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Joanie Nov 30, 2010 08:39 AM

Haven't been to Brat. in at least 5 years but remember a little place on Main St. that was called something like 53 Main or 31, some number. Am not seeing it via Google, is it still there? What about Alici's Bistro, alicisbistro.com/? It looks pretty nice with good drinks and interesting items on the menu. Anything else along those lines for a couple weeks from now on a Sat.? Have wanted to go to TJ Buckley for a long time but it seems like more of a $$ and time commitment than we want to make. What's the Metropolis Wine Bar like? I remember that looking kind of cool. We'll probably be stopping for bites at a couple places so curious where else to check out. Thanks.

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Metropolis Wine Bar
55 Elliot St, Brattleboro, VT 05301

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    zootsi RE: Joanie Dec 1, 2010 09:27 AM

    If you like Thai, the Thai Bamboo on the corner of Main and High street is very good - possibly the best we've found in Vermont or NH. Not only is the food good, but the space and ambiance are very pleasant.

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      Shann RE: Joanie Dec 1, 2010 11:58 AM

      There is a little mexican\mayan place called Three Stones that was good. I've only had take out, but the place feels like it would be a cool place to sit down and have dinner.

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        Bri RE: Shann Dec 2, 2010 01:38 PM

        Three Stones is excellent. 39 Main is no more and I think that Alici's Bistro is no more as well (there were signage and parking issues with the town). I also concur that Thai Bamboo is delicious. Metropolis has great drinks but has been dead the 2x that I've been. For great pizza try Frankie's on Eliot. Panda North, north of the roundabout, has very good Chinese.

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        39 Main
        39 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301

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          Joanie RE: Bri Dec 3, 2010 03:36 AM

          Thanks for the info on 39 Main. Is something else in that space? Are you sure about Alici's? Their web site seems very much alive and mentions winter hours, I'll call them (maybe I will, can't find a phone # on the site but I might be blind). That's definitely what I'm looking for, not Mexican or Thai. Thanks.

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          39 Main
          39 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301

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            Joanie RE: Joanie Dec 3, 2010 10:31 AM

            So Alici's *is* closed and whatever's going in 39 Main isn't there yet, so it looks like I'm SOL for "new American" food in Brat. Unless I go to TJ Buckley's which I don't want to commit to. Does the restaurant associated with Flat St Brewery have more exciting things than burgers, and do they serve cocktails?

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            39 Main
            39 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301

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              RichK RE: Joanie Dec 5, 2010 02:55 PM

              Have you tried Peter Haven's? Excellent food. It's on Eliott Street.

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              Peter Havens Restaurant
              32 Elliot St, Brattleboro, VT 05301

      2. Joanie RE: Joanie Dec 17, 2010 11:19 AM

        Figured I'd write up a report of our quick trip. Stopped at the bakery in Troy NH which had been closed for a while (haven't driven up in a few years but it was good way back). Had a good cider donut then into Keene for breakfast at the Lindy Diner. This wasn't super successful, I wanted a well done western omelette with cheese. Their westerns don't have peppers, she asked if I'd like some and I said okay, not realizing they cooked them beforehand which I don't like. The eggs weren't well done and seemed to barely wrap the filling. Home fries were fair. Friend got chipped beef on toast which was a little more successful. We made some other stops then checked into the Latchis Hotel and shopped around town a bit, got a beverage at the Sportsman's Lounge (my father used to have an after work drink there back in the day), friendly people and good jukebox. For dinner, we ended up at Fireworks which seemed to be universally recommended and it did offer the vibe I was looking for. Had a decent cocktail at the bar, friend enjoyed his beer and we really liked the risotto cake w/ wild mushrooms. A very large portion, needed a bit of salt but great otherwise. We also split pork shank w/ semolina gnocchi but these were unlike any gnocchi I'd ever seen. It was tasty tho and lots of food for $9 an app. We then split a burger at Flat Street Pub (the downstairs bar was crowded and we didn't want to sit in the dining room) and that was quite good. I'm not a beer drinker but they certainly had lots of choices. Metropolis Wine bar - ha ha that was a funny scene so we ended up at the pub across the street which had an okay jukebox (Kipling's I think) but we reeked of oil when we left. Stopped for breakfast at the Main St. Diner in Athol MA on the way home which was surprisingly dead for 11:30 on a Sun. morning. Friend's eggs and hash were huge with some of the best home fries I've had lately, I just had a breakfast sandwich. Peter Havens looked nice but not as casual as I hoped so glad we ended up at Fireworks

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        Sportsman's Lounge
        23 Canal St, Brattleboro, VT 05301

        Metropolis Wine Bar
        55 Elliot St, Brattleboro, VT 05301

        Peter Havens Restaurant
        32 Elliot St, Brattleboro, VT 05301

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          trufflehound RE: Joanie Dec 19, 2010 07:10 PM

          If the Semolina gnocchi looked like polenta, that's accurate. Often served on a ragu.

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