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Sep 13, 2009 02:15 PM

Mtn. Top Inn, Chittenden, VT

Just got back from a week's stay at the Mtn. Top Inn and Resort in the little town of Chittenden, between Rutland and Killington. Went for the horseback riding and scenery but were astonished at how impressive the food was. Breakfast was good, nothing special, but lunches and dinners were phenomenal. Whether we ate in the tavern or the main dining room, from soups to sandwiches to entrees, everything we ordered was not just delicious, but creative. To boot, we were one of only three couples there most of the week, so were expecting leftovers from the wedding the weekend prior, but not the case The kitchen pulls out the stops no matter the number of guests. And for being practically in the middle of nowhere the seafood was surprisingly fresh. In fact, the salmon and calamari preparations were some of the best we've ever had. We're from DC and eat out alot, at some of the more reputable places in town. So we take our food seriously. The Inn's chef (Shawn Casey I think is his name) deserves big kudos. If you're a local, the Inn is worthy of your patronage, whether it's a burger in the tavern (though I recommend the French Dip!) or a more formal meal in their rustic but elegant main dining room. If you're a tourist, it's worth a drive. Though the accomodations and staff are wonderful, so I can also highly recommend the Inn as a destination.

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