We ate here because the Swift House Inn didn't serve dinner the night we stayed there and the staff recommended this spot. What a great discovery! The Storm Cafe is situated in an idyllic location alongside Otter Creek at the bottom of a historic Mill. You can eat indoors or enjoy your meal outside on a small covered deck. (Good thing it was covered securely, because a strong thunderstorm accompanied our meal, complete with a torrential downpour but we were completely dry.) We had early reservations, and showed up just after the cafe opened for dinner. Soon, every seat in the house (both inside and out) was packed with locals, which should tell you everything you need to know about this quality restaurant. Our meal was so good that I popped my head back into the kitchen on the way out to say hello and thank you to the chef. I told him that he and his talents were appreciated, that I enjoyed their colorful and artistic presentation of local ingredients at fair prices. It was a wonderful meal presented by a hard working staff. The chef (co-owner John Hughes) thanked me for taking the time to offer some positive feedback and said he wished more people would take the time to do that! Another good sign of a good place. Everything we had for dinner was terrific...starting with appetizers, salads, entrees and a couple of absolutely stupendous desserts. If I'm ever in Middlebury again, I will make sure to eat here again and again.
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