Driving across country, we stopped in Durango for the night. Looking at TripAdvisor, there are several restaurants with high praise in the user reviews in town. Asking the lady at the front desk of the hotel, she recommended the Steamworks Brewing Co. We generally like breweries and the food they offer, so we gave it a shot.
The atmosphere was nice - typical of most breweries we've been to.
The beer was good - about average for most breweries.
The food was just okay. Nothing to rave about. I had the pork carnitas tacos, which were pretty good and different from what I've had most other places for carnitas. It came with black beans and Mexican rice, both of which were completely tasteless and bland. My two boys both ordered pizza, which came out burnt around the edges without so much as a "sorry we got your pizza a little well done." Since the boys' dinners came with a scoop of ice cream, my wife and I decided to try the apple crisp for desert. They should delete the word "crisp" from the title. It was like a warm apple cake with a scoop of ice cream. Again, it was just okay, nothing to rave about.
What really ruined it for us was the terribly slow and inattentive service. Granted, it seemed like our waiter was overworked and handling at least 4 if not 5 or 6 tables, but still. Our server walked past us several times without saying a word, even though we had been waiting a noticeable amount of time for him to take our order or to clear our plates when we were done eating. Even after taking our desert order, he still didn't take away our empty plates to clear room on the table.
The table next to us had similar problems and actually tried to get his attention to get him to take their drink orders, and while he acknowledged their request, he blew them off and said he'd be back in a minute.
It's possible we just had an isolated incident of bad service, but the food here wasn't good enough to make it worth putting up with the service. If I were driving through town, I'd try somewhere else.
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