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Week in Williamsburg, VA

Thanks for the information. If there is anything else I'd also love to hear about it.

Looking up these restaurants and looking forward to vacation in a couple months.

Aug 20, 2015
Shann in Mid-Atlantic

Week in Williamsburg, VA

Yeah, we will spend a lot of time walking around during the day so lunch is more likely t one of the taverns.

Might do that ghost tour at night though, if they still do it.

Aug 07, 2015
Shann in Mid-Atlantic

Week in Williamsburg, VA

Going to Williamsburg for a week in November. Staying near but not right in the historic site.

Looking for recommendations again. Been to the Fat Canary and a few other places. Looking for:

Chicken wings, bbq, breakfast, good cheap eats. Also, maybe a take on which historic tavern is best.

I may be doing a nice dinner, but probably FC or the Inn would be where I'd go.

Thanks!

Aug 06, 2015
Shann in Mid-Atlantic

Saturday morning breakfast in Burlington VT

We ended up at Leunig's for the Bistro Breakfast special. 3 beignets and choice of 3 entrees for $10.00.

Leunig's is a great setting. Very intimate bistro style.

The beignets were kind of heavy but tasty and served with a small cup of maple syrup. My wife had Eggs Benedict which was very good.

I had the corned beef hash which is kind of unique in that it is quite sweet. They use maple syrup either in the brine or the cooking, not sure which. Almost all corned beef with a few cooked down onions and potatoes. I liked it and thought it was very well made, although I do not prefer it to a really well made traditional "savory" hash.

Both were served with (I think anyway) deep fried home fries. I prefer pan fried, but these were crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside, so no complaints about the presentation.

Service was impeccable. The young waitress was attentive, but not overly so. With 1 coffee, 1 tea and tax, the breakfast came to about $27, which is a little more than I'm used to paying for breakfast but certainly I felt we got a good value and experience.

Jun 28, 2015
Shann in Northern New England

Saturday morning breakfast in Burlington VT

My wife will be there on business next weekend. I am joining her for a Friday night company cruise on the Spirit of Ethan Allen and staying at one of the downtown hotels. I'd like a great breakfast.

Her Saturday morning meetings start at 10AM, so we'd be looking for something open by 8. Her favorite is Eggs Benedict. I like everything but especially Corned Beef Hash. We will have a car.

I didn't see Eggs Benedict on the Penny Cluse menu, do they serve it?

Jun 21, 2015
Shann in Northern New England

Woonsocket\Cumberland RI

It was freezing in RI (along with everywhere else) so I didn't bother venturing around. I just walked across the parking lot to the Patriot Diner. It was pretty good. I had breakfast for dinner, and everything was as a good diner should do; the kielbasa was quite tasty. Service was excellent and the price was fair.

I wasn't a big fan of the chicken wings but they were breaded, so I was already biased.

Mar 26, 2015
Shann in Southern New England

Can serrated knives be sharpened?

I have a device called a Spyderco Sharpmaker, which it basically two ceramic triangular rods that fit into a base to form a V.

I have sharpened serrated knives on this several times (you use the edges of the rods, rather than the flats) with good effect. They seemed much sharper, able to cut tomatoes again, so I was satisfied. I'm sure a professional would do better but it seemed to work.

Mar 19, 2015
Shann in Cookware

Woonsocket\Cumberland RI

I have to be in Cumberland RI on business Monday, so I am going down Sunday and looking for a place to have dinner. I am probably staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Woonsocket.

I'm thinking tavern\pub style place, not fancy, but with a good menu and hopefully great chicken wings!

Thanks.

Mar 19, 2015
Shann in Southern New England

Good Eats Near Sugarbush/Bristol After Skiing

Sugarbush isn't all that close to Bristol. But, if you're staying in Bristol, Bobcat Café is really good and Cubbers has a good pizza. Both right on Main Street.

Dec 23, 2014
Shann in Northern New England

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

Hi Morganna: There actually is an Outback Pizza in Killington as well, but it looks like it doesn't open until après ski.

Nov 04, 2014
Shann in Northern New England

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

Not really. You could maybe split a sandwich at a deli. I'm not sure whether there are any pizza places that sell by the slice.

There are no McDonald's or other type of real cheap places on the mountain.

I haven't seen a $5 lunch special anywhere around here in a long time.

Oct 29, 2014
Shann in Northern New England

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

Somebody I know who works up on the mountain said The Lookout is a good casual burger\sandwich kind of lunch place. From the website it looks like a après ski bar type place.

Oct 10, 2014
Shann in Northern New England

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

Actually, there are a ton of places along the access road. This time of year its hit or miss with whether they are open. Sushi Yoshi would be my pick, but its a bit expensive if you just want a quick lunch.

Oct 09, 2014
Shann in Northern New England

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

The problem is that the Grand is way up near the top of the access road so its a ways from everything. Your best bet for breakfast is Sugar and Spice down on Route 4 in Mendon but its a 15 minute drive.

The best meal you would get would be Countryman's Pleasure which is just off Route 4 in Mendon but its even further down towards Rutland.

Oct 07, 2014
Shann in Northern New England

Grocery store/market near Pittsfield/Killington

The Pittsfield Original General Store is right there. Is pretty neat but I can't recall if it is a fully stocked store. The Woodstock Farmers Market is about a half hour away. Its a bit of a misnomer; its a fully stocked store, although very pricy.

