Mountain Cabin Cuisine: Stone Mountain Grill
This restauant offers familiar cuisine in a warm atmosphere
Opened in October, mountain-lodge-themed Stone Mountain Grill in Ballantyne offers approachable American fare such as burgers, sandwiches, pastas, and steak—sometimes with a fusion twist—along with Western-inspired décor, including cowhide-covered furniture and large wooden beams.
Menu standouts include the firecracker shrimp appetizer ($8.99), full of explosive flavors such as tangy citrus and spicy peppers. Jerk chicken tacos ($10.99) are tender and delicately spiced, topped with a crunchy Mexican slaw, spicy diced jalapeños, and fresh mango tucked into sweet blue-corn tacos. The campfire trout ($17.99), on the other hand, is mild and light, served with crisp asparagus. The fresh-made cobblers ($4.99), which rotate according to season, should not be missed—each is sweet and syrupy and benefits from a flaky crust.
Owner Tom Lewison—who also owns several Just Fresh and Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurants—plans for this to be the first of a few locations for the new casual concept. For a quick lunch or dinner with coworkers around the bar or a relaxed evening out with your sweetheart, Stone Mountain is spot-on, a friendly and local alternative to an overly pricey meal or a shame-inducing fast-food stop. —S.N.