One of my favorite parts of traveling is trying new food and restaurants. Stowe has great restaurants and before heading to the mountain I would highly recommend setting aside some cash for at least a couple of great dinners. I am going to break down a few of my favorite restaurants that I had the pleasure of attending.
Harrison’s Restaurant & Bar — 25 Main St, Carlson Bldg, Stowe, VT 05672
I attended Harrison’s on NYE and was extremely pleased with my meal. The hotel is located in a basement and is fairly small; no more than 20 tables. Despite its size we didn’t feel claustrophobic as the tables were large and fairly spread apart. The main feature of the dining room is an electric fireplace, and while I would have preferred a real fire, it was a nice touch. The wait staff was excellent; informative, attentive, and prompt. For appetizers we had crab cakes and fried oysters. Both were excellent, the crab cakes contained mostly meat and little breading while the oysters were surprisingly light and full of flavor. For dinner I had the peppered strip steak which was also excellent. The desert was by far the best part of the meal, which is saying something because the entire meal was delicious. We ordered the profiteroles with homemade ice cream. The profiteroles were the best I have had in my entire life. The ice cream was also delicious even for Vermont standards. I was dreaming about this desert the rest of the week. There were a number of specialty cocktails, a solid craft beer selection (which can be expected for any Vermont establishment), a nice wine list, and the bartender served a generous pour of whiskey. Overall I would highly recommend Harrison’s.
O’Grady’s Grill & Bar — 504 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672-5104
We stopped in at O’Grady’s for an early dinner on a Saturday. We sat at high-tops in the bar area and were surprised at how good of a meal we received. The biggest surprise was the waiter/bartender. Very often you find the service a little lacking when one person is acting as both the bartender and the waiter. This is both understandable and expected when eating in the bar area. O’Grady’s bartender was fantastic. Our drinks and water were always fresh and our orders taken quickly. I had the homemade crispy wings to start that were fantastic and cioppino for dinner, which was perfectly spicy and zesty. My girlfriend thoroughly enjoyed her lobster roll that consisted of huge chunks of lobster meat. We asked if we could have the ice cream sundae to go. The waiter stated that while this request had never been made before, he was sure they could figure it out. The Guinness on tap met my high standards. I would highly recommend O’Grady’s.
Von Trapp Family Lodge Dining Room — 700 Trapp Hill Road, Stowe, VT 05672
We attended the Trapp Lodge for dinner based on strong online reviews. The atmosphere at the lodge is fantastic. The lodge is huge and isolated up a long driveway. The lodge is designed in an Austrian style and as someone who has visited Salzburg, Austria (where the Trapp Family originated) I can attest it is true to its vision. The dining room is quite large; the wait staff is highly professional and made the meal an enjoyable experience. However, I can’t give the food a fair review. I opted for the tasting menu due to the lobster entree. The lobster entree was delicious and had about half a lobster’s worth of meat. The pork belly appetizer was average and the raspberry puff pastry desert underwhelmed me. Overall I would recommend the Trapp Family Dining Room.
Matterhorn Bar & Grill — 4969 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672-4805
The Matterhorn is one of the most popular spots in Stowe for locals. It is Stowe’s only true bar. Matterhorn has live music every Friday and Saturday the bands playing the nights we were there were pretty good. I did not try the food but it was recommend, especially the sushi, which is unlikely for a place like this. The Ski Apres is extremely popular and can actually get a little too crowded. The Matterhorn is perfect to grab a beer after a long day on the mountain, to have some good food and drinks, or later at night to just hang out and shoot some pool. I would recommend the Matterhorn.
McGrady’s Restaurant: Excellent breakfast and scones. Highly recommend.
Whip Bar and Grill: Solid steak house. Recommend.
Bistro at ten Acres: Recommend.