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Kennebunkport - spot to watch USA-Canada hockey game

Federal Jack's maybe? I'm pretty sure they have TVs in the bar area.

Feb 20, 2014
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Soldier Beans, ISO

Shaws in South Burlington (VT) carries them. Looked just for you ;)

Feb 04, 2014
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Trader Joe's in Burlington Vermont

I believe they will be opening this spring. It will be located on Dorset Street in South Burlington, across from the University Mall and next to Healthy Living Market. The building is currently under construction - drove by today and it is really coming along.

Jan 19, 2014
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A "culinary tour" from CT to Montreal - where to even begin?

Vermont is the nation's leading syrup producer by a long shot. They do make syrup in NH but not on the scale of VT. Open house weekend is at the end of March for both states.
Vermont has a fantastic food "scene" focusing on farm fresh/farm to table.
Here are some websites to get you started:

Jan 12, 2014
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Winter Farmers Markets

AAA Northern New England magazine actually just had a story about winter markets.
The winter market in Rutland VT is supposed to be fantastic. I've been wanting to get down there to check it out but have not had a chance yet.
Middlebury has a weekly winter market - its small - only about a dozen vendors. But...good variety. Syrup, produce (greens, winter root vegis), meat, baked goods etc. The Middlebury summer market is much larger and is fantastic.
We actually joined a winter CSA share at a local organic farm. It has been fantastic. I have not bought produce at the grocery store in months!

Jan 05, 2014
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Hen of the Wood Burlington not opening until late Sept/early Oct

Thanks for the review. Looking forward to trying it out..but will wait a bit so they work the kinks out!

Oct 12, 2013
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Black Sheep Bistro, Jessica's, Bob Cat Cafe, Storm Cafe, somewhere else?

Three Squares is a great place for lunch or breakfast. They serve dinner as well but it is the same menu for lunch. So if you feel like a sandwich or salad for dinner....
Their burger is yummy and I really like their mesclun salad.

Sep 30, 2013
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Black Sheep Bistro, Jessica's, Bob Cat Cafe, Storm Cafe, somewhere else?

We love the Bobcat. We were just there Wednesday. My favorite of the ones you have listed. They brew their own beers. Yum.
I had the steak-ordered it medium and it came perfect. Spouse had the haddock dish and it got rave reviews. Mother in Law had the burger - it was HUGE. It looked great. Father in Law had the meatloaf-he really enjoyed it but be forewarned that the sauce it comes with is HOT. If you don't like a lot of spice but want the meatloaf, ask for it on the side-they'll happily oblige.
Be sure to make a reservation for wherever you choose - its busy season here now between leaf peepers, college parents weekends and us locals who like to eat out!

Sep 28, 2013
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Restaurant recommendations in Burlington, VT area?

Starry Night is one of my favorites. Love it. GREAT service, ambiance, and the food is not too shabby either ;).
I hear nothing but good things about Guild and Co. Have not had a chance to get there yet so if you go I'd love to read your review.

Sep 26, 2013
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From UK, need recs please

There are so many great places in Vermont where farm to table cuisine is what you'll find the most. Vermont also has great micro-breweries and wineries.
Here are some VT suggestions.
BBQ: Prohibition Pig in Waterbury and Bluebird BBQ in Burlington.
Food markets/shops: Harvest Market in Stowe. Cheesetraders in South Burlington.
Not sure about bars w/trivia...but some good places are the Bobcat Cafe in Bristol. Hinesburgh Public House in Hinesburg.
I'm not big on baked goods or breakfasts so hopefully someone else can chime in for you.
When are you coming? Enjoy your trip!

Sep 23, 2013
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Any suggestions to my itinerary? Burlington, VT

We happened to be going through Waterbury at lunch time yesterday and went to Prohibition Pig for lunch. I had Korean BBQ sliders - fantastic. My spouse had the fish sandwich which was great. It is certainly kid friendly - we had our 2 kids with us and every other table had kids as well. You can get Heady Topper there (assuming they are not sold out) if they are sold out at the brewery.

Sep 22, 2013
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Any suggestions to my itinerary? Burlington, VT

LOL Morganna! Thats OK. ;) I really enjoy your posts here!
I really like the food at Prohibition Pig. It is only open for lunch Fri-Sun so if you are traveling through Waterbury on one of those days at lunch time I would recommend it!

Sep 21, 2013
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Any suggestions to my itinerary? Burlington, VT

Above is correct but The Alchemist does have its brewery in Waterbury just off Route 100 - no food. You can try some beer and buy some (if its not sold out) and buy a t-shirt or two.

Sep 20, 2013
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Brattleboro farmers' markets - what's in season?

You will be able to get squash, apples, baked goods, eggs, locally grown meats. Root vegetables. My favorite time of year!

Sep 15, 2013
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Lunch recs between Burlington airport and Stowe, VT

Prohibition Pig is great but only open for lunch Fri-Sun.

If you want something closer to Burlington Airport Chef's Corner in Williston is good.

Aug 27, 2013
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Supermarket Wars

I am up near Burlington VT and IMO, we have a really good supermarket "scene". With Trader Joe's coming in 2014 it will be even better!
Our 3 main "conventional" supermarkets are Hannaford, Shaws and Price Chopper. Of the 3 I like Hannaford the best. They carry local products, have a great selection of organics etc.
We also have great locally owned natural/organic food markets such as Natural Provisions, City Market and Healthy Living.
There are also lots of great smaller locally owned shops such as Lantmans in Hinesburg (though they will close when Hannaford gets built in town), Shelburne Supermarket, Shelburne Meat Market and Cheesetraders to name a few.
And how can we forget the local farms and farmers markets?
I'm really looking forward to Trader Joe's arrival. Some people would like to see a Whole Foods here but I really don't think its needed given what we already have. Wegmans would be a nice addition though.

