Well, it wasn't really Rhinebeck - our bed and breakfast reservation was summarily cancelled (!) by the innkeeper so we wound up instead in Millbrook. But we did find some good chows:
First; Allyns in Millbrook. (On Rt. 44) Nice decor, cozy and quaint, (a cute quirk; each table had differnet salt and pepper shakers - ours were pewter from Thiland, the next talbe had replicas of Washington DC monuments.) Nice dim lighting and friendly, competant staff. An excellent desert list, which we were too tired to sample from. Nice wine by the glass and perfect margaritas, (both our pre-dinner drinks were comped)
My husband had a pasta dish with scallops, tomatoes and garlic which he pronounced "heavenly."
As the perenially difficult vegetarian, I had a mozzerella, heirloom tomato and onion salad and the soup du jour - mushroom barley. The soup was bllaaaannnd. Really bland. Progesso canned soup is better.
It was odd; The salad was so wonderful - the right combination of oil and vinegar, crisp greens, sweet onions, etc. The pasta was perfectly al dente. It seems like the soup was just a fluke.
I don't think that should reflect on the restaurant as a whole. Plus, all the other guests in the B&B went there and they all had great experiences. I think maybe a veggie option would be helpful? Usually I just ask for a veggie platter and most chefs happily comply.
Our second night we headed up to Tivoli for Santa Fe. (on Broadway) Although it got mixed reviews on the board, we were pretty pleased. I thought the salsa was amazing - worth the trip alone; the perfect combination of chunky veggies, tons of fresh cilantro, enough of a kick. The margaritas were awesome, if not a little skimpy. These two things are often enough for me.
I had a veggie stacked enchilada, which was kind of a bizarre amalgamation of tortilla, mushrooms, spinach, mild cheddar, sun dried tomatoes, and feta. (!) There was a lot going on in there, but somehow it seemed to work. My only complaint was with the tortilla, which was gummy and tasted inexplicably like oatmeal.
The black beans and rice were a nice compliment.
Hubby had a shrimp burrito, which looked a bit odd, but he says he liked it. Basically it was about six shrimp, cooked with garlic, rolled up in a tortilla with cheese, tomatoes and spinach.
Overall, we had a great time! Next time we really want to try the CIA.
Thanks again for all your help!