After my post on Cobblestone, several people emailed me to give me suggestions about where to eat in Zionsville. I was meeting my friend @indyfoodswap and she had had a good meal in the past at one of them, The Sanctuary restaurant, so we agreed to meet there. Unfortunately it was closed for remodeling (they might want to put a little more noticeable warning on their website, just a thought), so we decided to try Serenity instead (which had also been recommended).
It is a cute little house with several tables that were pretty full when we got there. The service was a little strange—the meal took quite a long time from start to finish, even though we didn’t mind too much since we were chatting.
For my lunch, I had the Serenity club panini ($9.95). It was a toasted sandwich with turkey, bacon, red onion, provolone cheese, tomatoes and spinach with a basil sauce. I had it with a side salad. For me, the sandwich hit the spot. It was cold outside, and the sandwich was hot and melty. It wasn’t overstuffed (the tomatoes were a little meh though) and the veggies were fresh, as were the components of the salad. I could have used a little more bacon, but all in all I liked the sandwich. The salad was quite large and underdressed, but much better when I asked for some dressing on the side (it was a Thousand Island type dressing).
Unfortunately, Suzanne’s meal wasn’t as good. She ordered the black and blue salad ($11.95) that was described as having “roasted beef tenderloin” on it. She was a little disappointed with the very small amount of beef and the fact that it almost looked more like deli roast beef than the pieces of filet that she was expecting. I didn’t taste it, so I can’t speak for the flavor—I can just tell you my visual observations. They did end up giving her a discount after she mentioned her concerns about how the salad is described, which she didn’t ask for and which I thought was a professional way to handle the situation.
All the entrées come with a scone, and I remember really enjoying the one I had had at the other restaurant they used to own in Carmel. The chocolate chip/cinnamon one that came with my meal was a little soft though and I didn’t eat much of it.
All in all, I would say at least based on what I had, Serenity isn’t a bad lunch option in Zionsville. It is a very feminine place (think high tea)—I think the place was pretty much full when we left, but there was only one guy in there.
135 S. Main Street