With the “Buy Local” movement and its support of local farms and establishments being “the great thing to do” in this day in age, I am always in search of restaurants that really try to purchase as much of their product as possible from local sources versus off the regular food truck with stuff from who knows where. I definitely found what I was looking for when I tried Stone Cellar Brewpub in the historic “Between the Locks” building in Appleton.
Chef Brady, the main chef at Stone Cellar, searches out local produce, meats and cheeses, and is a large supporter of the Riverview Gardens. He personally designed the unique and delicious menu, and his “chef of the year” title, which he earned from his peers, surely shows on his offerings. Chef Brady is in constant contact with local farmers, suppliers and cheese makers to ensure he can provide his diners with the best-quality ingredients. With a full organic salad bar and many organic menu items, including vegetarian and gluten-free selections, along with locally raised meat choices, there is surely something to please anyone.
My guest and I had a wonderful lunch dining experience and really enjoyed the historic environment. We started off with a Stone Arch handcrafted beer, which is brewed right in the building. I was delighted to hear that I can find Stone Arch beer at local stores and that it will be featured at the upcoming Mile of Music in downtown Appleton on August 8th-11th (put on by Appleton local Cory Chisel). Because it was lunch, I wanted to try something organic, vegetarian and light, so I went with the suggested Biergarten Salad. It was made with organic mixed greens, fresh strawberries, raw cashews, tangy cheese, vine-ripened tomatoes and vinaigrette, and included a side of delicious wheat pita bread. It was the perfect size lunch that got my taste buds ready and excited for the farmers market!
My guest chose the ever-popular Navarino Farm’s Elk Pastrami Wrap. This was not something he would normally order; however, decided to give it a try after it was recommended by our server. He was delighted with the salty and fresh flavors of the elk, pastrami and bacon, which was perfectly smothered with a light provolone cheese and wrapped together with tomato, lettuce and tangy pesto mayo. “I will be ordering this again, for sure,” he stated after quickly polishing off the meal. The house-made and perfectly crisp sweet potato fries were just enough sweetness in the meal and were a must-have add-on.
Both meals were absolutely delicious! I like to remind friends and family that Stone Cellar offers a full menu, from appetizers and lighter, healthy options, to burgers and homemade pizzas. The scotch egg is a definite must-try and a great Scottish treat!
Although it was raining the day we dined, the outdoor beer garden is delightful on a nice summer day. Stone Cellar features live music on Tuesday nights and Saturdays from noon-3 p.m., with an open mic night on Mondays, all enjoyed in the outdoor beer garden. There is also an event room — sure to please you and your guests — for birthday parties, corporate meetings, rehearsal dinners, holiday parties or just to have a great time with friends.
Stone Cellar will certainly remain a popular option for me when dining with friends and family. I’m already looking forward to my next chance to peruse their out-of-this-world organic salad and soup bar!
Stone Cellar Brewpub
1004 South Olde Oneida St., Appleton
Kitchen and bar open daily at 11 a.m.