By: Tabitha Armstrong | 05.18.18

Bacon-Maple-Scallops-VT-Pie-and-PastaPros: Presentation; Great Flavor; Inventive Cocktails; Plenty of Seating; Relaxing Atmosphere; Outdoor Space;

Downside: Sound Echos So Gets Loud Even When Not Really Busy; Service Is On The Slower Side

Mountain Rating: 7.3/10

I recently had dinner with a friend at Vermont Pie and Pasta in Derby. I’d been to Pie and Pasta on a few other occasions, but it had been a while.


Mother’s Day Brunches and More 2018

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 05.10.18

Celebrate Mom At A Northeast Kingdom Restaurant Near You

It’s Mother’s Day!

Time to celebrate the woman that gave you life, or is the mother of your children, or just happened to be that special lady in your life – the one that was always there for you.

Throughout the Northeast Kingdom many restaurants are offering a Special Mother’s Day brunch, a special menu, flowers, or other treats to honor mom.

Some are serving breakfast, others lunch or dinner. But, if your looking to do something nice with mom, there is bound to be something on this list that will fit her tastes. Make sure to call ahead and reserve as some of these brunches fill up fast.


Comfortable Atmosphere at This St. Johnsbury Chinese Restaurant

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 05.03.18

seafood lo mein from New Century Chinese Restaurant in St. Johnsbury, VermontPros: Beautiful Restaurant; Plenty of Space; Good Service; A Bar

Downside: It Is An American Chinese Restaurant So There Are No Specials; Very Standard Menu

Rating 6.5/10

I recently tried New Century Chinese in Saint Johnsbury while waiting to attend an event at St. Johnsbury Academy. We didn’t have a lot of time so were looking for a quick meal. I was happy to find New Century Chinese. The restaurant was clean, comfortable, and inviting.


Fill Your Belly at this Country Store Turned Restaurant

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 04.26.18

Special Italian Sandwich from Morgan Country Store restaurant in Morgan VtPros: Beautiful Setting; Delicious Quick Food; Large Portions; Beer and Wine; Family Friendly; Near the Lake;

Downside: Menu is Basic;

Mountain Rating:  6.8/10

Have you tried the new Morgan Country Store? If not, add it to your list of summer destinations! Large portions, tasty food, and beautiful dining area.

The old country store has a traditional rustic charm. The back of the main area still houses a post office, and in the rear of the store are Vermont products, local items, beer, and a wonderful wine alcove. Though the main area still has a number of grocery staples, the Country Store has really been turned over to the deli.


Family Fun at this Affordable Steak House in Derby

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 04.12.18

steak dinner in Newport vtPros: Elk Steaks; Elk on Site; Summer Outdoor Seating; Fun Décor; Salad Bar; Menu Variety; Full Bar; Family Friendly; Great Prices

Downside: Food Can Be Under-seasoned; Service Depends on When You Go; Meat Temps Seem to be A Little Overdone

Mountain Rating: 7/10

I have eaten at the Cow Palace a number of times over the years, and always find it to be an enjoyable experience. Besides being a comfortable dining room, providing interesting conversation pieces, and having a wonderful outdoor dining area diners get a lot of menu options for all tastes and during the warmer months, can watch the elk outback while dining.


Local Ingredients Paired with Unique Options at Lodge’s Restaurant in Greensboro


poke-ahi-tuna-presentation-highland-lodge-house-bar-restaurant-greensboro-vtBest Features: Comfortable, Beautiful Location, Great Staff, Delicious and Creative Menu Items, Family Friendly, Plenty of Parking; Local Beer, Wine, and even some liquor options

The Downside: A Little Out of the Way, Drinks are a bit Expensive Side – but are all high end

Mountain Rating: 7.2/10

Since we last featured Highland Lodge House Bar there has been a major change – they now have amazing food! A weekly rotating menu has caught our eye, and we have been checking out some of the items that are repeat visitors.


Going Green: Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Do You Have A Touch of the Irish in Ya?

On St. Paddy’s Day, I think we all do!

And with this Saint Patrick’s Day falling on a Saturday, there are a lot of celebrations to choose from.

We wanted to share all of these events with our readers, and so we have compiled the most extensive list you can find anywhere on the Internet, at least for Vermont’s NEK that is.

This list is far from complete, I will be adding to it throughout the week as I reach more restaurants and bars…


Traditional Diner Atmosphere With Crowd Pleasing Favorites


crab-stuffed-haddoc-filet-from-Miss-Lyndonville-DinerPros: Traditional Favorites with Many House Made vs. Frozen; Great Pies; Cozy Atmosphere; Traditional Diner Feel; Family Friendly; Great Service

Downside: Always Busy (Only a Downside ‘Cause You Want A Seat), Many Dishes are Under Seasoned

Mountain Rating: 6.8/10

Upon entering this Lyndonville restaurant you’re immediately aware that you have entered a diner! Though, from the outside it looks like a large modern building, when you first walk in that perception changes. From the metal swivel bar stools to the curve of the ceiling, the first dining space looks like a traditional diner – made from and old dining car. This diner has many additions, widening that initial dining space, another to house the kitchen, and a third addition adds a larger dining room off the back.


Authentic BBQ Restaurant on the Canadian Border


Barbecue-ribs-restaurant-Island-PondPros: Amazing BBQ; Affordable Prices; Large Portions; Family Friendly

Downside: Street Side Parking; Small Dining Area; Lacking in dining room atmosphere

Rating 7/10

We recently tried Hobo’s Café in Brighton, Vt. We were taken by surprise with this Island Pond restaurant’s authentic barbecue and varied menu.

Once we heard that there was a BBQ restaurant in the Kingdom, we knew we had to make a special trip out there – and we were not disappointed.


This Jay Restaurant is a Steak Lovers Dream

filet mignon surf and turf from jay restaurantPros: Beautiful Setting, Comfortable Dining, Family Friendly, Huge Portions, Fun Cocktails

Downside: On the Pricier Side, Out of the way if you are not already in Jay

Mountain Rating: 7.8/10

The Jay Village Inn Restaurant is a bit of a drive from the rest of the Kingdom, especially in the winter. But if you are in the Jay or Troy vicinity, the Jay Village Inn has some tasty menu items that will help make the trip worth the drive.

We were in the area because I had received a trip to the spa as a fantastic Christmas gift. Though we were at Jay Peak Resort, we had been told by a number of people to try the Jay Village Inn, so on this trip to Jay we did just that.


Orleans Restaurant Sports Country Style and Charm


scallop-meal-from-orleans-vt-restaurantPros: Great Burgers, Full Bar, Fun Décor, Very Comfortable Atmosphere, Deck Seating in Warmer Weather, Incredibly Friendly Staff, Very Clean, Family Friendly

Downside: Parking Can Be Difficult, Service Varies, This is Not a ‘Bar’ So Mixed Drinks are Hit or Miss

Mountain Rating: 7/10

The Carriage House Café and Grill is a restaurant in Orleans, Vt. With its Victorian exterior, interior woodwork and eclectic decor, and the friendly smiling faces of the staff, this restaurant has that country feel at its core.