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Bennington

I haven't spent much time in that part of the state, so had to cast a little further afield to offer some thoughts. I'd be really happy to hear your report back if you get a chance, after your trip! I keep telling my husband we should head down that way for a weekend get away. :)

Blue Benn Diner gets regular recommendations as a good place to eat.

Also, yelp is OK, but this is a pretty good resource for looking at reviews of places:
http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/Lo...

Seven days is a VT independent paper. You can also search it for reviews written by Alice Levitt or any of the other food writer staff there. I tend to agree with Alice in most of her reviews. :

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Here's a really good review of places in Bennington:
http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/fe...

It includes discussion of Little Britain.

May 20, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

Burlington, VT suggestions for father's day weekend

Oh there's Waterworks, too. We ate there when we spent a couple nights in Burlington. And The Guild Tavern. The Guild Tavern might be too meaty for you. Waterworks is pretty eclectic, sorta sleek, has an interesting vibe, and IIRC, had some tasty vegetarian options.

May 10, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

Seeking food adventure in VT (not Burlington)

Ok, well looks like the south is covered, how about some more central? :)

Two Loco Guys, Cornerstone, Asian Gourmet (some interesting sushi roll variations), and Ladder 1 (mediocre food but interesting place to eat, inside former firehouse) in Barre.

Kismet, Asiana House, Ocha Thai, Mad Taco, Chef's Table, Coffee Corner, Bagitos in Montpelier (there's a southern place slated to open where Rivendell books used to be on Main Street but I don't know the timing of that and a pho place opening where village pizza used to be, again, don't know the timing of that).

Blue Stone pizza, The Apple Core, Juniper's Fare, Blackback Pub, Cork Wine Bar in Waterbury.

Vermont BBQ (http://www.vtbbq.com/ for directions) in Randolph.

There are also some newer places that I don't know much about in Cabot and Randolph.

May 09, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

Nashua Area News - Part 2

Do you know if they'll be making their own gyro meat or buying sysco cones?

May 08, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

Burlington, VT suggestions for father's day weekend

The Ben and Jerry's tour is short and smallish, and they are doing production every day except Sunday. Though you can always see the production line, they're just cleaning it on Sunday. Factory tours in Vermont are all this small because the food producing factories in Vermont are mostly tiny compared to, say, a car factory (which was a tour I took as a kid living in Michigan). Just don't go into it expecting a lot of flash, is all. There's a sample at the end of the tour, and there are some not massively over priced things in the shop that are cute. There will also be the outside the factory stuff, and places to take some really nice photos. You can visit the cows, too. It's a nice couple of hours.

Since you'll be out that way, I also very heartily recommend Cold Hollow Cider. Their tour is also a video about their apples, and looking at the apple press where they press the cider. This time of year they may not be pressing much, but I haven't kept track of that. The store at Cold Hollow sells brilliant cider donuts, and loads of Vermont made goods, their prices are not even outrageously high for a tourist spot (we go there regularly and you'll find locals there -all the time- buying cider and donuts or their supply of Vermont jellies).

There is a fantastic sandwich shop next to the store there called The Apple Core. GREAT sandwiches of all sorts. There's also a place for doing tastings, wines and hard ciders I think, and a shop where you can buy a variety of wines and ciders produced in Vermont.

In South Burlington there's a factory tour at the Lake Champlain Chocolates factory. Another video and window over looking the production line with someone explaining all the bits and steps to you. At the end you get a coupon for a free cookie at the owner's son's restaurant around the corner. I can't remember the name of it. There's also the Arts Riot kitchen in that neck of the woods, and Feldman's Bagels, which is the closest my Long Island Raised husband has found to Long Island Bagels in the area. All this is on Pine Street heading south.

I recently ate at Sherpa Kitchen in downtown and loved it. We had the Sunday Buffet ($12pp, 11:30-3) and had some chicken chilli to die for, and that was the only meat item on the buffet. All the rest was vegetarian and fabulous. It's just about a block or two from the Church Street Marketplace.

There's a new seafood place called Bleu that has had some nice buzz but I've not been (was considering going for VT Restaurant week but didn't have the time). http://bleuvt.com/ I will make it there eventually. Lake Champlain perch... NOM. They serve breakfast and dinner on the weekdays, and brunch on Sunday.

Hen of the Wood and Juniper, both in Burlington will have some interesting vegetarian options on their menus.

Skinny Pancake has some lovely vegetarian options, too.

