A perfect table setting requires pristine linens and polished cutlery, except at off-Broadway restaurants, where waiters set every table in postapocalyptic Vienna. Avoid avant-garde eating with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of upscale American fare at Cobblestone Grill in Zionsville. This Groupon is valid only for dinner on Monday–Saturday.
The chefs at Cobblestone Grill enlist fresh, local produce and top-choice meats to populate their dinner menu with hearty sandwiches and Angus steaks. A parade of finger- and two-handed foods—including a California chicken club ($9) or half-pound bacon, cheddar, and mushroom burger ($8)—marches alongside crisp salads decked out in festive ensembles of chicken, goat cheese, almonds, and grilled asparagus ($10). Knives stand with serrated blades at attention when the USDA Certified Black Angus meats roll out, led by the 12-ounce new york strip steak ($28) and 6-ounce filet mignon ($22), each cooked to order and blackened ($1 extra) or encrusted in blue cheese ($2 extra).
Housed behind a quaint storefront exterior, Cobblestone Grill strikes a balance between low-key and elegant with soft lighting and crisp white tablecloths. Bartenders pour glasses of red, white, or sparkling wine while a barbershop quartet of HDTVs sings out harmonic sports broadcasts. More traditional music genres also fill the dining area, as bands flood the air with live jams every weekend.
Proprietors Kent and Liz Esra set three main goals when they opened Cobblestone Grill. First, they wanted to create a gourmet menu that would adapt to evolving tastes and trends. Second, they emphasized customer service, aiming to provide attentive care to every table. Finally, they aspired to provide a warm atmosphere. Achieving all three objectives, the Esras offer a menu with three steaks and six preparation methods, cheerful table service, and live entertainment.
Whether crusting a 6-ounce filet mignon with blue cheese or submerging fettuccine in tequila-cream sauce, chefs take care to plate dishes with finesse. Servers bring these meals to patrons at the dining room, bar, or brick patio, navigating around jazz and blues musicians. On Monday nights, weather permitting, dogs are welcome to lounge on the patio, lap complimentary water, and bemoan the collapse of the housing market with their companions.