Hi, everyone. I'll be part of a party of 4 New Yorkers in Bennington this Friday and Saturday (two of us will actually be there till Monday, but we have to get a train back on Saturday). I understand our hotel provides some kind of breakfast if we want it, but we're interested in recommendations of good places for lunch and dinner - no more than mid-20s at most for entrees for dinner, less for lunch.
I'm not sure what to make of the Yelp eatery ratings for Bennington, because the highest-rated place - Elm Street Market, with 5 stars - is described as a proud purveyor of Boar's Head products, which are merely OK and not artisanal. Mind you, we could easily go there for a sandwich for lunch, but I wouldn't go out of my way for Boar's Head. The Brown Cow Cafe gets 4 1/2 stars and sounds more artisanal, from the descriptions. Lil’ Britain gets the same rating for fish & chips, which my girlfriend and I enjoyed when we were in London, and so does Crazy Russian Girls Neighborhood Bakery, though that would be for after the meal. :-) There are also various places that get 4 stars and have some reasonably recent reviews: Blue Benn Diner, South Street Cafe, Allegro Ristorante, Papa Pete’s, Ramunto’s Pizza and The Publyk House (but a couple of "elites'" reviews last year were poor).
Do you think all of these places are going to be mobbed on Friday and Saturday, and that we will need reservations?