MVBRB starts the year at the “Lube” with some burgers and a spicy wing challenge
By Anthony M. Fuda
It’s 2011 and time for a new batch of burgers to vie for the Mahoning Valley Burger Review Board’s (MVBRB) coveted Burger of the Year award.
First on our list this year, and thanks to the multitude of fans who suggested we try them, is Quaker Steak & Lube in Sharon, Pa. Readers may recall we reviewed the Austintown Quaker Steak & Lube last year. After our review, the patrons of the original “Lube,” in Sharon, said we “have to try the best burger – by far.” So, on our way we went.
Originally opened in 1974 as a cook your own steak restaurant and bar featuring steaks, burgers and salads, the Lube became nationally known for their many award-winning wing flavors.
Our group of six tried as many of the 1/2 pound burgers as we could: from the Lube Burger (mushrooms, fresh-cooked bacon, hot sauce and American cheese), a Premium Garlic Cheeseburger (a steak burger basted in garlic sauce with sweet roasted peppers and provolone cheese), a Mustang Burger (hickory smoked BBQ, provolone, bacon), an All American Cheeseburger (with your choice of Swiss or American cheese), and an Arizona El Camino Burger (pepper jack and cheddar jack cheeses, bacon, sour cream, jalapenos, tortillas and a corn salsa).
The burgers are served on a garlic toasted bun, topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles; served with your choice of fries, chips, baked beans, coleslaw or broccoli for a side. We liked how the garlic bun enhanced the flavors of our respective burgers as well as not fall apart with the very juicy beef, and we enjoyed a nice complement of crispy fries which filled out our checkerboard plate.
“The burger was particularly juicy and very tasty,” said Tony K. “It was seasoned well and that’s the little bit that put the burger over of the top.”
Scott added, “It’s a thick burger that was seasoned all the way through.”
You can’t go wrong choosing any of the burgers and you can find a burger for everyone’s taste.
After you place your order, take a walk around and enjoy the floor to ceiling automotive memorabilia. There are different cars and motorcycles throughout the building. Especially check out the oldest piece: a 1936 Chevy truck on the ceiling by the bar.
They always say “don’t mess with an original,” and the Sharon Quaker Steak & Lube proved that to be true by besting the Austintown Lube’s burgers. Maybe it was being in the original Quaker Steak & Lube, or having the original grills make our burgers, but the Sharon location had that little extra.
After our meal, newest board member Greg was still hungry, so we coaxed him into trying the wing challenge — 3 Atomic wings and 3 Triple Atomic wings. He gobbled them down before we could ask him if they were hot, and barely broke a sweat; unlike Man vs. Food’s Adam Richman who was sweating after a couple bites when he tried the challenge on his show.
We would like to thank everyone who keeps sending suggestions and telling us where their favorite burger place is. Keep sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment on the Hamburger Review Board’s Facebook page.
101 Chestnut Street
Sharon, PA 16146