Wayside Restaurant & Bakery

Review by: Michael Stern

The Wayside Restaurant is a place to eat classic Vermont food, including salt pork and milk gravy, fresh native perch, old-fashioned boiled dinner, and red flannel hash (so named because beets dye it the color of a farmer’s long johns). Not all these kitchen specialties are made every day. Perch can be had only during ice-fishing season, when it is lightly breaded and fried to a crisp; salt pork and gravy has become a Thursday-only tradition; Wednesday is chicken pie and meat loaf day; boiled dinner and shepherd’s pie are cold-weather specials; fiddlehead ferns are offered only a few weeks in the spring.

Whatever the daily specials, and regardless of seasonal shortages, you will eat well any time you come to this cheerful town lunch room. Meals begin with aromatic, just-baked rolls brought to the table. What joy it is to tear off a shred from a roll and submerge it into a bowl of Wayside beef barley soup – a brew so thick with meat and pearly grain that a spoon literally stands up in it; or dip it in the vegetable soup – a jumble of hand-cut carrots, squash, onions, tomato, and beans.

In addition to several puddings, Jell-O, and homemade ginger snaps for dessert, there is a big and appetizing choice of pies: mince pie, cream pie, apricot pie, lemon meringue pie, hand-cut apple pie, berry pies in season, and maple cream pie. That last one makes us swoon. It is low and flat with barely-whipped cream piled onto a radiant band of amber maple cream. The maple flavor is powerful, elegant, and pure, and it will resonate on your tongue like a grand north-country cordial.

What To Eat


Franks & Beans

Pot Roast

Grape Nuts Pudding


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Wayside Restaurant & Bakery Recipes


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One Response to “Wayside Restaurant & Bakery”

Stan Kurkovsky

December 19th, 2007

My wife, our one-year-old and I went to the Wayside Restaurant during our trip to VT in October 2007. For whatever reason, my GPS could not find Berlin, VT, which wasn’t marked in our thick road atlas either. We managed to find our way there finally, although we took exit 8, instead of 7, off I-89. It was definitely worth it!

For about $26 we had two specials (traditional turkey dinner and a Montreal-style pork loin), two large soft drinks, two slices of pie, and a coffee. Both entrees were excellent and the size was just right. Turkey came with stuffing, which was a nice complement. Each entree came with two sides. Following the suggestion on the menu, which read “An apple pie without cheese is like a hug without a squeeze,” I ordered a slice of apple pie with cheese. To my greatest surprise, the pie only had a hint of cinnamon, which was just perfect.


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