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Writing up a few places I hit on a 3 day trip to Brattleboro and Weston. Started with a small refreshing beer at Whetstone on the river in Bratt. That deck is an awesome place to relax with something cold. Have eaten lunch there once and thought it was quite decent. This time no food since dinner would be at Peter Havens. My friends know everyone in town but that couldn't get us seated at the bar and I didn't realize that the deck menu was completely different than the inside, including having only a limited number of cocktails. That was kind of a drag but it was a nice night so we ate the more casual food outside. A couple decent fried chicken sandwiches and a lamb kebab on a salad with grapefruit magaritas and a French 75. Prices are about $9-15 on the deck. We did sneak in at the bar after and they have really interesting cocktails (and food), so had a mini Italian something (can't remember the name) but you can put your trust in the bartender to make a proper drink.
Had a hard time finding breakfast until I got to the Putney Diner right on Rt. 5. Very quiet for prime bkfst time on a Sat. I really enjoyed the home fries that came with the egg & cheese sandwich, $3.95. Good iced coffee at the general store and my friends like The Gleanery for dinner but maybe next visit. After continuing thru Bellows Falls and Springfield (my home town, sad how few places you can go there these days), I got to Weston. We ended up having dinner at a fairly new place in Ludlow, Homestyle Hostel Bar & Restaurant. The lights were too bright but other than that, it was a cute place with an interesting menu. 3 adults and 2 kids split apps of mussels, pork meatballs, polenta w/ mushrooms in sherry and a goat cheese dip of sorts. Esp. liked the polenta. We then split the 1/2 order of chicken ($30) w/ potato and greens. Really nicely done chicken, moist. No one was really hungry but we got a sticky toffee pudding for dessert. The only option at $12 was a little pricey and not the least bit summery but it was very good. They have interesting cocktails and very good service, a really pleasant place.
On Sun. we got lunch at the long standing Pot Belly Pub. I was bummed that there wasn't one egg option on Sun. at brunch time but the roast turkey (real turkey) w/ bacon and cheese sandwich was great as were the reubens, salad, onion soup and chicken wings. Lunch for 5 with lemonades and sodas was about $74. Later we met some relatives on Lake Bomoseen and dinner at the Lake House later on. The view really is spectacular there. Food and drinks were fine, we all went pretty casual with mostly sandwiches in the $9-12 range.
Last stop in VT was breakfast at the Country Girl diner where I had a blueberry pancake bigger than your head for $4.99. I asked them to make sure it was browned enough and it was perfect, served w/ real maple syrup. Good stuff.
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