At the table with Anna


Where to go: Big Woods Hazel Dell

Address: 14741 Hazel Dell Crossing, Noblesville

What to get: Mac ‘n cheese

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Add jalapeño and bacon to Big Woods’ mac ‘n cheese dish. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

Price: $11.95

Anna’s take: Big Woods Hazel Dell has a plethora of menu items, with a variety of foods. Its focus isn’t simply burgers or pasta. It offers something for everybody. I tried the mac ‘n cheese, a big bowl of trotolle pasta with smoked gouda, mozzarella, white cheddar, provolone and aged parmesan. It’s topped with roasted garlic-infused breadcrumbs. I also added jalapeños for $1.95 and bacon for $2.45.

For an appetizer, try the blackened chicken egg roll ($11.45), served with a curry honey mustard or the signature pulled pork nachos ($9.95).

If pasta isn’t your thing, give the candied bacon bomb burger a try for $14.95. It’s topped with house-candied bacon, caramelized onions, garlic aioli, arugula, balsamic glaze and white cheddar. Big Woods also offers pizza. I tried the chicken cordon bleu, which has grilled chicken, diced ham, chopped bacon, smoked gouda and a mozzarella cheese blend on an Alfredo base.

Suggested pairings: Try the Smoked Brown County Old Fashioned for a beautiful fall drink featuring Knob Creek Rye and garnished with a toasted marshmallow and Luxardo Cherry.