Just ate at some random places while visiting Mom in Springfield VT this past weekend. After driving in torrential downpours from Boston, my brother and I met her at Oona's in Bellows Falls which was surprisingly slow on a Fri. (had been very busy my 2 other times there). Great bread, butter and olives brought to the table and my brother got a shrimp scampi to start. A good sized plate served with rice, nice and garlicky, I thought the bite I had was a little mushy but they seemed to think it was fine. I got duck w/ mashed sweet potatos and sauteed zucchini and beans, very very good. Nice crisp skin on the duck, good sized portion, good choice. Bro got veggie risotto which was a fairly heavy dish and the same veggies served on top of the rice, not what I expected. Mom just got a potato leek soup. Prices are pretty high with most entrees about $21-26 (not many choices tho), risotto was about $16. We split a creme brulee that was a little too warm so the top collapsed once you took a bite but it tasted good. I definitely was happy with the duck tho.
Sat. was my traditional stop at the Morningstar Cafe on Main St. Springfield for an iced coffee and scone or muffin. They always have interesting choices of baked goods, real breakfasts look great and they serve fairly creative dinners, worth a stop. We then went to Brattleboro and tried Curtis' BBQ in Putney on the way down. That rickety truck is a sight to behold and Curtis out back throwing racks and racks of ribs on the grill. I probably should have gotten ribs since it's the main feature but they were just too messy to eat then so we split a baked potato with pulled pork (for some reason, they don't serve a pulled pork sandwich). Pork was a little chewy, sauce had a hint of vinegar, good sized portion for $6.50 washed down with Curtis' Diet Root Beer for $2. Good summertime place.
After wandering around downtown Brattleboro, we stopped at Sweet Mesquite since Mom really wanted a burger and split a huge cheeseburger, fries and cole slaw (about $8). Burger was great but the fries were a little limp and the cole slaw tasted like it was from the grocery deli. Big margarita tasted good tho ($4.75) and we split an order of nacho chips and obviously homemade salsa.
Last was breakfast at the Springfield Royal Diner where I pigged out on the Royal Breakfast, 2 pancakes, 2 eggs, 2 sausage patties, toast and hash browns ($6.95). I love any place in this section of the country that serves hash browns and they were great last time I was there but this time they were kind of greasy and not crisp enough. Pancakes were huge and good tho. They also have a buffet for about the same price with lots of choices include sausage gravy (also on the menu).
Stopped at Erickson's ice cream in Stow MA on the ride home where the grapenut was great but I think he confused my coffee chip for mocha chip or something with next to no coffee in it. Small cone is $2.62, one of the better prices for premium ice creams these days and many flavors to choose from.