Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wedding Recap at Cobblestones - Merrimack Valley Restaurant Week

It’s Restaurant Week in Boston and my friends and I thought we would “recap” our wedding over wine and dinner.  We decided to head over to Cobblestones In Lowell since they were also offering a Prix Fixe menu, a couple of bucks less than Boston’s prices.  

The Mo and I have ate there many moons ago but all I remember getting was the Mac and Cheese that they are known for.  The local restaurant is a favorite amount celebrities that visit Lowell for concert tours and also for when movie stars film projects in Lowell. I vaguely remember it being a big deal with Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey had dinner there when they used to be married, a long long time ago.

Upon arriving at the restaurant, we also bumped into some other friends that also attended our wedding and had plans to dine at the Lowell hot spot.  We invited them to join us for dinner.  We ordered drinks at the bar and moved into the dining room. We wanted to sit outside but the patio couldn't accommodate our party of eight.

The restaurant wasn't too crowded so we didn't feel too bad that we had moments of outbursts, laughter, and possible some "unlady" like phrases, haha!

I had already peaked at the 3 course special menu and already knew what I wanted.  My friend Nat has great taste as I do, and she ordered the same exact thing, raw bar sampler, Petit Filet Mignon/crabcakes and creme brulee. The picture below is from my wedding reception.

Restaurant Week Dinner Menu

August 18th to September 1st, 2013

3 Course Dinners For $33.13
Price does not include beverages, tax or gratuity

  • Raw Bar Sampler (freshly shucked local oysters{2}, chilled jumbo shrimp cocktail{2})
  • Five Onion Gratinee
  • Award Winning NE Clam Chowder
  • Artisan Mixed Greens Salad

  • Petite Filet Mignon and Maryland Crab Cake (mashed potatoes and bearnaise)
  • Steak Frites (grilled romaine gratin, rosemary sea salt fries)
  • Grilled Salmon (whole grain dijon, warmed french beans and gold potatoes)
  • Chicken Marsala (served with mushrooms over fresh pappardelle noodles)

  • Fresh Fruit Sorbet
  • Maple Caramel Blonde Brownie
  • Classic Creme Brulee

 I started off with the raw bar samplers because I love cocktail shrimp and Oysters! It was such a tease with 2 pieces of each (but I had known that), I secretly wanted more but I knew I had to save my appetite.

The Mo, got the "famous" buffalo chicken fingers.  I have to admit, the batter on the chuicken fingers were delicious but the sauce was just OK.

The crab cake was absolutely amazing! One of the best crab cakes I've ever had. It was all lump crab meat and the flavors and seasonings were a wonderful blend.  The filet was cooked to perfection and was juicy. I loved dipping it in the Bearnaise sauce.  The side of mashed potatoes was creamy and had the perfect amount of garlic, just right and not over bearing.

Since the Mo doesn't really do dessert, he opted out of the prix fixe menu and ordered the prime rib off the menu.  I had a couple of bites and that was tasty as well!

I was already buzzed and stuffed when the creme brulee came out so I do not have any pictures of it. It did have a nice crisp sugar crust and a rich creamy egg custard beneath the crust.

Overall, the food was delicious and the prices were fair. We will definitely be back!

Cobblestones on Urbanspoon