I think you'll find that a lot of the restaurants in the area offer some nice vegetarian choices. Lotta vegans and vegetarians in the area. :) Most of them have a website so you can check it out in advance.

May 05, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

Upper Valley VT/NH Roundup...Hanover, Norwich, Lebanon et al

Where is the sunday buffet? Is it only open for sunday buffet?

Apr 28, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

Alamo Texas Bar-B-Que and Tequila Bar will be located in Brookline, N.H.

There is good bbq to be found in Vermont. There's a place off the exit for Randolph on 89 that gets all sorts of raves. :) I still haven't made it there yet, though.

Apr 28, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

On the way to Quebec City

Ahh yeah, bad crust would ruin a pie. :)

Apr 24, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

On the way to Quebec City

Just a note: "the apple pie just didn't have that look that makes you want to dive in"

This is totally the wrong season if you want good apple pie. :)

Apr 23, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

Alamo Texas Bar-B-Que and Tequila Bar will be located in Brookline, N.H.

What the heck do they think Texas Bar-B-Que even flippin' means if it doesn't involve a smoker?!?! =Texas= BBQ doesn't even involve sauce, it's all about the rub and the smoke.

On the way to Quebec City

Found it! :) My friend had responded to another post asking:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1002...

Apr 05, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

On the way to Quebec City

I'm pretty sure I recall there being good stuff in Newport, VT. Lemme figure out where I saw that.

Apr 05, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

Ogunquit dinner for 23 in June

Maybe Billy's chowder house in Wells can accommodate a party that big, but really, call ahead. They have lots of dining room space but they're a busy place. Their dining rooms overlook the Rachel Carson preservation area and they have some really great seafood plus some reasonable, not-ucky non-seafood options for those in your party who might prefer a burger. They are also casual. :)

Mar 28, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

Any favorite dishes at the following restaurants in Portland, ME?

We've only ever really been to Portland once or twice, and only stayed overnight there once. :) So if Little Bigs or Urban Sugar are other donut places there, I haven't given them a go at this point. :)

Part of my problems with donuts (there are LOTS of donuts I don't like) has to do with my childhood. :) My Gramma used to fry and sell donuts out of her house to make extra money. She actually had a big long fryer with a conveyor belt in it, because that's how popular her donuts were. They were just simple fried doughnuts from a batter then shaken in granulated sugar, but oh my... they were SO GOOD. :) I suppose that sometimes I just want -those-. :) Maybe I should learn to make 'em myself.

Mar 27, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

Any favorite dishes at the following restaurants in Portland, ME?

*tiny whisper* I really don't like Holy Donut.
(Too heavy, greasy, difficult flavors, and I usually LIKE heavy/greasy and complicated flavors)

Mar 26, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

Recipes for a tonsillectomy patient

Try try TRY to get food in your belly when you're taking painkillers of any stripe. Even if it's just warm broth. This will make such a huge difference with the nausea, it's astounding. Maybe you could stomach a weakly flavored chicken or beef sort of consomme made with well dissolved gelatin and served warm and liquid so you can drink it fairly simply and quickly and not have to taste it too much. The gelatin will help give you "bulk" in your stomach to ease the effects of the painkillers.

Mar 26, 2015
Morganna in Home Cooking

As Ever, Portsmouth's Black Trumpet Easily Holds Its Own with Boston's Best

Don't suppose it's near anything with a good burger or acceptable Mexican dishes? My husband doesn't care for Asian food. :) (I'm looking at the menu and daydreaming, I hope we can afford a midweek get away this summer, but we're saving up for a trip to northern Italy in September. :) )

Mar 26, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

As Ever, Portsmouth's Black Trumpet Easily Holds Its Own with Boston's Best

Oh MY, that place looks brilliant and they have stuff my husband will like! :) Woo!

Mar 24, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

As Ever, Portsmouth's Black Trumpet Easily Holds Its Own with Boston's Best

This is good to know. We're going to start taking our seaside getaways to Rye instead of into Maine, and this will be a nice option for an expensive dinner one night. Though it can only be one, and it'll be a splurge, looking at those prices. :) Thanks for the review!

Mar 22, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

BYOB in Portsmouth NH

I don't drink, and so this has never been a thing for me. I found some lists of places in NH that have BYO through googling. If you look at the list of places that come up, then search here for thoughts about those specific places, that might give you an idea of restaurants you might like to eat at.

Mar 20, 2015
Morganna in Northern New England

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)