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Comment Archives: Locations: 2 Stars

Re: “Grazers

The food was okay. Nothing original and nothing I would go back for. Also completely shocked by the "head chefs" lack of professionalism when asking about the food for my 22 month old son's peanut allergy. He couldn't have been more annoyed. I wouldn't recommend this place for children or families.

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Posted by vermontmom29 on 10/10/2014 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Juniper

Beautiful Space! Nice vibe, great atmosphere.

Unfortunately, it seems that no one in the kitchen has any idea what "food" is supposed to taste like.

Bland would have been an improvement.

In all honesty, everything could have been sent back to the kitchen, but instead we just won't be back.

I am intrigued by the asado night idea, but have no anticipation that it will be done acceptably...

I hope somebody new takes this over.

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Posted by debunker on 06/26/2014 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Pascolo Ristorante

I had heard Pascolo described as a family style restaurant but found it does not fit that description. "Family style" to me means ample portions and a relatively affordable price, so I took my father to dinner a few weeks after Pascolo opened. He ordered the cheapest dinner he could which was a plate of house made spaghetti with marinara and basil for $12. I had the eggplant parmesan on a bed of the same spaghetti for a higher price. While the eggplant dinner was certainly not ample, it was delicious and allowed me to have enough room for dessert (a $9 sundae that was also very small). My father's plate of spaghetti was pathetically meager....he's a small man and he could have eaten twice the amount plated. The sauce was also scant. I'm willing to give Pascolo a second chance, but based on this experience it won't be anytime soon. I love the Farmhouse and I appreciate restaurants sourcing local food, but I don't understand the scant portions. At least when it was Three Tomatoes I knew a $15 dinner was likely to yield leftovers.

Posted by QueenFiat on 06/17/2014 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Pauline's Café

I'd heard good word of mouth, but we weren't very impressed. We were the first brunch customers of the day, and we started out with dirty mugs. I let that slide as it was just a smudge, but our food, which seemed to have come from good recipes (i forget the name of my meal, but it had crab and hollandaise), was inadequately cooked. My husband's bacon was overdone, all out us with benedict-type meals had burnt toast/muffins, and our juices were more ice than juice, it seemed. I didn't have any, but my dining companions said the coffee was really bad. I really wanted to like this place, but I doubt we'll go back. Ambiance and setting were okay, but nothing particularly notable. Food: 2 Ambiance: 3 Service: 3

Posted by Krixee on 06/01/2014 at 1:57 PM

Re: “New Moon Café

I want to love this place. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is beautiful. However, the customer service, especially at the register, is seriously lacking. I have now been over a dozen times, and every single time I am treated rudely when I go to pay (same person, every time). I am understanding that we all have bad days and know working with the public isn't easy. However, if I am going to pay $15 for a salad, I don't think it is expecting too much to be treated with even a moderate amount of courtesy (is asking for a receipt really a "bother"?). After today, I do not plan on returning which is unfortunate as they as conveniently located to my work place and I love the fresh salads. There are plenty of other places nearby who are far more appreciative to have returning customers.

Posted by HungryinVT on 04/17/2014 at 12:26 PM

Re: “M-Saigon Vietnamese Noodle House

This place just needs help - some things are good, some are so bad as to be inedible. The beef bahn-mi is usually good; I had the tofu and I couldn't even discern what I was eating, some crazy assortment of cold fried ingredients. I knew there was trouble when the take out I had ordered was looked by the cashier and placed under the counter, only to have him go back and have a long discussion with the sandwich maker. If I hadn't already paid for the item I would have left - and should have. I am not sure exactly what is going on here, but whatever it is, it is not good. I would like to see this place do well as it is a convenient place to stop, but they need a massive clean up/organizational agenda.

