I have been to Pug Ryan's twice in a little over a year, with the most recent time being this evening 7/1/11. I am a huge fan of a great burger, and being from Nebraska I know what constitutes a delectable burger. I always order mine with just cheese so I can taste the burger without any condiment interruption. I have had burgers from the best place in NYC to San Diego and many places in between. Pug Ryan's are absolutely the best I've had, period. Their burgers are on the expensive side, but you definitely get what you pay for! It is like a ground filet on a bun. First off, the true measure of a burger place is that they allow you to order it cooked Medium (which is how I like mine at home) with just a little pink in the center. That means they are legit; they trust their beef and so should you. Try ordering a burger anything less than medium-well in a chain restaurant and they give you some excuse about health codes, blah blah. That is because their meat is not trustworthy and they have to cook the crap out of it to kill anything that might be there. It probably isn't fresh, local, or from a decent distributor.
I am also a huge connoisseur of micro brews since the time when I first lived in Colorado 10 years ago, so Pug Ryan's really is the best of both worlds for me. Their beer selection was rather lacking tonight when I was there and I felt a little disappointed. They didn't have the ESB on tap and were out of the Scottish Ale, 2 of my favorites. The pale ale was on tap and it is very good and worth a try if you like a little hopiness in your beer (slightly bitter but not overwhelming). Their wheat is good but I'm not a fan of that style. I also sampled the vanilla porter and it was excellent!
Our service tonight was superb and the waitress was prompt without being intrusive. The place was absolutely packed as there was an outdoor concert nearby, but they kept up nicely and our food was delivered in record speed. I give our waitress a solid 5/5. The beer for me is more of a 3.5 or 4/5 and the food a solid 5/5, but I have only had the burgers so I am not in a place to comment on the rest of their menu. Note that this is a small restaurant that tends to get loud when busy, so take that into consideration. If you are in the area of Summit County: Keystone/Breckenridge/Frisco/Dillon/Silverthorne you definitely should give Pug Ryan's a try, you won't be disappointed!!
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