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Mar 30, 2009 02:56 PM

Best food near Stowe, Vermont

Staying at Topnotch for 3 night and looking for great dining recommendations near Stowe, Vermont... any suggestions?

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  1. 1. Hen of the Wood - Waterbury (15 minutes)
    2. Kitchen Table Bistro - Richmond (25 minutes)
    3. Michaels' on the Hill - Waterbury (10-15 minutes)

    All are excellent and will likely require a reservation.

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    1. re: TonyO

      Another recommendation for Hen of the Wood. :) It's the most recommended. :)

      1. re: TonyO

        anyone feel any love for the alchemist? i've had mixed experiences there food wise (beer has always been exceptional)... i can't hardly wait to get to hen of the wood, but unfortunately when i can get up to the mnts my time and resources are precious and scant...

        1. re: sarabean

          Everyone I know loves the Alchemist for the brews. The food has always been, IME, mediocre. Decent for pub food. I've never had the brews, so I can't comment on those (I'm not a drinker).

          1. re: sarabean

            The beer alone is worth a visit to the Alchemist. In terms of food, I've eaten there a handful of times and have never been disappointed. The food is a step up from typical pub food. Typical being the type you'd find at the Vermont Pub & Brewery. They place a strong emphasis on local ingredients which shows they're actually cooking fresh food and not reheating Sysco products.

            1. re: mjp81

              I should have said I've not eaten there in at least four years, so I probably shouldn't comment on the food either. :)

              1. re: mjp81

                I ate there a few weeks ago, and we had good food As mjp said, it's a cut above standard pub food with the same prices and slightly smaller servings than your average pub. It means that I can finish a serving without feeling like I ate too much pub food. I had some hibiscus marinated lamb on special the night I was there, and it was lovely. My only gripe is the $6 french fries, which seemed to set their high price on the fact that they come cutely served in conical baskets. They are fresh cut, but I still don't think it's good value compared to everything else.

                1. re: thinks too much

                  $6 fries does seem a bit steep; I certainly don't remember paying $6 for fries last time I was there. I am among the few who do enjoy the food there, but I love pub food. Its my junk food, since I don't eat fast food or junk food very often. The crab cake sandwich is good and their fries come with homemade ketchup and an aioli, both of which are yummy. I'm not a ketchup fan in general, so their ketchup is an exception for me.

                  1. re: Bri

                    yay for me! i made it up north last week and dragged everyone into waterbury, broke as we all are. i don't remember the fries as 6$ as the bill for the entire table of 5 (drinkers!) was 97 bucks. maybe i'm more used to city prices but that action is fine with me. and the beer is UNBELIEVABLE!!! i am a wine drinker and i crave their beer. i think the menu is fairly thoughtfully designed to pair with their beer (cheese dip w/soft pretzels). they really do take pride in what they brew and brew it exceptionally well, so the food takes a backseat, but it's fine for us!

                    1. re: sarabean

                      I just read a new review in 7 Days that they changed their menu last month and the food was given a good review. I'm going to have to hit it again and see what's new...

          2. I see you are a new poster to Chowhound. You may get more information if you do a search of the New England board. Near the top it says "search this board". Just entering "stowe" bring up a number of fresh posts. I wish I were in Stowe. Good luck. It was years ago but we enjoyed Michael's.

            1. Don't miss Hen of the Wood. They also run a great deal on Mondays if you are trying to save a few $$$

              1. Absolutely, postively Hen of the Wood. And you will LOVE Top Notch!

                1. We went to Norma's at TopNotch about two weeks ago. The food was pretty abysmal. Stale croutons mixed into avocado underneath woefully underseasoned tuna tartare(although very fresh tuna). Some peanut soup catastrophe smoked salmon beignet disaster with crawfish sauce. Fried to beyond crispness and charred in places...absolutely awful. Wines were quite nice and the setting is beautiful when they light the fire pits next to the pool. Just don't eat the food.

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                  1. re: Wursthof

                    There is a new chef at NORMA's I think he has done a great job at reviving the menu, the setting as other have mentioned is great-we'll be haeding back to topnotch in a few weeks
                    Some of our favs inlcude:
                    Dutch Pancake house for Breakfast(on Mountain Rd)
                    Thin Crust Pizza for lunch at Pie in the Sky
                    Michael s

                    Last trip we also tried Solstice in the Stowe Mtn Lodge, nice property, trying real hard in terms of service and presentation-but wasn't quite there yet.