Posted by miss trixie on 04/10/2014 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Our House Bistro

The staff is extremely friendly, but they are sooo slow. Our last trip to our house included us waiting 20 minutes to have our order taken, while we were the only table and there was 3 waitresses, after we finished our meal we had to wait an additional 25 minutes to receive the check. The food was okay, greasy, staff is just really slow.

Posted by Amanda on 02/26/2014 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Crop Bistro & Brewery

Not going back
We dined there using a living social coupon. We're not cheap people, but we're not paying stowe tourists prices for lower quality food. We'll happily shell out the benjamin's for Kitchen Table Bistro quality, but not for overpriced crap. Soup: French Onion- delicious. Entree- steak frites. NOT delicious. Entirely under seasoned with "roasted" root veggies that were not well roasted. Frites were pretty good. Standard hand cut fries. Nothing to write home about. We both got the same entree. Mine was medium, his was medium well. His showed up close to rare and mine was well done. Dessert: Decent. Coconut cream pie was awesome. Apple Nothing exciting. Service: The poor guy seemed overwhelmed, but very friendly even though we had to ask for things more than once and he forgot about us for a while. During the middle of our dinner a large (read 12+) party were sat- adults at one table and children- you guessed, right behind us. They were screaming and yelling and laughing. The youngest was not less than 12- they should have known better than to behave like barn animals in a restaurant. We were unable to have any conversation for the duration of the meal and had to repeat our dessert order THREE times so our poor waiter could hear us. We will not be back. There are much better places in stowe. Food: 2 Ambiance: 1 Service: 3

Posted by LamoilleValleyEats on 01/30/2014 at 10:38 PM

Re: “Sarducci's Restaurant and Bar

Downhill slide for 20 years!
They are tooting their horn about being in business 20 years... so what? Now is what matters, and although I have had great meals at Sarduccis over the past 20 years, and even a pretty good one within the past year... I gotta say that the marginally acceptable meals are becoming few and far between. Most recent visit yielded a soggy mess across the board, with eggplant parm that was not identifiable... and not even able to be differentiated from the pasta that it was served with in a giant steamy pile. Fish entree that you could smell all the way from the kitchen (that went back!) and old faves that were not even identifiable if you simply tried to discern the ingredients list... much less the concept of a professionally prepared "dish." There was a "reek" of gorgonzola across everything, and even the salad seemed old & worthy of discarding. I wish they would get back to basics... and hire a chef. Food: 1 Ambiance: 3 Service: 3

Posted by debunker on 01/22/2014 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Revolution Kitchen

A bit disappointed
I've only been here once and will not go back. We shared the mock salmon rolls which were good, but I don't really understand the idea of making vegetable matter taste like meat. I was glad we got the appetizer--the tacos I ordered were tiny and full of barely lukewarm hard cauliflower and mushrooms all smothered in sugar syrup. I did not like it at all. The best thing on the plate was a miniscule dab of black beans. Service was friendly but a bit slow. Food: 2 Ambiance: 2 Service: 3

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Posted by Catalina on 01/21/2014 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Junior's Italian

Brought home a pizza last night and now convinced the pie was baked by a Thai, Vietnamese or Chinese cook. Perhaps all three. Surely no pizza chef would serve this awful, banal product to a nice fellow such a myself. The pie was tasteless, boring and, in general what a medical student might order to fill the void between shifts. Said student would have good access stomach medications. An awful product... Food: 1 Ambiance: 1 Service: 3

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Posted by JEB on 11/11/2013 at 9:33 AM

Re: “The Cider House Barbecue and Pub

Wanted, Plate Coverage!
Food is decent here, no question, they have the recipe for bbq here. For the price however, they need to put some food on the plate. The sides for the most part were cafeteria tasting. Most places we order a full rack of rib there are 14 pcs per rack. Why there is only 12 here for $28.00 is a mystery to me. Apps were decent, but again, sizing and count was off. This could be a good place to eat with the relaxing atmosphere, but has too many rough edges and issues for my taste. Food: 3 Ambiance: 1 Service: 1

