When we want to leave our innkeeping duties at the October Country Inn (check us out) behind, and treat ourselves to a night out, that outing invariably consists of dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants. Although the rural nature of life in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont might lead one to believe that there would be few gourmet dining options readily available, this is happily not the case. In this little corner of Vermont, well placed between Killington, and Woodstock, Vermont we’re blessed with an abundance of chef-owned restaurants. All of them are good, but these four are our favorites.
In Woodstock, it’s the Prince and the Pauper. Housed in a turn of the century building down an alley off Elm St. in downtown Woodstock, this quaint, cozy dining room and attached bar features a prix fixe menu. However, ala carte options are available most of the time. Ask for the bistro menu. The Prince and the Pauper is located at 24 Elm St. in the heart of Woodstock, Vermont. Call (802) 457-1818 for reservations. We always make reservations well ahead of time. This place is no secret to the locals, and is often fully booked.
Chef Brad’s Fireside is a new version of an old standard (Update: Chef Brad’s Fireside is no longer open). For many years, Chef Brad’s Corners Inn was the locals’ go-to spot for a great meal. Brad left the state for a few years, and showed up again a couple of years ago with a food truck. (see May 5, 2013 post: Chef Brad is back in town and ready to cook for you.) Starting last Fall, he has recreated his past success with this latest enterprise. It’s the same great food as before, served in an intimate setting before a huge blazing fireplace. Chef Brad’s Fireside is located at 4758 Route 100A, in Plymouth, Vermont. Call (802) 672-1909 for reservations.
Harry’s Cafe is another old favorite of ours that is wrapped in a new location. Harry’s old place in Mount Holly was a little small so his recent relocation into a bigger space is a good move. The menu at Harry’s is varied and voluminous. There are a lot of great food choices ranging from midwestern soul food to far eastern delicacies. Harry’s new digs are located across the street from the Jackson Gore entrance to Okemo Ski Resort at 68 Route 100 North, Ludlow, Vermont. Call (802) 228-2996 for reservations.
The last of the four, The Downtown Grocery is a great, husband and wife (Rogan and Abby) owned and operated, bistro type restaurant. This intimate cafe offers a creative and delicious variety of entrees. Chef Rogan, a local boy from Weston, Vermont, makes his own pastas, sources fresh, sustainable seafood and cures his own meats in the cellar beneath his inaugural casual fine-dining eatery. The Downtown Grocery is located at 41 South Depot St., a short distance up a side street in the heart of Ludlow, Vermont. Call (802) 228-7566 for reservations.