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“Chef Bilodeau is at his best!”

Three Penny Taproom
Ranked #3 of 63 Restaurants in Montpelier
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $18
Cuisines: Gastropub
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Reviewed January 12, 2013

The locals in central Vermont having been hanging at the bar in droves since Scott, Matt, and Wes opened their beer mecca several years back. And when the Black Door closed in December of 2010, Chef Matthew Bilodeau took his talents down Main Street to join forces with Three Penny, patiently awaiting the dining room addition and kitchen build out. Now Matthew is in his glory and hitting full stride with his latest winter menu, show casing his abilities to buy locally and create flavorful dishes unsurpassed in Vermont. His understated slight of hand, subtle combination of flavors, and his uncanny ability to cook in minimalist fashion is unmatched.
Starting with the small pickled dish. Celery, kohlrabi, and carrots. No beans or cucumbers. Genius. The winter salad with spinach and Valentine radish, with a slightly sweet dressing was a visually beautiful and stimulating during these dark winter days of gray, brown, and white.
As famous as the burgers at the old Black Door (when Matthew was there) used to be, these could be even better. Starting with the homemade mayo and pickles under the perfectly cooked patty (I always suggest rare, it is locally raised beef remember!) cheese on top (local blue is terrific), and room for your accompaniments over that...... without everything sliding off the burger. The portion size satisfies all, as we all know 4oz. of beef is plenty when you need to leave room for the best beers on the planet (but there's always an option for a double). And the new mussels? I've been eating them for years, but never like this preparation. Huge bowl (well over a dozen) with apples, smoked pork, hard cider, and get this....barley. Wow, who would of thought. Service was as warm and attentive, Jennifer explained the menu to perfection. Get there early in prime times and enjoy the bar, there is usually a wait.

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Thank Phil G
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

About the best around; staff and customers are friendly; a robust seletion of beer and well-prepared locally sourced food. SImply perfect.

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Thank eded1122
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

The restaurant is divided between the bar and the new separate table service section,and I will divide my review likewise. The bar is fantastic for beer lovers and has a great vibe. Nothing can touch its beer selection in Vermont and it is a good spot to hang out and enjoy your carefully selected brew (there are 40+ options).
The new restaurant next door is a great addition. The food is good, the service is fine and friendly, and the beer selection-well no need to go on about that. One glaring shortcoming: There is meat in just about every entree and appetizer. No problem in Texas, but in Vermont this is pretty surprising. Maybe less than 10% of us really need the an option, but throw us a bone (non-animal based of course). Apart from that defect, the food is tasty and pretty interesting. I return often, but the waitstaff always hears my question about a fish dish, or a veggie burger. Looking forward to the change, cause the place is hard to pass up.

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Thank Buckthorny
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

We will come here every time we head up to Stowe, Vt to go ski or just tour breweries and watering holes. The beer selection was amazing and I loved my special mix of a Belgian Peach Ale with Lawson's double sunshine IPA - sounds crazy but it was delicious!
You can't go wrong with a stop here, I wish we were closer so we could go more often.

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Thank Deena B
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

Yep, there's plenty of beer to be had. Plenty of good beer too - even wine! Unfortunately there isn't much for food, yes there is a menu, but it's very limited, and if you're in the bar side, it's even smaller!

Thank usarmywife1
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