Quaker Steak & Lube coming to 74th and Louise, here’s a preview


Because we, as a collective people, are apparently obsessed with chicken wing joints, you can’t go to one of our two Buffalo Wild Wings in this town at any normal hour without it being packed. So today’s story on the new Sioux Falls location for Quaker Steak & Lube, another national wing restaurant chain, is sure to draw high interest.

And since I’m not only a normal glutton-glutton, but a web-traffic glutton, I figured today would be a good day to write about my first Quaker Steak experience a couple weeks ago out in Rapid City. (Update: According to SFBJ.com, the restaurant will open on the northwest corner of 74th Street and Louise Avenue, near The Gas Stop under construction.)

Rapid’s newest wing spot opened up in early April. I showed up on their second weekend of business, and if the packed house and announced 45-minute waits for tables are any indication, our West River friends love their buffalo wings as much as we do. Lucky for me, I was solo and am of-age, so I just grabbed a seat at the bar. No wait.

Everything at Quaker Steak is on-theme, and that theme is mechanic and oil change shop. And while certainly kitschy and initially inviting, all the double entendre on the menu, the MASSIVE Lube Tube of beer, or the Budweiser ‘Girls’ posters and “Danger: Blasting Zone” signs in the men’s bathroom made me think Buffalo Wild Wings (with it’s overly-garish, sensory-overload of a motif) seem sorta classy. And I’m no prude, I just don’t think I’d take my nieces or nephew to the place.

That aside, for us adults, you can expect an even larger menu and selection of sauces than what we know of Buffalo Wild Wings. I think this is a plus. I love sauces!

I ordered two six-packs (they come in these weird Styrofoam egg cartons?), one of traditional wings with their Hot sauce, and one boneless wings with the Haute Parm sauce.

Neither had me clamoring to order more, though both were fine. They were fine buffalo wings after all. And I actually liked the peppery Haute Parm with the shaved cheese on them.

One last thing that weirded me out was the packaged blue cheese. First, yuck. Second, between that and the Styrofoam, the hippy-dippy in me thought there had to be a more environmentally-friendly way.

But I WAS at a national chain that serves wings and beer to the masses. I don’t know what I was expecting, and I enjoyed my meal, so I shouldn’t be surprised, right?

I’m sure this place is going to kill over on the southwest side of town.

Have you eaten at a Quaker Steak & Lube before? I have friends in other cities that swear by them. What was your experience?