Upper Valley VT/NH Gems
Hi Professor, I second your choices. We eat at the same places.
I think both the Tip Top and the Parker House are Chef owned and operated. it shows.
my dinning dollar is getting smaller each day, so I will choose those smaller chef owned places to spend it on. on a diffrent note, these smaller Chef owned restaurants are all
buying local produce this time of year, so we are really helping two birds with one dollar (farmers and restaurants)
Spent 4th of July weekend in West Fairlee, VT. Had a very nice pear salad with field greens, goat cheese, toasted hazelnuts, and honey-basil vinaigrette followed by a luscious strawberry shortcake with lemon poppyseed biscuit and iced tea while dining on the scenic outdoor patio overlooking the river at The Perfect Pear in Bradford. Dinner one night at Peyton Place in Orford, NH. Wine bottles filled with long tapers (approx. 1/2 dozen on each table) and an outdoor patio. Had panko coconut crusted sea scallops with julienned veggies and a berry dessert. They also make excellent martinis. Blackboard menu changes on a daily basis. Dinner another evening at Stone Soup in Strafford, VT. Reminiscent of a cottage in the Cotswolds with extensive gardens surrounding the restaurant with mountain views. You can have a cocktail in the gardens before being seated for dinner. I had wild salmon with fresh veggies, sauteed red onion and raspberry coriander vinaigrette followed by chocolate pecan pie. On another evening, had dinner in the Tavern at Carpenter and Main in Norwich. Wood Creek Farm, Bridport all-natural burger on homemade english muffin with an assortment of homemade condiments: tomato chutney, mustard relish and bernaise sauce accompanied by delicious crispy fries and a small garden salad consisting of shaved fennel, mushrooms, diced tomatoes, shallots and herb vinaigrette.
Strawberry shortcake for dessert.
If you are traveling through Newbury, VT I recommend The Newbury Village Store for sandwiches. You can take them across the street and sit on a bench at the spacious and scenic Common.
All of our dining experiences were outstanding.
The Norwich Farmers Market on Saturday mornings is very worthwhile with over 50 vendors.
Lots of farms will have raspberry picking starting next week.
I have been loving the Parker House. We've had consistently wonderful meals there at reasonable prices. Last night we ate at Simon Pearce with friends and it was so mediocre, it was hard to believe. Their lunches are the best in the Upper Valley but their dinners are truly a disappointment. People who walk past Parker House to eat at Simon Pearce are making a huge mistake. Give the little guy a chance. You will not regret it.(Highly recommended is their salmon with panko crust and strawberry sauce.)