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Jun 29, 2011 08:34 AM

VT Food Tour

Hi Everybody,

My fiance and I are getting married in late August and we're tentatively planning to follow the wedding with a 2-3 day food-centric tour of Vt. So far, we're thinking about The Farmer's Diner and Jasper Hill. Does anybody have other thoughts?


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  1. How will you be arriving in the state?

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    1. re: Morganna

      We're driving up from Boston, so we'll have a car.

    2. Taylor Farm down Londonderry has great gouda(s). Nice folks, too.

      I miss buying cheese from Mr Coolidge at Plymouth Cheese....

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      1. re: hazelhurst

        I too miss buying chesse from Mr. Coolidge at the old Plymouth Chesse store.
        Waht a grand gentleman and the cheese was sooooo good !
        We used to buy several wheels for all our staff at Xmas as well.
        The place just isn't the same anymore.

        1. re: catnip

          I haven't been since he was a great place. And a lovely lady, mary, at teh counter back there. we used to exchange Xmas cards --I was doing the same as you, sending that stuff to friends. I heard the subsequent efforts with Cabot just did not turn out well. So I switched loyalty to Taylor, even though it isn;t cheddar. I am still looking for teh Coolidge-type cheddar and would appreciate any thoughts....

      2. Both locations of Farmer's Diner are closed. What part of Vermont were you thinking?

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        1. re: Alice Eats

          Too bad. We'll have a car, so we're happy to go anywhere. We were considering Waterville and Waitsfield.

          1. re: lieb

            If you like cheeses:
            My current favorite restaurant is the Starry Night Cafe in Ferrisburgh. Its along Route 7 just north of Vergennes. I have heard wonderful things about Hen of the Wood in Waterbury - I'm sure others can chime in,

            Starry Night Cafe
            5467 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, VT 05456

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

            1. re: lieb

              In Waitsfield you will find the Mad Taco ( I haven't been there yet, but plan to go on Sunday when we go to the air show in Waitsfield. I have friends whose opinions I trust who have said the tacos there are FANTASTIC. :) In Waterbury there is Ocha Thai, Stebu Sushi (though you may not be interested in sushi, coming from Boston where you can get fresher fish and probably better sushi), Muddy Paw (I really LOVE this place, they are located in a gas station, but don't let that put you off at all), Park Row, and Juniper's Fare. There's also a guy who makes tamales that you can stop and buy from, but I can never remember/figure out how to find him or how to order from him (because he mostly makes them and sells them to food coops in the area). He used to market them at the Capital City Farmer's Market in Montpelier, and my husband and I called him "the tamale guy".

              You have GOT to stop at Nutty Steph's and Red Hen Bakery and Cafe which is on Route 2. If you get off I89 at exit 9 to head into Waitsfield, you'll drive right past it, it's right off the exit. I can't believe how awesome Nutty Steph's is (just went there for the first time last week). If you're taking Route 2 north from Montpelier, you need to drive just a short ways past the turn for Waitsfield, and it'll be there.

              Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier is a great place to shop for local stuff. They also have a lot of prepared foods. There's Samosaman and Skinny Pancake in Montpelier, as well. And a new place called Bagitos that has decent bagels (my Long Island-bred husband finds them acceptable) as well as yummy burritos and breakfast stuff.

              I have a page set up with links for the Barre-Montpelier area, if you're interested.

              Skinny Pancake
              60 Lake St Ste 1A, Burlington, VT 05401

              Park Row Cafe
              7 Park Row, Waterbury, VT 05676

              Stebu Sushi
              4 S Main St, Waterbury, VT 05676

              6 N Main St Ste 2, Waterbury, VT 05676

              The Mad Taco
              2 Village Rd, Waitsfield, VT 05673

              1. re: Morganna

                Thanks everybody! The itinerary is shaping up nicely.

                1. re: lieb

                  P.S. How do I get to your page Morganna?

              2. re: lieb

                I second Morganna on Mad Taco in Waitsfield. I'm also a huge fan of Barn Door at the 1824 House, which changes its menu weekly to spotlight a single local ingredient.

                Barn Door Restaurant - Events Only
                VT-100, Waitsfield, VT 05673

                The Mad Taco
                2 Village Rd, Waitsfield, VT 05673

            2. One option is to go to Hardwick - just north of Montpellier.

              Claire's Restuarnt in Hardwick is a wonderful (but casual) place to eat, and you can check out lots of other food locations in and around that town.

              For details on Hardwick read "The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality In Local Food" by Ben Hewitt, or check out the article on Hardwick in Yankee Magazine:

              1. My top spots in Vermont

                BEST PANCAKES IN US - River Run - Plainfield, VT

                The Alchemist - Waterbury
                The Shed in Stowe
                Chelsea Royalton Diner
                Putney Diner
                J Morgans Steak House - Montpelier

                Steak House
                Barre-Montpelier Rd, Barre, VT 05641

                Putney Diner
                82 Main St, Putney, VT 05346

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                  1. re: rizzo0904

                    You're right. River Run is closed.

                    1. re: rizzo0904

                      And their pancakes probably hadn't been very good prior to their closing because they'd stopped serving breakfast, then the guy who was their breakfast cook left, then they started serving breakfast again, but too little too late, I think. The owner (Iggy) closed it and opened up in the Black Door in Montpelier. I've not been but reviews I've seen suggest the food is still a bit uneven. I have "inside" reasons for not giving Black Door my business and I guess I'll leave it at that.

                      Positive Pi the original has bought the River Run building and is expanding in to the space! YAY Positive Pi! We're seriously hoping they start doing trivia there, because that'll get us to make the trip down into Plainfield again. :)

                    2. re: meeps2002

                      I cannot disagree more about J Morgan's. It's mediocre, at best, and over-priced for what you get. It is totally not worth going.

                      There are -no- good steakhouses in the Barre-Montpelier area. Well, really, there aren't any good independent ones that I've found anywhere in Vermont (though I have not been everywhere, and my knowledge of anything south of, say, Randolph, is VERY poor indeed). I am willing to accept that there could be a wonderful steakhouse lurking out there, just never heard of one mentioned. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Texas Roadhouse was really good and reasonably priced, despite it being a chain. But it IS a chain. So is the Longhorn Steakhouse and the 99 (never been to the 99).

                      Anyone out there have suggestions to the contrary (keeping in mind that my bar for steakhouses is fairly high, coming from the midwest as I do ;).