As locals we have eaten here regularly over the years and never been disappointed. However last night we took friends visiting from California and experienced the truly amazing talents of the new Chef/Owner who is now starting to put his own stamp on this long-standing restaurant. We were all absolutely blown away by the incredible flavors and freshness of the dishes - the lobster salad and tuna tartar appetizers left us all speechless and then the entrees just took it up another level. A house-made local lamb sausage will remain a highlight for a very long time (probably until our next visit) and the roast poussin was tender to the point of melt in your mouth and superbly complemented by the various grain and vegetable accompaniments. Our friends could not believe they were in rural Vermont rather than downtown San Francisco or New York! The local insight is Chef Aaron trained under Alfred Portale at the famed Gotham Bar and Grill but he is clearly destined for major success as he takes the reins at the Common Man.
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