I often get asked if there are any restaurants that deliver food to Snowden Bridge. My answer is usually, “Not too many; but at least we have Taste Buds, which offers a great Italian/American menu with really tasty food.”
What stands out about Taste Buds – other than its food – is that as soon as you walk into the restaurant, you feel like you’re with family. Not only are the walls decorated with images from the owners’ family, but the owners themselves, Michelle and her brother Luis, are always in the kitchen.
Originally from New Jersey, the brother-sister duo opened Taste Buds in 2017, and brought hand-tossed, Neapolitan-style pizza right here to the Winchester area. And, bonus: It’s just a few miles from Snowden Bridge.
Taste Buds started with a simple idea. We wanted to provide a warm, family-friendly environment that serves some of the best food at the best prices! From our homemade lasagna to our hand-tossed pizzas, you’re sure to find something to ‘Excite Your Taste Buds!’” owner Michelle said, adding that they felt Clear Brook was a good spot for the restaurant due to its limited food options. “We’ve been in the food business for a very long time, so it was a way for us to do what we know and support our families,” she said.
Prior to opening Taste Buds, Luis owned two restaurants in West Virginia, and Michelle worked at the produce company they now order food from for the restaurant.
Taste Buds’ menu is impressive and boasts a large variety of items to choose from. Appetizers like pizza fries, funnel fries (think funnel cake, but fries!), fried mushrooms, and cinnamon dots (which Michelle says are hard not to love) are sure to grab your attention – and keep you coming back for more. And if you’re a fan of tater tots, you’re in luck: Taste Buds offers them topped with just about everything, from Philly cheesesteak-style to loaded baked potato to pulled pork BBQ-style, and more.
When asked what a customer favorite was, Michelle had a hard time choosing – not surprising considering all of the mouth-watering items they offer. If she had to choose a customer fave, she said their wings were probably a safe bet, noting that they’re pretty legit and delicious. Their burgers were another top choice.
And when it comes to her favorite: “My favorite dish is pizza. It’s always been pizza. I know it’s crazy because I’m around it all day, every day, but I truly love all types of pizza!”
More of the menu includes items like subs and sandwiches, salads, calzones and strombolis. And when it comes to pizza, you’ve got plenty of options – and it’s available by the slice each day until 4 p.m.
Taste Buds is located at 4740 Martinsburg Pike in Clear Brook, and delivers within a 10-mile radius. It is open Monday through Thursday from 11-9, Friday and Saturday from 11-10, and is closed on Sundays. You can visit their website at ThinkTasteBuds.com, and they can be reached at (540) 450-5150.