Restaurants & Bars Northern New England Trip Report

Norwich VT trip report

dfrostnh | | Jun 27, 2014 06:21 AM

I already described the great Saturday farmers market in Norwich. Worth a drive.
A group of us gathered to take a private class at King Arthur Flour. You only need 8 to have a private class. I picked up one person at the Manchester Airport and gave her the scenic tour from Concord to Warner, stopping at School House Café in Warner/Davisville. Small but charming and everything is made from scratch. I chose a veggie wrap with a side of macaroni salad. I think this is a real test of good food because most macaroni sides are awful. I had had their cole slaw which is delicately flavored with fresh dill and knew that was good so had to try another. My friend also had a sandwich and potato salad which she liked very much.

We had dinner reservations at the Norwich Inn where we were staying. Very good dinner. I think everyone was happy with their meal and the service. I chose duck breast since it's something I rarely have. I did not care for the grilled frisee that came with it but that's a matter of taste. The fingerling potatoes were nice. Since we were staying there, I enjoyed breakfast, too. One morning eggs - heurvos style (sp) and the second morning a California eggs benedict with avocado. For overnight guests, there is free coffee and baked muffins in the morning and a lovely living room where you can enjoy them.

Lunch the next day was at King Arthur Café where we planned to meet before our 2pm class. The café was very busy. You order at one place and get a buzzer when your order is ready for pickup. No table service. Unfortunately I had a trainee on the cash register when I ordered and she needed help. I got the wrong beverage but didn't bother complaining. Most of the tables were taken so we were glad the weather was gorgeous and chose to eat outdoors at patio tables. I got the pork meatballs banh mi which was very tasty and very messy. Get a fork. This was very different to the banh mi sandwiches I get at Saigon Asia market on weekends when I can. After class, we had tons of tapas pastries to eat so some of us got salads to go and just ate and talked outdoors again. I got a pre-packaged kale salad that was very good.

That was dinner. We gathered back at the Norwich Inn for wine and talk.

Saturday morning breakfast at the Inn but we should have just had coffee and a muffin and then eaten our way thru the farmers market. Next we went to St Gaudens where there does not seem to be any restaurants. Tried to find the gas station Chinese restaurant which we had passed on Friday when I took a wrong turn out of downtown Hanover but of course, couldn't find it again. No one in the car wanted to eat at a chain restaurant so we ignored rumbling stomachs and I headed to White River Junction.

We lucked out! The Tuckerbox looked good and turned out to be a Turkish restaurant, counter service only. If I'd been smart, I would have studied the menu first before ordering because I had no idea what a lot of things were. I decided to order a sausage and cheese wrapped in phyllo and deep fried plus Salad Istanbul. The sausage was yummy. The salad was beautifully composed: marinated onion rings, carrots, greens, etc but I didn't think there was enough dressing. It was very light, maybe mostly lemon juice.

Back in Norwich we wandered over to the park soon after 5pm for the solstice celebration by Revels North. This was a family event with a lot for kids to do and looked like many families were enjoying picnic suppers.

Dinner was at Carpenter and Main right across the street from the Norwich Inn. Walking distance was easy and good since much alcohol was enjoyed. My drink was the Sailor's Special which feature some rums and some orange flavored liquors. Slightly tart/bitter but good. I was impressed that some who lived on the Cape enjoyed plates of oysters. I did not expect great oysters so far inland. This restaurant offers a lot of tapas but the servings are quite small - nice so you can try a variety but too small for much sharing. I ordered some barbecued pork belly sliders (2), tea smoked chicken lettuce rolls with hoisin sauce (three leaves DIY plate of ingredients), and golden beet salad. The only complaints I heard was the chicken in the evening special chicken tagine was a little dry. Taste avocado fries for the first time, interesting and tasty. Also thought the cod cake was good. Definitely a great place for a group of friends to sit, eat, talk and drink.

Next morning very early departure for an early flight so after leaving my friend off, I had breakfast at the Airport Diner. Adequate and cheap but not where I would go for a good breakfast.

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