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Guild and Company: Locavore Steak Dinner in Burlington VT. 9/30/13

Just a note, they are now called The Guild Tavern and their menu has changed some to include some tavern fare.

We finally got a chance to eat here on Tuesday night (we arrived right at opening and had no problem getting seated immediately). We ordered the sirloin for two that came with two sides, two salads (we got house salads with buttermilk dressing), and Red Hen bread (which is always a good thing). We sat near the kitchen and got to watch them cooking up our food, which was fun. The salads had yellow and red beets, and pepitas. I thought it was a lovely combination (though my husband has discovered he doesn't care for beets) and enjoyed it. The sides were fine and flavorful but we didn't have room for them (we got mashed garlic potatoes and mashed maple butternut squash) after eating the steak, bread, and salad.

The "steak" was very flavorful and fairly tender. The sirloin for two is more like a lump of roast that's grilled to medium rare (very red in the middle, I swapped some of my less rare bits with my husband as it was a bit too rare for him in the middle) then sliced and divided onto two plates. It had minimal seasoning on the outside, just enough.

I always have two minds about the whole dry aged thing. I liked the steak, but I'm not convinced it was any better than I could produce myself just by buying some nice prime at Costco.

The atmosphere was pleasant, and suitable for a romantic meal, I think. Certainly for an impressive date if your date likes to eat. :) The staff were welcoming and friendly without being intrusive. They were not in the least bit slow when we were there. So give them a go! They have some less expensive menu items now, so you don't HAVE to shell out a lot for a steak. :)

Feb 20, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

Burlington & Stowe Vt in February - suggestions?

I ate at Waterworks Wednesday night for dinner. It was full and we got the last high top (warning, there are no backs on the high top stools). We mostly went for me because there really wasn't much on the menu that my husband liked. Everything had micro watercress scattered over it, and he's very sensitive to bitter flavors. I, on the other hand, really liked most of the things we had. We ate exclusively from the plates to share menu. He thought the chicken wings were OK, once he got the watercress off them. He liked the blue cheese cream splooted on the plate with them.

We had the ploughman's platter, and I liked every single thing on it. the deviled duck eggs were rich and filling, though not strongly flavored. They were served with a "bird's nest" of fried sweet potatoes that was interesting. I should have put some of that on top of the egg. :) I would have liked a bit more spice to the deviled eggs.

The fondue was tasty, made with a smoked gouda (I assume, anyway, something smoked but not too strongly flavored). It was good and my husband liked it, as well. The mix of grilled veg served with it was nice and I love grilled brussels sprouts. It wasn't clear that any of these platters would come with bread, so I also ordered some naan. It was OK, though the oil it came with was bitterish and it was sprinkled with some thing my husband didn't care for. I wouldn't waste money on the naan again, though. Most of the platters came with soldiers (toast strips).

It was expensive, and the crowd was pretty young with scattered older folks like us (and some a bit older, we're in our late 40s). It was loud, but probably would have been quieter at a table or booth. We were right by the bar in the middle of the room, overlooking the kitchen (which was fun).

I can't recommend this place for a picky eater. Everything had SOMEthing on it that my husband didn't like, and he had to eat around things. There just weren't items on the menu that weren't like that. Still, *I* found the flavors balanced and interesting.

The cost of this meal was far more than I usually spend on a dinner because we were taking a short staycation this week and we had enough in the budget (plans to head south for warm sunshine fell through) to splurge on some fancy places.

I could see this as a good date venue for early in the relationship, or introducing someone to the friends/family. Or as a celebration for some important milestone.

Feb 20, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

Burlington & Stowe Vt in February - suggestions?

There's a new place there, IIRC, Waterworks or something like that? Or is that just the building it's in... Have you been there?

Feb 12, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

Arabic Supermarket colchester, vt

Do they have a website? Or can you give a little more information about it? Like the name and maybe hours? :) It didn't even occur to me there might be another place to go to get stuff I might have found at the Arabic market.

Jan 24, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

Dinner Spots in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom

Thanks for hopping in and answering! :) (one of my friends from that area ;) )

Jan 23, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

Dinner Spots in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom

I'll ask my friends who live in Derby.

