We have been eating at Conestogas in Alachua for over 20 years. It is a rustic old restaurant with western decor. It is not fancy, but that doesn't stop the patrons from coming. It is very busy and very popular with locals. However, the quality of the steaks has gone down considerably over the years! We celebrated our anniversary in March by going to Conestogas for dinner. My husband's steak was juicy and tender, but mine was dry, tough and burnt. Our older daughter's chicken breast was dry as well, but our younger daughter's burger was fine. The service in March was very good and they brought us a "free dessert" and sang "happy anniversary". That was a nice treat. ---- Last Friday night, however, my husband wanted to go back for a Father's Day steak dinner. Unfortunately, this time both of our steaks were not good. Mine had a lot of grissle and it was hard to chew. Our Conestoga Junior sirloins (listed in the menu as a customer favorite) were awful! They were charred on the outside, medium-well on the inside, tough, grissely and had no flavor. We ordered them cooked medium, but they were not pink at all inside. Thankfully, our youngest daughter's children's sirloin was pink, tender and flavorful. She thoroughly enjoyed her's. Our waitress was very pleasant and polite, but she was overworked. Once the food arrived, she only came by once to check on us because she had too many tables to serve! Our sweet teas were empty most of the time. A waiter must have seen our empty glasses because he came and refilled our drinks once, but that was all. We were finished eating for a while, and most of the tables were empty, by the time she returned and we got the bill. The bill was $59 (before a tip) for two adult dinners and one child's dinner, no dessert. We will not be going back to Conestogas anytime soon. The food quality is poor, the service is slow, and the prices are high. It's just not a very good restaurant anymore.
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