Quaker Steak & Lube brings eating into the shop
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 18:09
This may not be the best way to start my first article, but I am admittedly not the biggest fan of Fargo.
I mean I love NDSU and the Bison sports teams, but the town itself kind of bores me. This is mainly due to the fact that a lot of the outdoor activities I love to do are always thrown out the window because of Fargo’s amazing flatland, lack of other geographical features and, what I consider to be, hurricane-like wind.
Fargo is really not a backpacker’s, biker’s, kayaker’s or mountain climber’s paradise … if you are a kite enthusiast on the other hand.
But I digress, after living in Fargo for four years and now committing to grad school here, I have noticed there is one activity Fargo is good for—eating. Fargo is littered with so many different food options (but still no Chipotle?) that sometimes it is hard to decide where you want to eat.
While I am still plagued with this decision-making dilemma, I have found that friends and I consistently end up going to the same restaurants day after day. Applebee’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Subway are like loyal companions we can always trust to deliver exactly what food we want.
But, you know what? Sometimes I long for something different. Sometimes I wish to be adventurous in my restaurant choosing. I want to go out and explore the great unknown.
Which is why I feel it is so important to try out and review the lesser-known restaurants in the F-M area. Not only is it fun, but I also want to help others in trying out restaurants they maybe would never have the guts to visit before. I hope you enjoy my adventures in what is known as Fargo dining.
My first stop in new eating experience was the Quaker Steak & Lube, which came to Fargo last fall. While I have heard from quite a few people this was a good place to eat, I had personally never heard of it before.
Its exterior appearance somewhat intimidated me at first from trying it out. Well actually, I was more so confused if it was actually a restaurant or not. Quaker Steak & Lube has all of the stereotypical looks of an auto body shop with the neon signs, checkered paint design and gas pumps.
Upon entering the establishment, the interior does nothing to contradict this delusion, as the dining area is covered in car parts and equipments, as well as actual motorcycles and racecars. If you so desire, you can even eat under a raised car to see the working parts inside.
The restaurant is not all just glitz and glam though, its food is also, well to put it simply, amazing! To go along with the classic American auto body theme, the Quaker Steak & Lube specializes in the classic American foods: burgers and wings.
While out exploring, I had the BBQ O-Ring Cheese steak with onion rings and a friend got the Mozza-rati burger with fries. Both were very well done versions of the classic. I am getting hungry just thinking of it again.
One last noteworthy item is the “Lube Tube,” which is basically a giant tube full of beer that looks like some sort of gas pump. A creative twist on beer drinking! Now this made my dining experience even more fun.
To summarize my first adventure in Fargo dining: the Quaker Steak & Lube had ascetics that would entertain even the most novice of car users, and the food was a great twist on classic, American hits.