I had to debate with myself on how many stars I'd appoint the stonecat. I have an equal amount of positives and negatives. My husband and I arrived early for our reservation so we sat at the bar for a drink while we waited to be seated. The bar tender seemed to not notice us, and when he did take our drink order he had a hint of arrogance in his tone. I almost sensed that he wasn't concerned with us because we weren't "locals". He seemed to know everyone at the bar except us. I got a specialty cocktail with locally made vodka from Myers farm- yum! Hubby grabbed a local beer they had on draft, which he was happy with. Drink prices were similar to Chicago pricing, which seems unexpected for the region. Once we were seated our waitress immediately asked us if we'd like to start with bread baked in house and olive oil, we said yes only to see on the bill that this was an appetizer and she charged us. The way she said it made it seem complimentary but no big deal it was delicious. Waitress was friendly but she spoke so quietly and sing-song I kept asking her to repeat herself. I'm young and not hard of hearing, but please don't whisper the specials to me. I started with a bowl of asparagus soup and hubby got a cup of a bean and sausage soup. I'm pretty sure they were the same amount just in different serving dishes. My bowl was more like a wide plate. They were both delicious, I mean seriously amazing, but oh my goodness the price for the amount was insane. I grabbed a salad special that featured a local blue cheese and it was absolutely perfect from first bite to last. That's probably the best blue cheese I've ever eaten, I plan on trying to order some online to tide me over until our next visit out. Hubby's dinner was a chicken entree and he was very pleased with the flavors but the piece of chicken was the size of two eggs. My meal was half the price of his and twice the size. No sooner did I take my last bite and the waitress whisked away our plates. We both order dessert and had no complaints there. After the waitress left our check she disappeared. We waited for a bit and finally we went up to the bar and paid. I have to say my biggest complaint would be the lack of dress code. Half of the waitresses were dressed like they were going to a hippie convention and the other half looked like they were dressed for single girls night out. One young girl who seemed to be bussing tables only was dressed so sexy you'd think we were on the beach. Overall despite the seriously limited menu and high prices, I would give this place a second chance. The flavor profile tells me the chef knows what he's doing.
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