Rutland is about 40 minutes away and has all the regular supermarkets, and the Rutland Coop.

Watch out driving on Route 100 they have it all torn up right now.

Aug 25, 2014
Shann in Northern New England

Best Clam Strips and/or Lobster Roll near OOB or Ferry Beach

I can only give you a review on Bayley's Lobster Pound. It was pretty good but I don't have any others that week to compare to. The roll was $11.95 with a good roll and a decent amount of lobster. It came dry, and they give you some mayo on the side.

We ended up having a big lobster dinner at my Wife's Uncle's camp so that gave me enough for the week.

My son liked the one at Broad Arrow Tavern in Freeport better, but mainly because he got the big giant $25.00 one. It also came with the drawn butter on the side.

Aug 18, 2014
Shann in Northern New England

Work trip lands me just outside of Burlington for 2 weeks

Das Bierhaus has a pretty good rep for German beer and food. It is downtown. I find Farmhouse Tap and Grill to be so hip it hurts. Only been there twice so I can't critique everything, but the food was highly overrated. The "patio" is lets push the dumpster out of the way and put some tables back here. Beer is pretty good.

Vermont Pub and Brewery is the oldest brewpub in town (willing to be corrected on that, I just remember it being there for a long time before anything of its type). Food is kind of average but the beer is good.

Al's is iconic, but its unabashedly a fast food place, nothing more nothing less.

Aug 07, 2014
Shann in Northern New England

Best Clam Strips and/or Lobster Roll near OOB or Ferry Beach

You won't get many responses on the OOB area. I have been trying to get the same info and have come up short. Based upon my research and not personal experience, you might want to try Bayley's Lobster Pound in Pine Point or Huots in Saco. I intend to try them next week and will give you an update.

Aug 07, 2014
Shann in Northern New England

Lobster Rolls near OOB

Thanks. I appreciate it.

FYI: It appears that Wormwoods has closed.

Jul 30, 2014
Shann in Northern New England

Lobster Rolls near OOB

I will be in Old Orchard for a week next month. I see from most posts here it is a culinary wasteland. Most of our meals will be cooked at the house we are renting anyway, but I want to slip away a time or two (or three) for a lobster roll. I have seen that Braley's Lobster Pound gets pretty good reviews and isn't too far.

So, given that I understand most things around OBB are not good, where will I find at least a good representation of a lobster roll in the area (OBB, Ocean Park, Saco, etc)

Jul 23, 2014
Shann in Northern New England

Ocean Park\Old Orchard Beach

Going to Ocean Park with the family in August. Haven't been there in a while. I seem to remember that Brayley's Lobster Pound and Bua Thai were decent in that area. My wife's family goes to Wormwoods every time they are there and I think its okay at best. I have searched this board for some ideas but wanted more.

Any good chicken wings in the area?

I have Portland covered.

Thanks.

Jun 23, 2014
Shann in Northern New England

Best of historic Williamsburg Taverns

I will be in VA for a week soon and we always like going to Williamsburg for a day. We never had eaten there. I'd like to go to one of the "historic" taverns for the experience and want to know if there is any real difference in the food? I figure even if we are doing it mainly for the fun of it, we might as well go where we can get chowhound approved food.

Thanks.

May 22, 2014
Shann in Mid-Atlantic

lunch in the weston, VT area

The Bryant House is part of the Vermont Country Store. Nice lunches. My wife loves the chicken pot pie. They also have a nice bar with several tap selections.

May 21, 2014
Shann in Northern New England

Trip to Massanutten in VA

No, but thanks for the tip. I will look them up.

May 14, 2014
Shann in Mid-Atlantic

Trip to Massanutten in VA

Now that I'm a couple weeks away from heading down to VA, I thought I'd throw this up to the top to see if anybody had any new thoughts.

Thanks.

May 14, 2014
Shann in Mid-Atlantic

Burlington, VT - Pasta Dinner?

Boves is, . . ., well, Boves is Boves. If you went to college in Burlington you probably have fond memories of Boves so it would be a good place for a pre-race meal.

All I remember about Boves is that you got huge takeout Styrofoam containers of pasta and red sauce with squishy white "Italian" bread.

Mar 28, 2014
Shann in Northern New England

Trip to Massanutten in VA

Thanks for the tips.

Mar 17, 2014
Shann in Mid-Atlantic

Trip to Massanutten in VA

I saw some Massanutten references in the DC board, would that be a better place to ask?

Mar 13, 2014
Shann in Mid-Atlantic

Trip to Massanutten in VA

Going to Massanutten resort first week of June. I have been there a few times before and there isn't anything on the mountain that is very good, but I'm looking for anything interesting in the area (Harrisonburg is the bigger city in the area). I have searched and found a few things but wanted to see if there was anything new or if a specific question about the area would get some responses.

I've eaten at Hanks and Log Cabin BBQ which are both just off the access road and found them to be good but not necessarily great.

Whenever I go on vacation I'm particularly interested in "regional" cooking, however you might want to interpret that, or anything fun and different. I am more of a burger and beer guy than anything. My wife is allergic to shellfish.

Thanks!

Mar 12, 2014
Shann in Mid-Atlantic

If I could only keep the cookbooks of one author/chef/cook that author would be:

Well, if its a single "author" per se I'd say Alton Brown or Mark Bittman (because he basically covers everything).

If its one company, it would be America's Test Kitchen.

Mar 12, 2014
Shann in Home Cooking