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nbermas Aug 6, 2007 08:11 AM

Need some ideas for farm fresh places for lunch and dinner. Going in a few weeks for a celebration, will be there 4 days staying in Waitsfeild??? Thanks Any good working farms to visit? Cheeses?

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    gmunno Aug 7, 2007 01:46 PM

    I ate at a wonderful resturant in Burlington right at the start of the pedistrian mall. I thought it was called the Pump Jack Cafe, but I can't seem to find a listing for that and suspect I have the name wrong. Anyway, it was a very contemporary resturant with a lively relaxed atmasphere, great New American food and fantastic wines by the glass.

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      Ted in Central NJ Aug 7, 2007 02:58 PM

      I think that you most likely ate at SmokeJack (sp?), but that is just a guess.

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        jhberkley Aug 7, 2007 04:00 PM

        Smokejacks is on a busy corner (Main and Church Street). They had a fire in the downstairs kitchen last week and I'm not sure what their status is right now. Nice sitting at the bar with a drink and salad or appetizer.

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        Ted in Central NJ Aug 6, 2007 03:28 PM

        I highly recommend Pauline's Cafe, on Route 7/Shelburne Road (the main drag) in South Burlington. Everything is exceptionally fresh and expertly prepared, and, in fact, I had one of the absolute best meals of my life at Pauline's a few weeks ago.

        They belong to an association of restaurants and chefs who use locally sourced Vermont farm products in their cooking, and the freshness certainly shows. Trust me--you won't be disappointed with your meal at Pauline's Cafe!

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          TonyO Aug 6, 2007 03:39 PM

          Try for a reservation at The Inn at Shelburne farms (www.shelburnefarms.org) . A great deal of the menu is composed from items grown/raised on the farm or sourced locally. Th Inn grounds are really great, the wine has one of if not the lowest markups you will find and the food, while not cheap, is very well presented and prepared. Also, heading north on 89, get off at exit 11, Richmond. Take a right and in about 100 ft on the right will be the Kitchen Table Bistro. This is a great spot ( www.thekitchentablebistro.com ).

          My only complaint about Pauline's is that the entrees can be overly complicated and have too many ingredients that can sometimes clash. However, they have a strong and loyal following and the items they do well (crab cakes for one), they do very well. Just keep in mind, it is very busy in this area through October so make your reservations ASAP. If you are staying at teh Inn at teh Round Barn, I'm sure they can also give you some great suggestions.

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            Ted in Central NJ Aug 7, 2007 02:22 AM

            The Inn at Shelburne Farms is also great, but be prepared for the dress code. If I recall correctly, men must wear a jacket and tie in order to be seated. I don't usually travel with this attire, but if you do, then you will qualify for seating there.

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              mom2 Aug 7, 2007 04:59 AM

              is this also the dress code for breakfast? We were planning on going there in a few weeks, but my husband will not bring a jacket and tie on vacation...

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                katiepie Aug 7, 2007 05:10 AM

                No jacket and tie required... my husband and I go twice a year (once for brunch, once for dinner) and typically he wears business casual... khakis and a polo shirt. I just checked out the website and didn't see anything listed... if they once had a dress code, I don't think they do anymore.

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                  TonyO Aug 7, 2007 01:26 PM

                  No dress code in my recent memory. We are going 8/18. It's worth a visit just for the oyster appetizer.

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