Jan 23, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

Saturday in Burlington

With the description you just gave, I'd say Misery Loves Company is the perfect spot for you. :) I don't know much about cocktails and where the good ones are, I don't drink. :) Hope you have a lovely time!

Jan 20, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

Arabic Supermarket colchester, vt

unfortunately they closed, I think in November.

Jan 11, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

Burlington & Stowe Vt in February - suggestions?

Ooo Thanks, tkln! :) I knew if I posted bad info someone'd catch it. It's been too long since I've been to Stowe, apparently. :)

Jan 06, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

Burlington & Stowe Vt in February - suggestions?

I really think you're going to find your car the most useful. :) You can park in downtown Burlington and walk to where-ever, but some of the best places you'll want to drive to.

I haven't been in Stowe proper in a while, so I'm less familiar with the newer places that have popped up around there. Also, since you're coming from Brooklyn, it's hard for me to be sure what you might consider "overpriced". I suspect our prices are lower than what you might be used to paying in Brooklyn. ;) So these observations are based on my own frugal nature and attitude towards what is worth extra money.

Hen of the Wood is absolutely the best restaurant in the area around there. It's just a short way off exit 10 on interstate 89, and is located in Waterbury. (http://henofthewood.com/

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Michael's On The Hill is also outstanding. (http://www.michaelsonthehill.com/

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The Blackback Pub (also in Waterbury) has a new cook/chef and I hear some wonderful things are coming out. You basically just show up and eat what comes out. (http://blackbackpub.com/

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Prohibition Pig is also very popular, though *I* tend to find it a bit overpriced for what you get. Not a LOT overpriced, but a bit. (http://www.prohibitionpig.com/

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In Stowe:
I've thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Pickwick's in the Olde English Inn, but their web page seems to be down. We haven't been there for many years (probably more than ten) so I can't be sure it hasn't gone down hill.

There's also Pie in the Sky for a nice wood-fired pizza.

I am drawing a blank on what else has recently opened in Stowe proper. I think there's a couple of things but I can't seem to recall. Maybe search the 7 Days newspaper restaurant reviews (http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/Lo...).

As for in the Burlington area, that's pretty well covered here in this forum. If you do a search on Burlington for this forum, you'll get a lot of up to date recommendations.

A few places I want to recommend as grand are:
Trattoria Delia
Misery Loves Company (in Winooski
)L'Amante
Juniper
Hen of the Woods (in Burlington, same hotel as Juniper, IIRC)

Burlington & Stowe Vt in February - suggestions?

Will you have a vehicle or are you planning on using only public transportation?

Jan 04, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

Gohyang Korean Restaurant Closed?

Just noting for the record this is/was in MA, not NY, NH, VT, or ME.

Dec 29, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

New Years Day dinner in Burlington VT

I'd expect el cortijo to be open (http://www.cortijovt.com/). Good food, a little pricy but not badly so.

I've heard good things about Pascolo but haven't been. They won't be open for lunch that day, but they open at 4:30 for pizza and appetizers and 5:00 for the rest of the menu (http://www.pascolovt.com/

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Pizzaria Verita, another I've heard good things about but haven't been to. They don't open until 5, so possibly too late as well. (http://www.pizzeriaverita.com/

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Farmhouse Tap and Grill is open at lunch time. (http://www.farmhousetg.com/

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I'd expect all of these to be open their typical hours on New Years Day.

Dec 27, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

New Years Day dinner in Burlington VT

downtown only or will you be willing to drive a bit?

Dec 26, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Taj India, Manchester NH

Thanks for the warning! I don't like hot so much but my husband's ok with it. From your description I think we'd have to go with maybe medium for him, and certainly mild for me! :)

Nov 30, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Anniversary Dinner Near Stowe

If you haven't been to Michael's I'd go there. But then, it's our tradition on our anniversary to ALWAYS eat somewhere we've never eaten before. :)

Nov 30, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Places selling sushi/sashimi grade fish near Burlington, VT?

