Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cobblestone Grill

We had to be over near Zionsville the other day to pick up extra cookies for my daughter’s Girl Scout troop and naturally, I took it as an opportunity to try a new lunch place in a side of town we don’t get to that often.  We decided on Cobblestone because it seemed kid friendly and was right on Main Street which we thought would be fun to walk around on for a bit.

I had heard this place had a new-ish chef and has been working on its menu lately and adding a few new twists to what is a pretty traditional menu of sandwiches, salads and a few basic entrées.  I think a lot of the new items are on the bar menu (and maybe the dinner menu?) because the lunch menu didn’t look like it had been updated in awhile.

We did ask for the bar menu and ordered the house made pretzel rolls to share from there.  The rolls were pretty good—they had the distinctive pretzel taste although not as much the smooth, sort of shiny exterior. They were chewy like a soft pretzel should be, although maybe a touch too doughy, and were served with a very strong mustard dip.  Would have loved a little salt on the outside, although you could taste a salty kick to them.  My daughter loved them. Hubby was the least impressed.

For my lunch, I had the fish tacos ($8) which are Cajun-spiced pieces of whitefish inside flour tortillas and topped with chopped onion and cilantro with salsa on the side.  I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about them, but they were pretty tasty.  The fish was heavily seasoned (in a good way) and really very tender.  Wrapped with the cilantro and onions and some of the salsa made for a nice, fairly light lunch.  The portions are large, but other than the large flour tortilla (which ideally would have been grilled a bit), you felt like you were eating fairly healthy.  And with a decent amount of flavor.

Hubby had the crab cakes ($13) which were not bad, but not great either.  I liked that they were fried really crisp on the outside, giving it a nice buttery crunch to them.  The flavor was your pretty classic crab cake, which doesn’t really excite me that much, particularly when they aren’t really that “crabby.” It was served with a creole aioli, which wasn’t bad, although overpowered the crab cakes a bit maybe.  The annoying thing was there was also what appeared to be a nice little salad on the plate, but it was totally undressed.  We asked for some vinaigrette on the side and then it was a nice combo to eat some of the salad with a bite of the crab cake.  It just seemed like a waste of the greens to serve them totally undressed.  They did serve a lemon wedge on the plate, which I guess you could have put on the greens, but it was better squeezed right on the crab cakes.

The kids both had cheeseburgers off of the kid’s menus and thought they were just okay. They looked pretty darn dry to me (hubby said they tasted like they had been frozen), so honestly I didn’t even try them.

I can see this being a decent option for lunch if you lived in Zionsville.  However, the worst part about the meal was the service.  The restaurant only had a few tables in it when we got there, but it took quite a long time to get attention throughout the meal.  Also, the décor is a bit tired—looking distinctly like late 80s/early 90s that has been pretty much untouched since then.

So Zionsville folks, what do you think of this place? And where are your favorite places to eat in Zionsville?

Cobblestone Grill
160 South Main Street
Zionsville, IN 46077
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  1. Good lord.  I live in Zionsville and am DESPERATE for a good restaurant.  Almost all of my friends agree that the restaurants are either bad or serve incredibly boring food, all for too much money.  Maybe with the exception of Noah Grants.  Maybe.

    You can have bad pizza in 8 different restaurants in Zionsville.  But how about a restaurant that does great food, for a reasonable price, in a nice atmosphere?  For a town as hoity-toity as Zionsville, you'd think this is an easy recipe.  

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