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Husband and I will be in Manchester at The Equinox Inn October 2-6 and are looking for some good restaurant suggestions.

Have heard good things about The Perfect Wife, but that's about it.

Looking for all price points--inexpensive to extravagant.

Thanks!

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Perfect Wife
Route 11-30, Manchester, VT 05254

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  1. I was going to start a return post to you but you really ought to put "manchester,vt." in the search box at this site and see the posts there.
    So many current posts are available that you will get all the information you need for a fine trip.

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    1. re: catnip

      I'd suggest Depot 52, a funky Turkish organic cafe with a wood burning oven located inside of a furniture store. For real Vermont flavor, go to the Dorset Inn (in Dorset about a 10 minute drive from the Equinox)...sit in the tavern and enjoy the food, the menu changes seasonally but always features favorites like Turkey Croquettes along with more contemporary choices. There's a brand new casual restaurant in Manchester called Seasons and it has become very popular. If you want to take a drive to Winhall near the access road for Stratton Mountain, go to the Outback (not related to the chain) for great soups, salmon and rack of lamb...the restaurant is on the river and a local favorite. Do not eat at the Equinox...the food is not very good. For breakfast, try the Little Rooster, Up for Breakfast, or Sherri's Cafe. Be sure to visit Al Ducci's, an Italian market serving great sandwiches. Keep in mind that it gets REALLY busy in the Manchester area in October and you will probably need to make dinner reservations...the concierge at the Equinox can take care of this for you.

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      Little Rooster Cafe
      Route 7A, Manchester Center, VT 05255

      1. re: nancyl126

        Thanks Nancy! Especially for the heads up to not at at the Equinox...will check out the other places.

      2. re: catnip

        Try The Lawyer & the Baker for lunch. Great quiche and sandwiches. Baked goods so-so (but I'm a pastry snob.)

      3. Thanks for the suggestions. Did a search of Manchester, VT and didn't find a lot. Found some recommendations from other places though. So far we might try:

        Up for Breakfast
        The Lawyer and The Baker
        Al Ducci's (picnic stuff)
        The Dorset Inn
        The Perfect Wife
        Bistro Henry
        The Reluctant Panther
        Sirloin Saloon

        If anyone has other suggestions, we'd love to hear them!

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        Perfect Wife
        Route 11-30, Manchester, VT 05254

        Sirloin Saloon
        200 S Main St, Rutland, VT 05701

        Bistro Henry
        1942 Depot St., Manchester, VT 05255

        The Reluctant Panther Restaurant
        39 West Road, Manchester, VT 05254

        1. Im4Wine - where did you end up eating? I am staying at the Equinox at the end of this month. Is there anything within walking distance? I am finding a lot of different reviews of restaurants in the area and am confused! Thanks for any help you can give.

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          1. re: Susan627

            Susan---
            You might want to try the smoked wings at Mulligan's just down from the Equinox towards town.
            This is like an Appleby's atmosphere but full of locals and with good food.
            I'm sold on their smoked wings(which I really love) and there is usually a lively friendly crowd at their bar for lunc hand dinner.
            Chanticleer is,IMO,.one of the best restaurants in town but for breakfast "Up for Breakfast" can't be beat..
            Lawyer and Baker for lunch,like mjoyous said,is excellent.
            I'd steer clear of Relunctant Panther;way over-prieced for what you get.
            See my posts about this place from friends wheo have been very disappointed with the place.
            Next time up I've got to try Bistro Henry's.
            So many posts here about the place and such a swing of opinions;some love it,others would never go back.
            So many strong feelings one way or the other;I think it's worth a try at this point so I can add my 2 cents to the topic.

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            Lawyer and Baker
            32 Bonnet St, Manchester Center, VT 05255

            Bistro Henry
            1942 Depot St., Manchester, VT 05255

            1. re: catnip

              Catnip - thank you. I'll report back!

              1. re: Susan627

                Just got back from a weekend at Stratton skiing. We loved the Reluctant Panther. not cheap at all but after spending even more at Verdi (granted it was slopeside and decent enough but VERY expensive) it seemed like a value. gorgeous inn, service was very friendly and efficient. Bistro Henry's was fun and casual but food was not great (not awful though). Next time will try the perfect wife as we hear that it's good.

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                Bistro Henry
                1942 Depot St., Manchester, VT 05255

                The Reluctant Panther Restaurant
                39 West Road, Manchester, VT 05254