Every once in a while you hit on a restaurant that just surpasses every one of your expectations and this is just one of those places! I can't tell you how wonderful and friendly the staff is (and they are)because I want to get to the food.
The most wonderful surprise I have eaten in a very long time was hidden under a strange description called corn soufflé on the appetizers section. I can't adequately describe how savory and flavorful this app was. The smoothness of the smoked cheddar combined with the wild mushrooms gave it a flavor I will not soon forget. The corn soufflé was light and airy with a soft flavorful texture that just melts in your mouth.
My wife had the grilled calamari and it was such a pleasant surprise from the traditional fried version it was wonderful. It was grilled perfectly with no rubbery texture and was paired with greens and pine nuts for a great taste. Our main course's were pork tenderloin and skirt steak, both were cooked to perfection and accompanied with well matched sides.
The portions were full and you couldn't possibly go away hungry. The price was very reasonable and the only complaint I could possibly have is the noise level when it gets filled. That said, I would endure twice the noise to have the same food in my local area. Unfortunately we usually only get to the Stowe area once a year during the 4th but it wouldn't take much convincing to go back again (soon) just to have another couple of meals at Plate.
We couldn't recommend this place more highly to anyone, local or traveler. We will see you again soon!
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