Stonefield has been open for about a year and Jon has never been there. I've nipped into the Trader Joe's a few times, and took the kids to its theater to see The Hobbit, but it's not really part of my stomping grounds either. Of course we had to be insufferably OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE WE'RE EATING IN THE SUBURBS and Jon insisted to a guy we met at the bar that he hasn't been outside of Belmont in two years, which is patently untrue.
I ordered the Deltaville cocktail, which is a mixture of vodka and jam. The variety of jam depends on what they have available, and what was available on Friday was pineapple. That probably sounds disgusting to you, but I loved this drink. I think it is cut with plain soda water. It was sweet, but not overly so and pineapple and vodka make a stunning combination. I would definitely order this again.
The menu has a lot of snacks and small plates, and we chose to order from among these selections. I prefer tapas-style because it gives you the opportunity to taste a greater variety of things, and it's easier not to get overwhelmed with tons of food. Our neighbor recommended the fried okra, so we started with that and it was spectacular.
I ordered a salad because I was being tiresome about eating something healthy. It was a bit boring. We also had the pumpkin hummus. It comes with sticks of jicama for dipping, which went well with the pumpkin and made me feel less guilty than pita bread would have. Our last dish was a small plate of meatballs, which our server chose for us because they were out of the chicken sausage we wanted. These too were good. I could have sworn our server told us he was bringing us chorizo balls, but these were definitely not chorizo. They were chicken, mildly spicy and served on top of a root vegetable puree that I can't identify. Potato + parsnip, maybe? Since I didn't read the description on the menu, I'm clueless.
Because of the virtuous jicama and salad, we shared a dessert: Boston cream pie, which comes in a mini mason jar. The trendiness of mason jars is causing many eye rolls on my part, but I loved this dessert.
Stonefield seems to still have a lot of vacant storefronts and the parking lot is a disaster. It's hard to find your way around, it's hard to find the exits, there are a lot of confusing intersections where it's unclear who has the stop sign. We had difficulty finding Pasture, and only managed after I caught a glimpse of a cow on top of one of the buildings and took it for a clue. I'd love to know how many fender benders there have been in that lot since the shops opened.
What do you think of "town center" shopping developments?