Having lived in and driven all around VT the last 3 years, I realized that we've never spent any time discovering the center of VT, right up Rte 100. So yesterday we started out in Wilmington and drove North up to just past Echo Lake (Ludlow area).
There were 2 places that I specifically wanted to try, Grandma Miller's in S. Londonderry and Dos Gringos in W. Dover. Grandma Miller's had been recommended here on Chowhound and Dos Gringos had been voted the best Mexican food in a reader's poll of the Brattleboro Reformer, so I had high hopes for both.
Grandma Miller's was fantastic! Perfectly sublime peanut butter bar w/chocolate, yummy eclairs (custard filling), divine almond horns. They also have breads, donuts, muffins and tons of take-and-bake pies, quiches, and pot pies. We opted for a take-and-bake cherry crumb pie and baked it late last night. It was delicious hot and even better for breakfast this morning. The crust is flaky and wonderful.
Dos Gringos, on the other hand, was so incredibly awful. I am completely baffled at how this restaurant was rated #1. I didn't realize how close it was to all the touristy Mt. Snow goings on (I'm not a skier), so I can see how they stay in business. Lots of tourist business and most people in New England don't really know good Mexican food. But this was truly awful AND its not Mexican but more Tex-Mex (fajitas, nachos, quesadillas).
The guacamole was so thick and devoid of any avocado chunks that we guessed, based on texture and taste, that they mix it with cream cheese. Weird.
The beef fajitas were served on a cast iron skillet but came to the table with nary a sizzle happening. I've never been served fajitas that were completely silent. The beef tasted like it had no seasoning whatsoever, not even salt and pepper and I could swear it had been steamed or was sitting in a steamer. No flavor.
I ordered the chicken burrito and cheese enchilada combo and it was dismal as well. The chicken burrito had beans in it and beans on the plate, so too much filler for me. I also don't recall the menu describing beans inside the burrito, but I could have missed it. The chicken itself was overcooked and unseasoned white meat, very dry. The cheese enchilada was good, actually; unconventional but good. It was a mixture of Ricotta and cheddar with a smoky chipotle sauce. That was the highlight of the entire table full of food.
The beans (watery) and rice were both bland and seemed not to be seasoned. The salsa does not come automatically, it must be ordered and the salsa was the cooked tomato/jarred kind, not fresh made. The chips were stale, some of them.
The only highlight of the entire dinner was my margarita. The margarita, beer and the cheese enchilada were all good; decor was funky and cute and service was great, but everything else food-wise was bloody awful.
Please feel free to add recs/reviews for more Rte 100 eats. We will be continuing our drive next weekend probably.
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