Elements, St. Johnsbury?
I'm traveling to NEK with the chowpups, and am curious about Elements. Has anyone eaten there recently? Any other area recommendations? Thanks in advance! BC
I haven't been there recently, but it had been excellent. There used to be a very good Italian place at the north end of town, but think I heard it had closed. There's also some well-regarded inns heading toward Littleton as well as restaurant's there. The best ones were closed when we were there on a Monday last year, but we had a very good dinner at the Adair Inn. There's another Inn, more famous and expensive, closer to St. J. If you get over to Newport, make sure you go to Lago Trattoria.
I have heard good things but I haven't been myself. What I can recommend is River Garden Cafe in East Burke, very surprisingly good dinners there. Also they mix a great mood adjuster there.
Elements is one of our favorite NEK restaurants. Interesting locally sourced produce and meats. Menu is a little more casual than it has been in the past and changes on a monthly basis. Ate there this past weekend and had enjoyable fried calamari with red pepper sauce and their signature trout cakes with green apple accompanied by a wasabi mayo sauce. Deserts are usually quite good as well - had the goat cheese cheesecake this past time. They also have an interesting wine list -- many bottles in the $20-$30 range and none of the "usual suspects". It's the kind of place that makes exploring a new bottle of wine with dinner enjoyable.
I had an awesome meal there a couple of years ago. Memorable food and atmosphere. I've been meaning to go again, but I'm usually around those parts on Sundays, and they are closed both Sun/Mon.
Was just there this past weekend and loved Elements. Especially, the smoked trout cakes -- order for the table and they'll give you a bigger portion. Comes with wasabi mayo and a sweetish tomato relish that provided a great balance for all the flavors. Also, ruhbarb tart was very nice.
River Garden Cafe in E. Burke is nice and worth the drive off the beaten path. For breakfast, Busy Bee in Glover has cheap eats and good variety for all the standards. Clean but very tiny. Also, heard that Anthony's Diner in St. J's has a great burger. Was crowded as we drove by for breakfast, too.
Every town common has a farmer's market, too so be sure to bring back some local produce!