We just returned from a week in beautiful southern Vermont and want to thank the Chowhounds who gave us suggestions for local, reasonably priced places to eat. There were many spots that serve very good food at low prices with friendly, excellent service. The following are some we went to.
1-Blue Benn, Route 7, north of downtown, Bennington.
This 6 table classic diner deserves its reputation.
There are many choices of excellent food, large
portions with very good value. The turkey dinner
including soup, entree, coffee and dessert(a large
serving of rice pudding and whipped cream) was only
$8.95. Also good were the chili, fish and chips, and
2-Zoey's Deli, Route 11/30, a few blocks east of Route
7, Manchester Center. A real find for lunch! They
make their own breads and terrific deep fried thick
chips. Very good sandwiches and quiche in a sparkling
self serve set up with very enthusiastic staff.
3-Thai Garden, 7 High St., just west of Main St.,
Brattleboro. Lovely place, only in business for 8
months, with large windows overlooking downtown.
Very efficent, pleasant service-food was excellent
and inexpensive. We had shrimp hot and sour soup,
pad thai and 3 buddies (chicken, pork and beef w/
4-Townsend Dam Diner, Rt. 30, Townsend. Old fashioned
place with alot of charm, mismatched kitchen tables
and chairs and a square counter. Best bang for the
buck of any lunch place we ate. Turkey platter with
mashed potatoes ($3.95), pork BBQ grinder ($4.95),
homemade apple crumb pie ($1.50) were terrific.
5-Wasp's, Rt. 4, east of the village of Woodstock-Jill
the owner makes corn pancakes with fresh corn from
cob that are size of Vermont for $1.75 each. Very
good, thick burgers and fries. This small, 10 seat
shack is open to 2 PM.
6-First Wok, Rt.100, West Dover. Good value and food
with efficient service. Good mu shu pork and house
7-Dot's, Rt.9, just west of Rt 100N, Wilmington.Famous
Chili was very hot, thick and very filling. Bread
was warm and delicious. Lunch is served all day. Blue plate meat loaf( which is very good)is a better
value than meat loaf dinner. Stuffed scallops was
the most expensive meal we had all week($14.95) and
the most disappointing.
8-Mildred's Deli, Rt. 9, west of 100N, Wilmington. Lunch spot with good turkey chili and sandwiches-can
eat inside or out. Not as good value as other places
but the whole area tended to be somewhat more
expensive. DO NOT go here when there is a bus tour in
the area-this is a one person operation!
9-Creemee Stand, Rt. 100 between Wilmington and West Dover. She makes her own delicious soft serve ice
cream with different flavors each day.
We found excellent food and value, warm, friendly people--we also noted that some places close on odd days and sometimes close early. It is best to call
ahead to see if they are open. We wished that we could have gone to some other places--Spiral Press in Manchester, Common Ground in Brattleboro, Curtis BBQ and Putney Diner in Putney, White Cottage in Woodstock and Simon Pearce for lunch in Quechee, but that will have to hold for another trip.