hen of the wood, vt
has anyone been to hen of the wood in waterbury vt? i looked at the website and the menu looked springy... is it current? Is it worth the drive?
Depends on how long the drive is ! I have eaten there and liked it. It has great atmosphere and likely will be very crowded during foliage season, especially on weekends.
I have heard it's absolutely incredible, but have yet to try it...a lot of local ingredients - they were in I believe either Gourmet or Bon Appetit recently...
This is a rather late reply, so hope you have already tried them. They are my all time favorite in the area. It's a 20 minute drive for me, but I would be willing to drive an hour. Here are some highlights...
The atmosphere is wonderful. It's a converted old grist mill, with flagstone walls, wood accented windows, with an upscale and unpretentious feeling. The owners/chef and staff are great. The waitstaff are foodies themselves, familiar with the food and the wines that they serve. I have never had a bad meal there, I try to go at least once a month. They are part of the VT Fresh Network, so the menu changes based on what is in season.
Soups - wonderful seasonal soups. I recently had the sunchoke soup - amazing flavor and not full of cream that makes it too heavy.
Calamari - fresh, sauteed, a light and tasty dish
Chicken Liver Pate from Misty Knoll - delicious. Always short a piece of two of toasted Red Hen Bakery bread, but they are always willing to prepare extra pieces for you.
Cheeses - great selection of cheeses, and like I said the staff are foodies, so they are really familiar and can help guide you to the right selection.
Scallops - when on the menu, you should definitely try it, the flavors that get infused as they prepare it really help define this dish.
Short Ribs / Rib Eye - can't go wrong with their meat preparation.
Trout - this was a whole trout, and I was prepared to do some work for my meal that night. To my surprise, the trout arrived deboned, but it looked whole - head and tail in place all the bones in the middle were gone. What a treat!
Anyways, you get the idea. I would highly recommend this restaurant. And... Mondays they have the chalkboard menu where entrees are just around $20, and Tuesday is 20% off a bottle of wine.
I think I preferred the Mist Grill which preceeded Hen of the Wood - but Hen of the Wood is a very good place in itself. In that general area - Kitchen Table (Richmond), Hen of the Wood (Waterbury), & 1824 House (Waitsfield) are all places I'd recommend..
I've been twice- The first time was superb in both food and service. The second time was the complete opposite- The scallops I was served were bad- The service was just as bad.
Next time will be the rubber match!