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Stowe VT for the weekend...where to eat?

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We already have a reservation at Hen of the Wood for Friday night...any must-order menu items?
We're looking for something casual for Thursday night...anyone know about the Thai restaurant in Waterbury? We'll want to stay closer to Stowe for Saturday night and could use a recommendation.
We live in Southern Vermont and the restaurant scene is pretty bleak so we are open to all suggestions.

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

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  1. Hen of The Woods in Waterbury, VT very good.

    1. Sorry for not seeing this sooner.

      Ocha Thai is really good. I like it (though I wouldn't know from good Thai). I have heard from others who DO know good Thai that it's good. I think what you order matters, though. I have a friend who doesn't care for their pad thai, but likes loads of other things from there. I know Waterbury better than Stowe.

      There's good burgers to be had at the Depot oh what's it called... in Stowe lower village, you turn right into "downtown" instead of left to head up the mountain road, there's a little diner type place called Depot something. They've got good burgers and I liked their fries, too (which is rare, I'm particular about fries and seldom find them in New England in a way I like). I did a review of this place late last year, so if you search on Stowe you'll probly find it.

      For Waterbury:
      Juniper's Fare (best home fries in Vermont, period) ;)
      Muddy Paw (Yes, it's in a gas station, but it's still fantastic, I LOVE this place)
      Park Row (they have good sandwiches and soups, but I still prefer the previous two)
      Stebu Sushi
      and of course Ocha Thai and Hen of the Wood, which you know about. :)

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

      Park Row Cafe
      7 Park Row, Waterbury, VT 05676

      Stebu Sushi
      4 S Main St, Waterbury, VT 05676

      Ocha
      6 N Main St Ste 2, Waterbury, VT 05676

      1. This thread is a good one and covers most of the places:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/608135

        Hen of the wood is one of the premier places in the area - definitely worthwhile. Make sure to do some cheese after dinner, their selection is unique, creative, and consists of only Vermont's finest artisan cheeses. The menu changes frequently, but is always fine. I always find the game-oriented dishes to be the best, such as rabbit or pheasant. Very nice new-American preparations.

        Alchemist for pub food and great beer and ultra casual.

        I've eaten at Ocha Thai and found it to be decent. As Morganna said, it really does depend on what you order. I did not care so much for the papaya salad there. The other food was fine though.

        If you like beer, I've found the Trapp Family lodge to brew some impressive German style offerings at their former Austrian Tea Room. I can't say I recommend the food, although I found the German sausages to be OK at their lounge.

        Micheal's on the Hill is meant to be good (and pricey), although I have not personally eaten there.

        As usual, Morganna is very helpful for this area and her recommendations are always spot on.

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        1. re: Highland Park

          We have done a couple of trips up to Stowe and have had some really great meals. Hen of the Woods was awesome and the ambiance/service was wonderful. Hopefully you will get a nice night so you can have a drink on the patio, it overlooks the water with a really beautiful little waterfall and they do a great job with the lighting at night time. Alchemist was a fun low key environment and while we didn't eat there, all the food that came out, especially the burger, looked yummy. We enjoyed Michael's, the food was good, but the environment was just a tad too somber when we went. Pieccaso...I was VERY skeptical going in but thought what the heck, we were looking for a casual spot and it was surprisingly really good and has a fun lively crowd at night. Last, the Matterhorn Bar had GREAT wings and the pizza looked good. It's definitely a low key bar scene but again another fun spot to check out for a drink a bite. Hope you have fun, we absolutely love it up there!

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

          1. re: tleecouch

            I'll put a plug in for the Dutch Pancake House for breakfast. Definitely unique and tasty.

            Piecasso is definitely safe, but I'm a bit fussy when it comes to pizza so I'm not terribly objective in this regard.

            The Shed in Stowe can also work for casual pub food, although I'd make the drive to Waterbury for the Alchemist over that, personally.

        2. I echo all of the above...

          We revisited the Whip in Stowe last month for the first time in a looong time...not sure why we stopped going there but we did take out mid-week and everything we had was amazing. It's not as casual as the Shed or Piecasso but it's definitely not somewhere you need to dress up for...plus if the weather is nice, the outside patio might be open. We are also big fans of Mr. Pickwicks in Ye Olde English Inn, it's worth it alone just for the drink selection. Another semi-casual spot is Frida's on Main Street...we ate there just after it opened and it was pretty good.

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          1. re: tkln

            Just realized I posted this AFTER your trip...oops! Hope you had a good time - let us know how the food was!

          2. Piecasso's is always one of our picks. Great pizza, fun atmosphere and reasonably priced.

            Found CROP last year and had a fabulous meal there.