Wednesday, November 28, 2007

What's on Tap

Way 2 Kool Rootbeer
Santa Fe Pale Ale
State Pen Porter
Third Eye Pale Ale
Pinstripe Red Ale
Stella Artois
Bare Knuckle Stout

The View

Even though the snow killed my business, I do have a great view from my kitchen passthrough.

Can you say nervous?

So the ABQ Journal is sending a photographer out on Friday to shoot some pix for my soon to be published review. What's the review gonna say? Beats me...

I would be lying if I said that we haven't had some rough spots over the past two months. There have been some mistakes made, food overdone, underdone, underportioned. Some cooks fired, some cooks walking out, some rude servers, and of course, some very tired owners.

Some previous published commentary (which will remain anonymous) that I received for my advertising dollars, spent 1/3 of the commentary rehashing a mistake (which we corrected quickly) made by a former cook that just couldn't comprehend how we did certain things, no matter how many times he/she was trained. Money well spent, ya, but if you're gonna pay for a review...

I can't touch every plate or talk to every customer and I'm not a huge chain with a legion of staff trained by corporate in Denver. Every day we get a little bit better, and even though some days feel like we've taken a few steps backward, things are smoothing out and improving.

It's tough to have your livelihood affected by a couple of meals consumed by someone that may or may not know what they are talking about but have the power of the almighty pen. I really don't think it can be a bad review, I just don't want press that focuses on errors that may or may not be fixed, something stupid I didn't catch, etc...

Hang for more news


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Breakfast 7 days?

I was could I work more? I've had several requests for breakfasts 7 days a week...what think you?


New Hours!

Everyone told me how frustrating it is in the East Mountains since everything closes up at 8pm. There's a really good reason for that... everyone's at home.

I've had about 6 people come out to eat after 7:45 pm since I've been open. I will now also close at 8 pm Sunday through Thursday. I'll tough out 9 pm on Friday and Saturday. If you know for sure you want to eat after 8pm, call us up and promise a big tip and we'll find a way to get you fed!


Takeaway meals...starts December 3rd!!!

Don't want to cook, but don't want to go out to eat...Available after 4pm Monday - Thursday

Serves 4
Monday – Chipotle Rubbed Roast Pork loin with gratin potatoes and collard greens.

Serves 4
Tuesday – Red Wine Braised Lamb top round, polenta and vegetables

Serves 4
Wednesday – Beef Pot Roast, just a touch of red curry, new potatoes and vegetables

Serves 4
Thursday - Whole roast free range chicken with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli

Fun Facts and Pics

Today is my 67 day in a row...I am taking tomorrow off (thanksgiving), but I have to do a little grout repair while we are closed...maybe I can get it done tonight?

We have fed 7607 people (up until last night)

Lots of sharpness...did I mention that I am rather talented in the sharpening department. If you have some dullness in your life, I charge a dollar an inch to bring back that edge.

Some pretty food.

We've hired the freakishly tall

And the freakishly small

Got a sign...

Had a few motorcycles drop in.

Okay, enough screwing around, I have some menus to finish.


Monday, November 12, 2007

Wine November 17th

Wine Dinner
November, 17th 2007
Now with two seatings and vegetarian option!
5:30pm and 7:30pm


Baby Greens with a Orange Saffron Vinaigrette
Paired with: Loimer “Lois” Gruner Veltliner, Austria
Smoked Trout Bruschetta Lemon/Dill crème Fraiche
Paired with: Duck Pond Cellars Chardonnay, Washington
- or -
Grilled Mushroom Bruschetta with shaved Parmesan and truffle oil
Paired with: Scarlet of Paris Pinot Noir, France
Polenta with a winter vegetable ragout
Paired with: Lockwood Sauvignon Blanc, California
- or -
Polenta with a duck confit ragout
Paired with: Domaine de Colette Beaujolais Village, France
Apple Tart Tatin with Vanilla Ice Cream
Paired with Selaks Ice Wine, New Zealand

Saturday, November 03, 2007


Thursday 4pm - Close
Salvation Cove Oysters $1.50 a piece
Chateau de la Ragotiere Muscadet, France $7.95 a glass
Pint of beer $3

Wine Dinner

Wine Dinner November 10th
$30 per person
6:30 pm

Garlic and Butter Steamed Clams
Chateau de la Ragotiere Muscadet, France

Duck Confit and White Bean Toast
Domaine Roger Perrin Cotes du Rhone, France

Basil Champagne Sorbet

Red Wine Braised Lamb with Butternut Squash Risotto
Casa Silva Carmenere Reserva, Chile

Cappucino Creme Brulee
Porto Kopke Fine Tawny Port

Reservations Required
See Cashier for Reservation

or call