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Hello all! We will be taking a group trip to VT this weekend & will be staying in Warren. Will also be near the Norwich University campus at times. There will be a 9 yr. old (who is a foodie in training that loves all cuisines!), a 5 yr. old & a 4 yr. old, don't think either is a picky eater. Not really familiar with the area so would love to hear some recommendations from you...

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  1. Going to be a BUSY weekend here are foliage season has begun. With that being said, try the following:

    The Green Cup
    The Mad Taco

    Places like Hen of the Wood and Kitchen Table Bistro will likely be booked.

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

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

    Green Cup Cafe
    40 Bridge St, Waitsfield, VT 05673

    The Mad Taco
    2 Village Rd, Waitsfield, VT 05673

    1. The Green Cup is closed due to the recent flood.
      The Pitcher Inn is reopening to the public this weekend, great food but more fine dining than family friendly.
      The Mad Taco is definitely worth a try (primarily take-out though) also worth a shot is Pizza in the Valley.

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      Green Cup Cafe
      40 Bridge St, Waitsfield, VT 05673

      The Mad Taco
      2 Village Rd, Waitsfield, VT 05673

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      1. re: ProvoloneRanger

        Thanks for the heads up on the flooding closures! I heard that Track's Pub downstairs at the Pitcher Inn is more casual & family-friendly - do you agree?

      2. American Flatbread, Local folks Smokehouse, Mad Taco, Easy Street Cafe or the Purple Moon Pub all have kid friendly menus. Tracks won't be open for sometime- that is the part of the pitcher inn that flooded.

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        American Flatbread
        46 Lareau Rd, Waitsfield, VT 05673

        Purple Moon Pub
        RR 100, Waitsfield, VT 05673

        The Mad Taco
        2 Village Rd, Waitsfield, VT 05673

        1. Just got back today - Track's Pub is closed due to flooding. Wanted to try the Localfolk Smokehouse and it was closed for a wedding! So, by then we had three starving kids on our hands so we just went to Ake's Den... wish we didn't though. It was disappointing. I ordered the ribs & she asked me how I wanted them cooked... huh? The service was lackluster & the food wasn't awful but it wasn't great either. Needless to say, we left disappointed & will not be returning to the Den. Guess there's always next year's trip to look forward to!

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          Akes' Den
          5351 Main, Waitsfield, VT

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          1. re: citygrrll

            Had same dilemma over holiday week. my mantra was "Anything but the Den!". We found Big Picture Cafe in Waitsfield. Funky, 2 screen picture show meets small Cafe. They have a wide enough selection to please most and definitely better than the Den. No kids menu per se but enough choices to make everybody happy. Kids had very good burger, blt, and brats & kraut. Tried the chick pea stew (good not great). Wife raved about the mushroom ravioli. Also have steak, burritos, quesadillas, Killer cakes for dessert - chocolate and carrot were tried. I hear they make a great breakfast/brunch, lots of in house baked goods, but never seem to be up that way in the am. Best part is bringing your after dinner beverage with you into theater! Not best food in Valley (as there are a couple of very good spots) but very good family choice - you'll go back to again and again. Always surprised they have first run shows. see http://www.bigpicturetheater.info/

            Got a chance to visit Mad Taco again while in valley. Big news they now serve BEER and Margaritas - very good beers on tap to go along with killer tacos. They also expanded into the tiny storefront next door with a couple of picnic tables (hey weren't those out by the smoker next to parking lot last summer?). Bare bones seating at best but still some killer food. Had a very good chicken enchilada. Before x-mas I tried the smoked chorizo tostada with black beans which was insanely good - can't believe I opted for the enchilada most recently - my new year's resolution is to try everything on their menu before the end of ski season - you might think this sounds easy but it is maddening because you always get drawn back to some favorite thing that you can't imagine not having again &*^&%^&%$ - oops drooled on keyboard again.

            Better luck next time you visit up there!

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            Big Picture Theater Cafe
            48 Carroll Rd, Waitsfield, VT 05673