A while back I asked for recommendations for special-occasion dining in Stowe, VT. Someone suggested the Blue Moon Cafe on School St. We were there last week, visited the Blue Moon, and may I add my very enthusiastic agreement--it was excellent, among my top 10 New England dining experiences ever, both for sheer pleasure of the palate and for the superior service.
We arrived at 9pm on a Wednesday, and were slightly hesitant about going in because there was no one else in the place and their sign said they stopped seating at 9:30. We went in and asked to see a menu before sitting down, and the waiter/bartender was very gracious, discreetly disappeared while we looked over the menu and then returned to seat us when we appeared decided. Throughout, the service was extraordinary, attentive but totally unobtrusive--I sensed an awareness that my husband and I were on a special "date," although we had said nothing about the fact that it was his 30th birthday.
We shared the duck confit and root-vegetable cake as an appetizer, and they brought it out on two plates, plated as beautifully as if it had been two whole orders. Delicious, among the best confits I ever had. Apps. were $8-$13.
I had the tandoori lamb and my husband had venison, I am now forgetting what cut. Both were the most beautifully cooked pieces of meat I have ever seen, the venison brick red inside a crisp sear and meltingly tender. The sides have slipped my mind too but they were fabulous. Entrees $19-$26.
The wine list was good on New World and esp. American wines, with a diverse price range, from below $30 up.
Desserts were a bit predictable--inc. molten chocolate cake and maple creme brulee--but we had the "Belgian chocolate pot" and it was delicious despite being a cliche, deeply chocolate and not too sweet.
Anyway, hie thee thither, it was fantastic, better than most high-expectations meals I've had in Boston, and utterly without pretension.
I included the website below, but the menu as we found it last week was actually much more creative and seasonally appropriate than the sample menu on the website.