Saturday, December 6, 2014

Woodstone Grill of Belleville

On Rawsonville Rd, perched on the border of Ypsilanti and Belleville, a stone's throw north of I-94 sits Woodstone Grill. According to their website, once upon a time another restaurant named Woodstone Grill operated in that same location, but this new Woodstone Grill is named in homage and actually has nothing to do with the first one. I never went to, or even knew about that Woodstone Grill. 

The restaurant I remember being in that location is Spirits Restaurant and Lounge, which I visited and reviewed back in 2012. They offered bison burgers, poutine, and wojapi (which I attempted to make at home also in 2012). Spirits will be sorely missed. 

But I am here to talk about the new Woodstone Grill, and I do wish them luck. Greg and I loved the food we had at Spirits, but we rarely saw many cars in the lot, and that seems like a tough area in general for a business, being not particularly populated (though it does usually have reasonably priced gas at the Speedway, which also doesn't charge extra for credit cards). 

We started off our meal with the Cajun Onion Petals. I was expecting it to arrive huge and (mostly) whole like the Blooming Onions at Outback. It did not, but I did find it much tastier! What spice it had was cooled by the ranch dipping sauce. (I love ranch.) I could have eaten the whole place myself if entrees weren't imminent.

Greg went with the Center Cut Top Sirloin, which comes with the option of being "encrusted with our special blend of coffee and cajun spices." I don't think it arrived in such a state, however, which is unfortunate. I wanted to try that. Myself, I ordered the Not Your Mama's Meatloaf, an apt name in my case since it was made from beef and not turkey. The texture was surprisingly smooth, as if the meat had not simply been ground, but pureed. I liked it. Our sides were seasoned vegetables and mashed potatoes and really weren't anything special, though the taste was fine. 

Usually, we are too full to order dessert. This time, Greg was too curious about the Oreo Brownie Sundae, so we indulged and split one. "It tastes like microwaved Oreo!" he declared upon finishing his first bite. I've never put an Oreo in the microwave, and don't really intend to. This sundae did have an Oreo-esque flavor, but I may be thinking that because the name suggested it. It's basically your typical brownie sundae with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Again, I liked it, but not particularly fancy or unusual. 

I really enjoyed my meal there, and would go again. It's a nice local alternative to the big chain steakhouses  (the kinds of places I tend to avoid, no matter how hyped) with food that tastes home-cooked. Our server was very friendly, too, and related to us like a real person. If you live in the Belleville-Ypsi region, you won't lose anything by giving this place a try. 

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