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Featured Dallas Restaurant: Quaker Steak & Lube



There are many restaurants throughout the United States that aspire to be all that Quaker Steak & Lube is – but there are few, if any, that reach that particular level of greatness.


Quaker Steak & Lube sprouted in Sharon, Pennsylvania (donning their muscle car restaurant aesthetic following the oil crisis of 1973) before they made their way across the country and eventually down to the greater Dallas area – where we’ll deliver their delicious food to you in Plano, Carrolton and more.


The chain was initially known for being a restaurant where customers could cook their own steak, and although Quaker Steak & Lube is now known for their wings – and we’ll get soon get to examining their wide variety of “lubes” that their wings can be tossed in – the other offerings on their menu are mightily diverse, tasty, and certainly meat-filled.


To lead off you meal, I suggest you find a few appetizers from Quaker Steak & Lube’s Starting Line Up and Pit Crew Pickin’s sections of their menu. Maybe some Pick-Up Pickles (deep-fried with your choice of dip), some Backfire Boom Boom Shrimp or even some Stick Shifters (fancy for Fried Mozzarella) will do the trick.


If you’re feeding more than one mouth, Quaker Steak & Lube’s shareable appetizers include the Loaded Magna Fries (which are, well, overloaded with cheese, bacon and scallions – yum), the Spin-Out Artichoke Dip and the official Quaker Steak & Lube Loaded Nachos (topped with queso, seasoned beef, corn, black beans, pico de gallo, and sour cream).


Our hardy main course lunch recommendation from Quaker Steak & Lube would have to be the Dynamite Chicken Crunch Wrap. Wrapped up inside is Boneless Chicken tossed in Boom Boom sauce, cheddar-Jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and cilantro. (You can’t go wrong with the Cheesesteak Phil-M-Up, either, which is essentially a cheesesteak on a toasted hoagie – except infinitely delicious.)


For a few options that are probably better for dinner, some of the obvious choices include Quaker Steak & Lube’s Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese Bowl (the description is as follows: Crunchy chicken tenders coated with Arizona Ranch® over creamy Radiatore pasta tossed in Guinness® beer cheese sauce! Topped with provolone, bleu cheese crumbles, fresh celery and tomato! Served with grilled garlic bread). Enough said.


Quaker Steak & Lube’s Baby Back Ribs are quite phenomenal as well, especially considering their fair pricing. Rubbed with the restaurant’s “secret rib rub” and slow roasted for hours (perhaps days? I DON’T KNOW HOW THEY GET SO TENDER!!!). You can order a half or a full rack of ribs and you’re able to choose your sauce as well (Quaker Steak & Lube recommends the following: “Original” BBQ, Louisiana Lickers®, Fiery BBQ Sauce, or Thaisian).


The best part about Quaker Steak & Lubs’s ribs, though, by far, is the fact that you can order a half rack of them with six of their famous bone-in wings on the same dish.


Quaker Steak And Lube Wings


As for Quaker Steak & Lube’s sauces, well, we can’t go through all 25+ of them, but what we can tell you is that they measure their wings by Scoville Heat Units – a measurement of their pungency, or how hot they are. If you need a benchmark to see how hot their hottest wings are, their Mild variation ranks at 740 SHU. Their Atomic and Triple Atomic, in contrast, measure ta 150,000 and 500,000 SHU, respectively.


Basically, if you can’t handle the spiciest of the spicy, stick to under 1,000 SHU. The Dusted Chipotle BBQ (900 SHU) and the Asian Sesame (930 SHU) are solid options. If you’re into braving the wild, though, try out the Arizona Ranch (2,030 SHU) or the Dusted Mango Habanero (2,550 SHU) before branching out into insane territory and perhaps not being able to use your taste buds for days on end.


Here’s a full list of all of Quaker Steak & Lube’s “lubes.”


Despite all the other traditionally awesome American foods on the menu, there’re nothing like Quaker Steak & Lube’s wings. They have over twenty sauces to pleasure your palate and, if you please, clean out your nostrils like they’ve never ever been cleaned before. Delivery from Quaker Steak & Lube is available through DiningIn in Carrolton, Dallas, Plano, Frisco, and more. Catering orders are also available through us.