A recent trip to Montpelier included some great discoveries. This isn't Montpellier, France, but with the addition of the New England Culinary Institute and some added international flavors this town really satisfies. A list of faves:
Sarducci's (Italian) great flavors, as with it as anything in SoHo, service could be more attentive.
Main Street Grill, great chicken, vegetable courses that were attactions on their own, and a cheese course (Vermont/France/Québec) refined in taste and presentation.
La Brioche (bakery) whoa! amazing pastry, sandwiches, just so-so coffee.
Which leads me to Capitol Grounds, excellent coffee, rich, intense, fragrant. The space has really great bones but has sadly been hippified beyond all recognition. Still a sweet place.
Roayl Orchid, a Thai place that eclipses everything in Boston. Here is Thai food that Thai people would know: the range of fish were great, we tried two, a satay appetizer was so real: crispy, deep flavors, very light seet counter-flavor. Yum!
A new Indian place on Northfield Street, was a welcome surprise: the lamb vindaloo gets big points, wonderful vegetables, the breads are real treats. The look of the room is a disappointment. A condo-white wasteland. A couple gallons of saffron colored paint and Indian travel posters would work wonders.
Still hungry? Here are two real Vermont treats: try the maple creemee (this is Vermontese for soft serve) at Bragg Farm or Morse Farm. Also give Morse Farm's maple popcorn a taste, addictive as crack. (only from what 've seen on 20/20!).