Food Porn: Steelhead Irish Pub & Restaurant

UPDATE: Since writing this article, Steelhead Irish Pub has closed.

Last week, Alli and I made our first visit to Lewiston for the Black Keys concert.  I’ve heard Lewiston was nice but I was actually pleasantly surprised with how pretty the town was.  We only explored their main street (Center Street), but by just walking down a block or two we literally passed 10 restaurants.  We asked our twitter followers for suggestions and Carmelo’s was definitely the most popular, unfortunately we were looking for a cheaper/quicker meal.  Buffalo Foodies Christa Seychew and Joanna Pasceri both recommended Carmelo’s so rest assured we will eventually try them out.

To be honest, Steelhead wasn’t our first choice for a meal.  We originally wanted to try Brickyard BBQ but when we walked up there was practically a line out the door.  We were strapped for time (and there was an almost 1.5 hour wait) so we decided to walk across the street and try the more low-key looking Steelhead Irish Pub.  The place was pretty empty when we walked in but there appeared to be only two waitresses working and we had to grab their attention so we could be seated.  As the meal went on the restaurant became busier.  Our service was problem free but I could see other tables waiting around as we left, so if your eating on a weekend/Art Park day I would give yourself a couple extra minutes.

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Casual/Bar
  • Cuisine: Pub Food
  • Price: Burgers/Entrees (~$10 to $15) Appetizers Under $10
  • Location: Lewiston

In keeping with her love of fried things with cheese (for which she makes no apologies), Alli loves potato skins, but for some reason she has the worst luck with restaurants and their availability of the dish.  Honestly, the last three+ restaurants that we’ve visited that had potato skins on the menu have either been out that day or had recently decided to stop making them all together. So, it didn’t take Alli more then 15 seconds to realize she wanted to satisfy her craving and luckily they were pretty good.  The skins themselves were on the thicker side and still had a good amount of potato on them.  Nothing mind-blowing.  We also ordered a bowl of French Onion Soup (pictured in the gallery) which had an impressively thick cheesy top.  However, the broth itself was boiling hot and EXTREMELY salty; we gave up after only a few sips.

For our entrees we tried a single order of Guiness BBQ Chicken Wings (pictured above). They were large and plump with a good amount of meat on each wing.  As it should be with BBQ wings, they were fried and crispy but then finished on the grill, as you can see the chargrill marks above.  The wings weren’t lathered in BBQ but definitely had enough sauce to make you lick your fingers after each wing.  While the BBQ was actually really enjoyable, we didn’t notice any Guinness flavor.  There was some smokeyness and the sauce was sweet, but otherwise I didn’t think it had any “unique” flavor.  Guinness or not, they were the best thing we ate at Steelhead.

I was in the mood for a burger and I tried out their Bacon Blue Burger (pictured below), the actual burger was pretty large and was topped with a ridiculous mound of crumbled blue cheese and large strips of bacon.  The Blue Cheese was incredibly strong and unfortunately over powered any flavor the meat had.  After brushing off some of the blue cheese I could tell that the burger was cooked properly (medium) but was heavily seasoned and combined with the bacon, was really salty.  I suggest trying a different combination of toppings, or maybe no toppings at all.

Looking past the food, I liked the calm, relaxed atmosphere of Steelhead.  There are definitely a lot of dining options when you are visiting Lewiston and while Alli and I had a decent dinner, we definitely can’t say Steelhead is the best choice.  But if you want some pub food at an affordable price and you don’t want to push through a crowd to get a drink, Steelhead maybe has its benefits.  The BBQ Wings were our only dinner entree that we’d actually go out of our way to try again but with so many places left to eat in Lewiston, it probably won’t be for a while.

Photo Gallery:

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3 thoughts on “Food Porn: Steelhead Irish Pub & Restaurant

  1. we also had a mediocre experience. because the service was so bad though, they gave us a free drink. i did enjoy the fries there.

  2. elizabeth

    you have to try casa antica as well in lewiston as well as carmelos

  3. John L.

    The food at Steelhead has always been rather mediocre but their shepherds pie and fish fry are both very good.
    I am still at a loss as to why the Brickyard is so popular. I have always had lousy service there and their barbecue is mediocre at best. They also seem to hate to-go orders. I ordered their largest platter to go a couple months ago and instead of putting the chicken in a different box they literally smashed the chicken, bones and all, and shoved it in on top of the pulled pork. It is VERY unpleasant to bite into a shattered piece of chicken bone when you’re trying to eat pulled pork. I won’t be eating there again. Too bad the next closest bbq joint is One Eyed Jacks out in Lockport.

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