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Adventurous anniversary meal in Burlington, VT?

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We're staying outside Burlington. Hen of the Wood has been recommended to us but it seems a bit traditional -- yummy but maybe not quirky. Any other recommendations for must-try spots?

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

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  1. Sarducci's - it's in Montpelier and it's delicious! Seriously is the best place I've eaten in VT.

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    Sarducci's
    3 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602

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    1. re: citygrrll

      I like Sarducci's a lot but would definitely not call it quirky or adventurous!

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      Sarducci's
      3 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602

    2. If you're looking for quirky and end up at good but very standard Italian Sarducci's you'll be sorely disappointed. I think your best bets are San Sai in Burlington or Salt in Montpelier. San Sai has excellent omakase-style meals, made with locally grown Japanese produce. Salt is known for regularly changing, themed menus and personalized service.

      1. Not quirky but great food, great service and an EXCELLENT beer menu, try Farmhouse. http://farmhousetg.com/index.html

        1. What about A Single Pebble? They have some interesting not-on-every menu kind of dishes.

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          A Single Pebble
          133 Bank Street, Burlington, VT 05401

          1. I'm seconding Salt in Montpelier for adventurous and a bit quirky. :) It's really good.

            1. Quirky and Adventurous.................Hmmmmm:

              Amuse (newely opened, can't comment but might work): www.vtculinaryresort.com
              Blue Bird Tavern

              Hen of the Wood in a word, excellent

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

              Blue Bird Restaurant
              320 Keene Rd, Winchester, NH 03470

              1. Would recommend Hen of the Wood anytime. Not quirky, but a bit unique - you dine in the cellar of an d grist mill. We recently had an amazing meal at the Chef's Table at the Essex. A private (6 or 8 diners max) table with local, depending on what's fresh dinner made to order with wine pairings. It was incredible.

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