Please help! My vegetarian partner & I are going to Southern VT for New Year's
My vegetarian partner & I are going to Southern VT for New Year's, and I desperately need restaurant recommendations. We're staying in West Dover, VT and don't want to stray too far for our dinners.
I'm looking for a super-romantic place for New Year's Eve, and a place that's very 'Vermont' for the night before. We both love Italian, American, and French-style food. She's a vegetarian - no fish, no meat, no nothing, but does eat (and likes) eggs and dairy. Neither of us are particularly health-conscious eaters.
Please help! Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
If you want to take drive to Brattleboro, then I suggest going to 39 Main. My husband is a vegetarian and they always have choices for him. One of our favorites is the usually on the Specials menu and it is bruchetta with all sorts of things to go on it. We just ate there this past weekend and had an amazing Gilfeather turnip bisque.
39 Main sounds great!
But while the Inn at Saw Mill Farm looks lovely - it's not exactly what we're looking for. While most 'nice' restaturants are able to put something together for a vegetarian, it often winds up being of lower quality than what they're used to preparing.
I'm looking for places (like 39 Main, it would seem) that are vegetarian *friendly*, not just vegetarian *accomodating*.
If it's not what you're looking for, it's not what you're looking for - but the Inn at Sawmill Farm is such an all-around excellent place, that I'd venture to guess they do an excellent job for vegetarians.
Overall I actually find a lot of the restaurants in that area really hit or miss. I've had great experiences with some one week only to have a terrible one the next week. There are not enough middle-range options, and it seems as though only the very high end places (like Sawmill) are really consistent.
Having stayed at the Inn at Sawmill Farm a number of times I second the idea that they do a consistently excellent job. The are part of the Relais & Chateaux group - a group with rather high standards. We were planning a special occasion dinner and called up the chef/owner Brill - had a long conversation and he created a wonderful meal for us. The "standard" dinner there is a 4 to 5 course meal. Not counting specials or special requests there are always multiple choices for each course.
However, with that said, you are most likely too late to get a New Year's Eve reservation. Sawmill Farm is a book-months-in-advance destination.
Common Ground, the Grandaddy of all vegetarian restaurants in Southern Vt., has just re-opened after some much needed lengthy repairs with in the last two weeks. It's open for dinner only, I believe, and is located at 25 Elliot St. in The Peoples' Republic of Brattleboro. The Tel.# is/was 802-257-0855.