Posted by Hwkmn on 11/10/2013 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Vermont Tap House

Pricey, Noisy, Ugly, Average
7nvt says the average price per entree is $12 and under... not quite. If you don't want one of their set pizza combos, you'll pay a fortune in extra charges to build your own. And if you order appetizers and/or dessert, the final bill soars, even if you don't order any alcohol. The pizza is fairly good, both wheat crust and gluten-free (we tried both), but nothing mind-blowing except the price. Ambiance is non-existent. White drop ceiling, bright white lighting, laminate/fake wood flooring, rickety tables and chairs, and weird structural shapes in walls and ceilings left over from the last restaurant to occupy the space. There are no defined spaces, and nothing to absorb noise. Tables are jammed close together in straight rows, with mile-wide aisles between them, making the space look even more barren and awkward. Food: 2 Ambiance: 1 Service: 3

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Posted by canetoad on 11/09/2013 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Ramunto’s Brick Oven Pizza (Williston)

This place has gone DOWN HILL
We live in Williston, not far from this restaurant. And we were excited when they opened many years ago. Their pizza USED TO BE EXCELLENT and so was their friendly service. Over the past year or so, we have seen this place significantly decline. Tried to order a pizza for delivery (our house is about 3 miles away) recently and was told it would be "well over an hour". When asked for clarification the person on the phone said she didn't know. She put me on with the owner who indicated again that it would be "well over an hour". What does that mean? Two hours? Three hours? When pressed, he said two hours. TWO HOURS to get a pizza delivered three miles away???!!!! No thanks. The pizzas we've ordered in the past year have lacked sauce and cheese and just haven't been good. We've complained to the owner, but he really doesn't seem to care about the wait or the diminished quality of his product. They are obviously busy enough that they don't care about their customers- there's always another one to take our place. Last night we called to pick up a pizza on our way home from work. 5:30 on a Thursday night and we are told it won't be ready for an hour. An hour? To pick it up?!!! We ordered extra cheese on it, learning that they skimp on cheese now. When we picked up the pizza, it was cold (obviously it was ready in less than an hour and sat there waiting) had no sauce, and had barely enough cheese to qualify as a pizza, much less the extra cheese we were requesting. We've actually gone the extra step to say "We're ordering extra cheese- can you please be sure they actually put extra cheese on it?" Doesn't matter. It's just very disappointing, that a place that used to be good and charges a hefty price for their pizza, is now going to be our last choice because the quality AND service and care from the owner(s) are seriously lacking! We were once very loyal customers. Food: 2 Ambiance: 3 Service: 1

Posted by VTFooodee on 11/01/2013 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Twiggs — An American Gastropub

Will not return
Lunched here with friends and were all very disappointed. The beet salad was mediocre at best and the crab cakes were deep fried grease-lings. I would say the flatbread was the best of four meals, but definitely not worth a return trip. Somehow I expected more. Food: 2 Ambiance: 2 Service: 2

Posted by cc_ on 10/19/2013 at 4:26 PM

Re: “M-Saigon Vietnamese Noodle House

Hair in the food
Tonight was deserving of one star, only because there is no half-star option. Where do we start? They don’t serve complimentary tea anymore - a month ago we were served hot tea as we were seated. Tonight the tea came with our meal, and we were charged two dollars. On day three of being employed, our waitress was still completely unfamiliar with the menu. She asked what size we would like our spring rolls and crispy wonton soup, which are standard sizes from the Appetizer list. When I inquired about the soup of the day she simply said I don’t know. When the spring rolls arrived she brought them without the plum dipping sauce. When she returned with the sauce it didn’t have peanuts with it. She took the dipping sauce away and forgot to bring it back. When the wonton soup came it was a different wonton soup with assorted vegetables. The soup was good enough, but not what I ordered. One entree arrived and our waitress said enjoy even though we were still waiting for a Saigon Salad. From there on out the waitress didn’t check in with us, let alone even look our way to inquire about the missing salad. We had to get up and go to the counter to ask for the salad that never made it on the order. The salad finally arrived yet we were disturbed to find a long hair at near the end of the plate. When the waitress finally came back, only to ask us if we wanted our check, I told her to hold off. At this point I went up to the counter to ask another waitress who was in charge. The manager/owner/chef came out from the kitchen and I shared that I had been here before and this was by far the worst service yet and I would appreciate the meal on the house or at least a significant discount. I suppose he was nice enough to take the hairy salad off the bill. I accepted this gesture and further shared our disappointment by leaving a $0.00 tip. And for the grand finale, as we were on our way out we see the table next to us finding not one, but two hairs in their noodles! Enjoy! Food: 2 Ambiance: 3 Service: 1

