Stone Creek Dining Company
4450 West Point Drive, Zionsville, IN 46077
There are four locations that are locally owned, do I call this a chain? Hmm…walking in and first impression, I really like the interior of this restaurant. Take a look at the pictures on the website, pretty nice really.
Stone Creek has an interesting niche. It is nicer than your neighborhood bar and grill chains (Applebee’s, Chili’s), not as nice as local/chain steakhouses and lacks the individuality of a chef owned restaurant. Think locally owned Cheesecake Factory without the huge portions.
It was lunch time, so…
Tuscan Rigatoni – $10.99
Italian Sausage, chicken, mushrooms & scallions, in a smoked gouda cream.
My wife hates alfredo or cream sauce of any sort so when I have pasta and I am out, I will usually get my fix. When the pasta arrived, my first thought was…that portion is a little small. I understand it is lunch, but at dinner the same dish is $13.99. When looking at the dish, it appeared to be under sauced (and I rarely say that). Also, a good amount of the rigatoni were broken. It looked like someone just threw this together…
It also tasted like someone threw this together. IMO, chicken and sausage rarely mix well and this still rang true on this dish. The little bit of chicken that was included was overcooked, mushrooms were sparse as well. The smoked gouda sauce was very rich and thick. I liked the taste of the sauce, but the consistency was too thick.
Would I Buy It Again? No. It has been about a year since I visited Stone Creek and I might wait that long again. My friend that joined me for lunch did not like her salmon salad and said that it was very salty. Based on portion size and quality of the food, I was disappointed.
I really really want to like Stone Creek, they have a beautiful restaurant, a good selection on the menu, good service, but for WIBIA, it is ALWAYS about the food. If Stone Creek would execute on the food and they would have a real winner. My last visit to sister restaurant Bolder Creek was good experience, so I know they have it in them.
Btw, what is a “Dining Company?” I still wonder what a “Spaghetti Factory” is. Funny names…