We come to this area each summer and always spend at least one happy day in Island Pond, so we're familiar with Northeast Kingdom dining options (limited, but often good to great). The Yellow Deli (a great place to eat and to see) was closed, so we tried Pond's Edge. The atmosphere and service were friendly. Very mixed reviews on the food, though. One meal and one appetizer were good; two meals were so-so; one was dreadful. All portions were mildly to very skimpy for the price. The main problem centered around vegetables past their prime. The house salad was mostly pre-mixed greens from a bag. This is a shame in summer, when there's plenty of fresh produce around. But we could have dealt with that, no problem, if it had tasted good. Either the greens hadn't been washed, or they'd started to molder a bit, or both ... definitely an off flavor. Worse, you know how those bagged mixes develop wilted slimy pieces after too much time? Well, the salad was full of them. Never met a salad we didn't like ... until this one. Didn't finish it (a first!), and prominently arrayed all the slimy leaves on one side of the plate. Waitstaff looked right at the half-eaten salad and slime, removed it without comment, and charged us the full $8 or 9 for a small bowl of rotting greens. Another diner also had off-flavored, sour onions and peppers in his dish that he couldn't eat. (And yes, we should have said something about the salad. But it was discouraging to have to point out the obvious, not to mention a primary rule of food service: don't serve the customer rotting food.)
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