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jsgrunstad Aug 12, 2008 04:49 PM

Chicago foodies are looking for AWESOME restaurants for a second anniversary trip. We want the best grub in town regardless of high-end or where the locals eat. Please provide any information you have on local establishments. Thank you!

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  1. Jimmy Cantiello RE: jsgrunstad Aug 13, 2008 03:22 AM

    As you know, Brattleboro is a small town so your options are limited. In my opinion the three best restaurants in town are:

    Peter Havens

    Alici's Bistro

    T.J. Buckley's

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      RichK RE: Jimmy Cantiello Aug 13, 2008 04:04 AM

      Jimmy's right!
      However, just 15 minutes up Rt 30 you also have the Old Newfane Inn and the four columns Inn. Both of them are also excellent.

    2. signothetimes53 RE: jsgrunstad Aug 13, 2008 04:12 AM

      I can think of a lot of places for an anniversary trip, and Brattleboro isn't one of them.

      The suggestions offered by Jimmy C. are on target, but honestly, if you are foodies accustomed to the high quality and variety offered in Chicago (IMHO, one of the great dining cities in the entire country), Brattleboro is likely going to be very disappointing from a "foodie" standpoint.

      1. Jimmy Cantiello RE: jsgrunstad Aug 13, 2008 05:33 AM

        Both RichK and signothetimes make good points.However, I got the impression that jsgrunstad would not be heading to Brattleboro as a destination per se. Instead the Chicago foodies would be passing through on a New England trip. I notice there's another thread posted by jgrunstad about passing through Bar Harbor and Boothbay Harbor, Maine as well.

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          signothetimes53 RE: Jimmy Cantiello Aug 13, 2008 08:34 AM

          Thanks, that makes a lot more sense, Brattleboro as a "pass through" stop along the way in a broader visit to New England.

          I like RichK's suggestion of Old Newfane Inn and Four Columns Inn, though I'll admit it's been years since I've eaten at either place. Hopefully they are still as first-rate as I remember.

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            Jimmy Cantiello RE: signothetimes53 Aug 13, 2008 09:12 AM

            I happen to own a home in Newfane. My wife and I are up there quite often, especially on the weekends.I've been to the Four Columns but have yet to eat at The Old Newfane Inn. It seems every time I've been by there, no matter what time of the day or night, the place never looks like it's open. They never advertise either. I rarely see cars parked outside. I was always afraid to make a reservation thinking that when we showed up we would be the only ones in the whole place. I had envisioned the place to be kind of musty and broken down inside. I guess I'll just have to go ahead and make a reservation the next time I'm up at the house and see what happens.

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              littlej RE: Jimmy Cantiello Aug 13, 2008 08:38 PM

              I happen to know that The Newfane Inn is open, my next door neighbor works there. I also have heard that they make really good escargot, which one of these days I will have to try since I love escargot. Most likely they do not advertise since they go by thier reputation, they must just rely on word of mouth.

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                Jimmy Cantiello RE: littlej Aug 14, 2008 03:21 AM

                I didn't mean to imply that The Old Newfane Inn was closed or defunct. It just looks to me like there is never any activity in and around the place. If they can run a profitable establishment while keeping such a low profile I say more power to them. Like I said, I'm just going to have to check it out for myself.

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          jsgrunstad RE: jsgrunstad Aug 13, 2008 12:58 PM

          Thanks everyone, looking forward to checking out your recommendations! I'm not familiar with the destinations at all and yes, its a longer trip, into Bangor, Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park for a few days (brewery visits), Boothbay Harbor and then down to Brattleboro, VT and out of Hartford, CT. In retrospect I should have chosen restaurants and then the itinerary ... but still just looking forward to some fresh seafood, beautiful surroundings and a relaxing trip! Thanks again.

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