two Friday nights ago, a friend and I wanted to go to Rocky Mtn. Flatbread (unbelievably wonderful) but it was jam-packed and a bit too chaotic for us, as we'd just come from yoga :-)
So, we took a chance on Smokin' Dog - yikes. Though the restaurant was hardly packed (there was no one inside)....first of all, a dog was barking at the top of his lungs....he was tied up right beside us for five or ten minutes - the owner was drinking heavily and 'having a problem'; we didn't get attended to for what seemed like a mighty long time! The place was understaffed, I guess. And the 'servers' didn't really give the vibe of service, more like "I want to be a model", or, you know, as if they were going out on a party boat for the night.
We left after one drink, feeling a bit guilty as we were supposed to have eaten something but the vibes were negative and weird. We called Bistrot Bistro and got a table there at the last minute, and had a fantastic meal. There, you are ACTUALLY served by the staff - of which there are many - and they don't have french manicures and perfect hair - theyso many it is almost incomprehensible....the servers there are real people, interested in you, and interested in serving you, and changing your flatware, etc.
It may be that the food at Smoking Dog is great - but we never tasted it. We just did not feel taken care of - that is one of the main things I look for in a restaurant, maybe because I can cook. Attitude, I don't need.