Adult Dinner Tour #3 – Newport, Vermont| 10.06.18
Many of Newport’s restaurants line the banks of Lake Memphremagog. This provides some with wonderful views, and makes others in close proximity. This makes Newport a perfect place for an adult dinner tour.
We like to start by parking in the free lot next to the State Building overlooking the lake. From here you can walk the boardwalk, enjoying the lake view. In the summer, it is fun to watch the sail boats and paddle boarders, and in the fall…
There is nothing more romantic than walking the lake side as the sun sets and the fall colors are reflected in the mirror of the lake’s surface.
After a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk, we like to begin our dinner tour lakeside.
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We start at Le Belvedere – the restaurant located in the State Building overlooking the board walk and lake. In the summer there is outdoor seating. But inside, you have a choice of the lounge with its comfortable leather chairs and bar seating, or the more elegant dining room with linen covered tables.
We like to start here so we can enjoy the sun setting behind the lake. And because my favorite cocktail is here. The lychee cocktail is spectacular – and something you can’t find many other places. Sweet and refreshing, the fruit shines through – tantalizing on your tongue.
From the menu, we typically order the calamari. Always cooked perfectly, fried with banana peppers and capers, and served with a spicy aioli sauce , this dish packs a nice zing.
If you are looking for something a bit more exotic and more substantial, try the Escargot Provencal: Escargot with spinach, tomatoes, capers, olives, and onions. Seasonally, they add asparagus as well. I liked the saltiness of the capers and olives with the seafood. This is a good introduction to escargot if you haven’t tried it before as the vegetables help with the texture – which for some is an acquired taste.
If you are looking to finish your tour here and want an entrée, their lamb is fantastically done, and the mussels and frites are delicious.
On leaving Le Belvedere, we typically cross the street to Lago’s Trattoria. Here we are greeted with more delicious cocktails. My favorites are the Banana Martini, and the Green Mountain – a combo of melon liquor and vodka. They also have a few different versions of a chocolaty concoction that outshines most deserts, the name changes but check the cocktail menu for the chocolate option.
For appetizers we recommend the tuna carpaccio; fresh ahi tuna served on crispy chips with a spicy horseradish sauce. This dish is full of contrast: soft fish and crunchy chips, fresh fish and spicy horseradish, all creating a sensational dish that will leave you wanting more.
The lollipop lamb fantastic. Cooked to a nice medium, and well seasoned, this dish is a nice change from most fried options that appear on local menus. It is a little pricey, and only comes with two pieces – but they are delicious.
Lago’s also offers a pub menu at the bar that features fried cheese curd. Now, this is a huge portion, but I love the sour, salty flavor of cheese curd mixed with the crunch of the fried coating. If you’re looking for a great bar snack to go along with a beer or cocktail – this is it.
Eating dinner at Lago’s is an experience. Great décor and an authentic Italian menu make for a relaxing combination that will have you full and satisfied when you leave. If you are looking for a dinner entrée the stuffed pork chop served with an incredible eggplant Parmesan is the way to go. But during our adult dinner tour, we typically stick to just apps.
On leaving Lago’s we cross back over the street, walking towards the Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center. Here you can try a flight of the Eden Iced Ciders and enjoy a cheese plate. If you haven’t tried ice cider, you are in for a treat. Some are like eating an apple off the tree just after the frost hits. Others are aged and carry caramel notes. Swing in and do a cider tasting, or try the spirits – a tasting flight of local Vermont products.
By this time we are typically pretty full. But we finish up at the Dusit Thai. We order spring rolls to go, as these are our favorite and take them down the ally next door to Jasper’s Tavern where we typically find live music or a DJ on the weekends, or a fun conversation during the week. If there is a wait on our order, we’ll hit Jasper’s first, order a drink while we wait and send one of our party to pick up the order from the Thai restaurant next door.
Typically, Dusit Thai has incredible sushi and are a dine-in restaurant. Currently, they are undergoing some changes and so they are doing only take out and are not offering their sushi menu. But, there are some delicious appetizer options. Beside the spring rolls, we are fans of their ribs the muscles, warning – the muscles are super spicy.
My favorite entrée on the menu is the fried rice with scallops. Sweet and creamy, this is unlike any fried rice I’ve eaten. This is the perfect dish to split at the end of a food tour as it isn’t heavy and there is enough in an order to satisfy two people.
Le Belvedere, Lago’s, and Jasper’s all have great martinis. My husband is partial to extra dirty vodka martinis (as our readers know) and likes the options at all three places – just in case you are looking for a cocktail less sweet than the ones I mentioned above. And the part is, all three are different!
Foliage season is here, so right now is the perfect time to take this tour. But, if you can’t get there right away, this is also a great tour to take throughout the winter as the restaurants are close together and all are open throughout the winter season.