Add another name to the impressive roster of restaurants crammed into Cooper-Young. The neighborhood’s newest restaurant is a meat-and-three called Stone Soup Cafe.
Stone Soup Cafe was opened by the same people who used to run my beloved breakfast hangout, Buns on the Run. Their new venture is somewhat similar – good, fresh breakfast and lunch standards. They’ve set up shop in a huge converted house across the street from First Congregational Church in Cooper-Young that’s divided into several small-ish dining rooms.
In a move that would make my mother (and generations of casserole loving Southern ladies) proud, I ordered the chicken tetrazzini special with mashed potatoes and green beans.
The chicken tetrazzini was sort of like a cross between baked pasta and casserole. It had big chunks of chicken, spaghetti noodles and mushrooms and was covered in cream of mushroom and cheese. It was filling and creamy and good in the way that eating at your mom’s house is good.
The mashed potatoes don’t come with gravy, but that’s OK – they don’t need it. They’re creamy (but not so creamy that they’re not clearly made from real potatoes) and dotted with flecks of potato skin. The green beans were alright, but a little underwhelming (that might just be me, though -I’m not a big fan of wide, flat green beans).
My lunch buddy Evan had the stuffed tomato with chicken salad. Purists will love that the chicken salad is basic, with no fruit or nut add-ins. The only drawback was that it was a little dry, like it needed a little more mayo.
The lunch prices are pretty good for the amount of food you get. You can eat there for less than $10 per person, especially if you stick to drinking water. The service was good, especially for a restaurant that’s only been open for a week. They’re clearly still working out the kinks, but they’re on the right track.
Stone Soup Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, and on Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. It’s kid friendly, so don’t be afraid to bring the family.