Originally co-founded by George Warren and Gary Meszaros, Quaker Steak and Lube was designed from an old gas station in Sharon, Pa dating back to the mid-1970s. The name Quaker Steak is actually a play on the motor oil company named “Quaker State.”
Warren and Meszaros’s ideal meaning of the restaurant was to preserve the past, and culture of “high powered muscle cars.”
Both Warren and Meszaros wanted to create a place, where the culture of great food and the appreciation of automobiles went hand in hand.
Friday night, my boyfriend and I decided to experience the wonder and awe of the “lube.” An automotive theme takes over the exterior and the interior of the restaurant. The door handles are shaped as lube dispensers, and once you see the interior you will fall in love with the beauty of it.
At first glance, you see mostly NASCAR memorabilia, and then once you really open your eyes, you begin to see the impossible.
What do I mean? Well for starters, a Harley Davidson motorcycle floating above your head, a little further down you see an upside down car on the ceiling, and not to mention closer to the bar you see more motorcycles hanging above.
The menu ranges from classics like wings to the more adventurous seafood, such as salmon and shrimp. They even advertise bowl bearings such as Philly Cheesesteak Pasta Bowl and Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese.
Not to mention they have their own unique burgers as well such as, Mac and Cheeseburger, and Mustang burger.
After perusing the menu for 15 minutes we decided on Lube chips with beer cheese for our appetizer. I then ordered the Cheese Steak Barbeque O-ring Sandwich with fries, while he ordered the two flavors of wings, Louisiana Lickers and Boom Boom with celery and ranch.
We got our appetizer fairly quickly, and at first glance the portion of the chips looked meager, but we did not even finish them by the time our food came. The chips were crispy, fresh and the beer cheese went nicely with them.
After one bite of my sandwich, I was in bliss. The sweet barbeque sauce met my stomach with anticipation as the crispy onion rings did not disappoint. The fries were even more delicious, as I have a weakness for fries, but who does not?
My boyfriend enjoyed his wings, as he said the hot garlicky mix gave just the right amount of spice, and the celery was fresh.
I am always wary on ordering celery because I have gotten some incredibly disgusting pieces before at other establishments.
As we finally finished with our entrees, we decided to order some dessert. We ordered the dessert apple nachos, which left us satisfied.
Quaker Steak and Lube is a reasonably priced restaurant. I was hesitant to leave, but we both agreed we would be coming back soon.
What is it that makes people gravitate to this place of wonder? I think it is the originality, and celebration of the past.
If you have the chance, I would recommend you to come in and experience this place of wonder. As the Quaker Steak and Lube slogan goes “Just Lube it.” You will not be disappointed you did.