Posted by Costeno on 10/18/2013 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Shanty on the Shore

Bland food and poor customer service
We started our dinner with calamari. If it weren't for the fried banana peppers, the calamari itself would have had no flavor although it was cooked properly. The plate was covered with grease by the time we finished eating the appetizer. My boyfriend ordered fried scallops ( a two dollar extra charge from the fried shrimp and scallop plate). Though the scallops were properly cooked, they had absolutely no flavor with or without the coating. No sweetness and no seasoning. I had the Fisherman's platter with a baked potato. When the plate arrived, the potato was rock hard from being overcooked and/or sitting around too long. No exaggeration,literally rock hard. The shrimp was way over cooked and the fish and scallops were nowhere to be found under the inch layer of bread crumbs. When the server returned to check on us, I informed her of the disappointing meal and asked for it to be removed from my bill. She did this without question although if I had been a manager of the Shanty I may have taken the time to find out why a table was so unsatisfied that they wanted their uneaten dinner removed from the bill. Just a suggestion...much more attention should be given to your customers. We will not be returning again nor will we be recommending this 'seafood' place to visitors. Oh, the lobster tank needs a cleaning as well; I am sure the lobsters would thank you. Food: 1 Ambiance: 2 Service: 2

Posted by RJ on 10/12/2013 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Prohibition Pig

I finally got a chance to check this place out. All I can say is it doesn't come close to the Alchemist, the food was pricey, it wasn't that great, the old ambiance is gone. So sad. Food: 2 Ambiance: 2 Service: 2

Posted by ashara on 10/02/2013 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Bistro at Ten Acres Lodge

Far From the Best in Stowe
After reading some "rave reviews", we tried Ten Acres. After finishing and leaving, we were asking ourselves what is the big deal ?? Food was not impressive, service was poor, not very attentive and not knowledgeable, and the total cost was quite high for what we had. We inquired during our stay with some people who know the area better, and they mostly recommended places in the center of town (this one is outside of town by itself). We did have some other good experiences and will review those places separately. We do not recommend this Ten Acres place. Food: 2 Ambiance: 3 Service: 1

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Posted by B C on 09/04/2013 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Pho Hong

don't get the hype!
I don't see why this restaurant gets all the hype for Vietnamese food lovers. My husband and I ate there twice and each time, the service was slow and indifferrent. The food was very bland and tasteless--pho broth that tasted just like hot water!! Also, the ambience is nothing to brag about. It's very busy and noisy and hard to get seated, with a line at the door. As far as I'm concerned, it's just a blah, completely overrated place for white hipsters to go to feel good about themselves (to play at being multicultural and 'tolerant'), complete with mediocre food. We are NEVER going back. Two strikes--they're OUT. There are much better places in the area (Pho Dang, Vietnam, etc.) I am an American of Asian descent, by the way. My advice? Go to 99 Asian Market & Restaurant just down the street, across from QTee's stand if you want a decent tasting, very reasonably priced, and filling Asian food meal. Food: 2 Ambiance: 2 Service: 1

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Posted by passingthru on 08/20/2013 at 4:19 PM

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