I will always remember the experience I've had at steam works after tonight.
My father is a professional brewer and I also hold a passion for beer. I have traveled to many breweries in America eager to taste new beers. However, I know how many brew pubs operate. The restaurant part is usually an after thought and I was a little iffy about spending part of my short vacation in Durango in an overcrowded mess with mediocre food and service.
I decide to go and took my three year old along. We entered the restaurant and were greeted and seated immediately. There were many people in the place which I expected and we sat at our table for about fifteen minutes before being acknowledged by our server. So I'm thinking "Great, I knew it would be like this."
How ever, as soon as the server (I think her name was Courtney), came to our table everything turned completely around. She apologized for the wait which is all I needed. I work in the restaurant business and know things get backed up. I ordered their cask and food. It took another ten minutes to get our drinks, but she came back and apologized again and told me she would buy my beer.
I ordered the cornmeal crusted red trout with slaw. It was about another 15 minutes when it came out. The manger came and delivered the food and told me my entree was on the house as well. The dish completely took pub food to a new level. I have been whining for a long time about how brewery food never matches up to the beer. I stand to be corrected. It was delicious! The portions were huge and packed with flavor: cooked perfectly. The slaw had a creative twist with cilantro and lime. The dish also had a beautiful "fine dining" presentation. My plum infused kolsch was okay, but my lizard head red was fabulous: just what I needed after a long day.
My son was also acknowledged just as well as I was, and I guess it is customary that kids get a free ice cream after the meal which was the icing on the cake: we both left happy. Steamworks really knows how to treat their customers and cook delicious food.
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