Midwest Living Review
Enter a cozy dining room, with partially painted wood-plank floors, occasional decorative stained glass panels and antique-looking black-and-white prints. On steamy summer evenings ceiling fans wick away the heat and lengthen wax drippings on each tabletop candle. Service was generally good, although our server did not know the size of our wine pours. We didn't recognize any of the 12 wines, by name, individual glasses were priced from $8. But each dish on the limited menu was well executed. Kale Green Salad ($9, small for $3) featured tender asparagus and poached egg, plus large Parmesan slivers. The Vineyards Classic Salad (side - $4; entrée for $7) featured red onion, with pepper, and artichoke slivers, and honey balsamic vinaigrette. Center Cut Beef Tenderloin ($29) was cooked to perfection, and basil blue cheese compound butter made each bite seductively delicious. Asparagus topped garlic mashed potatoes, which bathed in a red wine reduction. Sweet-savory Cedar Plank Smoked Salmon ($28) arrived fork-tender and moist, with puffy, bacon-flavored hominy succotash. Carrot cake ($6) made the grade, while Chocolate Flourless Torte ($6) offered deep, dark chocolate decadence and just the right amount of sweetness. The Vineyards offers a delicious, though pricey, dinner experience.