MTO ASAP – Sheetz

sheetz burger

Ron Says…

August 3rd, 2009

After putting up with Susan and her twenty year High School Reunion- serious folks, that’s a whole ‘nother post in and of itself – we had to venture back to Buckville to grab the kids.

Hanging out at Stonewall listening to far too many stories of yesteryear wondering why I’m here and for how long, we stayed far too long.  Thus by the time we arrived to get the kids it was close to lunch and because we had two hours back to the Fork You Mansion, well let’s feed the beast now and be done with it.

Stopping to fill up with overpriced petrol at Sheetz, I figure what better place to kill two birds with one stone.  Grub and Gas and Go.

That’s right, we could fill up, grab some M.T.O ~ that’s made to order ~  and get back on the road.  Plus I’ve blown my diet all weekend consuming far too many beers (ok that’s on my version of my diet) and other non healthy chips, dips, and otherwise junkfood, I figure what the hell, what’s one more day….

sheetz fries

 So Susan and the oldest daughter venture in to decide what they want, I’ve already decided pretty much what I’m getting, and this is where I’ve made my mistake.

You see, I was turned on to Sheetz about seven or eight years ago, when my Mountaineer Ticket Broker and Wing Meister stopped at the Exit 99 Sheetz during an early morning commute to get some – as he called it – MTO…

Early morning is probably about 7Am or so as we had to be at The Friends Motel in Morgantown by 9Am for the 3:30PM kick off.

Once again I digress.

We ordered Sub Sandwiches if my memory serves me correctly… I was introduced to the touch screen wonders of Sheetz… yes I want cheese, oh what the hell… double the meat, yes!  pickles, peppers, Jalapenos??? hell yes..  mayonnaise?  Punch that too, what the hell.. Six or twelve inch ~ Bigger is better! I want twelve… punch punch punch

Not realizing what I had ordered I recieved these two gerthy wrapped up six inch subs….

Ever since that day, Sheetz has almost always been a ritual..  If it’s getting food, gas or beer, we always seem to stop at that particular location during football season.

The subs would last all day, and were delicious.

WELLLLL, today I wasn’t getting a sub and this wasn’t the Exit 99 Sheetz.

I was getting a burger.  You see, Sheetz has been selling burgers for a few years now.  I tried a burger one time and it wasn’t half bad.  Pretty darn good if you ask me.  So that’s what I’m having again.

Paying for gas I head on in… and begin punching buttons.

I choose the Southwest Burger, I add hot pepper jack cheese, it already comes with lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos and onions (basically I think this is supposed to be a salsa).  No I don’t want to double the meat, and I’m going to stick with the default sauce.

Fries, oh what the hell, give me the Supersize Big Gulp Cup full…. I’ll split with Susan.   To finish this off ….. I got a Diet Dr. Pepper.

We can’t get too crazy now.

The child wanted a plain regular burger for $0.99.  So I got her a plain burger for $0.99.  Then I asked if she wanted to double the meat…. mistake….

One burger $0.99 double the meat $1.00.   Why I didn’t just order another burger and save myself $0.02 (editor’s note: the man can’t subtract.)  in these hard times, well I just don’t know.

But I didn’t.  I didn’t even complain, I just smiled and said “Thank You Sir, May I have another”

Really what a stinking rip off.

Ok, so I go pay, Susan was also working the Sheetz Machine ordering some type of sandwich.  She has not mastered the ordering of Truck Stop Cuisine, because I realize she’s ordering some toasted flat grecian bread with flacca this or ruballa that….  What the heck.. first you don’t order that stuff at gas stations and truck stops, and you sure as hell do not order it in Buckhannon, West Virginia….   You need to order Coal Miner Cuisine, and that is food that fills people up and tastes good and is not too expensive.

But she’s on her own, she’s a big girl and can take care of herself…

So I pay for everyone’s food, and wait.

and wait

and wait…

still waiting…..

checking out the newspapers….

waiting…

FINALLY

My order is served up. 

How did it taste?  well my burger was luke warm.  I realize this is not one of Sagcious Hillbilly’s wild and free cattle, but is in fact a frozen patty that has probably been assembled from the scrap heaps of the slaughter house and packaged up for places just like Sheetz to sell to people just like me.

The patty is huge- about 3/4″ thick and fills up the bun. Now my lettuce and all didn’t quite look like the picture but, well, do they ever?

I bite in and it’s just luke warm.  Probably could have stayed on the griddle a few more minutes or it was already taken off, and packaged, and was sitting there while I read the newspapers.

The Fries – the fries were fresh out of the vat of fat that we call grease.  Very good… 

Dr. Pepper, refreshing.

Forking??? 

I’ll take hell for this because I waited a long time, my burger was cold, etc. but I’m giving Sheetz Three Forks.

Yes, line up outside with your pitch forks and tomatoes. I know: how could I?

It’s simple.. I like this type of food.  I’ve had two burgers from different Sheetz locations and they were both very hot and very tasty, similiar to Hardees in style.  Taking the temperature issue away, well, the flavor was really good.  The fries were really hot also.

