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Jul 5, 2005 01:33 PM

French Bistro in Saxtons River, Vermont

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In January of 2005, a small French bistro opened in Saxtons River, Vermont (2 hours from Boston, just west of Keene, New Hampshire, and 5 miles off I-91 at Exit 5). Pascal Nebois makes the most delicious sausages, terrines, and pates this side of France. He uses only organic meat and has a creative and varied menu. It is definitely worth the small detour off of I-91, and is located on Rte. 121 between Bellows Falls and Grafton.

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  1. This is awesome news. I'm just over in Londonderry, so this will be on my Eat Here Soon list. Is the name of the place “French Bistro”? And is the Golden Egg still in operation?

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    1. re: GG Mora
      Walter Wallace

      The place is called Pasacal's...only open Thursday thru Saturday, 5:30 to 9:30. Just found out about it last week and dined there last Friday. Superb! Makes living this far north of Houston worth it.

      1. re: Walter Wallace

        Pascal's in Saxtons River lasted only one year. His prices were too high for the locals, and there aren't enough tourists to support this sort of place. His better than the clientèle personality didn't help.
        He has reopened with partners in Paulett, Vermont, north a bit from Manchester and Dorset, Vermont- much better suited for this type of bistro.
        I ate there a couple of nights ago. It is quite charming, very busy, and should do well. Of the three dishes I had, here are my comments: His lump crabmeat crab cakes was too salty, and I doubt it was the lump grade. His veal liver with mashed potatoes and diced veggies was excellent. The final creme brulee was awful- no crust on top- it had settled to the bottom, and was too cold and not creamy enough. So, do go, but choose wisely- and do let them know if there are shortcomings- he know me too well, and wouldn't have listened.

        1. re: wsluring

          For everyone's info, the town is named Pawlet.

          And he sells his sausages, pates, etc. on Thursdays at the Manchester Farmers' Market and on Sundays at the Dorset Farmers' Market

          1. re: dukegirl

            And on Saturdays at the Londonderry Market, 9 am - 1 pm. Sorry, no website.

          2. re: wsluring

            I was just coming in her to post about the closing of Pascal's. We had breakfast on Sunday at The Egg and I noticed the For Lease sign. I'm sorry that I didn't get to try it before he moved on...

            1. re: Bri

              I just visited Saxtons River for the first time and was very impressed by lunch at the Golden Egg. But the (charming) town doesn't seem like the kind of place that would support an expensive French bistro. The Manchester VT area is much better for that -- lots more people with money to burn.

              Anyway, the Golden Egg is so exceptionally good that my opinion is: who needs expensive French bistros in Saxtons River anyways?!

      2. Chowhound Public Service Announcement: Pascal's in Pawlet has closed. I am loathe to post the rumors, so I'll just say that no one really knows what's going to happen to Pascal's sausage biz--if he'll be back to the farmers' markets or not--and that the owner will likely be reopening it as a different restaurant w/new a new chef.

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        1. re: dukegirl

          Rumors????You've already opened pandor's box,let us in................

        2. Sorry for the bad news....Pascals in Saxtons River closed about 2 years ago.

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          1. re: petq

            Well, the bad news was softened by the fact that it was already announced/discussed in the posts above yours.