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Dec 23, 2010 09:46 AM

Any recommendations for Stowe, VT?

Spending spring break in Stowe, VT. Any help on where to eat for a family of 4 adults with diverse palates (vegan and not)?

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  1. There are a lot of places to eat in Stowe that are good. My impression is most of the food in Stowe is overpriced for what you get, but I'm not as familiar with Stowe as I am Waterbury (it's only about a ten-fifteen min drive away). I've recently eaten at the Depot Malt Shop right in the lower village of Stowe and I liked it rather a lot, though I wouldn't normally pay as much as I did for a burger and fries (I'm something of a cheapskate, so you can't always rely on my opinions about value for food, if I'm going to pay what I consider a lot of money for food, it better be really good).

    If you're willing to drive into Waterbury, though, here are the places I highly recommend:

    Hen of the Wood (On Stowe Street in Waterbury, only a minute or so from Exit 10 off the interstate) This is one of Vermont's best restaurants. It gets the most consistently good ratings from the widest range of people, and it is rare that there are any reliable reports of negativity about this place (that being said, it's not wheelchair accessible, and the lighting is dim so negotiating the stairs could be difficult for those with visual impairments). This is fine dining and not cheap, but it is so worth it. If you want to go, make reservations prior to your trip.

    Stebu Sushi (on Main Street, awesome sushi, open for dinner, good prices)

    Ocha Thai (also on Main Street, I like it, I don't know from authentic Thai, but other folks I trust say it's good, but they prefer dishes other than the pad thai, which is odd, but the food is good)

    Muddy Paw (on Main Street but further down, located inside a gas station, don't let that put you off, the food here is great, sandwiches/grilled items/daily fresh soups and baked goods/daily hot case options, I LOVE THIS PLACE.)

    Juniper's Fare (even further down Main Street, at the junction with route 100, across from Snowfire Auto, this is a breakfast/lunch place. They have the best homefries I have ever had in Vermont. Period. No one does homefries like they do)

    For brews and pub food: The Alchemist (also on Main Street). I don't drink beer, but everyone I know says their microbrews are good, and I trust the folks saying so.

    I'm sure that folks who have more specific suggestions for the closer Stowe area will chime in. I work in Waterbury, and live in a direction that takes me away from Stowe, so I don't get there nearly enough to test food options. :)

    Oh oh, there's Laughing Moon chocolates there. I like their stuff!

    Hen of the Wood
    92 Stowe St Ste 1, Waterbury, VT 05676

    Main Street Cafe
    888 Main St, Westbrook, ME 04092

    Stebu Sushi
    4 S Main St, Waterbury, VT 05676

    6 N Main St Ste 2, Waterbury, VT 05676

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    1. re: Morganna

      Thank you for the wide range of restaurants! Looks like we will have some choices. Happy New !

      1. re: samjam101

        Ditto Morganna's reqs (she is always prompt and thorough !!!!!). In Stowe, I would say check the boards but many places are "making hay" during high season (nice way of saying overpriced). That being said, Harvest Market is a great place for cheese/bread/meats, Fine Wine Cellars is a great wine shop, Piecasso seves very good pizza and other casual items, Santos Cocina is a very good Latin influenced restaurant. If you are up for a 35 minute road trip, head north on I-89 and go to The Kitchen Table Bistro (well worth the drive).

        Kitchen Table Bistro
        1840 W Main St, Richmond, VT 05477

        1. re: TonyO

          Thank you TonyO for confirming Morganna's suggestions and for adding your suggestions. Can't wait until spring to try them out.

          Happy New Year!

          1. re: TonyO

            Is that a nice way of saying I hover on these boards too much? ;)

            I thought of another resource that I can't believe I haven't been flogging here...


            This is a listing of Vermont restaurants, and you can search by locale, and see the results on a map. You do need to take the reviews with a grain of salt (they taste better that way), but it's a pretty up to date resource about which restaurants are around an area.

      2. I too ditto Morganna's and TonyO's one concern would be when your exact spring break is, as a lot of places (in Stowe at least) close or have reduced hours for periods of April/May. Have fun!

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        1. re: tkln

          Though with the snow we've been having.. hard to say exactly how long the ski areas will still be open. Hopefully their spring break will be in March. :)

          1. re: Morganna

            Have to thank you again. We got back a few weeks ago from Stowe. Once again had memorable meals at both Hen of the Woods & at Michael's on the Hill. Also went back to Normas at Topnocth on the way out of town for breakfast and it was terrific still! Next year we will stay at Topnotch again as the Stowe mountain Lodge was the worst experience ever. They couldn't handle the president's week crowds in any facet from valets to room cleaning to restaurants & service. A real joke for the money we paid but that's another thread! We will also try the kitchen Table Bistro next time as they were closed on the dates we wanted to go. Thanks again and you are a true CH treasure!

            Hen of the Wood
            92 Stowe St Ste 1, Waterbury, VT 05676

            1. re: cubanat

              So glad you had a good time! :) I'm sorry that Stowe Mountain Lodge didn't work out though. I hear all kinds of good things about Topnotch. :)

              And shucks, thanks for your thanks. :)

              1. re: Morganna

                Also worth noting that while at Stratton the other day the chili & soup (to eat in car) from "smoking bowls" (no joke) was really good as well.

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