Jessica's is an excellent option when looking for a special restaurant in Middlebury (parent's weekend anyone). The service, albeit slow at times, is warm and accommodating and many menu items are truly excellent. The scallops, pan seared and seasonally paired with an appropriate sauce (butternut squash and candied pecans in the fall), are tender, buttery, and perfectly cooked. One is always given a choice of side, either rice pilaf or mashed potatoes, of which the rice pilaf is a wonderful option. Desserts like the maple creme brulee and banana bread pudding are fantastic, perfectly portioned and beautifully presented, not to mention delicious. In fact the bread pudding is so fantastic I would assert it may be the best in the area, velvety in texture and complemented by a buttery caramel sauce.
The only drawbacks to Jessica's is that the food, although not served in large portions, is generally rather heavy in nature. The creamy ravioli might be better replaced with an additional fish dish or lighter pasta option (an excellent pesto with grilled chicken might be interesting). All that being said, Jessica's is a lovely, well run establishment and always a reliable choice for a nice dinner out.
pan seared scallops
maple creme brulee
banana bread pudding
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