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One Night in Greenwich

Stamfoodie, the same thing's occurred to me many times. After one has gone to the trouble of helping an OP with several recommendations, I think it benefits us all to hear back on the OP's experience. I try to make a habit of it.

Apr 17, 2013
BruceFarr in Southern New England

One Night in Greenwich

Thanks to all for your thoughtful comments and recommendations. While I appreciated all of them, I ended up reserving a corner bar seat at the Elm Street Oyster House and enjoying a couple of hours--and multiple courses--of very fresh and beautifully presented seafood. I started with an iced plate of mixed oysters on the half shell, several varieties that were labeled for my convenience. Glistening in their own brine, and accompanied with a couple of sauces and lemon, they were gloriously fresh and tasty. I then moved to an unremarkable Caesar salad--too lightly dressed I thought, and, at $9, way overpriced. My main course was grilled halibut, cooked perfectly so it was flaky and moist, with a side of seasoned fries and haricots vert. The bartender, Tony, paced everything nicely, was knowledgeable about the wines I drank in accompaniment (a tasty glass of Prosecco to start, followed by a bottle of light, crisp, fruity chardonnay), and made me realize that, sitting at the bar, I was much better off than the throngs of diners crowding the tiny, noisy dining room, jostling for elbow room. Certainly not inexpensive by any means, but a restaurant I would surely return to again, when I'm next in Greenwich.

Apr 14, 2013
BruceFarr in Southern New England

One Night in Greenwich

Thanks, Steve! Good advice!

Apr 05, 2013
BruceFarr in Southern New England

One Night in Greenwich

Thanks sincerely for your recommendation! I may indeed try it.

Apr 05, 2013
BruceFarr in Southern New England

One Night in Greenwich

Thanks a lot . . . I'll plan to try one or the other.

Apr 04, 2013
BruceFarr in Southern New England

One Night in Greenwich

Thanks, Steve. Price not that critical a factor . . . I read from another Chowhounder that the Tarry Lodge is worthwhile; do you agree?

Apr 04, 2013
BruceFarr in Southern New England

One Night in Greenwich

I'm going to be in Greenwich, CT, for one night this coming weekend, and wonder if anyone can recommend a decent--not exceptionally noisy--restaurant to dine in. I'm game for anything, as long as it's good and worthwhile. Thanks for your help!

Apr 04, 2013
BruceFarr in Southern New England

Restaurants at Okemo

I couldn't agree more, Joanie; funky? yes. Vermont-y? Not so much.

Dec 06, 2011
BruceFarr in Northern New England

Restaurants at Okemo

Right you are, Joanie; a great local spot.

Dec 02, 2011
BruceFarr in Northern New England

Restaurants at Okemo

Just for the record, Cappucino's is no longer in business--in its place is a really great new eatery called "The Downtown Grocery," with a terrific chef-owner and a bold, adventurous menu. As to your burger recommendation: Cool Moose? Really? For a fraction of the price, DJ's, just down the street, does a much better burger with handcut fries. In my opinion, however, the best burger in town is served at Tom Koch's "The Loft," just adjacent to the Okemo base lodge. Tom grinds some brisket to mix into his burgers, and the results are succulent. Again, Tom handcuts his own fries, which is always preferable.

Dec 02, 2011
BruceFarr in Northern New England

Four Columns Inn - Newfane VT

I've read the responses to your query about the Four Columns Inn, and I have to say I'm a bit nervous about having made a reservation to dine there this coming Tuesday. However, never having had what I assume is the distinct pleasure of eating Mr. Chardain's cooking, I wonder how bad can it be? It was highly recommended by two other upscale restaurant owners in Brattleboro (their restaurants are closed on Tuesdays). It is an important dinner for me, as I'm hosting two of my clients. Any further thoughts on this would be appreciated.

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Four Columns Inn & Restaurant
PO Box 278, Newfane, VT 05345

Oct 08, 2010
BruceFarr in Northern New England

Burlington, Vermont Restaurant Recommendations

Two clients of mine will be in Burlington next Monday and, because I live in southern VT, I'm not too familiar with a real representative restaurant in the city. I'm looking for something not too over the top, but solid, dependable food that might be inventive too. Any suggestions?

Feb 09, 2010
BruceFarr in Northern New England

Roadtrip up towards Quechee, VT for leaf peeping

Simon Pierce in Quechee is outstanding both for the quality of its food and the fabulous view that looks out to the Quechee Gorge and dam. Good wine list and excellent wait staff. Not cheap!

Sep 23, 2009
BruceFarr in Northern New England

3 nights in Mexico City

Bronwen: Many thanks! That makes it very convenient . . .

Apr 22, 2009
BruceFarr in Mexico

3 nights in Mexico City

Fellow CH'ers: I'll be on a business trip to MC next week, staying at the Marquis Reforma Hotel. I would appreciate any recommendations for good, authentic cuisine in the vicinity.

Many Thanks in advance!

Apr 21, 2009
BruceFarr in Mexico

Looking for Great Eats in VT

No, absolutely, Harry's is cozy and a little funky, but definitely not romantic!

Jan 22, 2009
BruceFarr in Northern New England

Looking for Great Eats in VT

Morganna: There's no McDonald's in Ludlow and never has been, thankfully, so I'm not sure where you meant. Still, if you avoided some of the local places where the food--as I said in an earlier post--might not be gourmet but is at least decent and homemade and not chain-linked, you did yourself a disservice. The Loft, for one, near Okemo's base lodge, serves really excellent bar food--and the hamburgers outdo McDonald's by a mile. ;-)

Jan 15, 2009
BruceFarr in Northern New England

Looking for Great Eats in VT

Sounds like fun, El. Dining in the area you're staying in is somewhat limited, but there are a few diamonds in the rough. One very casual spot, on Rte. 103 in Mount Holly (just north of Ludlow) is called Harry's. It's locally famous, serving a full menu of wide-ranging fare, but best-known for its Thai apps and main dishes. My wife and I eat there often, just ordering the Thai apps, which I think they do the best job with.

Another spot, right in the center of Ludlow, is DJ's. Not gourmet by any stretch, but good solid American fare--steaks, chops, seafood--well-prepared and reasonably priced. We like to sit at the bar and order off of their bar menu--one of the best burgers and homemade fries combos for $4.95!

If you're looking for romantic dining, the Landgrove Inn in that small hamlet is quintessential Vermont hostelry in an extremely picturesque town (they absolutely refuse to pave any roads in Landgrove!). Not sure how good the food is anymore, but I've heard it's decent.

Anyway, there's three suggestions . . . enjoy!

Jan 14, 2009
BruceFarr in Northern New England