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Zenbarn -- One of the best meals I've had in the Stowe/Waterbury area

Blumie | Dec 3, 201703:13 PM

I can't find a single mention of Zenbarn on this site. And in fact the only reason I went was because an old friend who I haven't seen in 35 years was playing there with his band, and since I was in the area I figured I'd surprise him. The menu looked interesting enough, so my girlfriend and I made a reservation and went for dinner before the music. It was superb. I had an excellent strip steak, and she a wonderful duck breast special. (She's not a big eater, but was very tempted to place a second order for the duck.)

It's a nice story, too. It's owned by two brothers (we met one of them and now I'm forgetting his name) who grew up nearby. When the space became vacant after another restaurant moved out, they decided to lease the space and give it a go. He told us that neither had any experience at all. The head chef comes from one of the inns on Mountain Rd. in Stowe (again, I'm forgetting which one). And he told us that they intend to really focus on the music, as well. I like the Rusty Nail in Stowe, but this is a much more intimate setting.

I've spent a fair bit of time in the Stowe/Waterbury area, and since the passing of the Alchemist, I tend to drive to Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier to eat. I've been to Prohibition Pig once, and it was fine, but it's no Alchemist. Granted, my raves about Zenbarn are based on a single visit, but it was such a positive experience that I'm really excited to return.

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