We decided to go to Emily's because we wanted to try a new restaurant for us. And we had read online about the 2 for 59.99 special on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays (2 entrees and a bottle of wine). I wanted to try their lamb as well, after reading a review on this site.
Okay, let's begin at the beginning. The host was aloof and sarcastic. As he was about to seat us by a door, I asked him if the door would be opening and closing. "it opens and closes (pause), not while you're sitting there." He seemed like a real wise guy. At first, I feared our waiter was pretty aloof, but he warmed up okay. When we were first seated he came to ask if we wanted a cocktail. After telling him no, we were taking advantage of the special with a bottle of wine, he disappeared for a full 15 minutes!!! Was he discouraged or something? Anyway, when he did come back, he was appropriately friendly and attentive, and the food came at good intervals. We had plenty of time to enjoy the bread and some wine before our appetizers came, and plenty of time to enjoy appetizers before the entree.
Overall the atmosphere speaks "fine dining", but there's a bit of coldness to the place--not temperature wise; just not a sense of welcoming. We arrived at 6pm and left at 8pm and there were only 2 other groups with children--possibly folks staying at the inn.
The wine was a VERY good chardonnay, and the waiter was very knowledgeable in advising us about the wines. The bread was unique in that it tasted like there was no salt in the dough. I really liked that, although my spouse was less enthusastic. The dressing on the salad was an exquisite balsamic mixture. The tomato and basil soup was very good--my spouse got that and loved it. I thought it was a bit thick.
Menu items are few, but varied, including chicken, steak, salmon, lamb.
The lamb came on a bed of lamb stew. Different, but tasty. I would have preferred a full rack rather than half a rack with lamb stew, but it was good. The waiter was appropriately concerned that the lamb came "rare" instead of "medium rare" that I had ordered. I was impressed with that level of attention. My spouse got the NY sirloin, which was very good. BTW, lamb and filet are included on the special, but for an addition $8.
We did not get dessert because of how full we were--portions are very good. The coffee tasted like it had sat in the pot for awhile.
I'd recommend this place if you want to try their special. They also had a special of a fixed price for appetizer, entree, and dessert ($37? or so)--again, lamb and filet extra.
We probably won't return because there are other restaurants we like better in Stowe
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