But I will come back to Sheetz, even if I was raped by the owner… I just like it… (not being raped, but going to Sheetz).  Plus it’s a convenience store, serving up hot food is probably not their specialty (although their new ad campaigns are pushing that).

This experience was probably Two Forks, but because of the Fork You reviewing methods, I’m going with Three because generally I have a good experience, the food is usually good, and so is the service.

PLUS I LIKE IT…

THREE FORKS. 

(Buckhannon Sheetz – Step up your game – as I’m taking one for you and all the other Sheetz for your tortoise like service and you serving me a cold burger)

 

Susan says…

A Sheetz is currently under construction at the Hurricane exit.  Ron is beyond excited about it.  He wears me out wanting to stop at any Sheetz we pass on the highway to get an MTO.  If he’s not hungry at the moment he’ll say he can “save it for later.”  I contend he just likes to push the buttons.  After reading his review, I think my theory has been proven factual.

Truthfully, it is a great place to stop on the road.  They have a large variety of snacks – and not just junk food.  At this particular location I noted fresh fruit, low-fat yogurts, several different salads and some snack packs that included items like pita, hummus and fruit slices. My favorite thing about Sheetz is the NO FEE ATM.  That makes it a great place to stop on the way to WVU games: Ron pushes the buttons on the MTO screen and I get our parking money fee-free.

A man, or someone who knows men very well, invented the MTO.  Ron thinks all restaurants ought to have touch screens.  The process doesn’t have the same effect on me. 

It does disturb me somewhat to order food at the same location where I fill my car up with gas.  I avoided for years any Arby’s, T-Bell or DQ located inside a gas station.  That just doesn’t seem right to me.  Eventually, I tried one such place and, after realizing that my food did not smell of gasoline or taste of windshield cleaner, my fears subsided.

The hot dogs looked pretty good behind the plexiglass, spinning on the stainless steel spinny grill thingy.  But so unhealthly.  And I am really trying to stick with the diet plan until we hit the beach in a couple weeks.  My older daughter and I check out the touch screen. 

There were both hot and cold sandwiches available.  Now don’t let that fool you like it did me.  I thought that I needed to select “hot sandwiches” because I wanted mine toasted.  Not so.  You will come to a button to indicate your desire for crispy bread and melty cheese as you proceed through the “cold sandwiches” menu.   See their entire MTO menu by clicking here.

All the usual suspects are here: ham, turkey, roast beef, different cheeses, condiments and veggies.  Some of these buttons involve an additional charge, so be careful, or your $1.99 bargain could end up costing $4+!  I touched only add-ons which were free, when I could push the button before my daughter did.  She thought it was great fun.  (Maybe it is aimed toward men and kids?  Both demographics are a lot alike…)

sheetz turkey sub

My 6” wheat sub bun was filled with turkey, lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, and banana peppers and then subsequently toasted and tightly wrapped up like a big paper eggroll.  Price: $1.99.  The Subway-esque result was satisfying.  I received plenty of crisp lettuce and I had tomato in every bite, but the other components were a bit skimpy. 

Ron’s huge vat of fries, for $2.99, was a good deal, too.  I did taste a few of them, but came nowhere close to “splitting” them with him as he allegedly intended.  Bathing suit, don’t forget.  The fries were indeed hot and salty.  I think they have a light batter to increase crispness, like Burger King fries do, just less of it.    

But is there really any such thing as bad french fries?  Sure, some are better than others, but it’s hard for me to turn down any french fry.  Even the ones that are slightly undercooked or the ones with a little brown spot in the McD’s container.  I eat ‘em all.

Here’s a super cool thing:  On the Sheetz website, you can “pretend” order your food to determine the nutritional value of it!  This is super cool for two reasons:  1) you get to click on all the buttons just like you were at a terminal in the Sheetz itself (Ok, you click instead of touch the screen, but it’s a good simulation.  Might satisfy Ron’s craving to push the buttons.) and 2) you get the cold, hard truth about what you are eating.

This is the nutritional value of my turkey sub just as I ordered it:

sheetz nutritional

Total calories= 344, Fat= 4 grams, Fiber= 3 grams, and Protein= 20 grams.

Just for fun, and ’cause I can, let’s take a look at what Ron ordered:

sheetz burger nutrition

Total calories= 674, Fat= 39 grams, Fiber= 4 grams, and Protein= 35 grams.  If you also add the bucket fries, of which he ate the vast majority, you get a whopping total of 1200 calories.  It sure is a good thing he ordered a DIET drink, huh?

(When I get done writing this post, I am going to check out all the other buttons to get the nutritional value of their other items.  What fun!)

I washed all this food down with a fountain Diet Coke.  They had every kind of soda to choose from.  None of this monopoly bull crap where the establishment ONLY serves Pepsi or ONLY serves Coca Cola.  Plus they have flavor shots you can add.  Hannah added vanilla to her Diet Coke.

sheetz HG burger

Ron racked up quite a total with his Angus burger for $5.29 and vat of fries for $2.99.  Hannah’s plain double burger came in at $1.99.

