Northern Vermont lunches
Thoughts on my lunch plans please. There will be 4&5 year old boys with us.
After touring rock of ages in barre, the plan is la Brioche. NECI on Main is closed that day.
Shelburne Farm visit with lunch at rustic roots.
Lunch at green goddess in Stowe after cold hollow and before hiking gear Stowe.
Lunch at Vermont maple BBQ in Randolph I believe...that'll be on our way home to NH via I89.
Where would you go in Burlington if we are there for lunch one day? Was thinking American Flatbread.
Downtown Burlington or anywhere in the Burlington area?
Ok, really, not La Brioche for lunch. I think you'll be very disappointed at what they have, how difficult the space is, and how hard it is to find parking in downtown Montpelier. If you really want to go into Montpelier, I can make some far better recommendations than La Brioche. However...
If you're touring Rock of Ages there are some really good places right in Barre. The first I'd recommend is Two Loco Guys, on Main Street (there's parking behind the building if you can't find a spot right on main street, you do have to go around the block to get to the back). Second is Asian Gourmet, I really like this place and if your lil fellas like Asian food, this would be a nice place for them. Both of these places would be comfortable for youngin's and the prices are reasonable as well. The third recommendation in Barre if you're not going to be there on a Monday is Cornerstone Pub and Kitchen. This is a family friendly place with some really great food, though it is pricier than either of the other two I suggested.
I've never even heard of the Green Goddess in Stowe (it hasn't come up on 7 Days that I've seen), so I can't comment on it at all. Also, most of my Stowe information is out of date. However, depending on the day, you might like Prohibition Pig for lunch (they do lunch Fri, Sat, and Sun) or Blue Stone, both of which are on/near main street in Waterbury and are not that far of a drive from Stowe.
If you really want to eat in Stowe proper then there's Pieccaso. I've heard good things about Sushi Yoshi but haven't been. The Depot Street Malt Shop was fun (50s style) with good food and shakes last time I was there. The Crop is another one I've heard good things about but haven't been to.
VT Maple BBQ is a place on my list to hit, I've heard nothing but good things about them. :)
I don't know much about the Shelburne area, so I'll leave that for others to think about. :)
We've switched days and will now be in Barre on a Thursday...is NECI on Main worth it? If not, Asian Gourmet would work. My boys LOVE Asian food.
I really want to try Prohibition Pig, but my mother in law isn't a big bbq fan, and not really a meat eater either. I'll email her the menu and see what she thinks.
Stowe - maybe a stop at the malt shop would be great after hiking. Treat the boys to a shake/frappe.
And on day one we added a stop at the Montshire Museum in Norwich. We are thinking about King Arthur for lunch...it's only a four minute drive away.
NECI on Main is in Montpelier, and you'll have the usual parking/lunch nightmare in downtown Montpelier. I haven't eaten there in around a decade but reviews I've read fairly recently (in the last year or so) about events held there haven't changed my impressions of it. When I was there, the food was uneven because it's still a teaching establishment. While they do have upperclass cooks, they're still cooks in training there.
Since your lads like Asian, I really strongly recommend Asian Gourmet for when you're in Barre. I don't think you'll be disappointed (though I reserve the right to be wrong ;) ).
I'm guessing Two Loco Guys didn't appeal? :)
I would like Two Loco Guys, but my youngest wouldn't. He's not a huge fan of tacos/burritos. I can get him to eat the chips and salsa, and that's about it.
With the mentioned weekday traffic, we will avoid downtown Montpelier.
Another option that day is a snack to hold them over until we get to Randolph and we can visit Vt Maple BBQ since we won't be able to stop on our way to Burlington...and mother in law will no longer be with us at this point.