***Update 6-16-08*** I have been back to Blackstone (about a month and a half ago). Although better than my initial visit, I remain unimpressed. It is an okay restaurant, but charges too much for me to want to eat there. Blackstone just isn't my cup of tea (or rather, hot chocolate). For those who like it, fabulous. For you it is money well spent, and nothing wrong with that. I just don't happen to be impressed with the restaurant, and would prefer that my hard-earned cash (especially in the current economic climate) be spent on meals that I find more rewarding.
So late last week, my husband and I went to try out Logan's new restaurant, Blackstone. We like food, and we like to eat out, so when we pay what the Blackstone charges, we expect something a little better. Well, in the case of Josh's seafood scampi, much better.
The restaurant itself is trendy. It is in a much improved old-D.I. building. The atmosphere is what, I guess, could be called, in Logan, high-class casual. They do have a children's menu (they're not stupid). But the food was disappointing.
My favorite part was the appetizer. We got the sampler. The fried calamari was quite good, as were the mushrooms. Unfortunately, the meals weren't nearly as good. I got puttenesca, since that's not something you find in Logan that much. And while it was okay, they went a little heavy on the capers. And it was obvious that fresh ingredients and genuine chefs were in absence. It was kind of like eating at Hamilton's. (Yes, yes we're the only people in Logan not impressed in with Hamilton's. We don't like Cafe Sabor, either.)
When I spend $60 (or more) at Le Nonne, I don't feel bad about it. Why? Because the guy is a real chef who makes authentic Tuscan food. And when he experiments, it tastes good. When I go to Idaho Falls and drop even more at The Cellar, I feel good about that, too. Because fresh ingredients are used, and it is a very satisfying meal.
But $60 was just too much to spend at Blackstone, where the food is average at best.
Tags: Blackstone Logan, Logan restaurants, Le Nonne, The Cellar Idaho Falls