Our first encounter with them was for take-out; we didn’t think it was very good then. We thought we’d give them the dine-in treatment just to be fair.
Fair warning! If you go to their website, they list their address as 120 Carey Drive. Don’t pay attention to that. They’re still over at Westfield Rd (I called them to confirm). The Carey Drive address seems to be an address for their parent company, Clancy’s Inc. Grindstone Charley’s homepage also lists this Carey Drive address, not because it’s their location but because they’re also under Clancy’s.
Now, let’s begin, shall we?
550 Westfield Rd
Noblesville, IN 46060
- I have a question: what’s up with the sticky black vinyl tabletop?
- Wade-o opted for the salad as his side and I got the soup. The salad was the usual fare drenched with uninteresting dressing. They served it unlimited in a huge bowl My soup, on the other hand, took quite a bit of a nosedive. I originally asked for Minestrone but was given Tomato Basil instead. I didn’t really dispute it since I was curious anyway, but thinking about it now, I probably should have said something. The soup bowl was fairly wide and deep, filled with something that looked and tasted like Campbell’s soup. It was lukewarm and pretty thick, which made it hard to eat even with the breadsticks.
- Their breadsticks were served warm and soft, but that’s about it. Nothing special stood up to me.
- Eggplant Parmesan: Unlike my takeout version, the dine-in version was slightly better; I suppose that was because there was no trapped steam that was making the food soggy. The breading was crispy and the eggplant was discernible underneath. Unfortunately, the whole thing was rather uneventful. The accompanying spaghetti did nothing to boost my enjoy-o-meter, as the sauce was pretty standard and sour.
- Wade-o wasn’t too happy with his lasagna either. He described the lasagna sheets as mushy and the meat grainy. He had the same problem with the sauce being a little too sour.
- We didn’t like their tiramisu as much as Maggiano’s but it was at least decent. I actually thought it was a cheesecake at first, thanks to its triangular cut. Layered as cake-cream-cake-cream, the cream was like a thicker whipped cream while the cake itself was pretty dry. I wish it would have been fluffier.
- Our server disappeared for long periods of time after we got our main dishes. It would have been alright had she checked with us a little more, but oh well. I had to let Wade-o drink from my glass because the refills were so sparse.
- I really wanted to like this place. I wanted a local Italian joint that I can frequent, but this one doesn’t cut it for me. Lackluster food isn’t really my cup of tea.
2.75 is all I can give.