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“Best Place to eat in the NEK”
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Cafe sweet basil
Ranked #3 of 25 Restaurants in Lyndonville
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 7 January 2014

Hands down, this is my favorite restaurant in the NEK. The chef(s) often use their own produce & ingredients from their farm & garden. The cocktails are original & delicious & they offer local brews. Portion size is very fair for the cost. I always leave here full and happy.

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Reviewed 3 December 2013

One of the only restaurants in the area that I will return to again and again. The food is really good, and is a great value for the price. Their specials are changing on a regular basis - I've loved their bruschetta and Vermont cheese platter. Their cocktails are a great value, and their dessert is delicious!!

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1  Thank C F
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

You should not be put off by the simplicity and funkiness of the atmosphere, because the food prepared by the chef owner is outstanding! My favorite is the chicken saltimbocca, but the signature Holy Basil is also great. Have always wanted to try one of the interesting desserts, but the entrees are so ample, that I've had to pass! Great place in a very small town.

1  Thank jop2map
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Reviewed 19 January 2013

Walking into Café Sweet Basil you will see a relaxed, informal, eclectic décor- paintings and lighting fixtures by talented local artists; a variety of tables and chairs from classic retro chrome-n-vinyl and Formica, to simple wooden tops covered in provincial table linens; draping vines along the walls, and a string-art tricycle from a 1970’s elementary school math class.

One waitress covers the whole place (10-12 tables) with swift efficiency, friendly service and a great sense of humor. In addition to waiting the tables she prepares some of the best martinis (straight up dirty vodka with blue-cheese stuffed olives, to ginger lime cosmos with fresh grated ginger and fresh squeezed lime juice complete with a sugar-rimmed glass), margaritas and the BEST bloodies among other offerings. The drink menu also includes locally brewed beers as well as traditional bottled types and a variety of wines.

The chef/owner can make anything taste delicious! Portions are generous, and feature a juxtaposition of flavors that delight the palate. One of the tastiest appetizers I’ve had the pleasure to experience is the smoked trout with grilled chapatti bread, horseradish cream sauce and house made tomato-ginger jam. Mmmmmmmmm… Dinner entrees like the beef, bean and cheese chimichangas come with rice and fresh, crispy mixed greens and marinated veggies tossed with homemade dressing including my personal favorites, sesame ginger and an Italian blend vinaigrette. OH- I almost forgot! Café Sweet Basil has an amazing house-made fresh salsa! Dip into it with crunchy tortilla chips for an appetizer or enjoy it with your burrito entree.

Other entrees, like the signature dish, Holy Basil (big juicy chunks of lobster meat, shrimp and tender sea scallops in a mouth-watering cream sauce), are served over ample portions of pasta or rice. If you leave the café hungry, it’s your own fault.

If you still have room, the dessert chef/chief bottle washer has some sweet and savory desserts to offer. You can push yourself over the edge with a cappuccino brownie sundae, lemon mousse crepes with fresh fruit, or one of the special offerings like maple crème brulee, bread pudding or strawberry shortcake; all enjoyed with a cup of hot coffee or tea.

If you look around while you’re enjoying your food, you’ll see counter space and shelves lined with items that you can take away with you; fresh local honey, homemade jams from wild harvested berries, and pumpkin and apple butters to name a few.

This whole place and its offerings are gratis of 3 creative, industrious and hardworking people who are there to serve you some of the best food you’ll come across in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. I love it, and I suspect that you will too. To parrot Imhenault, "Never disappointed".

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Reviewed 28 December 2012

Come here to eat, not to be fawned over. The service can be ambivalent, but the food is great and the atmosphere is relaxed. The portions are very generous in relation to the price.

2  Thank Michelle802
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