Carmel has a ton of chain restaurants, especially on Clay Terrace Blvd. On a business trip for 5 days I wanted some local and genuine. The outside looks interesting and the menu that was inside an old encyclopedia was kind of neat.
But its the food and service that matter the most, right?
The menu is sort of conflicted. There is monthly specials that cost up to $30 per plate, seafood and main dishes that range from $10 - $20 and then there are some typical bar food items (burgers, wings, fried apps etc). There are two levels to the restaurant as well, downstairs is the bar and upstairs the formal restaurant.
I was afraid to order a $25 pork dish from a kitchen that also sells "Beer Battered Smokies" and "Great Balls of Fire". So I figured I would order a safer dish, meatloaf with smashed potatoes and asparagus. My first impression of my meal was 'ketchup'. I am all for using ketchup has a base for a meatloaf glaze but not when it looks and taste like chunky ketchup gravy. The meatloaf was bland with no texture and must not have been mixed thoroughly because the first bite initially had a strong taste of Worcestershire sauce but not awful. Potatoes had good flavor but whipped to the point that they were as runny as instant. The asparagus could have been cooked a minute longer but the grilled char was tasty.
Why punish myself for more? The server laid down a dessert menu and I took the bait. I ordered the "Dinky Donuts". What a waste. They are the mini donut you buy at 7-11 or Circle K. They came with chocolate dipping sauce and Kool-Whip.
I guess I should have gone downstairs ordered a beer and a burger. That maybe more what this place is capable of pulling off.
Like I said nothing great...was expecting so much more.
Woody's Library Restaurant
40 E Main St, Carmel, IN 46032