Pictured are the lake perch fingers ($11.99), one ...
January 17, 2013
Jim Burke and Brad Banaszak, co-owners of the Stoney Point Grill, spent a good chunk of their formative years vacationing on Minnesota's lakes. So it only made sense for the duo to bring a little Minnesota flare to their Mokena restaurant.
From the homespun, cottage-like decor, right down to an expansive menu of pub food staples tastefully done with a twist, Stoney Point Grill is a purebred Midwestern joint through and through — it is named for one of Burke's and Banaszak's favorite Minnesotan fishing holes — and you don't have to venture too far into the menu to find the proof.
The lake perch fingers ($11.99), pan-seared over mashed potatoes and served with a side of remoulade, is another tip of the hat to the owners' Midwestern roots. Burke and Banaszak were inspired to use perch and other types of high-end fish by their summers spent on Minnesota's Cass Lake.
"It's just another idea they brought back from Minnesota," said executive chef Kevin Roark. "We do perch and a lot of different types of fish."
The moist, tender fish is complemented nicely by a buttery crust, while the remoulade gives the dish a zestful polish.
"It's sort of like a spicy tarter sauce," Roark said.
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A few o of Stoney Point's other eye-popping appetizers include the pickle chips ($6.99) — coated in a Leinenkugel's beer batter and served with a side of ranch dressing — and the garlic pretzel breadsticks ($6.99), served with sides of garlic sauce and nacho cheese.
"We've had [the garlic pretzel bread sticks] on the menu for about a year," Roark said. "We have a pretzel roll we use on one of our sandwiches. It was so popular that we looked for other ways of using it. We're always running out."
Stoney Point Grill
19031 Old LaGrange Road in Mokena
11 a.m.-1 a.m. every day
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Phone: (708) 470-9700
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