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Hoss's 40th Anniversary Celebrates Steak and Sea Since '83.


Shamokin Dam, PA Hoss's Steak and Sea House restaurant

Hoss's Steak and Sea House, a dining staple of Pennsylvania, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in true retro style. Stopping at Hoss's is a family tradition as we make our way home from the Carlisle, PA Corvette show every year. Today the chain operates twenty-nine locations in Pennsylvania, and graces the lucky town of Martinsburg, West Virginia. There used to be a Hoss's in our town in upstate NY, and I was their first customer. Don't diminish my claim to fame! This Retro Injection entry is a labor of love, with no payout from Hoss's Steak and Sea House.


Take a gander at this beautiful slab of meat. The only tough part of a Hoss's steak is not having room for a second one. I had sides of onion rings and mashed potatoes with gravy. My wife Adrienne went to town on her crab cake, baked potato, and salad bar.

A rare steak
"And remember, I like it raw." -Technotronic
Hoss's Steak and Sea House 40th anniversary balloon

In honor of their 1983 lineage, Hoss's is bringing back classic fare from a time when steakhouses were the apex of dining out: steak fries, stuffed steak, and their renowned sliced steak sandwich. Calories mean nothing to a Hoss's fan.

Hoss's Steak and Sea House restaurant 40th anniversary retro throwback menu
Hoss's Steak and Sea House restaurant menu

My dad ordered the advertised ribeye special, and became the proud owner of a Hoss's 40th anniversary glass.

Hoss's Steak and Sea House 40th anniversary glass

It'll be a fitting replacement for the now-broken drinking vessel in my Rockadile Red and Purplesaurus Rex Kool-Aid review.


Hoss's Steak and Sea House is also offering '80s-inspired t-shirts and trucker hats for eight bucks each. Thanks for not charging sales tax, Pennsylvania! Needless to say, I walked away with the whole ensemble.

Hoss's Steak and Sea House t-shirt and trucker hat
trucker hat in a claw machine
You'd be better off just paying the eight bucks for it.

Our annual Hoss's stop is in Shamokin Dam. Say it like The Mask!

Shamokin Dam Hoss's Steak and Sea House restaurant

The Shamokin Dam School once stood at the location of this Hoss's Steak and Sea House. The elementary school was torn down in 1985, and the restaurant has a tribute to the building in their lobby, complete with its original benches.

Shamokin Dam Elementary School 1983
Shamokin Dam, Pennsylvania elementary school
Shamokin Dam Hoss's Steak and Sea House restaurant

A section of this Hoss's Steak and Sea House is constructed with bricks from the former Shamokin Dam school!

Shamokin Dam Hoss's Steak and Sea House restaurant
"Schoolhouse" is one word, but the eats are so epic, I'll let it slide.
Shamokin Dam Hoss's Steak and Sea House restaurant

I asked the manager for a Retro Injection interview, but she had to decline; the place was busy, and she was new to the job. Later, she saw me decked out in my official Hoss's gear, and said she should put me to work! Hey, I've labored for food before.

Man wearing Hoss's Steak and Sea House shirt and hat
Too cool for Shamokin Dam School!
Hoss's Steak and Sea House sign

If you find yourself in Pennsylvania (or Martinsburg, West Virginia for some reason), pop into Hoss's and feed like it's '83. I'd like to thank the Hoss's staff for putting up with my spastic photography. Extra special thanks go out to the word's farmers, who are forever raising the steaks!


Love the '80s? Open to an arterial bypass? Indulge in the history of the McDonald's McD.L.T.



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