Aug 09, 2013
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Best farmer's markets/ farm stands?

Lots all over Vermont.
The best (IMO)
St. Johnsbury
Have not been to the one in Brattleboro but I've heard its great.

Jul 25, 2013
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Driving tour of Vermont - Any must-visit spots?

Along Route 7 for day 1:
Lincoln Peak Vineyard in New Haven (just north of MIddlebury) for some wine!
Otter Creek Brewing and Drop In Brewing are both in Middlebury
The Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op is great.
If you happen to be coming through on a Wednesday or Saturday be sure to hit up the Middlebury Farmer's Market.
Just south of Brandon is Woods Farm Market - great produce.

Jul 21, 2013
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Kennebunkport area on the way to Camp Sunshine?

We spend a week at Goose Rocks every June - I agree. Best beach!
I also second Nunan's and The Ramp. They are our must "go-to" restaurants every year.
This year we also tried Lucas on Nine in Cape Porpoise and had great meals. Not much of an atmosphere but the food was good and the service friendly.
We also really LOVE the Wayfarer for breakfast if you are looking for that as well.
Have fun!!!

Jul 21, 2013
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North Conway With 3 Year Old

Wow..funny to see this post resurrected from last year! We are headed over there in August with our now 4 year old. Am happy for more recommendations!

Jul 11, 2013
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Good Country Breakfast/Brunch from Boston to Woodstock?

I think trufflehound means are you going to Woodstock NH or Woodstock VT? Don't want to suggest something off 93 north of Concord if you are headed up 89 to Vermont!

Jul 09, 2013
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Southern style food in vermont

Prohibition Pig in Waterbury comes to mind. Don't think they have grits though!

Mar 01, 2013
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Foodie Trip in June--Thoughts?

Lots and lots of GREAT farm to table options in Northern Vermont.
Hen of the Wood in Waterbury is fantastic. They will be opening a second location in Burlington in the near future. Love the Bobcat Cafe and Brewery in Bristol and Black Sheep Bistro in Vergennes.
Any particular area(s) you are interested in visiting?

Feb 19, 2013
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Hinesburgh Public House - Hinesburg, VT

We visited the new Hinesburgh Public House over the weekend. It opened about 3 weeks ago so we figured we had given it enough time for them to work out the kinks before we tried it. We were wrong but it didn't really detract from our experience.

Service was really friendly but we counted 7 MINOR service mistakes. Waitress didn't fully know the menu, my side was put on my husband's plate, bill was brought in an AmEx "folder" but they don't accept AmEx, took a while to get drink refills etc. Nothing major but mistakes that should not have been made IMO.

Food was OK-we were not totally wowed. We both ordered burgers. I asked for mine medium but it came out medium well. For $12 it was pretty basic-cheddar, lettuce, tomato & onion. Would be nice to have other topping options such as mushrooms, carmelized onions etc. It was actually pretty bland-didn't seem to have any seasoning. The only condiment offered was ketchup-we had to ask for mustard. Burger comes with a choice of a side - fries, salad, quinoa or vegi.

I was really pleased with the kids menu except for the price-I thought it was a little pricy for such small portions ($9). Its an al la carte menu-choice of burger, chicken, salmon or pasta. Choice of starch, vegi and fruit. A nice change from most kids menus where your choices are grilled cheese, hot dogs or chicken fingers!

They need lighting in the parking lot badly (there is currently none so its very dark) but from what I understand the property owner is working on putting some in.

The restaurant is very loud so if you are looking for a quiet intimate experience you won't find it there.

We will definitely be back to try again - really interested in trying something off the entree section of the menu especially one of their locally grown steak options. Hopefully in another couple weeks the kinks can be worked out.


Jan 16, 2013
bm_vt in Northern New England

VT Trip Oct.2012: A Week of Burlington Bliss (Long!)

Great report. You hit all our faves in my neck of the woods (Starry Night, Laundry, Black Sheep). But best of all you discovered Good Times. We go there a lot. GREAT food. Pizza is really good. My favorite dish there is the chana masala and also the sweet potato/black bean burrito (when they have it-its a special). Good Times is definitely a hidden gem - really popular with the locals but gets overlooked by visitors.

Oct 22, 2012
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Impromptu road trip with family in Burlington VT area

I'm dying to try Guild-not sure when I'll get there. Morganna-be sure to post a rewview if you go!!

Oct 12, 2012
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Impromptu road trip with family in Burlington VT area

The Farm House in Burlington is kid friendly and has good food:

Oct 12, 2012
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Specific idea for Burlington VT - romantic

Great choice. I love that place!

Oct 09, 2012
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Specific idea for Burlington VT - romantic

Chilihead-are you looking specifically in Burlington?
If you don't mind a 20 minute drive I'd head to Starry Night Cafe. Fantastic food. Fantastic service. Great special occasion restaurant.

Oct 04, 2012
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I93 South Vermont to Boston

I-93 starts/ends in St. Johnsbury, VT. Only about a 10 mile stretch lies in Vermont.
But yes OP..your title is confusing. Are you traveling 93 south from St. Johnsbury? Or are you thinking of I-91?

Aug 13, 2012
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