Just back from a quick trip to Vermont. Dinner Thursday at Cafe Shelburne in Shelburne, which was wonderful as always. There's foie gras on the menu now, and it was sublime, served warm with a poached pear and small salad.
I had loin of lamb with ratatouille, creamed potatoes and veggies - perfectly cooked and delicious. My Mom had the scallops, poached with tomato concasse and spinach, served with a lime beurre blanc. Splendid, unadorned creme brulee for dessert. I'd never had floating island, and it was a special, so I tried it. Certainly well-prepared, but I don't "get" it - too poofy for my taste. Still, this is always one of my very favorite restaurants, well worth a long trip!
We had breakfast both Friday and Saturday at Libby's Blue Line Diner in Colchester. Terrific food and great service both days!
We didn't do so well at the Wayside Restaurant in Berlin, VT - between Barre and Montpelier on Rt. 302. We'd been there in March and had a fantastic dinner of roast pork with stuffing, mashed potatoes, decent veggies, also came with a cup of excellent split pea soup, yummy maple cream pie for dessert - total tab for two was under $20.
This time, the "special" was beef liver. I don't do beef liver. Mom had a small portion of "OK" baked haddock with not very good baked potato and coleslaw. I had "pork chops" aka hockey pucks, soggy carrots, dull potatoes with gravy that tasted straight out of a can. It might have been redeemed by a piece of maple cream pie if we'd been able to locate our waitress. Very, very disappointing.
Oh yeah - delicious lattes and croissants at Gesine/Sign of the Owl in Montpelier!!!