Do yourself a favor - don't go to this restaurant. We should have taken the hint when we walked in and were told that we couldn't eat on the balcony because too many people "left without paying." But we went in anyway - it looks nice, and, with their "Organic Valley" signs hanging everywhere, they certainly sell the organic thing. Our party consisted of 4 kids and three adults. There was one other party in the restaurant when we arrived, but the seven in our party seemed to really throw them - it took 5-7 minutes for them to move three tables together.
The waitress took our order for lunch, which consisted of a few sandwiches, a bowl of mac and cheese, mozzarella sticks and a couple of kid's flatbread pizzas. We're from a nearby town and know a lot of local farmers, and, due to the emphasis on local food, we tried to talk with her about where the ham and chicken was from, but she either didn't know or didn't care - in either case, she was not interested in conversing.
To begin, it took a full forty minutes to get the food - I've seen a lot of other reviews on this site talking about "family-friendly" - it's not. There were no crayons or placemats or even pages ripped from a coloring book to keep the kids occupied. We ended up going out to the car and getting some books - so, bring some in.
The waitress never checked in, but I finally flagged her down and asked if the food would be coming soon. Her response was, "He's trying, and you had a really big order!" I found that perplexing because, other than the folks getting ice-cream outside, we were basically the only people in the place and nothing in our order was particularly complex.
When the food finally did arrive, it was over a period of about 10 minutes, with the waitress bringing out a couple of meals at a time. There were three mistakes, (she gave us chips instead of coleslaw, used white bread instead of wheat and gave someone the wrong drink order. We typically don't bother about those sorts of things, but when the person who got the wrong drink asked for the right drink, she argued! We then brought up the other two mistakes, and she actually argued with those as well, saying she had the order right and that we were changing our minds. She actually told the adult who wanted coleslaw, "I could give you coleslaw, but I'll need to charge you."
We asked to talk to the manager, who came out after about five minutes and whose first statement was, "The waitress has told me that you are changing your minds and blaming her..." It was truly unbelievable. As we were talking to the manager, my daughter picked up one of her mozzarella sticks (6 small sticks for about $9.00), and it had no cheese. She showed it to me, and I then showed it to the manager. She said, "That had cheese in it, she (referring to my daughter) must have taken it out..."
If all of that had happened, and the food was still good, I wouldn't be writing this. Unfortunately, the food was overpriced and under quality. I had the chicken salad, almost all small bits of dark meat on tiny pieces of bread with about 10 blue corn chips on the side for $8. The mac and cheese was way over-cooked. The "flatbread" in the pizza was doughy and flavorless and the pizza itself had no tomato sauce on it. My son, who absolutely loves pizza, and has never turned one down in his life, took one bite and said, "I can't eat this."
Overall - this was a terrible experience. I live in that part of Vermont and I can assure you that there are plenty of other places to get good, locally grown food. It's unfortunate that this place touts itself as representative of the local cuisine because the local cuisine is FAR better than this.
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