Sirloin Saloon in Rutland, VT
I went to the Sirloin Saloon in Shelburne several times 7-8 years ago, and really liked it. The locally-grown salad bar was a special treat.
Now that location has closed, apparently because it was run into the ground by new owners.
Is the Sirloin Saloon in Rutland comparable to the Shelburne location in its heyday? I don't want to make a 50-mile drive for "just okay."
I haven't been to the Rutland one ever or the Shelburne one in maybe 6 or 7 years but I think you'd have to be crazy to drive from Chittenden County to Rutland in order to go to the Sirloin Saloon. You'd be passing Starry Night Cafe (Ferrisburgh), Black Sheep Bistro (Vergennes), Cafe Provence (Brandon), not to mention Fire and Ice (Middlebury) if you want the steakhouse/salad bar thing.
I like it, it is one of my favorites in this area....Guess it depends on what you like. I order the sirloin steak, and the salad bar and bread are excellent.
I was at the Sirloin Saloon about 4 months ago on our annual Vermont golf expedition - 20 guys nearing retirement acting like college kids, but never-the-less, a trip looked forward to by all. We've been there a few times over the last few years on the first night of our 4 day trip - most likely because the first day's bet is the losers buy the winners dinner and this minimizes the expense. Hemingways is not where the losers want to end up. Anyway, its casual, its comfortable, and its got a great salad bar. The steaks are just okay at best. Iwouldn't drive 10 miles, let alone 50, to eat there.
If you're already in the Burlington area, I'd suggest you frequent the Windjammer if you want a similar experience. And the bonus is that the Windjammer's steaks are better than the Sirloin Saloon's ever were.