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baustell Jul 25, 2011 11:37 AM

Heading up to Middlebury for the weekend and would love some suggestions for dinner on a Friday evening...

  1. vermontreal Jul 27, 2011 08:16 PM

    I don't eat there often, but since no one else has posted, I'll give it a shot. Fire & Ice and Mr. Ups have been there forever and are pretty good (steak/chicken/seafod). F&I is more upscale. Heard good things about Storm Cafe but haven't been. Two Brothers is good & has some outdoor seating - comfort food/pub. American Flatbread for great pizza. You may also wish to check out the menu at the Swift House Inn - never been, but have heard it's a good special occasion place.

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

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      Shann Jul 28, 2011 05:33 AM

      Two Brothers has a fairly interesting menu and the food is okay to good. The bar area seems pretty cool. Also, Jackson's on the River is pretty nice. There is nothing in Middlebury that is a "must see". If you head north up Route 7 about 20 minutes, the Starry Night Cafe usually gets great reviews. I've never been there but a friend of mine who is notoriously picky says it is worth the trip and the money.

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      Starry Night Cafe
      5467 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, VT 05456

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        masha Jul 28, 2011 06:14 AM

        Starry Night in Ferrisburgh, Black Sheep Bistro in Vergennes, Mary's in Bristol, and Cafe Provence in Brandon if you are looking for up-scale cuisine. I too have heard good things about Storm Cafe but have never been. Mr. Ups is ok for lunch or a casual supper -- the burgers and wings are good -- but last time I was there the salads were not even acceptable (aged lettuce, indifferent salad dressing). American Flatbread would be a better choice for a casual meal, assuming pizza is of interest. We ate at Swift House Inn a few years ago and thought it was just ok, but I think they've changed chefs since then. You also might consider the Waybury Inn in East Middlebury; I've not eaten there recently but it used to be a favorite.

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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

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          bm_vt Jul 28, 2011 05:43 PM

          I second Starry Night and Black Sheep Bistro. Worth the drive. Another great place is the Bobcat Cafe in Bristol, about 15 minutes away-they brew their own beer which is a plus.
          We like the Waybury Inn. We prefer to sit in the pub for a more casual atmosphere.
          I've only had lunch at the Storm Cafe but thought it was really good. They have nice outdoor seating area along the river. The inside of the restaurant is pretty small.

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          Starry Night Cafe
          5467 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, VT 05456

          Black Sheep Bistro
          253 Main St, Vergennes, VT 05491

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          baustell Aug 7, 2011 01:54 PM

          Thanks to all who replied with ideas about dining in Middlebury. We had dinner Friday at Jessica's at the Swift House Inn - there were 11 of us for a family party. The place was not crowded; our reservation was at 8 pm. They did a wonderful job for us. Great service, great food. Lots of choices and we had many of them: fish, vegetarian pasta, lamb, duck, scallops, local greens and cheeses: all delicious and well presented. The wine list is thoughtful and very affordable. We would all highly recommend.

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