Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Sir Ben's Gets a Sad Face

Sir Ben's
805 E Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802-2211
(218) 728-1192

We arrived in Duluth late one weekend evening and needed a place to eat. As we sat in the hotel scanning through the restaurant list in the welcome book we finally came to the conclusion of Sir Ben's. It was too bad that we did.

On the outskirts of downtown Duluth Sir Ben's is a small hole in the wall 'dining' and drinking establishment. Usually I am all for the locally owned, not much to look at place with great food. However, sometimes that isn't the case.

I liked the inside. Very laid back, small bar, enclosed patio and small stage for local performers. Unfortunately, the bar and food selection were a different matter. There were only a few beers on tap. I had seen some people boast of their huge beer selection (bottled beer) on other blog and rating sites, but aparently these people haven't been outside of Duluth. The drink selection was minimal as was the food. A small menu of sandwiches, a couple soups and a salad were written in chalk on one wall. When I asked the bartender if we could still order food he replied 'yes', but then walked away and didn't come back to us for the whole night.

He served us one beer. It appeared that he was also the only one working the whole place, so I understand that he might be busy, but the bar literally sat 8 people and he wasn't tending to anyone.

Even if the live music is good it's not worth the awful service, food, drinks and prices.


1 comment:

funinthesun said...

I am surprised of your comment. I too have traveled a fair share and have always felt Sir Ben's beer selection was great, and their fresh made to order sandwiches are what makes the place unique! Too bad to hear about the service-I have heard they are under new management-which is a good thing.