Thursday, April 14, 2016

Upper Valley Eats | Vermont

Vermont. I grew up skiing here and it is the absolute best state. The best. This was one of the worst winters on record due to lack of snowfall (I spent a lot more time skiing in Canada), but, on the few VT trips we had some noteworthy meals alongside delicious locally brewed beer. If you find yourself in the Upper Valley area of the state, these are three you can't miss.

Prohibition Pig | Waterbury | exit 10 off I89
When: Lunch or Dinner on the trip to or from Stowe 
In 2012 the Boston Globe featured an article on Waterbury called "The Best Beer Town in New England". Prohibition Pig plays a large part in that as it's the only spot where you'll find the iconic Heady Topper on draft, alongside coveted Hill Farmstead brews like the Susan IPA and the Dorothy Pale Ale, plus Lawson's Finest Sip of Sunshine and Maple Imperial Stout. Additionally, the Pig's own tasty drafts are brewed next door - try the Downtown Piggy Brown or the Spring Break Saison. They don't offer samplers but you can purchase individual half pints two at a time which works just as well. 

With a powerhouse line up of classic cocktails, southern style small plates, hearty BBQ and the aforementioned craft beers served in a sophisticated farmhouse setting heralded by an apothecary like bar, Prohibition Pig has become quite the legend in this small town. We were instantly impressed with the Panko Fried Pimento Cheese dipped in chili pepper jam and Fried Oysters with candied lemon. My Just a Burger in its simplest rendition with ketchup, mustard and pickles was fantastic and the boys loved their Chopped Pork BBQ plates - choose from sides like roasted brussels sprouts, shoestring fries, cheddar grits or maple baked beans. 
23 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05676
Prohibition Pig Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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Worthy Kitchen | Where: Woodstock | 20 minutes from exit 1 off I89
When: Dinner heading North on Rt 4 to Killington



First of all, big news: it was just announced that Worthy Kitchen is opening a location in Brookline Village (via Eater and Boston Magazine) and - spoiler alert - this place is a gem. Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock along with their first location, Worthy Burger in Royalton, have become well known Vermont craft beer bars that serve a coveted burger. And while my burger went unpictured, friends, you are in for a treat. Cooked over a hardwood fire The Farm Diner Buger ($13) features Vermont raised beef on a worthy bun with lettuce, red onion, bomb sauce and american cheese. The juicy, smokey beef is flavorful and melt in your mouth tender. Can't miss sides include the Truffle Fries and the innovative Pickle Plate - with a rotating assortment of house pickled vegetables and fruit; our plate had pineapple (amazing), cauliflower, mushrooms and onions. I stole a bite of Leah's Buttermilk Chicken ($18) which induced a serious case of food envy. The superbly crisp skin encasing juicy chicken comes over a sweet potato puree with spoonfuls of a lust worthy pesto chevre, fire roasted veggies and garlic honey syrup.

Sought after local Vermont brews (18 on draft) include Hill Farmstead, Lawson’s Finest Liquids and Zero Gravity, alongside New England favorites like Jack's Abby, Rising Tide and Maine Beer Co. The counter service method is easy and reliable - keep your tab open as long as you like and the kitchen buzzes you once your food is ready. No hostesses, no wait staff, just casual, comfortable, farm diner digs to enjoy some of the finest local food and beer Vermont has to offer. 

Worthy Kitchen
442 Woodstock Road
Woodstock, VT 05091
Worthy Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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Simon Pearce | Town: Quechee | exit 1 off I89
When: Brunch on the trip home from Killington

Simon Pearce is a famous glassblower + entrepreneur. The location of the restaurant was an addition to the hydro-powered mill glassblowing facility that defines his empire. Browse the expansive shop filled with stylish and elegant glassware, tableware, lighting and home decor, watch the artisans at work downstairs, and enjoy brunch in the airy, light filled dining rooms overlooking the river and covered bridge. All your food and drinks are served on / in the handmade wares. Start with an order or two of Crispy Buttermilk Beignets ($9) with maple bourbon caramel and apple butter for an instant crowd pleaser. Follow those up with a cup of savory soup  - from daily specials like Carrot Ginger, Creamy Mushroom or Parsnip and Pear, to the Vermont Cheddar ($7) staple, the rich velvety broths and generous flavors sing comfort. With fried eggs, prosciutto, shaved parmesan, local tomatoes, and chive hollandaise over roasted garlic naan, the Ham and Eggs ($17) exceed the brunch norm while Pork Fried Biscuits and Gravy offer a refined take on a southern classic. Pictured alongside is a homemade eggnog and rum cocktail from a visit back in December, served in their elegant goblet stemware.
Simon Pearce Restaurant
1760 Quechee Main Street
Quechee, VT 05059
Simon Pearce Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Is it time for a road trip?! Where are your favorite places to eat in Vermont?

7 comments:

  1. I had dinner at Simon Pearce last fall, SO good and would lov to go up again for brunch! I also could just spend all day there eating, drinking and looking at all their beautiful pieces.

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  2. Gorgeous photos, as always! That Prohibition Pig has been on my list for a while, really must try it. One of our very favorite places is way up north in the remote hamlet of West Glover, Northeast Kingdom: the legendary Parker Pie, and the hype is true. It really is that good. Another favorite is Fireworks Restaurant in funky, fun Brattleboro.

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  3. I totally agree that Vermont is the best. The sky really is more blue there than anywhere else and the grass and trees are greener! I am bookmarking this for my next trip. All three of these places look divine. Can't wait to try Worthy Kitchen in Brookline.

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  4. I looooove Prohibition Pig and Worthy Kitchen! And, well, I just love Vermont in general. :)

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  5. Well I can't wait to check out Worthy Kitchen when it comes to our area! I do love Vermont (but more in the summer ;))

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  6. Great recap. All of these meals were SO good I would like to go back right now!

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  7. WOW! everything looks amazingggg. Drooling at my desk ;) When we were in college we used to love to make the trek to stowe to go to Pie in the Sky for pizza and Cabot Cheese for ridiculous amounts of cheese samples. Then in Burlington we loved all of the staples (sweetwater, church street tavern, etc.) and Sneakers in Winooski for breakfast!

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