Vermont? White River Junction/Lebanon(NH) to Stowe
I'm picking up a rental car in Lebanon and driving up to Stowe to meet some friends for the weekend. I would appreciate suggestions for some good eating during the trip.
1. I'm planning to cut over to VT 100 and drive up through Warren and Waitsfield at about lunch time, and I'm looking for good places, always trying to avoid chain food.
2. The best food markets in the Waterbury-Stowe area (we'll have a fridde in the motel, I'll want some snacks on hand while I'm cross-country skiing.)
3. Good diner-style breakfast places in the Waterbury Stowe area, in particular I missed out on corned beef hash when I was up in New Hampshire last month, and would like to correct that deficiency.
4. Good lunch and dinner places in the Waterbury-Stowe area
5. Any recommendations of nightlife - drinks, music, places to meet and hang out. I'd prefer a more mature crowd, but to too mature. I mean, I've got ski poles in the car, not canes! :) (I think 30+ should do it.)
6. recommendations for box lunch that can be obtained in Lebanon/Hanover/White River junction during the morning hours. I'm returning to the city by train, and the offerings in the snack car are somewhat limited.
Thanks in advance.
Juniper's Fare (at the junction of 100 and 2 in Waterbury), love this place, it's great
Park Row (Waterbury, near Green Mountain Coffee Roasters visitor's center) Yum!
Stebu Sushi (Waterbury, Main Street, on the down slope side in the lower part of the building there)
Ocha Thai (Waterbury, Main street, near the intersection with Stowe Street)
Juniper's Fare, again
Park Row, again
Hen of the Wood (Waterbury)
re: chuck s
Is the food at the Alechmist is better than Ocha Thai or Stebu Sushi? I've only ever had their sweet potato fries, I'm never in Waterbury during dinner time. :) I've heard mixed things around here from "good pub food" to "nothing spectacular". Oh I think The Reservoir is another good place to go! I've heard good stuff about that. Seven Days gave it a decent review.
I've eaten there for dinner a couple of times and I like the food at The Alchemist (and the beer) and put it into the category of "good pub food." There dipping sauces for the fries are made from scratch (I don't use ketchup but tasted there homemade one and it was very good) and the crabcake sandwich was delicious. I also sampled a yummy meatloaf dinner, may have been a special.
Re query #3, next time you're in the area, consider a 20-minute drive in to Montpelier for breakfast at The Coffee Corner (corner of State and Main Streets right downtown). It's the greasiest of historic greasy spoons, and a great small-town anthropological experience. Ownership has actually changed hands several times in the past 10 years (it is currently proudly owned by at least one former employee and his partner), but the corned beef hash is still the most delicious my husband has ever tasted. I always get the Manghi's maple walnut bread French toast with bananas and (of course) real Vermont maple syrup. For the complete experience, sit on a stool at the low counter or grab a seat at the community table in the front window.
83 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602
Main Street Cafe
888 Main St, Westbrook, ME 04092