Service was variable, more barlike than restaurantish, and improved substantially over time. At one early all-women outing, everybody had a crush on the server by the time we left. Not only was he one of those handsome, hammy guys who toss out compliments like hot dogs at a ballpark; whatever he delayed or goofed up (which was quite a lot) he comped on the bill. On another outing, the poor waiter was so shy I could barely make out his mumble. But by the time the place had been open two months, servers and the kitchen always seemed to be in sync, with food arriving hot, as ordered, and at comfortable intervals.
Blue Tractor delivered its best news when it was time to settle up, with surprisingly low bottom lines and enough leftovers for the next day's lunch.
Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery
207 East Washington 222-4095
Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. (kitchen closes 11 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., midnight Fri. & Sat.), Sun. noon-midnight (kitchen closes 10 p.m.)