The Stone Cellar has been on our short list for a while now. We’ve heard a lot of good things not only about the pub portion of the Stone Cellar but also about the restaurant portion. We have actually visited this building a couple of times in the past for business, but for whatever reason we never ventured down to the cellar to check out the brewpub. We quickly realized our unfortunate oversight.
“Is it really this popular?”
We walked through the door just after open and there was a line to the top of the stairs that lead down into the Stone Cellar. We though the place was just that popular. Turns out, we were inadvertently waiting in a brew of the month club line. It wasn’t until my co-conspirator started chatting with somebody else in line that we discovered this wasn’t the line for lunch. Happily bypassing the queue, we went downstairs and took in the sights. The Stone Cellar lives up to its name. The cellar is constructed of rough stone and it is literally the cellar of the building. We were told that way back when this level of the building used to be the ground floor, but such is no longer the case. Overall, the Stone Cellar is somewhat cool, a little damp feeling, and dark (but still comfortable).
Bright Spots in the Cellar
Our waitress was a bright spot in the relative gloom of the cellar’s dark atmosphere. She was bright, friendly, informative, and quick. The food was another bright spot. After much deliberations, I opted for the portabella melt with kettle chips as a side. I’ve had maybe a grand total of three portabella sandwiches in my life, so I don’t have a broad basis with which to compare this particular example. However, I’m comfortable in saying that it was quite good. The portabella cap was topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, sprouts, just the right amount of chipotle mayo, and a touch of provonello. This mostly vegetarian (depending on how you wish to define vegetarian) collection was nestled in some notably delicious bread.
The kettle chips were so-so. They were a bit overdone and under-seasoned for my particular taste, as I likes ‘em a bit squishy. Of course, that didn’t stop me from eating them to the last chip. You gotta’ do what you gotta’ do.
Stone Cellar Brewpub
1004 S Olde Oneida St.
Appleton, WI 54915