Brought to you by the owners of Lakeside Mall’s Sterling Bistro, Steelhouse is a big upgrade over former tenant Wellington Pub, in the aging strip mall near the NE corner of Rochester Rd and Long Lake. Based on my one Happy Hour experience, I would say that while there might be no reason for anyone to drive far to get to Steelhouse, there is every reason for those living within several miles to make this place a regular stop.
I got a pint of 7%ABV Michigan craft brew (sorry, name escapes me) for $5. I also ordered a plate of pulled pork sliders which wonderfully surprised. Steelhouse has installed a smoker in the kitchen. My pulled pork didn’t bear evidence of having spent much time in there, but the meat was juicy and plentiful (warning: simmered in bbq sauce…an unobtrusive one), and topped with sautéed onions and fresh crunchy coleslaw. The bun was clearly better than average, as well. Two substantial sliders on the plate for a Happy Hour price of $5. A big winner in my book! Nearly even passable for being healthy.
The crowd consisted of boring old married folks and some unfashionably dressed single males, surely residing in area townhouses with appreciating real estate values and subscriptions to the NFL Network premium cable package. That was fine with me, because the Tavern scene catered to them with various sports news shows on multiple TV screens, and played little (no?) irritating music.
The décor was cool—wood boards with fake weathering, and various metal artifacts “artfully” welded together and mounted as decorative art pieces. The place was abundantly staffed, though the workers didn’t appear too free to backslap with the customers and show personality, as they seemed pretty closely supervised by business partners (I’m giving the workers’ personalities the benefit of the doubt; and, I probably had the most personable and cute server in the place). That’s of course what I would expect for a place that just opened….by professionals.
Steelhouse seems to believe they can be a respected off-the-strip* (*Big Beaver) steakhouse. See menu in attached link. I’m going to wait for someone else to test those waters, before I dive in with my hard earned cash. My next foray at Steelhouse will involve an Angus burger, and then I’ll go for their smoked meats. I got time. This place will be around for a while.
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