I gave this establishment three dots instead of two simply because they are only a few months old, appear to be trying really hard on some fronts and the night we dined there was REALLY busy.
First, if you are a host and a couple walks in and has patiently waited for 20 minutes or more for a table, DON'T give the two nicer available booths to other couples who arrived AFTER the first couple who you stuck at a tiny table back by the restrooms. Seeing two other same size groups who arrived AFTER us get seated at much nicer tables is a surefire way to get the kind of reaction I'm sharing here. One couple, who the host knew and had a conversation with while we were all waiting for a table spent more time dancing to the band in the crowded confines of the space between tables, others were given the nice, cushy booth they had been given. In the end, neither we nor the couple who arrived at least 15 minutes after us got to sit in one of the better booths the restaurant has to offer.
Second, I don't care if its the night before St. Patrick's Day or any other day, New Mexico has a horrible problem with DWI and seeing multiple people visibly intoxicated no matter the occasion or day, is sure to catch up with an establishment. Even in a small, insulated, homogenous, highly self-entitled town like Los Alamos.
The pub has an upbeat, casual decor, extensive draught beer menu and many inspired food items incorporating fine beers. The menu seems split between a cut above average pub food and a nod to some finer dining hints, but all in an informal setting. Executing those finer points is something that hopefully comes with time.
Service appears to be a cross between slow and slower with the emphasis on friends and local regulars getting preferential treatment. Maybe we just need to go more often and once the staff recognizes us, we'll be on the in crowd list.
My wife ordered the corned beef and cabbage special which I tried so feel capable of commenting on it. The cabbage and pan roasted potatoes were very good but the corned beef was sliced way too thick and had a coarse, inedible vein of gristle rendering about 50% of her entree useless.
Of course, it was all lukewarm given the above mentioned lack of punctuality. I had the LANL burger which was good, but it was dry and more than well done when it was ordered medium. It lacked flavor despite being a blend of ground beef and pork and was offered with a horseradish cheddar which should have been discernible but wasn't. Again, served lukewarm not for any real reason other than lack of coordination between the kitchen and servers. Or maybe the servers need additional help when its that busy?
The beers we had were the highlight of the evening and hopefully things will continue to be worked on to improve all aspects of what appears to be a very popular spot in an otherwise dismal restaurant scene in Los Alamos.