Are you looking for a restaurant that features delicious food, large portions, low prices and a bring your own wine policy? Well, who isn’t! Last week Brenda and I stumbled upon one of those places. In 1988, Keith and Carole Matinchek bought the former Hamilton Bank building and opened The Brownstone Cafe. The beautiful building has been around since 1893 and was built for The National Bank of Middletown by Houshour, Dice and Company of Glen Rock. The bank became Farmers Trust Company of Middletown in 1962 and National State Bank in 1970. In 1988 it became Hamilton Bank and was purchased by Core States Bank in 1983. There is still evidence of the bank inside where you can see the old vault and a bank of safe-deposit boxes supports the beverage bar.
The menu features everything from traditional sandwiches such as Grilled Turkey (they make their own fresh turkey every day) and a Hot Tuna Melt to entrees such as Filet Mignon and Chicken Parmesan. Brenda decided to have the Baked Meat Loaf Dinner which she described as “the best I’ve ever had”. I had a prime rib that couldn’t have been better. It was done to a perfect medium rare and came with Au Jus and horse radish. I enjoyed every bite. Each entree comes with two sides which range from bread stuffing to a creamy cucumber salad. Best of all, our check, including beverages came to under $30.00. The Brownstone Cafe truly offers home cooking at its best.
When we arrived, we didn’t know The Brownstone Cafe was a bring your own bottle restaurant so we didn’t bring our wine carrier. But since you know, you’ll be able to bring yours. What, you don’t have a wine carrier? If you honor us by visiting Picnic Baskets and More and we’ll be glad to take care of you with a complete selection of wine carriers and wine totes.
Map of the area around The Brownstone Cafe