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bachman1953 Feb 12, 2010 04:46 PM

Thanks for the suggestions about Waterbury/Stowe, but I have another request for my return. I'm headed back to WRJ on Monday to catch my train home on Tuesday. I had hoped to have dinner at the Tip Top, but when I walked by there last night, I saw that it's closed on Monday! That means that I'm going to want to find a good place to eat. Any suggestions? I'll have a car, and I don't mind driving to Lebanon or Hanover.

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    snick14 RE: bachman1953 Feb 14, 2010 06:44 AM

    There is a place in Dowtown Whit Rivier Junction called the Elixir (188 S Main Street, WRJ) I hear it is expensive but good. In Hanover there is the Canoe Club, it is a little fancy, if you want a good pub to go to there is Murphy's on the green.

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      sophie fox RE: snick14 Feb 16, 2010 09:54 AM

      I didn't think that Elixir was still open - is it?

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        sapel RE: sophie fox Mar 4, 2010 06:34 AM

        Elixir had closed, but is open again under new owners. It is quite good; small but interesting menu, specials available, and a theatre prix-fixe on nights of nearby Northern Stage productions. Not expensive. But to your original question--I think it is closed as well on Mondays, but worth checking.

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        sapel RE: snick14 Mar 4, 2010 06:37 AM

        Murphy's on the main street of Hanover is definitely worth trying. They have gone somewhat more upscale from their previous pub image--although it is still casual-- and the food is interesting and quite varied. Full meals as well as small plates, salads, etc. Very reasonable in price.

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        snick14 RE: bachman1953 Feb 14, 2010 06:47 AM

        I forgot to mention a great diner it is worth going to it is the Farmers Diner in Quechee, VT close to WRJ. The have the best hash and fresh jams.

        1. Gio RE: bachman1953 Feb 14, 2010 07:22 AM

          When we've had to stay in WRJ for Guild meetings at the wonderful old Coolidge Hotel we drove to the Simon Pearce restaurant in Quechee for dinner. Just about 5 miles down Rte. 4. Pretty good food, typical Vermont moderne atmosphere, fantastic views.
          http://www.simonpearce.com/CSTM_resta...
          http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&h... Pearce)

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            catnip RE: bachman1953 Feb 15, 2010 10:13 AM

            When in WRJ we usually wind up at AJ's. This is a eally good steak house and fine salad bar as well.
            Jessee's in Janover is where we usually go for dinner when in Hanover.
            This is yet another good place to eat and they too have a fine salad bar.
            Murphy's Pub ,like snick14 said,is a good bar to go to in Hanover and the 7 Barrels Brewery is a really good brewpub in Lebanon serving a very good pub
            menu along with their outstanding beers.
            if you can make it over to Woodstock you really want to hit Bentley's for a super pub atmosphere and fine pub food as well.
            These are our favorite pubs in the three locations.
            Enjoy!

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              greenstate RE: catnip Feb 15, 2010 09:00 PM

              Really, Catnip - Bentley's?????????? I live there and I know of no one who thinks they serve "fine pub food". I find their fare almost inedible. I am also not a fan of Jesse's of AJ's so maybe we just have really different expectations in restaurants. Although they have probably already had their dinner somewhere, I would have recommended Yama, right around the corner in West Lebanon or Elixir in WRJ.

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                dfrostnh RE: greenstate Feb 16, 2010 03:08 AM

                Yama is a good suggestion. I've only been once but I saved their take-out menu. The one in West Lebanon is closed on Mondays. Yama II on South Main St in Hanover is open 7 days a week. (Korean/Japanese cuisine)

                Maybe Bentley's flucuates. We had a great lunch there once. But on a visit for Sunday breakfast/brunch it was pretty poor.

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                  catnip RE: greenstate Feb 16, 2010 07:02 AM

                  Hi Greenstate-
                  Yes,I've never had a bad dinner at Bentley's.
                  We usually go there,if we stay in Woodstock,after Dartmouth football and the place is usually packed.
                  We're tourists,flatlanders,l outlanders,and not locals like you.
                  We go there 3-4 times in the football season.
                  We eat at the bar only,never had lunch there or Sunday breakfast/brunch.
                  I guess we just have different tastes.
                  We like sitting at the bar with football fans,eating steaks,burgers,ect.and since no one in our group or anyone else there complained about the food I think it's a great place to go to.
                  Sorry you find their food so inedible.
                  Since the place almost always packed when we go there and since the place has been in business so long I'd say at least many others are happy with the place.
                  AJ's and Jesse's are usually crowded when we go there also.
                  it's obvious we have different expectations(LOL) but you are welcome to your opinion----that's what makes this board so great;different people with different views.
                  Thanks for the Yama recc;we'll try that one,and maybe Elixir ,if we have the time,next Fall.
                  Say,do both Yama and Elixir have a full bar and do they seve food at their bars?
                  TIA---Catnip
                  Maybe you've had some bad experiences there(I don't know)

