Restaurants Outside Manchester, VT- worth the drive?
Next month we will be making our annual trip to VT. We are familiar with most of the Manchester restaurants but have not yet ventured too far into the surrounding areas....is there anywhere around (lets say 1 hour drive max) that is worth the drive for dinner? This is for my DH and myself (no kids), we will be staying in Danby, and we like to really treat ourselves while we are away. Two of our favorites are the Dorset Inn and Perfect Wife.
Four Columns Inn- Newfane
Three Clock Inn- S. Londonberry
Any suggestions/scoop would be appreciated!
*Also ALWAYS open to any home made ice cream or cheese farm stops....
In Manchester at the set of lights is Ponce Gourmet (mostly for lunch, but can do take-out for dinner). Heading east just past Hwy 7 (before Perfect Wife) is Bistro Henry. And up the hill just past Bromley is Johnny SeeSaw's - rustic ambience but excellent food(especially prime rib).
We went to Bistro Henry a number of years ago (ok, many years ago). First visit was "ok", second visit was not so good - management argued about the drinkability of the wine. Wine with a meal is a strong point with us - not so the management. Haven't been back since. The location and building are definitely upgraded but is the basic reason for visiting (FOOD and drink)?
FYI: The Dorset Inn has changed hands (it's no longer owned by Sissy Hicks). They're gone through a steady rotation of head chefs, but apparently, from what I've heard, the latest one is pretty good. In Dorset, I'd pick the Inn at West View Farm if I had a choice. Excellent, asian-inspired food in a really lovely setting.
Also, if you're staying in Danby, the Red Brick Grill in Poultney isn't too far and it is superb. http://www.redbrickgrillvt.com/
In Manchester, have you ever tried the Depot Cafe? It's on Rt. 11/30 at the Richville Road light. It's a small cafe located inside a furniture/antique store and they have excellent middle eastern food and wood fired oven pizzas.
If you're up for an hour's drive, you could try Pangaea in North Bennington. http://www.vermontfinedining.com/ The lounge menu (which is what you get if you choose to eat outside) is definitely more casual than the dining room menu, but everything is delicious there.
And visit the Manchester and Dorset Farmers' Markets. Manchester's is Thursdays 3-6pm at the Rec. Center on Rt. 30 and Dorset's is on Sundays 10am-2pm at HN Williams Store in Rt. 30.
Red Brick looks good, I'll have to add that to the list. I've read about Pangaea, last time we were up there I tried to get a reservation but it seems they were closed for summer break.
And yes, I love the farmers markets, I plan on stocking up as much as possible to bring home:)