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NYC hound bound for Plainfield VT

Ida Red Jun 14, 2006 12:35 PM

Hi, I've never vistited this board before but I'm curious as to what's up for this area in Vermont.
What's all the not-to-miss-quintessential-Vermont facts and deatails?
I'm not too concerned about fancy, but any recommendations are welcome.

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    Sue RE: Ida Red Jun 14, 2006 02:34 PM

    If you have a chance, visit the farmer's market held in Montpelier on Saturday mornings. There are all the beautiful vegetables,handmade cheeses and flowers you might expect, but also some surprising and delicious ethnic foods.
    Sue in Brookfield, where Ariel's Restaurant on the Floating Bridge Pond is also quite wonderful.

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      Jayne in VT RE: Ida Red Jun 14, 2006 06:34 PM

      There's a local chow board which may be helpful to you. See link below.

      I guess Plainfield offers the notorious Rainbow Sweets. The floor show from the owner is worth the tab alone. Very good European style pastries.

      Link: http://www.sevennightsvt.com/7n/home.htm

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        Mark in VT RE: Jayne in VT Jun 18, 2006 07:10 AM

        Rainbow Sweets is actually in Marshfield, not far from Plainfield.

        In "downtown" Plainfield, there's also Positive Pie, with NY style pizza (very good -- but why would you want to come from there to get that here -- there IS the ambience, however).

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          Jayne in VT RE: Mark in VT Jun 18, 2006 03:38 PM

          So it is. Thanks for clearing that one up - I guess they all merge together for me after a while ;)

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        Vtfirecat RE: Ida Red Jun 14, 2006 10:16 PM

        Try River Run. Delicious BBQ and other fanciful treats. Catfish and breakfast are proudly noted.

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          sophie fox RE: Vtfirecat Jun 17, 2006 06:05 PM

          Strongly second River Run!
          By no means typical VT fare, but wonderful. Superb hushpuppies. A fascinating place, too.

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            Jestner RE: sophie fox Sep 28, 2006 11:39 PM

            I just went to River Run and was very disappointed. Hush puppies were dried out and nothing like they are down south. The ribs were very fatty/chewy - so much so that it was hard to bite from the ribs. The only upside was the BBQ sauce which I thought was quite good.
            I had high expectations. Instead I (and my companion) left and shortly developed stomach pains. Win some, lose some.

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          Jestner RE: Ida Red Aug 22, 2006 06:19 PM

          Two items of note, as I just stopped off through Plainfield.

          First, Positive Pie is not very good pizza to me. The crust has very little, to no, elasticity. The sauce is bland. And the ingredients were sparse and added little to no flavour to the pie. I would say this is a type of pizza you could get anywhere outside CT/NY. (e.g. if you ordered pizza in Pennsylvania somewhere, this is what I'd expect.) Very disappointing to a New Haven pizza junkie.

          Second, note that River Run is closed on Monday & Tuesday.

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            bewley RE: Jestner Aug 26, 2006 07:29 PM

            >Second, note that River Run is closed on Monday & Tuesday.

            and they close after serving brunch on Sunday.

            I had a slice of pesto pizza at Positive Pie which was pretty good, but remember to BYOB if you go.

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            Yankunian RE: Ida Red Aug 23, 2006 01:21 PM

            Agree with the assessment of positive pie, which I have always thought was overrated. But I wanted to add that you should not miss the opportunty to bag one of summertime VT's greatest treats, the Maple Creamee (real maple-syrup flavoured soft serve ice cream in a cone). You can find excellent ones at Bragg Farm and Morse Farm, both near Plainfield.

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