I first discovered Idle Spurs traveling from Chicago to Santa Cruz in 2006, and loved it. I've visited a half dozen times since and enjoyed it a lot, but this time, with two nights on both ends of a trip from Santa Cruz to Las Vegas, was different. On Tuesday, the filet was too thin, poorly seasoned, not great meat, and overcooked. Veggies were OK, but not inspired. Salad, as always, was iceberg. Friday, on the return trip, I tried the pork chops, specifically asking if they would be juicy. The waitress was non-committal, and I ordered them rare. They arrived medium well, very tough, little flavor, and too thin to cook properly. Veggies and salad were the same as on Tuesday.
High spots -- service is friendly and first rate, the beer selection is excellent, the atmosphere is delightful, and I really enjoyed Red Trolley, a San Diego brew that a bar patron recommended. This is a lovely place, but the kitchen is dead tired and the meat is terrible. I love what this place used to be, and I made a point of letting the staff know of my disappointment. This WAS a fine restaurant, and it could be again. But major changes are needed, and whoever buys the meat and cooks it needs to find other employment.
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