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Apr 25, 2007 09:37 AM

Looking for Recommendations in Stowe, Vt

Have never been to the area and so could you use some feedback. I thought that Pickwick's Pub looking pretty good, and other suggestions?

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  1. We like The Shed Restaurant.

    1. Pickwick's is worthwhile but I would recommend the Alchemist in Waterbury as a must stop in the area. Highly rated brewpub with high quality food to match.

      1. Pickwick's is one of the only places I'll go to when we're up there because it's always really, really good...inventive menu, amazing bar and great atmosphere.

        Piecasso has pretty good pizza and their dinner menu is pretty good as well - pretty family friendly.

        I haven't eaten at Michael's on the Hill in Waterbury in years, but it was a memorable experience the last time we went. I have also heard amazing things about the Alchemist, though have never gone.

        Foxfire Inn has great Italian food...The Whip is 'okay', but I find it's a bit crowded and not really worth the can never go wrong at the Austrian Tea Room at Trapp...the Rusty Nail is good if you want a pub type atmosphere (though the food is definitely more than pub fare)...The Shed, Gracie's and Olive's Bistro are also both pretty solid. You should treat yourself to some Dutch Pancakes at the Grey Fox Inn and for a cheap, great breakfast or lunch, hit McCarthys.

        I would avoid Red Basil and their other restaurant, the name of which escapes me now, but it's the huge place where McDonald's used to be. Red Basil is 'okay', but definitely not worth the money. Been there once, will never go back. The Japanese place is charging $9 for a spicy tuna roll. I don't care how good it is, you have got to be kidding.

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        1. re: tkln

          I'd like to second tkln's recommendation that you avoid Red Basil. I was there last weekend, and the food was certainly decent, but the prices were horrendous. $17 for vegetarian Thai noodles. In NYC I wouldn't pay $10 for that. Most of their entrées were $20 and up.

          My friend ordered a dish that included a small bit of peanut sauce. He asked for more, and when the bill came, they had charged him $2.50 for that. We firmly told them to take that off.

          Finally, they added 20% (not the usual 18%) tip to our bill, even though the menu never mentioned this. We paid them the bill to the penny, no more. Never, ever go there unless you are so wealthy money is not important.

        2. Just remembered - I know there is another restaurant in Waterbury that has been open for a while that serves only local fresh ingredients...the name escapes me, but it's supposed to be very good.

          Depending on your budget, you can spend a small fortune eating out in Stowe. Once you get up there, find the dining guide (usually in the doorways of most stores/restaurants or in the tourist center), it has menus from most of the restaurants. Have fun!!!

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          1. re: tkln

            The restaurant in Waterbury is Hen of the Wood at the Grist Mill (I would guess). I've only been there once, but it was a wonderful experience. Had beef tartare for the first time. Everything they served was wonderful.

            1. re: vtfoodie

              Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm heading up in another week so I'll definitely report back soon. I'm also happy to know they have a dining guide. The lakes region of NH publishes one and I love that you can check out all the menus. For the moment I think I'll try Pickwick's and not sure where else.

          2. I've been to Stowe over the last few winters, although I didn't make it there this year. The places that I liked most, in recent years are Blue Moon Cafe ( and Flavor (

            We normally stop at Stowe Coffee Shop. They have good coffee, sandwiches, quiche and lunch items.

            Perhaps the best deal in Stowe is at Harrington's ( They specialize in smoked hams and meats, which you can shop for there. But, you can also get a ham sandwich (which was the best I ever had) for about 5 bucks. I got it to go, since there really isn't much in the way of seating (last time I was there).

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            1. re: natureboy

              I just checked out the websites. Bluemoon looks good, but it won't be open until May 11th, so unfortunately that's out. The Flavor Restaurant definitely peaked my interest. I think it's the wood oven roasted mussels with smoked chili, roasted garlic and tomatos. So, that's absolutely on my list to try.

              1. re: Pegmeister

                Just so you know Flavors went out of business a couple of months ago. Double check by calling but I havn't heard anything about them reopening. I would stongly recommend Micaels on the Hill or Hen of the Woods.

                1. re: jeff_egan

                  Wow...that sucks. It looked like a good menu. I think that location is just bad luck...every restaurant that has opened there has not had a good run...I read that Miguel's also closed, which is a really big loss. They had great food.

                  1. re: jeff_egan

                    Thanks so much for the update, I would have hated to get up there and find out it was closed. What about that Swiss restaurant with the fondues, any feedback?

                    1. re: Pegmeister

                      I have had lunch there, and it's very good...didn't have the fondue though - had the beer battered shrimp and's nice to sit out on the deck for lunch.

                      1. re: Pegmeister

                        Swisspot been around for forever, selling an image of skiing in the sixties and seventies: convivial fondue. While it's an enticing image, I just can't seem to get excited about selling a pot of melted cheese with ok bread (the bread is not better than ok) for $30. Then adding $8 more dollars to add some raw broccoli and cauliflower to the mix. Cheese fondue is easy to make back home, but not exactly what I would be reaching for in May. It seems better known for cheese fondue than meat.

                        1. re: thinks too much

                          Ok, I'm back and here's the update. I passed on the Swisspot, I think because the restaurant itself didn't seem that appealing, and the hours weren't working for me. First stop was brunch at the Whip - eggs oscar which consisted of perfectly poached egss on top of a crab cake on top of an english muffin with hollandaise and asparagus. No complaints here, except I think I would have rather skipped the english muffin and had a second crab cake. I also had dinner at the Whip one evening. Their gorgonzola crusted filet mignon was cooked perfectly to order, moist, tender and flavorful. The broccoli was ok but I would have liked to have seen something more creative. As for the mashed potatos, well I never complain about mashed potatos. Stopped at Pickwick's for a beer and an appetizer. The bartender recommended a Belgium raspberry beer that was delicious. The recipe was created in 1811! They have a house bluecheese spread in which the ingredients are secret and the spread disappeared quickly. Also munched on a spread of cured meats, cheese and chutneys - quite well done. Funny thing though, one of my favorite meals was the chicken fajitas at the Cactus Club. The chicken had a lime marinade which set it apart from other fajitas I've tried and the brisket my DC ordered was smokey and tender. It could be that I just enjoyed eating outside in the garden with the huge firepit to take care of any chill in the air. One of the last stops was actually in Morristown, north of Stowe at a little place called Bonz. Sitting out on a deck with a glass of wine watching all the trucks go by might not appeal to many, but those sweet potato fries are sure good! Last stop was the bakery at the Trap Family Lodge for lemon squares, the last of which I finished this morning -- Yum!