We are incredibly lucky in the Triangle to have a huge variety of everyday restaurants, but where do you go when you want to treat yourself or celebrate a special occasion? The new Stoney River Steakhouse in Chapel Hill offers the perfect atmosphere for a romantic night or celebration. Located in the back corner of shopping center, not far off of Franklin Street, the restaurant looks luxurious from the outside, with dark exterior and a nice patio full of outdoor seating. As you walk in, the interior is just as luxurious, with dim lighting and comfy looking booths filling the restaurant. Although I can appreciate ambient lighting, what I appreciated more was that the candles on each table provided plenty of light so as to not strain your eyes while trying to read the menu.
When we sat down we were greeted by a very friendly server who gave us a rundown of the menu and told us a few of his favorite items. We started with the Whiskey Shrimp on Toast ($16), which consisted of four jumbo shrimp that were sauté-flamed with whiskey and sitting atop delicious pieces of baguette toast. They were finished with a mustard cream sauce, which added the perfect amount of flavor. The shrimp were nice and light, but the buttery toast in each bite added a lot of depth to this dish. I would definitely suggest giving this appetizer a try.
We were also brought a basket of fresh rolls from La Farm Bakery, where Stoney River gets all of their bread. I know that bread before a meal isn’t super exciting, but these rolls were amazing! There was something sweet in them, which I couldn’t put my finger on, but I definitely could’ve eaten a whole basket of them myself. Each entrée also comes with a salad, so next I received my Caesar salad. The salad was quite a generous portion for a side salad, which I definitely appreciated. The kid in me would’ve appreciated a few more croutons, but the adult in me knows that the point is to showcase the fresh, crisp lettuce, not chow down on crispy, buttery croutons.
For an entrée I decided to go with the Trio of Filet Medallions ($34). This trio consists of three medallions; one encrusted with Blue Cheese, one with Horseradish, and one topped with Béarnaise. Unfortunately I’m not a fan of blue cheese, so our waiter kindly let me substitute it out for an extra Béarnaise topped medallion. Each entrée also comes with a side item, so I chose the Au Gratin Potatoes at the suggestion of our waiter. When my entrée arrived I was happy to see that each medallion was cooked to a perfect medium, which can be tough for smaller cuts. The steak was nice and juicy, and not too tough. My personal favorite was the Béarnaise topped medallions, because I just loved the creaminess of the sauce and the juiciness that it added to the steak. The Au Gratin potatoes were also amazing, nice and cheesy, but not over the top. Let’s just say my boyfriend was very jealous that he didn’t order them.
Speaking of my boyfriend, he went with the Ribeye Steak ($32), which was a 14oz steak topped with melting butter. His steak was also perfectly cooked and nice and tender. He chose to go with the Roasted Brussel Sprouts as a side, which were tasty, but not as tasty as my Au Gratin Potatoes. We decided to take home some of our food in order to leave room for dessert, so that we could try the Crème Brulee. Even though I don’t get it often, Crème Brulee is one of my favorite desserts, so I was very excited to see it on the menu. It was nice and creamy, with that crunchy, torched topping, and also topped with fresh blueberries and strawberries; it definitely did not disappoint.
Overall our experience at Stoney River Steakhouse was definitely a good one. We could taste the good quality of the food in each dish. The service was also phenomenal. I loved how the staff worked as a team; every time we had an empty dish or needed more water someone would take care of it without being asked, even if that person wasn’t actually our server. If you are looking for a new spot to treat yourself I would definitely suggest paying Stoney River Steakhouse a visit.
Melissa Guido is currently a dietetic intern in the Triangle area. She studied nutrition at NC State and Meredith College. Her favorite part about nutrition is showing people that healthy food can be exciting and delicious. Melissa loves traveling and learning about how food fits into different cultures. In her free time she loves trying new restaurants, cooking, and obsessing over her dogs. Follow her on Instagram @made2order and at www.madeorder.wordpress.com.