Written by Jonathan Ruiz
Illustration by Madison Otten
Diners are always my go-to when I’m in the mood to eat out. Each diner has its own feel to it and way of preparing food. We all know IHOP or Denny’s, but what about the small local diners? Great Scotts Eatery is one of the diners that gets overlooked, even though they have a huge sign at the side of U.S. Route 36.
Great Scotts isn’t necessarily the easiest restaurant to access. With the restaurant being on the side of a highway, you have to take multiple back roads to find it. Newcomers can get lost maneuvering the dim streets. There’s street-side parking for the nearby businesses, making the road to Great Scotts narrow and nerve-wracking to drive down. With accessibility being fairly difficult, location is a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Upon entering, the atmosphere had a retro style of the ‘60s with a wall of records and old-school milkshake cups. Because it was November 2018, older Christmas music played. My boyfriend and I went around 8 p.m. It made the restaurant seem pretty slow, but it was way more packed the first time I visited with his family.
After standing in the front for only about 3 minutes, we were asked if we preferred a table or a booth, which is uncommon to be asked. For me, hosts just try to seat me wherever they can. As we were escorted to our booth, I noticed that there were a few dirty tables, and no bussers nearby. It took a long time before someone came to begin cleaning. We got one of the few clean booths. 4 out of 5 on the atmosphere itself.
My first order was an appetizer sampler with mozzarella sticks, onion rings, and loaded potatoes. The mozzarella sticks were crunchy on the outside with a nice stringy, melted cheese center. The onion rings also had a nice crunch to them and soft caramelization inside. The loaded potatoes were too dry for me but had a nice heap of melted cheese piled on top. If they added some butter, it could moisten the potato.
The entrée I ordered was a cheeseburger named the Hang 10. You get a one-third pound beef patty with grilled pineapple on top, sweet Hawaiian cream cheese sauce, and a slice of pepper jack cheese. The beef patty was perfectly cooked and juicy. The sweet Hawaiian sauce added a lovely tang to the burger, mixing with the grilled pineapple and making it a wonderful sweet and salty explosion of flavors. The food was 4.5 out of 5; everything was delicious but the dry potatoes.
The service was exceptional. We were greeted with an ear-to-ear smile in our first interaction with an employee there. While being sat, our host engaged in conversation to ensure we were being treated kindly. After being sat, it took about 8 minutes for our waitress to come up and ask if we were ready for drinks. We put in our order and continued to look through our menus for our meals. As we were looking, another waitress checked in on us concerning our drinks. Our drinks arrived after 10 minutes. When we were ready we put in our order, our waitress provided helpful feedback for our choices. She recommended the Hang 10 and its delicious components, which made me excited. We waited 15 minutes for our food to come, which didn’t seem very long at all. While eating, our waitress checked in on us The waitress and the host created a friendly dining experience. Being treated wonderfully, service was 5 out of 5.
I was treated terrifically, and the food was delicious. The location is pretty difficult to get to, and that might not be easily fixed, but more frequent bussing and adding butter to potatoes won’t hurt anyone. If those were improved on, Great Scotts could be a high-end diner. From all these evaluations, I can confidently give this restaurant a 4.5 out of 5 stars for an overall review. If you are interested in some good diner food and some ‘60s nostalgia, stop on by Great Scotts.
Location: 1295 Cortez St, Denver, CO 80221
Hours: 24 hours
Cuisines: American Diner
Contact Info: (303) 428-3558
Overall Evaluation: 4.5 out of 5 stars