Saturday night my wife and her side of the family headed over to the General Store in Stone City, IA. (http://generalstorepub.com/) Stone City is right next to Anamosa. The place is right along the Wapsi River in an old stone building and serves up some great food, brew, and scenery. Here’s the more about them from their website:
“Nestled deep in the heart of the rolling eastern Iowa hills is a historical quarry town called Stone City. Standing with authority in the middle of this community is the Stone City General Store. The General Store, constructed from local limestone, is perched on the banks of the Wapsipinicon River. This old fashion General Store is converted into an inviting and cozy destination resturant and bar. Complete with a spacious two level deck overlooking the Wapsipinicon River and indoor and outdoor seating.”
I have been to this place a handful of times. The food is good, they have good, cold beer, but what keeps bringing me back is the surroundings. Sitting in the basement you are surrounded by stone, the deck overlooks the river, and fridge is a giant, old, refrigeration unit made of wood.
THE FOOD: My wife always gets the cream cheese burger and she swears by it, served with waffle fries that she finishes off with a Summit oatmeal stout. (The only place I know of in Eastern Iowa that has that on tap!) I’ve had the pork tenderloin which was good, but this last time I had the prime rib special. Cooked medium rare, spiced perfectly, and served with homemade horseradish sauce, it was superb. Really enjoyable cut of meat, which I also enjoyed with a oatmeal stout. Summit’s oatmeal stout reminds me of Guinness with just a tad bit more flavor; same creamy texture and smooth as can be.
What makes this place even better is that it is kid friendly. We’ve taken our kids and the staff would set up a candle and let my son roast marshmallows and make smores. They also have worms in dirt for the kids too.
My recommendation, since the place has select hours, it to get there around 4:30-5 on the weekends to beat the rush. If it’s warm, expect a lot of motorcyclists as well. All in all, worth the trip!!