A Little Time and a Keyboard: Quaker Steak and Lube is Atomically Satisfying

Quaker Steak and Lube is Atomically Satisfying

Thursday, January 19, 2012

My family first learned about Quaker Steak and Lube while watching one of our favorite shows---"Man vs. Food."  While in Pittsburgh, everyone's hero, Adam Richman, stopped at the Lube to partake in their Atomic Wing Challenge---which required him to eat six of their Atomic Hot Wings.  As the name implies, the Atomic Hot Wings are super hot---coming in at 150,000 scoville heat units or hotter than roughly 40 jalapenos.  Ouch!  Adam reigned victorious by eating all six wings despite scorching his face.  After watching this challenge, my husband and I had to try these wings---of course!

The original Quaker Steak and Lube began in Pennsylvania in a converted gas station.  Now, the Lube is serving wings in 15 states and Ontario.  We ventured to the Lube's location in Madison, Wisconsin.  The decor of Quaker Steak and Lube definitely harkens back to the restaurants origins with cars and motorcycles hanging from the ceiling and gas station signs throughout.

The Lube is known for its wings.  The wings are great and choosing the right wings can prove to be a dilemma---the Lube has 22 signature sauces.  On our first visit to the Lube, my husband and I tried their Triple Atomic Wings (hotter than the ones Adam ate), which come in at 500,000 scoville heat units.  Ouch!  My husband was somehow able to eat three, while I only stomached about one.  We went through our share of carrots and then some to cool down after consuming the balls of fire.  I think that my lips were numb for quite some time afterwards!

This time, my husband tried the Buckeye Barbecue Sauce and I tried the Cajun Sauce.  We both loved our sauces.   My husband also had the onions rings, which were thick, deep-fried goodness.  I went with a little healthier option---grilled wings and steamed broccoli.  (Of course, I did have to steal one onion ring!)  My daughter, not being very adventurous, had a children's mac and cheese.  The cutest part about the children's meal---it comes in an adorable car container!

The Lube has a considerable menu so there are many options if you are not interested in wings.  They even have a shrimp quesadilla that I may try next time.  But, I am not sure that I can stray from the wings!

**Disclaimer:  All opinions in this review are mine.  I received not compensation for this review.


  1. LOVE spicy food. Our family talks about how fun it would be to do one of the spicy food challenges one day. We love watching Man vs. Food. We haven't eaten there yet but it is on my list. Thanks for sharing.


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