Before you read my review, first let me tell you a little about myself so you can make a better judgement of the Swinging Steak.
My wife and I are the outdoor types who also appreciate the finer things in life. But we have enough common sense to realize that you can’t have 5 star expectations when you are in certain places such as Mexican Hat, Utah.
We were spending a few days exploring around Southeastern Utah while base camped in Blanding, UT. We just happened to be in the area near Mexican Hat while taking a drive through the Valley of the Gods nearby.
Instead of heading back to Blanding which was about an hour’s drive, we decided to drive the other direction about 8 miles to Mexican Hat to see if there were any places to have dinner there.
The choices were limited. In fact the Swinging Steak was the only place in town. After passing by to look for other places which we found out that there weren’t, we returned.
My wife and I instantly liked the place because of the atmosphere. It was completely outdoors – almost like a beer garden. There were wood fire containers scattered about and ready to be lit if it got chilly.
The first thing we noticed was the swinging grill on which a cook was tending. We got the cooks attention and he said that the waitress would be around. After a few moments the waitress came by and pointed to several empty tables which we could pick from. We picked the table closest to the cook and the swinging grill.
Most of the other reviewers had complained about the gratuity which was charged but if they had looked at the menu, it clearly states at the bottom that there would be an automatic gratuity placed on the bill. We both read it and if we didn’t like it we could have gotten up and drove back to Blanding but we didn’t.
We both ordered a different kind of steak and asked for both to be medium. We saw the prices on the menu and looked at what the other diners were eating and knew what to expect. We ordered a couple of beers and sat back to enjoy the evening under the open sky.
I had better steaks in places like New Orleans, Denver, Phoenix but we were in Mexican Hat, Utah which was in the middle of nowhere and these were the best steaks around. We both enjoyed our meals and the atmosphere.
The waitress could have been more attentive but she was the only one and was busy which we understood. In our travels we found out that if you act like a picky impatient tourist with city expectations in small rural places, you will be treated as such. We were treated nicely considering all things and were very pleased with our dining experience there.
If you want better priced meals which meet your high expectations then you should stay in the cities and not ventured out to places like Mexican Hat, so the rest of us could enjoy the experience.
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