the reviews of several Pullman restaurants were not very encouraging... We chose this one based on location and fewer negative reviews, but went in with several warnings in mind.
As a result, we didn't venture into the land of fancy cooking, or fried foods! We decided to stick with something difficult to mess up: Prime rib! And it was excellent! The meat was tender and flavorful, and cooked exactly as we'd ordered.
So top score for that!
The side dishes were another matter. I didn't know you could mess up garlic mashed potatoes, but they tasted odd, and were sort of watery. Didn't eat them (which is probably better for the diet anyway!)
The pan fried risotto was a better option, and was pretty good.
The seasonal vegetable was green beans. They were cooked perfectly, but we agreed they were probably frozen, not fresh, as they just had that sort of taste to them. I've had much worse, but they just didn't taste as good as they looked.
The restaurant itself was about what we'd expected. Full of big groups of students and faculty as well as families, buzzing with happy conversation and activity. It was pretty loud, but not in a bothersome way, unless you have trouble hearing with a lot of background noise.
Our server was very nice, and helpful with menu and wine/beer selections. She mentioned that we could get a special on the wine that night, which made buying a bottle to share a much better deal than by the glass. As another review mentioned, we felt we were greeted quickly, but it then took a while to get each step along the way, bringing water, then drinks, taking order, getting food, getting the bill. Luckily, we weren't in any hurry, and our booth with a glass of wine on a snowy evening was a nice-enough place to be!
You might want to download the menu to see what they've got, as it was an entirely new selection the day we went. not sure how often it changes. they call it "an american restaurant" because they had specialities from many places throughout the country. Seems it might be difficult to do justice to so many types of cooking, which is one reason we chose to keep it simple!
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