My wife and I got to the Vermont Country Store and Bryant House, their sit-down restaurant next door, well before noon on a Wednesday in July. The restaurant was already taking names (there are surprisingly few tables inside—at least that I could see), with a wait time of about 20 minutes. That 20 stretched into well over 30, but we really didn't mind, spending the time in the store, planning our postprandial purchases. After a half-hour, when our name had not yet been called over the loudspeaker in the store, we went back to the restaurant and found ourselves next in line.
We sat in the bar area, which, like the store, feels old and welcoming—as was our waitress (uh, she wasn't old)—who brought drinks and menus quickly. Food took a while to arrive, but was very tasty, with high-quality ingredients. The clam chowder is famous and fulsome—lovely aroma. The monte cristo and fish and chips sandwiches both first rate: hot, tasty and satisfying. Decent fries. The "firecracker" cole slaw (or some such name) uses red cabbage, not all that hot—some added horseradish gave it a nice kick. A very good lunch.
Directly behind the restaurant (run by the same people) is a take-out lunch spot with hot dogs, burgers, ice cream—for those who would prefer something less serious for the midday meal—and faster.
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