I would like to start by saying that the staff in the restaurant were amazingly helpful and genuinely concerned with our meals. However, they are not given the proper tools to fulfill a pleasant review.
A few years ago there was a management change, and with it came a sort of bizarre fast-food / sit-down-dining / cheap-as-can-be atmosphere that has forever changed the traditional small town mom-and-pop establishment that it once was.
You are seated, handed menus, but then asked to order at the counter - Wendy's style. Your meal is served on cheap Styrofoam plates, you get your own coffee from a 7-11 style dispenser in a styrofoam cup, the syrup comes in multiple disposable plastic cups, the butter and jam are in plastic peel-top containers, the bacon came in a styrofoam box, and there is no water to be found without asking. Our carbon footprint in one breakfast for 3 seemed equivalent to the DOW chemical plant for a week! Nothing was washed and re-used! The traditional booth seating has been replaced with open oak chairs and tables, the antique mounted trophy animals on the walls have been replaced with monolithic video games such as "Extreme Hunting" and multiple huge flat screen TV's running the Cartoon Network in full theater volume.
The food was just "okay", and given what the staff has to work with, I would guess that they do the best that they can.
We will not eat here again, and will not frequent any of the monopoly of the Mountain Village realm within Stanley again. There are better, more earth-friendly, customer-oriented businesses in Stanley that are all fighting for the same tourist dollar.
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