Ate at vermont last night with friends. Our first time. We brought our own wine and they were very gracious and attentive in serving it. The champagne (1990 Dom and J) started the evening and the 1988 Caymus Special Select and a CNP (I can't remember the label and year)was fabulous.
We had fried calamari which was good though not as good as some (Ocean Ave seafood, for example). But the soup, a cauliflower, without cream, was really good. I had a Michael's Salad, which is like a lyonnais salad, egg and all. Really good, though not as good as the one at the late and missed, Bouchon. But I ate every bite and enjoyed it. It's so nice to get a different salad, other than caesar and spinach(which I like but its nice to get something else)
My wife had the duck which was done just right (pink and moist), and I had the pork chop. I had read someone's warning about dry pork chop, so told the waiter that I really did NOT want a dry pork chop. Not to worry, it was tender, moist, and very tasty, with sage, and a bit of a stuffing.
I had read criticism of the service and am happy to report that service was excellent. The place was busy so one can't expect them waiting on you constantly, but when we needed something we got it, and the waiter and hostess were helpful and very friendly.
All in all, a very enjoyable meal, with wonderful service.