NOTE: The Cornerstone Mansion is now a residence, they are no longer operating as a restaurant. They will be missed!
This weekend, we decided to go out for breakfast on Sunday. It had been a long time since we'd done that and it sounded like a great idea. We've lived in Lowell, IN for almost 4 years now and have never visited a local restaurant called The Cornerstone Mansion of Lowell, although we had mentioned it when we drove past it numerous times.
We called to check if they were open for breakfast and headed over.
The Cornerstone Mansion was originally built around 1870 by Dr. Eponetus Bacon and his wife Martha. It is a historic landmark and listed on the National Historic Registry. The current owners, Kay Bennett and Beth Mauk (mother and daughter) have restored the home as much as possible to not detract from its original Italianate style after a fire destroyed the roof. 90% of all the food served is prepared at the mansion using their own recipes, they brew their teas fresh and the mansion, and pride themselves on their fresh daily desserts. They also have activities and special events at the mansion including an Autumn Fest with vintage boarding house style seating and entertainment, a mystery dinner and seasonal menu choices.
Front the front porch on in you are immediately met with vintage charm. Period wallpaper, floor to ceiling windows, and decor right out of Gone with the Wind. High ceilings, and bright and airy dining rooms add to the authentic feel.
We were there for breakfast, and they don't have a huge menu like some restaurants, but they were very willing to make accommodations to customize such as adding ingredients to my husband's omelet and adding cheese to my scrambled eggs. Oh and they had cinnamon pecan pancakes that sounded DELISH.
The first thing we did was order coffee for us and milk for the kids, and I loved that they brought my husband a manly mug and me a dainty teacup and saucer.
I ordered their huge egg breakfast for $7.99 that came with 3 eggs, 2 sausage patties, 3 slices of bacon, a huge helping of hash browns and a side of pancakes. Abby and I shared it and we still had food left over. My husband ordered an omelet and they had his favorite sourdough toast and Jake ordered the cinnamon pecan pancakes.
While we sat waiting for our food, I took in the ambiance and I honestly could imagine myself right out of a movie set in the late 1800's. I pictured the street in front of the house being a dirt road with horse drawn carriages and thought about what it must have been like during that time when the house was built. It was a very welcoming and comfortable feeling and I could have sat there for hours.
The food was fantastic. I've never seen my kids eat that much, both of them! The service was wonderful and friendly too!
Before we left, we perused the lunch and dinner menus and I plan on making The Cornerstone Mansion my new "go-to" place for dining out.
Make sure you visit and "like" their Facebook page for photos, menu and updates about their events!
The Cornerstone Mansion of Lowell
427 E. Commercial Avenue