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                    greenstate RE: catnip Feb 16, 2010 07:36 AM

                    Yes, opinions are what make this board so great! Bentley's is always packed on weekends, usually with tourists. Burgers at the bar are the safest bet there but you won't find me there. I'll be at the bar at the Barnard Inn, a place that I highly recommend. Elixir has a full bar that they serve food at and Yama has no bar; you probably would not like the atmosphere there, based on what you like about the other places that you mentioned. I have never had a bad meal at Elixir or Yama.

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                      catnip RE: greenstate Feb 16, 2010 08:58 AM

                      We're some of the tourists who eat at Bentley's(LOL)!
                      The food at the Barnard Inn was wonderful two years ago when we ate there(hope we agree on this place---still LOL).
                      We also really like the Prince and the Pauper.
                      Again,we're only eating and drinking at the bar with the same bartender on Friday nights who has been there for years(a really good man!).
                      For breakfast we do the Woodstock Inn Sunday brunch which we really like.
                      A bit pricy but quiet,elegant,and the food is great for all of us also.
                      Since we're always walking from the Shire to downtown Woodstock our options are limited.
                      Say,we've seen a place called "the wasp" on our way downtown;is this place ever open?
                      Looks local and cozy,like our local breakfast place here where we live,but we've never found the place open.
                      We tried the Mountain Creamery last year;that was very good we thought.
                      We used to eat at the Jackosn Inn but we felt that the place went downhill real fast a few years ago.
                      Another watering hole we all love is the Long Trail Brewery;again,great beer,fun crowd,good burgers,
                      If we have the time we trek out to the Corners Inn at Bridgwater Corners as well.
                      Chef Brad was one of the better chef/owners we'ver met but we heard,and I don't know if this is true,that he sold the place to someone else.
                      Do you know?

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                        ChardonnayQueen RE: catnip Feb 17, 2010 05:33 PM

                        I DON'T know about Corners Inn. We've been by every weekend. Sometimes it says open, but the lights are off. There is never a car in the parking lot. It was sold recently and I don't know what's going on.

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                          catnip RE: ChardonnayQueen Feb 18, 2010 04:06 AM

                          Thaks for your post ChardonnayQueen.
                          I remember that the place was sometimes closed M-Wed. during the "off-season" whatever the off-season was deemed to be.
                          I remember that we used to go to their website to find out exactly when they used to be open because we found them closed several timesin the past when Chef Brad owned the place.
                          Let's hope that the new owner does as well as Chef Brad used to do with the food.

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                  sophie fox RE: catnip Feb 16, 2010 09:55 AM

                  I wouldn't call AJ's a fine steakhouse. I have had adequate meals there, period. Some not very adequate.

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                    sophie fox RE: catnip Feb 16, 2010 09:57 AM

                    I've found Bentley's to be VERY ordinary - and wildly overpriced for indifferent "pub grub" - at best. French Onion Soup just barely OK, and not warm. How easy is that to mess up?

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                      catnip RE: sophie fox Feb 16, 2010 10:45 AM

                      Well at least your opinion of Bentley's is an improvement over greenstate's opinion(LOL).
                      Just kidding,of course,as everyone sees it differently.
                      Like I said we like the burgers,the steaks,the ambiaince,ect. of Bentley's after football games.
                      If I had to live locally I might have a different opinion,like greenstate and you do.
                      The same goes for AJ's Jesse's ect.
                      Why our gang used to love to eat at Dot's Diner over in WRJ;the place was a "greasy spoon" but we really enjoyed the place.
                      We really have to try the Coolidge Hotel when we're there again also.
                      Simon Pearce is another favorite and the view,like Gio said,is great---all IMO ,of course(LOL)
                      None of us have ever had the onion soup at Bentley's as far as I can remember.
                      Remember that we're a 'bar crowd" group that comes up for fun and football all Fall; a different expectation,like greenstate correctly mentioned ,than you and others have.
                      We all like 7 Barrels Brewery over in Lebanon.
                      What do you think of their food?
                      Curious Catnip

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                        professorbeezer RE: catnip Feb 16, 2010 04:20 PM

                        ok I haven't been on here for a while ... but are all of you serious? food wise anyone knows that the farmers diner is a marketing joke- AJ's is frightening. Yama is not sexy or cool but good food if you know what to order.Tip top does a great respectable job and I would go there anytime-for lunch. Simon Pearce has a kitchen that is supporting the $$$$$ -which is glassmaking.(Ask any bride-on the registery)
                        so my recomendations ..... seriously none of these!!

