primerisk on Citysearch
15 years ago
10/05/2007, 14:47 PM
Interesting decor, Very loud environment, Mediocre food, and Below average service – In Denver, good food and service in a place with character is hard to find. Unfortunately it is even harder to find at Elway's. We attended Elway's on late reservations for our wedding anniversary last Friday expecting a 4-star experience, but the experience was less than stellar.
We were greeted promptly and seated within 15 minutes of our reservations. During the evening we were never able to figure out who our server was. We were greeted by Tim who asked us if "B" had been by to greet us and bring water. With nothing on our table other than napkins, we said "no" and he promptly left. "B" eventually showed up with water and that was the peak of the service.
We started with the Rhode Island Calamari appetizer. The menu promised a lightly breaded calamari tossed with stuffed olives, peppers, and baby corn. What arrived was drenched in oil (apparently a combination of fryer and cheap olive) and virtually flavorless. After being able to flag down "B" we sent the dish back.
For the mains my wife ordered the Swordfish and I ordered the Double-cut Pork Chop. As sides we selected the Cremini Mushrooms and the Asparagus. The Swordfish presented poorly, but my wife enjoyed it; the bite she shared with me was reasonable, but heavily spiced and a bit on the dry side. The Chop presented beautifully and was nearly 2 inches thick. The size of the piece of meat is a bit unruly on the plate, so I decided to cut the chop in half along the bones. The first 1/2 was quite tasty, but well done. The second 1/2 had flavor, but was so over done that you had to really work it with the steak knife to hack through it; I gave up 2 bites in. As for the sides, the asparagus was woody and flavorless; the mushrooms were the highlight of the service.
During the main course ordeal we would only see Tim and "B" blur by the table with nary a glance at us. With empty-drinks and 1/2 eaten plates we finally flagged down "B" to get our checks.
It's 4th and long John.