— Aria Treeman-Reinke (’21)
The wood-cabin feel of this steakhouse with a large fireplace surrounded by stone, the wood paneling on the walls, decorated with paintings of the wilderness, makes you feel relaxed and at peace as soon as you get seated at Stoney River. The restaurant has a warm atmosphere with the waitstaff, who were accommodating at every given instance, and the literal fireplace that continued to add to the log cabin vibes echoing throughout the restaurant.
The restaurant belongs to a chain by J. Alexander’s Holdings that can be found throughout the states of Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee. Maryland has two locations, Towson and Annapolis; I ate at the Annapolis location found in the Annapolis Mall. The times for Annapolis are for Monday to Thursday 11:30 am-9:30 pm, Friday to Saturday 11:30 am-10:30 pm and Sunday 11:30 am-9:00 pm.
The menu fulfilled all great steakhouse expectations with a long list of starters, soups, salads (also in entree salad portions), burgers, sandwiches, sides, desserts, and of course the steak and prime rib selection–just reading the descriptions made my mouth water. Also not to mention the specialties that just surpass all the desires you crave for a meal.
The meal started off with the poppy-seed rolls with a vanilla honey butter. These masterpieces can’t even be explained without the word delicious. The golden glow of the rolls appears irresistible as they are the first thing to reach the table, catching the eyes of all who are seated. The smell reminded my little sister of “Mom’s French toast” while she seemed to consume both servings of rolls throughout the meal. I got the chance to grab two with their slightly chewy and warm inside delights and the sweet butter that melted on the rolls and in the mouth.
Our official starter was the calamari that could’ve fed an army with the great portion found on the plate. Both the marinara and the calamari had a nice usual flavor in comparison to Italian restaurants. The tomato consistency of the sauce pairs well with the crunchy exterior of the calamari. However, the flavors didn’t wow me as much as some other choices from the past.
The restaurant is known for their Steak and Biscuit meal, their signature dish. The plate had a nice helping of fries on top, but the fires were so thin that some ended up more like a potato chip. This consistency difference was made up by the biscuits and steak. The steak had a nice texture as it wasn’t too chewy, especially when paired with nicely cooked biscuits. Th e biscuit was crackling on the outside but super fluffy on the inside, with a nice crunch at the initial bite. The missing factor was a gravy or sauce since the steak missed the mark on being juicy enough to match the overly dry texture the entree left for the taste buds, but the meal made fantastic leftovers.
The ending of the meal was the icing on top of the cake, or should I say the whipped cream upon a key lime pie? The pie held a great texture as the crunchy, natural tasting crust balanced the perfect amount of lime used in the filling. The whipped cream was light and didn’t overpower the cinnamon crust and lime-filled center of the perfect dessert to end the meal. A definite necessity to have after the nice meat of the previous courses.
The dessert and overall flavorful parts of the meal paint the perfect example of an upscale dinner that is worth every penny for when any occasion pops up for you to take your family to a wonderful meal.
190 Annapolis Mall Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401