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Middlebury Vermont Birthday Help

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Hello,
I will be spending the weekend in Middlebury Vermont, visiting a college friend. We were looking for some help in finding a resturant to celebrate his birthday. Any kind of cuisine is fine, just looking for something special. Any help would be appreciated.

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  1. Will you have a car? The best special restaurants in the area are not within walking distance of the college. I'd recommend Black Sheep Bistro in Vergennes, Cafe Provence in Brandon, or Starry Night Cafe in Ferrisburgh if you have wheels.

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    Starry Night Cafe
    5467 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, VT 05456

    Black Sheep Bistro
    253 Main St, Vergennes, VT 05491

    Cafe Provence
    11 Center St, Brandon, VT 05733

    1. Thanks so much....Very helpful.
      We do have a car. How far would you say these are from the College?

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      1. re: Missme

        Black Sheep & Cafe Provence are both about 20 minutes away, in opposite directions. Starry Night is a bit farther - about 30 minutes. There's also La Tourterelle in New Haven, which is also about 20 minutes away.
        Here's links to the websites for all but Black Sheep, which does not seem to have one.:
        http://www.tourterellevt.com/
        http://cafeprovencevt.com/
        http://www.starrynightcafe.com/

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        Starry Night Cafe
        5467 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, VT 05456

        Cafe Provence
        11 Center St, Brandon, VT 05733

        1. re: masha

          Thanks so much for all of the suggestions. Is there anything else that is a bit closer?

          1. re: Missme

            I'd be surprised if there was, but I don't know specifically. Most small towns in Vermont don't even have anything other than a general store that serves deli sandwiches and some vaguely pizza-like things. 20 minutes isn't really all -that- long of a drive. :)

            1. re: Missme

              Storm Cafe in downtown Middlebury is supposed to be good but I've not eaten there.

        2. Middlebury has a bunch of good restaurants. Based on reputation, not as good as the choices offered by other folks, which I think are great recommendations. But if you don't want to leave town don't worry. Storm Cafe is good, as is Two Brothers Tavern, which is right on main street. American Flatbread is in the Marble Works which is kind of hard to find but is right there in Middlebury. Flatbread has great pizza. Its crowded, though, and my wife usually just orders it to be ready on her way home from work. I'd go to these places before somewhere like Fire & Ice or Mr. Ups. I am not sure whether Middlebury Inn or Waybury Inn have open dining rooms or just cater to guests.

          Morganna: Middlebury is not really that small by VT standards, and the college ensures lots of people with money coming and going that eat out a lot. There are at least a dozen sit down restaurants in town.

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          American Flatbread
          46 Lareau Rd, Waitsfield, VT 05673

          Fire & Ice Restaurant
          26 Seymour St, Middlebury, VT 05753

          Two Brothers Tavern
          86 Main St, Middlebury, VT 05753

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          1. re: Shann

            The OP said he (she?) was looking for "something special" for a birthday celebration. I don't think of Two Brothers, Amer. Flatbread, or Mr. Ups in that category. I've not eaten at Fire & Ice in years but my understanding is that the food is just so-so. Both the Middlebury & Waybury Inn restaurants are open to the public. Last time I ate at the Midd. Inn, I thought it was decidedly mediocre. The Waybury Inn in East Midd. is better, but that's a 10 minute drive from the college. Once you commit to driving 10 minutes, you may as well drive 20.

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            Fire & Ice Restaurant
            26 Seymour St, Middlebury, VT 05753