Dishing it up in the Valley

Chef Colby Miller and his trusty sidekick Ed Gonzalez run the Hostel Tevere dining room show Tuesday through Saturday evenings. Their delicious housemade pasta specials (fettuccine with slow cooked white sugo Bolognese, asiago, and nutmeg? Yes please!), along with the best burger in the Valley (hands down, if we do say so ourselves), a messy but amazing brisket sandwich, rich satisfying ramen, poutine, mofongo, and a host of other delicious dishes, make Hostel Tevere the place to be when you’re in town… but if you want a change of pace, check out one the following local spots for a great meal or snack!

PEASANT
40 Bridge Street, Waitsfield
(802) 496-6856
Dinner starting at 5:30 pm Thursday – Monday
RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED

Peasant, in Waitsfield village, serves up a traditional rustic menu in a setting that is warm, casual, and inviting. Standouts include Tuscan meatballs braised in white wine, rosemary, and onion, cassoulet of white beans, chicken, sausage, and pork, and, for dessert, prunes poached in red wine and cinnamon served with mascarpone. Be sure to try the weekly rotating house pâté. Live music every Monday!

THE COMMON MAN
3209 German Flats Rd, Warren
(802) 583-2800
Dinner starting at 6 pm Tuesday – Saturday
RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED

The Common Man (no relation to the family of restaurants in New Hampshire) serves contemporary American cuisine in a beautiful 19th Century barn. Their artisanal cocktails are fantastic and sure to warm you up after a long day on the mountain. Just up the Access Road from the Hostel, we prefer the intimate tables near the roaring fire for special occasions. The menu changes with the season, but we definitely recommend the Niman Ranch Double Pork Chop with soft polenta, balsamic glazed endive, pineapple, and pork jus. Thursday is pasta night– $18 for housemade pasta and a green salad, plus $5 wines by the glass and $5 desserts!

AMERICAN FLATBREAD
46 Lareau Road, Waitsfield
(802) 496-8856
Dinner 5 to 9:30 pm Thursday – Sunday
NO ADVANCE RESERVATIONS

The original American Flatbread hearth is located just down Route 100 at the lovely Lareau Farm Inn. Weekends can get pretty busy, so we would suggest putting your name on the list in person starting at 4pm on the day you’d like to dine in. The menu of specialty wood-fired flatbreads rotates frequently, but one of their staples is the Punctuated Equilibrium, with calamata olives, roasted red peppers, VT goat cheese, fresh rosemary, red onions, scallions, Parmigiano, and garlic, and is tangy and satisfying. In the summer they have outdoor seating, but in the winter we love to enjoy a glass of wine next to the big clay oven.

TRACKS AT THE PITCHER INN
275 Main Street, Warren
(802) 496-6350
Dinner 6 to 9:30 pm, closed Tuesday
RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED

Upscale pub fare in a classic New England setting, Tracks is a great place to grab a local brew and a bite to eat. We highly recommend the charcuterie plate, with a selection of artisanal American salami and coppa, Prosciutto di Parma, lemon dressed arugula, and truffled Pecorino, or the classic fish & chips! Tracks has a fireplace, pool table and vintage shuffleboard.

THE MAD TACO
5101 Main Street, Waitsfield
(802) 496-3832
Open 11 am to 9 pm seven days/week

Tacos! Tacos! Tacos! When our hostel manager, Jill, moved to the Valley from Los Angeles, the one thing she worried about was a potentially insatiable craving for her much-loved carnitas… but as she arrived in Waitsfield the Mad Taco presented itself like a beacon of good fortune, and a love affair was born. House-smoked meats, fabulous from-scratch margaritas, and an ever-rotating artisanal hot sauce selection make “the Taco” a Hostel favorite. You’re likely to spot one or more of our staff at the Taco on any given Sunday funday afternoon! We recommend the Chile Colorado slow roasted Yucatan pork tacos or the roast squash Big Daddy Fatty.

THE WARREN STORE
284 Main Street, Warren
(802) 496-3864
Breakfast/lunch 8 am to 5:30 pm seven days/week

The quaint Warren Store is a great place to grab breakfast or lunch on the run (there are also a few tables if you’d like to dine in). High quality ingredients make for amazing deli sandwiches, including the famous Number Six with all natural roast turkey, lettuce, tomato, red onion & their secret recipe cranberry mayo. They also offer a great retail selection of local beers and ciders (Lawson’s delivers every Thursday morning… get there early!), produce, and meats.

THE SWEET SPOT
40 Bridge Street, Waitsfield
(802) 496-9199
Open 8 am to 6 pm Thursday – Sunday

Sweet Simone’s baked goods (GET THE CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE… YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED), Scout’s Honor ice cream, espresso, tea, wifi. A local gem!

Bon Appétit and see you soon!