if they ever make garlic bread, he’s packing his bags and moving in.
There are a ton of choices for me, the veg. I keep forgetting to try the stuffed portobello mushrooms; I’m too distracted by the Asian selections. I’ll part the crowds to get to the vegetable lo mein.
Then there’s the bakery. Their chocolate chip cookies almost didn’t make it home, and the decorated cupcakes and cookies are just delightful! (Not sure I could bring myself to eat a cupcake Phillies Phanatic; it’s too cute!) Just in case you missed it, the self-serve dessert bar is just before the registers. I didn’t dare look for too long or the sugar tractor beam would’ve sucked me in, but I saw something that looked like a sugar taco with icing and sprinkles. That was when I turned for the salad.
Wegmans is a little pricey, but it’s worth it. We spent $45 on a night’s meal, not including a few small things that lasted the weekend. Like, for instance, last night’s dinner: Home Made Brand Spinach Quiche. Microwaved, it’s perfect for a quick meal after a long day. A little cheddar sprinkled over the top and a dash of garlic salt, and I’m done for the night, folks. I didn’t see it but I understand there’s also a crustless version for our gluten-free friends.
I can’t say enough about the friendly people there, too. I’ve never seen anyone there in a bad mood. Especially the customers. If you’re lucky enough to have a Wegmans within an hour, do go see it. And don’t forget to take your coupons!