I stopped in here with friends for a quick dinner on a recent visit to my beloved Vermont. This restaurant has changed hands at least twice in the 10 or so years I've been visiting the area. The current incarnation is fairly new: the restaurant name was a source of amusement and fun conversation within our group of five.
We were promptly greeted at the door, on this weekend mid-evening, and were sat at a table located along the back rail of the open-air deck. Our waitress, "Lou," arrived straight-away and took our beverage order: UFO Harpoon ale, Lagunitas IPA, Pepsi, Kettle One vodka martini with a twist, and a bottle of Heineken. I especially liked my UFO, and my friends each also seemed to enjoy their choices as well.
We immediately connected with Lou on a humor-level, with various jokes and bursting moments of laughter shared throughout our meal. She was funny, quick-witted, prompt, friendly, competent and knew her menu well.... not hesitating to honestly answer our questions about various menu items, and always with a smile. We mused with Lou about the previous restaurants located on the property, and at one point she quipped "Yeah, well... I hear the food sucked and the service sucked..... now only the service sucks." More uproarious laughter. In fact, the service was excellent (but the food was just above 'suck' ).
On advisement, we shared a basket of the "frickles" (fried pickles.... we'd always wanted to try some). Actually, they were different and we enjoyed them. Most of the rest of our food was just okay (taco plates, Caesar salad with chicken, nachos, rice with beans, chicken teriyaki wings). Tacos came served in plastic baskets on paper: the paper disintegrating, becoming indistinguishable from the food. The cheddar ale soup was a bit better than average. Otherwise, there was nothing remarkable about this menu.
On the other hand, the deck was great. There were several other parties eating nearby, no screaming children, and some interesting locals played games of pool nearby. The West River could also be seen and heard off in the not so far distance.
We will likely not return to Whiskey Dick's unless their menu improves, especially as there are many better choices in the area. But we send best wishes to Lou, expecting she will keep up the great service and keep her customers laughing... even if she can't do anything to improve the food.
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