Driving thru Vermont to Mondial Beer Fest in MTL
A friend and I are driving from Eastern Pennsylvania up to Montreal for the week following Memorial Day. We're taking the detour through Vermont (and possibly Western CT and MA as well), both on the way there and back. We know of all the great beer destinations (breweries and brewpubs) that we intend to stop at, but I'm hoping for some help on the culinary side of things. Any places worth trekking well off the beaten path for? Our thoughts are to work our way up one side of the state, and back down the other side. We don't mind paying a bit more for a special meal if it's worth it, but are generally just looking for good, clean, fair, fresh, and local options a la Slow Food. Thanks in advance.
I'm assuming that you are stopping in Waterbury, Vt to go to the Alchemist for beer... you could hit up Hen of the Woods (also in Waterbury) for dinner. If you come to Burlington don't bother with Vermont Pub and Brewery but do stop at American Flatbread for pizza and beer. Both places have lots of info on Chow if you just search their names. Have fun... there is (as far as I know) not much between Burlington and Montreal in terms of brewery/good food stops. So stock up in Btown, it's only an hour and 45 minutes into downtown Montreal from Burlington.
If you find yourself on the Route 7 corridor, I can recommend a couple places:
1. Bobcat Cafe in Bristol - good home brewed beers and good food too. If you don't have a reservation, you can usually find room at the bar. Their menu includes lots of local foods.
2. Black Sheep Bistro in Vergennes - you'll need a reservation. Excellent food. Local ingredients when possible.
It sounds like you've got your beer options covered with the festival, so here's some more food suggestions - Pizza on Earth is great because they grow so many of their ingredients on their own farm! No tables though, so it's better for takeout. Starry Night Cafe is a favorite of mine in that area - they're a member of Vermont Fresh Network, and have great food and a friendly, casual ambience.
Starry Night Cafe
5467 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, VT 05456
If you want a special meal that is more than just pub grub, try Cafe Provence in Brandon, on Route 7 north of Rutland. It's still affordable, and a decidedly "foodie" place.
I especially love the affordable and thoughtful French wines they offer, I honestly grow tired of restaurants that exclude French wines from their lists.
I hope you stop by Windsor, and visit the Harpoon Brewery and Brew Pub. Pretty good food, plus fresh beer. Of course VT has Otter Creek, Long Trail, and Magic Hat breweries as well.