I'm a New Yorker and recently made a trip up north to Vermont for some snowboarding. One night we went to Zack's on the Rock's in Montgomery, and it was the restaurant experience of a lifetime. I've had a terrible time getting across to anyone just how weird and wonderful this place was. I think it's just something that has to be experienced for oneself. Basically, Zack is an eccentric cook who built this place in the 70s on a mountain road. It's in a residential neighborhood and looks like a little swiss chalet. The inside is completely covered with sparkly, weird decorations, hanging from the ceiling, on the walls, everywhere. It's like walking into a sorcerer's cave. You wait at the bar for Zack to come in, ringing a cowbell and wearing a purple caftan, to bring you to your table. The food is terriffic- I had banana chicken and an orange/onion salad. Cheesecake was heavenly too. But the food is not the main draw...it's the place, the vibe, the enchanted secrecy of it. We were so thrilled that we went back to the kitchen at the end of the meal to thank Zack personally.
The other patrons tell us he's closing up shop in May, so if you haven't been, get over there! Apparently, the place draws people from Boston and Burlington, some arriving in limos. It's worth it.