If you are on the road and need to get gasoline, cash and you have a rumbly in your tumbly, you can satisfy all three needs at Sheetz .  I can’t say that I will be eating at the Hurricane location, though.  Sheetz is there for dining necessity, not a dining destination of its own.  For that reason I award Sheetz TWO FORKS.

 Sheetz
4 Clarksburg Road
Buckhannon, WV  26201
304-472-0019
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17 responses to “MTO ASAP – Sheetz

  1. Sheetz is probably my favorite food in the nation. Seriously, you can offer me hoity-toity stuff all day, but I’ll pick Sheetz. 12-inch, grilled chicken, pepper jack cheese, buffalo sauce.

    Then the sugar cookies with the pink frosting and a couple of no-bake chocolate things.

    Hit the toilet. Get some gas. Turn on Car Talk. You’re on your way.

  2. demosthenes.or.locke

    Where is Sag? He chastises people for using frozen chicken breasts in their home cooking because they aren’t organic, then sits on his hands when Ron gives Sheetz 3 forks? Someone check his chimney for smug, the man might be dead.

    Ron: they gave you a cold burger, which from the pictures makes McDonald’s look like http://www.cheeseandburger.com, made you wait, and 3 fork them?

    I am convinced that you could serve Ron three day old leftover mcdonalds, and if the price was low enough you would get three forks. If you add a TOUCHSCREEN or cheap BEER you can pretty much guarantee a five fork rating.

  3. demosthenes.or.locke

    Here is my one sentence review of Sheetz.

    If a place is so dirty no civilized woman you know will use the bathroom there, you should not eat there. ONE FORK (maybe two if they have cheap beer)

    It is a gas station / truck stop for crying out loud. There is probably a guy in the parking lot gassing up his rig, thinking about killing a hooker, and you are standing inside pushing buttons on a screen with your sausage fingers delighted because you get to choose what color food coloring is going into the oily cheese substitute on your mytery meat disc.

    I’m still not sure if this review is another sad commentary on Ron’s low standards, or just a sad attempt to bait commenters. I’m going with all of the above.

    • Demosthenes, that was the funniest thing I think I’ve ever read! Ha ha ha! If you’ve got your own blog, I would love to read it! Bahahahaha!

  4. My father once told me, “Not every meal has to be a gastronomic event” after I complained about what place he had chosen for dinner.

    His point is…sometimes you just need to eat. Adopting this philosophy has allowed me to enjoy myself when eating hot dogs to lobster. It’s only food.

  5. Demo sure knows Ron well.

    Ron does indeed have low standards. Except when it comes to women, of course.

    And I am sure that some of the things he says is just get a rise out of people.

    But he really does like Sheetz.

    I felt compelled to give them a TWO because their food is better than some actual restaurants. My sandwich was very similar to a Subway sandwich (which I would rate a THREE), made fresh, and cost less. However, it IS a gas station. I have found the Sheetz at exit 99 to have clean restrooms. I did not peer inside the restroom of the Buckhannon location.

    Speaking of Subway, I’d like to know why Ron boycotts Subway because they don’t put enough meat on their sammies but he loves Sheetz. I had three measly slices of turkey on the Sheetz sandwich the same as you’d get at Subway. ‘Splain that one, Ron.

  6. Demo is correct, mass quantities of cheap food with beer.

    What more can I say?

    As for Subway, I used to work at Subway, thats why I will not eat there.

  7. I just had Sheetz for the first time the other day….Got a Turkey Club Pretzel Melt…good stuff. A lot of choices at Sheetz.

  8. demosthenes.or.locke

    As long as Susan has started the Ron question hour, I have a question:

    Which is more fun, pushing the touchscreen at sheetz, or pushing my buttons?

    You seem to enjoy both, Ron.

  9. Mmmmm, Sheetz. Their subs are better than Subway, Blimpies or any other chain joint. Good bisquits.

  10. I AGREE WITH SAGACIOUS HILLBILLY..

  11. oh, and Demo…

    I just enjoy pushing buttons in general.

  12. I absolutely enjoy Sheetz! Ever since I’ve known of their existence, I have enjoyed the MTO’s, SBC’s, and now MTGo’s immensely. I will admit, that the fact that they use some frozen product, and if the person back in MTO doesn’t make sure that the microwaves are calibrated right you can get a cold burger, but in the end, it’s still better than eating at McDonald’s. Who else is going to serve massive amounts of drunks at 4am on a Sunday morning and still give them quality food they won’y regret eating? I would give Sheetz 4 forks, myself.

  13. How about a review of 7-11. Tell me if BP has a good hot dog. There is a reason that no one pays you for your opinion. This blog is a joke. Keep it up though, your ignorance amuses me.

  14. Dann,

    I’m here for “amusement purposes only”.

    while in college I used to love the 7-11 ChimiChongas. lol. I did.

    Didn’t know BP had hot dogs. Maybe Stanton can elaborate on that.

    Stay tuned, Dann, more unprofitable reviews to follow.

  15. The burgers are actually microwaved, dunno if that changes your opinion. So are most meats, excluding deli meats. Eggs and sausage are.

  16. Love it. Keep up the reviews. Trusted u guys tonight and couldnt be happier. Lol being from wv I pass up the hurricanr one every time….lol

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