I've been to Phantom Canyon innumerable times over the years. It's such a perfect brewpub and reception facility for downtown Springs.
When I first started going 12 years ago, the food was really good for a period of about 3 years. But the next 6-7 years, I noticed a marked decline in service, beer, and food. It just felt stressful, the employees didn't try hard, and the food wasn't worth it so I just stopped going as often. About two years ago, I noticed the beginnings of improvement. Last night was my most recent visit, and I was extremely pleased by our experience!
We had reservations for 9. Though we were half an hour early, our table was already set up for us and we were able to sit immediately. Our server was outstanding- in fact, the best I've had at Phantom (apologies to all my friends who work there, but ya'll should watch her cuz she's GOOD- too bad I don't know her name). She was never fazed by our demands, and she offered the perfect amount of attention. Most of us were surprised to find refilled waters and sodas at our elbows as we never even noticed her doing so or needing to ask. Additionally, everything came out after the right amount of time and she never forgot special requests. Very pleasant with a warm smile. And she knew the answers to our questions.
Food: Nothing too innovative or inventive, but the few out-of-the-box ingredients made a nice touch. We really enjoyed the appetizers (beer pretzels with mustard and cheese dips, and housemade cheesy fries). Everyone received exactly what they ordered. My lamb sirloin surprised me in how good it was. Medium rare, not chewy, on a bed of rich glaze next to a pile of risotto. My only disappointment was maybe the cheap-looking julienned carrot salad. The fiance's steak special was cooked to the right temperature, and we both loved the pico de gallo - it actually had some kick to it! The mashed yam was ok, but seemed tasteless and dry; it probably could've used some butter. His niece finished her kid's meal cheeseburger with fries, lemonade, and sundae... and she's usually picky. The birthday celeb got to choose a complimentary dessert, and she shared her slice of Phantom's turtle cheesecake: luscious sin with a silky smoothness and light chocolate umami.
I didn't have any beer as I was driving that night. But kudos, Phantom, it's good to have you back on my personal list of favorite local spots!
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