had a sandwich while working out at Bikram's Yoga. I'll explain later but first let's touch upon the positives, shall we?
On a Sunday a few weeks ago we were a group of 15 who first had drinks in the bar side and then we were ushered into the dining room. The bar side was a great, warm, dark, lively spot. The server was handling us, and others around us, with warmth and ease never missing a need or want. Nice job!
The bar is on your right as you enter and if I was with just a buddy or two I would've enjoyed saddling up to the bar and sampling various scotches that are on the shelves. It's a brick sided room that makes for a great place to have a few drinks and a bite.
Onto the dining, this started out well after we moved from the bar area to the dining room. We were all seated at a communal table with various other small groups on our left and right. A host introduced our servers, the chef that night, and the beer brewer ( whom also ate dinner with us ) who spoke briefly about the pints placed in front of us. A nice warm atmosphere was set.
The food arrived and our menu was pre-set, we all had the turkey w/mashed potato, stuffing and cranberry sauce. The turkey was amazing, very moist, nicely seasoned. The mashed potatoes were smoothly whipped and a nice, simple contast to the stuffing--also done very well. My two minor quibbles with the food were:
(1) The cranberry sauce was too over-powering for the dish and it was heaped on too heavily on the plate.
(2) They ran out of dessert for me to try, but the others said the cheesecake served was tasty.
Small problems easy to overlook.
The servers on the dining side were fast and efficient, given that you're at a long rectangular table with many others in the small room the volume rises where you have to speak very loud to be heard, so the servers don't engage in much banter.
Lastly about my title, the only reason I gave The I.H. a 1 for ambiance is because of the unbearable heat while we were eating. No kidding, the temperature in the room was at least in the high 30's! Sweat was literally dripping off my forehead, I looked around to see if others were affected by this and the Brewmeister's face was beet-red and not because of the alcohol he was drinking: cold beer.
Summing this up I'd definitely go to drink & eat in the bar side, but the dining room would be a no-no unless they bring temps down significantly.