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The Quarry, Barre, VT

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I finally got around to having dinner at The Quarry in Barre, VT on Tuesday evening.

We shared an order of house-made jalapeno poppers. I ordered the pasta special, which was linguine with some sausage that starts with an L, linguicia? If that was it, they spelled it oddly on the specials board. I can't remember specifically what they said it was, though. My husband ordered a basic burger with bleu cheese.

The pasta was fresh-made locally, and delicious. The sausage was so so. I don't know if I don't like that particular kind of sausage, or if that version of it was just OK. It was flavorful, not very spicy. The sauce that came with the pasta was very runny and unusual. I suspect it might have been deglazing from the pan the sausage was cooked in. It wasn't what I expected, but it was tasty for all that. I was supposed to have gotten green beans with my special, and I did have to ask for them, but no problem about getting them. They were fresh and cooked in some olive oil and black pepper. I liked them a lot, not over cooked at all. I was also offered bread and some butter. I got two cold mass-produced rolls. They were ok, but nothing special.

My husband said his burger would have been better if he could have ordered it medium. It was fairly well when he got it. He said it tasted fine, but the bun was a little more bready and less chewy than he would have liked with the largish burger patty (8 ounces) he had. He got onion rings with it that were fine, though the oil could probably have used changing.

The best thing by far was the poppers. Fresh jalapenos, halved, filled with cream cheese then wrapped with half a slice of bacon and grilled. The heat level of the peppers varied, and an appetizer size portion was a good size for sharing. I enjoyed these immensely and didn't burn my mouth a lot until the last popper I ate.

The service was fine, pleasant, welcoming. She was good natured and apologetic about forgetting the beans. The ambiance was ok, I'm sure in large part because we were there on a Tuesday night and there weren't a lot of sports things going on. They have something like 17 flat screens around the restaurant and bar area, and they bill themselves at a sports bar. I'd probably stay away during a big sporting event.

The whole meal cost us around $34 without tip (he ordered a soda, I only had water, neither of us drink alcohol). I wasn't disappointed, and I look forward to going back sometime to try the fresh, local ravioli they list on their menu. :)

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