I'd think the NH coast or Maine would be as close, and actually on the water. :) *ponder*

Nov 26, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Places selling sushi/sashimi grade fish near Burlington, VT?

I don't know about the fish because we don't eat much fish. My husband hates it so I don't get it often enough. You can get nori and short grain rice fairly easily. There are food co-ops, a local place called, IIRC, Healthy Living, across from that Trader Joe's (I don't know if they carry those things but they have some interesting stuff so maybe, I haven't looked there explicitly). I know that the food coop in Montpelier carries this stuff, or can get it in if I ask them to (which is the most local to me) so I assume the one in Burlington can do, too.

Nov 23, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Mid-afternoon lunch near Hooksett IMAX?

(this is me just observing and rambling)
I'm so over the "authentic" thing. Authentic is great. I love experiencing other cultures and all, but I'm also just liking good food, no matter how "authentic" it is. :) I'm a lot more satisfied with options when I'm not looking for some out of reach goal. Doesn't mean I won't explore if someone says "oh this place has authentic food" and be pleased if I find out it really does, but it also means I'm more forgiving in places like New England where "authentic" is harder to accomplish for various reasons. :)

Mid-afternoon lunch near Hooksett IMAX?

I liked La Carreta. We ate there prior to The Hobbit with a big party and rather enjoyed it. :)

Nov 21, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Hen of the Wood (Burlington) . . .anyone been recently?

Fewer tourists this time of year as the leaves are gone and the snow hasn't arrive yet. Perfect time for both the cider and the donuts. :)

Nov 15, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Hen of the Wood (Burlington) . . .anyone been recently?

Well, honestly, I like the small town-ness of the area, so I of course will recommend staying in Waterbury or nearby Stowe. :)

Nov 12, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Hen of the Wood (Burlington) . . .anyone been recently?

As Tony mentioned in a previous post, the setting in Waterbury is fabulous. While Burlington is a lovely city, eating in an old mill next to the rushing river is, to my eye, always more delightful. :)

I found the service impeccable and the food delightful, though it's been a while since I've been. My friends who have gone more recently say it is still outstanding.

Though if you have mobility problems the stairs leading down to it are a bit dark. I can't recall if they have a lift to take folks down to the dining room.

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

Thanks for all the suggestions!

We ate Sushi Yoshi Friday night because we had some extra time. I -loved- the Tiger roll I got there. It was fantastic. As were the fried pork dumpling we had as a starter. My husband's General Tso's Chicken was delightful, as well, and mildly spicy (he isn't big on Asian food in general so it was a safe option).

Saturday night we went to The Lookout. Service was slow but they were pretty busy. We just barely made it back for our 7PM gaming session because it took a while to get our check and leave. The food was perfectly adequate. Had a shared app of wings which were fine, a little spicy for me (I'm a wimp) but my husband said they weren't spicy at all to him. We both got burgers that were cooked to order and tasty.

We ended up leaving early on Sunday, and had brought our own sandwich stuff for lunches because we ended up renting a condo for the weekend, so we had access to a kitchen. That was very nice, and it was cheaper than the hotel room. :)

Nov 10, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Hen of the Wood Burlington not opening until late Sept/early Oct

Title says Burlington and it's open and serving and has been for a while. Search for Juniper or Hen of the Wood. Some folks have mentioned it in various threads over the last year.

Nov 10, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

Ooh I see! It's a different website entirely than the one I found. Weird. Looks like they open at 5, so not for lunch but maybe for dinner. Thanks for pointing that out! :)

Nov 05, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

I'll have to keep that in mind for sometime. This convention's timing will make it to hard to get to Ludlow and back in time.

Oct 31, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

I figured as much just wanted to check for some folks who are having to really stretch to make it to the convention. There's no way they could do most of the restaurants in the area at those prices. :)

Oct 30, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

Ok, so is there anything cheaper for lunches? Anything where you could spend $5 or less per person for a lunch special?

Oct 28, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

Just looked at the prices at The Garlic and I'm stunned that they're charging the same price for a vegetarian penne main (not house-made pasta) as for a roast chicken breast main.

Oct 27, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England