We headed over to Ale Works at the recommendation of our hotel front desk and also the favorable Trip Advisor reviews. Let me add one more ringing endorsement. I loved the place from the moment I walked in and the enjoyment did not ebb through the duration of dinner. First off, the atmosphere is lively and energetic without being frenzied. You get the feeling good conversations are being had everywhere. The old train station surroundings add a historic and nice touch. It felt a little dark when we walked in, but the eyes adjust quickly. We were seated at a corner table, which was just out of the way enough so that we probably took in less noise than others. I would suspect tables right in the middle of the restaurant might be noisier than ours, but we had no issues with it. All of us enjoyed the menu - great choices to be had. And I have to put in a huge plug for the kids menu, which I relayed to our server. How refreshing to see nice choices like salmon, grilled chicken, etc., for the kids rather than the standard chicken nuggets and hot dogs. Obviously a place that calls itself "ale works" prides itself on solid beer selections, and they came through on that front. Ordered a locally brewed IPA and it was delicious (so good I had seconds :). We ordered a variety of main dishes and all were thoroughly enjoyed. One of our kids said the grilled chicken from the kids' menu was the best she had ever had. Another enjoyed the 4-cheese mac & cheese (which I sampled and endorsed). I had the spinach pecan salad with salmon on top. Highly recommended! One of my top salads ever. I still think about it every now and then...might be reason enough to return to Bozeman sooner rather than later. And our server was fun, knowledgeable and took good care of us. All in all, an A plus effort from this ale house!
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