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 guess that perhaps 95% of their customers come from the neighborhood. They do a lot of takeout business, but there is a comfortable dining area, and some covered outdoor seating, too.