Archive for March, 2009

Restaurant Catch-up: Stone Creek Dining, Kincaid’s, Buca di Beppo

March 31, 2009

Over the past couple months, I have not updated the reviews as I have dined out.  So, let me take this opportunity to post some dining experiences that stick out in my mind.

I’ll start with the one that sticks out that was not so pleasant.  It was in Noblesville, IN at the Hamilton Town Center.  There, I dined at Stone Creek Dining Company.  From the outside and the interior decor, it looked as if this was going to be a really nice dinner.  After about a half an hour  to 45 minute wait, we finally were following some girl as she speed-walked to the table we were going to be sitting at.  Then, no friendly chit-chat or anything, she handed us our menus and was off.  Then, we were greeted by one of the worse servers I have had.  This person literally was sweating and wiping the sweat with their hands.    Yes, the same person that brought us our meal and drinks.  Well, I should add that this person was supposed to bring us our drinks…our drinks were empty for most of the meal.  The server never even came around much for us to ask for drinks, and when we did tell them, we would usually have to mention it again to actually get it.  We just left this dining establishment frazzled.  On top of that, the meal we got was just okay.  I really hope that things have gotten better there because we were extremely dissatisfied.

On a much better note, a place that I really enjoyed was Kincaid’s in Clay Terrace in Carmel, IN.  The service was okay, but the food was great.  I’ve been there twice in the last two months because I enjoyed the food so much.  I have had the Seafood Linguine for dinner and the Pacific Tiger Prawn Linguine for lunch.  The seafood is a good size, and I really enjoy the white alfredo sauces they use for both of those.  Here is the menu for both the lunch and dinner.  I have dined with others who have gotten the Bering Sea Red King Crab Cakes for dinner and the Fish and Chips for lunch, and they really enjoyed both.

I also dined at Buca di Beppo in Castleton.  There they serve a majority of their food family style, so you pick a couple dishesand share with others in your group.  Some items that we got were the Bruschetta, Mozzarella Garlic Bread, Cheese Manicotti, and Raviolli with Meat Sauce.  All the items were very good, and the dishes remind me of home cooking.  It’s definitely a different taste than other Italian restaurants such as Carrabba’s and Macaroni Grill.   Those two taste more like what you would expect when dining out, and to me, Buca di Beppo has more of a taste like my grandma had worked in the kitchen for hours preparing the meal.

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Wendy’s Review 3/29 – Fishers

March 31, 2009

Restaurant: Wendy’s
Location: Fishers, IN
Address: 8921 East 116th Street   Fishers, IN 46038
Menu: Wendy’s Menu
Type: Fast Food American
Loyalty Program: None Known
Today’s Meal: Large Chili
Cost: About $2

When I drove up, the line for the drive-thru was really long so I decided to go in.  There was only one cash register lane open (perhaps all there ever is?) once I got in there, and there was a very long line.  It took a long time, probably about 10 minutes (possibly more), for me to get up to the counter to order.  Once I did order, my chili was handed to me in about 30 seconds.  Despite the ridiculous wait, the chili was very good and warm.  They also gave me plenty of crackers to enjoy with the chili.

Qdoba Review 3/28 – Fishers

March 31, 2009

Restaurant: Qdoba
Location – Fishers, IN
Address – 8971 E. 116th Street  Fishers, IN 46038  Map This
Menu – Qdoba Menu
Today’s Meal – Vegetarian Nachos, Soft Drink
Cost – Around $8
Type – Fast Mexican Food
Loyalty Program – Qdoba Card

It’s been a while since I’ve been to this Qdoba, but if I were looking for quality service and nachos, I would definitely come and visit this one again.  Although I did have to wait about 30 seconds for someone to start making my nachos (while I was the only one in line and it seemed like there were several workers just staring at me), I was greeted promptly.  The small wait was more than worth it as they piled on all of the ingredients without being stingy.  Everyone was quite friendly, professional, and seemed like they were happy to be there.  I was even helped to my seat with all the food (without even asking), as I had ordered for others dining with me as well.  Truly, a very enjoyable dining experience.

Check out my other Qdoba reviews.