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                          dfrostnh RE: professorbeezer Feb 17, 2010 03:37 AM

                          I don't think Yama in West Lebanon has a bar. It's like a small house, nothing fancy. Just a good food kind of place with nice service.

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                            fatheryod RE: professorbeezer Mar 4, 2010 10:11 AM

                            well, marketing aside, we've been well pleased by the two meals we've managed to catch at farmer's market. i agree that yama and the tip top are good, but i would also say that simon pearce serves an excellent lunch. i was living part-time up in queechee when they opened that restaurant in the '80s and it was a real bonus. for dinner though, the parker house (next to simon pearce) is always a good choice. my wife & i had our rehearsal dinner there, and i can still remember the texture of the beef 25 years later. ha. i've still got a place i eastman but we never get up there. so my opinions may be a bit outdated....still.

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                      madisoneats RE: bachman1953 Feb 17, 2010 06:47 AM

                      Salt Hill Pub just opened a new location in Hanover-- very cozy lunch spot.

                      1. ChardonnayQueen RE: bachman1953 Feb 17, 2010 05:30 PM

                        Bentley's is good for burgers, French onion soup and flatbread pizza specials. I also like the Friday night bartender. I also like Lui Lui's in West Lebanon. Good bread. Descent salads.

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                          Reggiano RE: bachman1953 Mar 4, 2010 06:25 PM

                          Wanted to add my two cents. We are summer/weekenders in Quechee.

                          Simon Pearce is good, not great, but it's a wonderful experience.
                          Bentley's is good for kids or a quick bite, but don't expect to be wowed. (Firestone's too.) I do kind of like the onion soup.

                          We liked Elixir in it's previous life, haven't tried the new one. And haven't gotten to Tip Top either. (But loved the Polka Dot!)

                          Yama is good, but it does depend on what you order. As a Korean-American friend said, it's good, but not Yonkers.

                          Lou's in Hanover--not open for dinner--is great!

                          Mountain Creamery in Woodstock is good food with sometimes surly service.

                          Dana's is fabulous!!

                          Wasps===someone asked about this. We have a joke about it never being opened. We've managed to hit it once and it was really good. Lately, we've seen it open more, but always at the wrong times for us.

                          Farmer's Diner is hit or miss, but mostly miss. I want it to be better, but it's just not. Really inconsistent and poorly managed. I can't believe they are supposedly opening in NYC!

                          The best food I've had in the area--not diner/pub type--is Pane Salute or Allechante.

                          Of course now I want to try 7 Barrels. It doesn't look like the type of place that would be good, but it does get high marks on this board.

                          Good to see some talk about this area!

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                            catnip RE: Reggiano Mar 7, 2010 11:13 AM

                            Thanks for your opinions.
                            We'll have to try Dana's;haven't been there yet.
                            Also appreciate your comment about "WASP".
                            That place hasn't been open in the decade or so we get up there for football;hopefully tthat too will be open when we're around.
                            Lou's in Hanover is great but you have to get in early on weekends or you might have to wait for a while to get a seat.
                            7 Barrels is a good pub place.
                            The beer is being brewed behind the bar so you get to see the operation;we like the burgers, fries,and good soups.
                            Another good spot we like for burgrs and sandwiches is the Long Trail Brewery.
                            A lively crowd on weekends ,good soups,and friendly service.
                            WE miss the old woners of the Jackson Inn.
                            The place used to be very good in our opinion,but the last few owners have let the food qaility drop badly in our opinion.
                            We still are spoiled by sitting at the bar and dining at Prince and the Pauper.
                            Sunday brunch is also very good at the Woodstock Inn in our opinion also.

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                              mstoll1125 RE: catnip Jul 14, 2010 04:29 PM

                              I ate at 7 Barrels Brewery about a month ago and thought it was some of the worst food I have ever had in a restaurant. I had a portobello burger which tasted as though it had been charred to death and then smothered with a pungent sesame sauce which soaked through the bun. My fiance had a steak and mashed potatoes dish and he barely got through his. On a lighter note, their beer is pretty awesome and you can purchase a large bottle of it to take home!

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                                JPR RE: mstoll1125 Oct 27, 2010 02:42 PM

                                7 Barrel is pretty bad. Both the food and brew are not worth the stop. Lui Lui's nearby has gone down hill. I have had 3 bad meals in a row there and do not plan on going back except perhaps for a draft beer as the atmosphere is pleasant.

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