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Great flavors, comfortable place

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Great flavors, comfortable place

VTer | Mar 14, 2011 06:11 AM

Glad to have Melaza Caribbean Bistro join the food scene in Woodstock, VT. What struck me about the deliciousness of the meal was the variety of flavors/sauces that really spiked the taste quotient. The scene: located a little bit off The Green, but still on the main drag, Melaza has a cozy, small bar area. The dining room (seating about 45?) has lively, colorful murals and a long banquette on side of the room. No tablecloths, fresh flowers. The Food: Both small plates and large plates are offered. My husband ordered an appetizer of spiced beef inside a cornmeal crust accompanied by a guava sauce. Vary tasty. Large plates come with a delicious house salad with their specialty pomegranate vinaigrette dressing. Then for mains, my husband had the chicken with rice (arroz con pollo) excellent and not mushy (like mine always turns out). I had the special red snapper which was served with french green beans and a small amount of coconut flavored risotto. It was accompanied by a wonderful sauce -- tomato-y, garlic-y tangy which went so well with the fish. (The house special is a pork shank (which my husband did have on our last visit) and it is worthy of a house special.) The tab for two dinners plus one appetizer and one beer was about $50.

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