SoLo Table and Farm [Londonderry, VT]
My family and I were there about 6 months ago and it had only been open for about that long. The location has had some problems, so I hope it is able to hang on. The owners are very nice people and very talented, and there aren't a lot of choices for that level of fine dining in the area.
We ate at SoLo this evening after a day of leaf peeping. The food was tremendous and the price was really reasonable for the quality of food and service. We started out sharing an appetizer, the "Autumn Vegetable Salad Local Kale and Fall Lettuces, Caramelized Apples and Sweet Onions, with Woodcock Farm's "Summer Snow" and Lemon Vinaigrette." It was delicious and beautifully prepared. I've uploaded a picture of it here. The onion was grilled and on the bottom with the kale and lettuces on top. The dressing was a liquid sheep's milk cheese on the bottom of the bowl. Very nice with the hearty salad.
My husband and I then shared two pasta dishes:
Homemade Spaghetti Vongole Clams, Garlic Scapes, Artichokes, and White Wine with Chili Flakes
Lamb Bolognese Homemade Spaghetti, Lamb Sausage, Fresh Peas & Garden Mint
Both dishes were spicy and very good. The pasta is made in-house and you can tell it is really fresh. It was cooked perfectly. Both dishes were rich without being heavy. My husband had a pinot noir with his dish and I had a sauvignon blanc with mine. Good choices for both dishes.
We ended the meal with a chocolate/banana concoction. Banana bread soaked in rum with homemade marshmallow and a scoop of the darkest densest chocolate ice cream I'd ever seen. On the side were carmelized bananas. Delicious with coffee.
We were given an amuse-bouche to start out - raw mackerel with marinated carrot and horseradish sauce. After dessert there were homemade caramels dipped in chocolate. A perfect meal beginning to end.
We would highly recommend it and are not at all surprised it was nominated for one of the best new restaurants of the year by Bon Appetit.
(Meant to upload a photo. Will do that next.)
Went last weekend, Friday night. I agree, great interesting ingredients and preparation. Octopus appetizer was sublime. They just got a grill and Wesley knows how to use it! Lamb was amazing, very tender and delicious. Spanish influences, good wines, very good, attentive and knowledgeable servers. Plan to spend time listening to where each ingredient came from. Beware of the salt! For instance, on the homemade butter was a layer of sea salt. A bit spendy for this part of the world, I think, but not outrageous for the pretty special place it is.