We arrived Silverton CO and drifted into town for dinner. We encountered the Brown Bear as one of the few cafe's open as it was late afternoon and early in the season, so we decided to try it. Upon entering I was struck by the historic decor. A huge mahogany back mirror/shelf at the bar as well as several dozen antique oil lamps mounted on the walls. I spent a considerable amount of time exploring it.
We had a light dinner, wife had soup (Sausage Chicken Gumbo) and a salad bar, and I had the green chile burger. I opted for a cup of the Gumbo as opposed to the fries. Both were quite good. The Green Chile burger is an 8 oz burger, cooked exactly as ordered. The Gumbo was tasty as well, but a bit heavy on rice I thought.
Service was good, there was only one waitress and she had a few customers coming and going, but when our food arrived at the table, it was hot which is always something I look for.
On the down side as I explored I found several places in the cafe where my feet stuck to the floor. It seemed to me that many drinks had been spilled and left on the floor. One place I actually had to pull my foot free from the floor. A bit of housekeeping certainly would not detract from the overall ambiance of the decor.
I certainly will return, but choose where I set more carefully.
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