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Steve's Pig & Ox Roast

951 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, NY - (716) 824-8601
Posted By Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on 9/7/2009 2:32:00 PM
When they say Pig & Ox Roast, they're not kidding (well, they are kidding just a little: they roast beef, not ox). Check out the long window along one side of the dining room, through which you can inspect the huge roasting contraption and, if you come at the right time, you'll see the hunks of meat (which include lamb and turkey, too) slowly becoming the stuff of which these fine sandwiches are made.

The beef is served on kummelweck, the caraway- and salt-spangled bun, only if you specifically ask for it. These are not delicate, rosy slices of beef, but meat that is cooked through and piled high, tender and super-moist, reminding us a little of good pot roast. Add some horseradish from the jar at the self-serve counter and you've got yourself some good eating.

Alongside, don't miss out on Steve's fresh-cut curly-Q fries, bargain-priced and served in prodigious quantities. You can also get potato or macaroni salad, soups and chili, and pies for dessert, all homemade. And, of course, a tall, icy cup of loganberry to go with.

Steve's is truly a local place and we'd hazard a guess that perhaps 95% of their business comes from the neighborhood. They do a lot of takeout business, but there is a comfortable dining area, and some covered outdoor seating, too.

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This small order of skin-on fries is as tall as our big cup of loganberry.  It's hard to imagine what a large serving is like!
"This small order of skin-on fries is as tall as our big cup of loganberry. It's hard to imagine what a large serving is like!"
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





You can see the meat's juices soaking into the roll below.
"You can see the meat's juices soaking into the roll below."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


If you want your sandwich served on kummelweck, ask for it specifically.
"If you want your sandwich served on kummelweck, ask for it specifically."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The word
"The word "Homemade" is sprinkled all over the menu."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


If you look closely you can see the coals still glowing in the roaster.
"If you look closely you can see the coals still glowing in the roaster."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


There are a couple of outdoor tables should you care to dine al fresco.
"There are a couple of outdoor tables should you care to dine al fresco."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


We don't know who voted Steve's the best beef-on-weck, or when, but as far as we're concerned, Steve's makes one of the best.
"We don't know who voted Steve's the best beef-on-weck, or when, but as far as we're concerned, Steve's makes one of the best."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


You might be near the Canadian border ... if the condiment selection includes vinegar right alongside ketchup.
"You might be near the Canadian border ... if the condiment selection includes vinegar right alongside ketchup."
Michael Stern


If you want to see the rotisserie working, you need to get to Steve's before lunch hour. We arrived at 11:30 and the meats already had been removed.
"If you want to see the rotisserie working, you need to get to Steve's before lunch hour. We arrived at 11:30 and the meats already had been removed."
Michael Stern


Below these longfellows are delicious chips, bits, and squiggles of fried potato.
"Below these longfellows are delicious chips, bits, and squiggles of fried potato."
Michael Stern


A hearty Steve's meal, from upper left: au jus, fries, beef on weck, and pulled pork
"A hearty Steve's meal, from upper left: au jus, fries, beef on weck, and pulled pork"
Michael Stern


Steve's pulled pork comes pre-sauced. It's not bad, but it is no competition for the fine beef on weck.
"Steve's pulled pork comes pre-sauced. It's not bad, but it is no competition for the fine beef on weck."
Michael Stern


One of Buffalo's best beef on wecks
"One of Buffalo's best beef on wecks"
Michael Stern



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