Food Porn: Colter Bay Grill

I love going to Colter Bay to drink, hands down they have one of the best, if not the best, draft beer selections in Buffalo.  But every time I’ve eaten there the service, and occasionally the food, has been disappointing.  I’m not sure what it is, if there is some weird process they have to go through to get a drink from a bar or what, but it generally takes forever to get service and to have food delivered.

When Alli, her parents, and her brother and I decided to go Colter Bay last week, we had a similar experience.  I normally don’t complain about restaurants or their service unless its really bad, and it’s not the worse service I’ve ever had… However, every time I dine there this has been an issue.  This past time we were one of only 3 tables in the whole place and still we had long waits for drinks and food and watched our server disappear for long periods of time. I don’t think I could have written about our visit without mentioning it.

Ignoring the service for a minute, I actually do not have much to say about the food at Colter Bay. Overall, it’s OK, but nothing that really blows me away. We started the meal with some potato skins, which overall were decently good and are a nice and easy snack to go along with a couple pints.  I’d say my favorite potato skins downtown are at Gabriel’s Gate where they basically deep fry them.

I went with something new on the menu and tried Colter Bay’s Wyoming Burger.  Covered with Guacamole, Cheddar Cheese, Salsa and Jalapeno Peppers, their Wyoming Burger had good flavor but, again, nothing outstanding.  The salsa was a suitable replacement for ketchup, the guacamole was a nice touch, and the actual beef was cooked to my order (medium).

Alli ordered herself their Chicken Wings, which I’ve actually had a couple times before and had some good experiences, but let’s be honest, most restuarants in Buffalo serve up a good decent wing.  In any case, they were prepared nice and crispy (my personal favorite), however, they were very small wings, almost comically so.

Overall, if you want to grab an awesome pint of beer (remember draft is 100x better then bottled) I would always suggest Colter Bay.  They have a good size bar that is usually filled with a good crowd, plenty of TVs, and every day of the week they have a beer/mixed drink special.  But, if you are looking for food, there are several other options for pub style food when you’re downtown and sadly I don’t recommend Colter Bay.  If you want to grab something quick while your hanging at the bar it’s OK but it’s certainly nothing worth going out of your way for and their service is just incredibly frustrating.

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