Chef Talk: The Steer and Wheel's Jamie McLeland

Johnson & Wales grad Jamie McLeland is putting fresh spins on the burger with his playfully named food truck.

Photo by Laura Petrilla


Johnson & Wales grad Jamie McLeland is putting fresh spins on the burger — such as the “bacon squared” with balsamic-bacon jam, chive cheddar and bacon. With his playfully named food truck, The Steer and Wheel, McLeland brings dressed-up beef, turkey and veggie patties to Pittsburgh.  

Thoughts on cookbooks?
You can find so much online now. I look at a few recipes and make my own [version].

Egg on your burger?
I liked a fried egg with beets; it’s a New Zealand-style burger.

Inspiration for your lineup?
My menu of burgers comes from a mixing of classical training via culinary school, working with chefs in the past and bar food.

Ideal meal?
[Plain] pizza and beer. It’s like a good burger: You have to have good [basics]; anything else takes over flavor.

Order one of McLeland's juicy burgers at tomorrow’s Wilkinsburg House and Garden Tour.

(The Steer and Wheel:

Acknowledging our city's growth, the New York Post wrote a short love letter to the Steel City, which included nine callouts — eight of which were food-related. The piece listed eateries mentioned in our Best Restaurants issue (Bar Marco and Legume) in addition to booming distillery Wigle Whiskey, baked-goods hot spot Enrico Biscotti and cheese haven Penn Mac.

Relative newcomers Bluebird Kitchen and Thin Man were lauded for their filling, creative sandwiches. It’s safe to say that the Post has good taste, as those spots are favorites of many locals; great minds think alike.

As the cliche goes, all good things must come to an end. A few entrepreneurs involved in our region’s food scene are preparing to close a chapter in their lives; one is looking ahead to her reinvented business’ future.

  • On Tuesday, Dozen Bake Shop owner Doreen Valentine announced that she’d be closing her Lawrenceville and McMurray locations. She’ll be baking “anything and everything” for a last-hurrah event Sunday, starting at 11 a.m. In the meantime, Valentine’s shops will be open during its regular hours so that loyal customers can pick up their favorite cupcakes, such as vegan-friendly carrot cake or decadent chocolate-chocolate.

  • Jajean Morgan and Millie Gregor, proprietors of The Goodie Truck, have decided to sell their candy-red vehicle, which previously served homemade frozen delicacies; interested parties can reach out to the duo via Twitter.

  • Oct. 27 is the last day to enjoy Quiet Storm’s famous brunch. Owner Jilly MacDowell will bid customers farewell during the final service at her Garfield eatery. She won’t be saying goodbye forever;In the interim, MacDowell will set up at soon-to-open AVA Lounge in Oakland before she finds a new space to house Quiet Storm. She says she’s looking all over the city for the right place — including Sharpsburg, Beechview and the North Side.

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