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Sep 12, 2012 01:17 PM

Restaurant recommendations in New Hampshire and Vermont

Planning our first ever trip to New England foliage trip. Seeking recommendations for restaurants from North Conway, NH to Smugglers Resort, Vermont and then south to the Berkshires. Will be posting this again in southern new england board also. Prefer regional restaurants -- the kind that you will not want to miss. Not concerned about cost as this is a once in a lifetime trip and want to make it memorable. Thanks for all of your recommendations.

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  1. Just came back from Woodstock, VT. I highly recommend the Red Rooster in the Woodstock Inn. Also recommend the prince and the pauper.

    1. Pane e Salute in Woodstock, VT. Very small but very good.

      Hen of the Woods in Waterbury VT is supposed to be great.

      Simon Pearce for lunch is great--great spot too!

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      1. re: Reggiano

        I ate at Pane e Salute last week. They had a last minute cancellation (they said). We had to go at 6:00. Why i don't know because the restaurant was still almost empty when we left at 7:30.
        server was very nice. Food was average. I was expecting a great dinner. I had pasta penne with eggplant and basil. Too bland for my taste. My husband had chicken which was very good; but very small. The menu is very limited except for a large choice of pizzas. Maybe we should have had one.

        I much preferred the Red Rooster andThe Prince and The Pauper.

        1. re: lenorel57

          The Student Prince gets good reviews if you're looking for something more casual in Western Mass (it's in Springfield).

          1. re: lenorel57

            I like Prince and the Pauper too. I've never been to Red Rooster though. Only have been to Pane e Salute once--sorry to hear your experience was lacking.

        2. Simon Pierce in Quechee VT (near Woodstock) is considered one of the best in the VT/NH area. Beautiful waterfall setting, top notch food and service.

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          1. re: zootsi

            We stopped at Simon Pearse on the way to Woodstock. It was too early for lunch. We ate thereseveral years ago and enjoyed it then. From the crowd there I assume it's still good.

            1. re: lenorel57

              I live and eat out in Boston, so my taste may be diff from yours, but imo, the food at SP is o.k. to good; the view is killer; and Woodstock-the town- is one of the prettiest towns in the U.S. But my suggestion is that when one sees a crowded restnt in a heavily touristed place, one should not assume that that restnt is good. just sayin'.

              1. re: opinionatedchef

                I never ate at sp. I live near NYC and eat there often so it takes a really good restaurant to wow me. I'm from Boston (Brookline actually) and was there recently. Had good food there aim the north end.

                1. re: opinionatedchef

                  By all the reports I've read about Simon Pearce over the years, their lunch menu has always been reviewed much better than their dinner menu.

            2. L. A. Burdick in Walpole, NH, on the CT river. Favorite restaurant. Awesome chocolate.

              1. for a splurge, TJ Buckley's in Brattleboro is definitely worth a stop. reservations essential. We had a great meal tonight, beautifully carefully prepared, delicious.