I used to go to Hawkeye's once a week with a group of friends to take part in their Tuesday night trivia but, after a few bad experiences, we've decided not to return
Like I said, we were consistently pleased with the food at Hawkeye's. It's a typical bar food offering (burgers, wings, etc.) and they do a nice job with it. Plus, on trivia nights, you can get $1/$2 burgers! Of course, they'll charge you out the eyes for any additional stuff you want to put on them, but they're good enough that you don't need to add much to enjoy the food. My wife ordered a couple of their full entrées and liked them a lot. Hawkeye's also has a decent beer list - nothing too fancy or special, but enough variety and priced well enough that you won't feel like you have to choose between taste and cost.
The trivia was a lot of fun but that was largely the function of the host, who I think has also since left. The restaurant is fairly spacious, offering a bar area, a separate dining room, and a more private basement party area.
We had one or two good servers over the years who were consistently above par in their attention and attitude, but most were simply sufficient. Assuming all average experiences average averagely, you can probably luck by going to Hawkeye's, playing the odds, and winding up with decent food and nondescript service...but is it worth the risk?
We had 6 or 7 similarly bad experiences. In each case, we arrived on moderately busy nights and were seated promptly. The server showed up within about 30 seconds of our seating to ask what we wanted to drink, and we'd ask for water while we browsed the drink menu. This is where things went downhill...it then took over 20 minutes for the server to return and take our drink order. 20-30 more minutes would pass and we wouldn't see our server or our drinks. When the server finally came back, each one blamed another table for holding them up by "yelling" at them. It's a small enough place and we were watching our servers...they spent their spare time hiding in the corner chatting with the others...no "yelling" involved. I'm OK if someone forgets about us occasionally, but to lie and implicate other diners is unprofessional and not acceptable.
In the end, it's probably safe to avoid Hawkeye's. The quality of the food isn't so good as to warrant the gamble that you'll have unprofessional service.
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