When visiting Montpelier, Vermont a restaurant worth dining at is The New England Culinary Institute Restaurant on Main Street. This restaurant is a lab for culinary students to experiments with fresh produce and local meats, poultry and seafood. The menu stresses seasonal and local farmers to bring the best meal at the the most reasonable prices. They are open for lunch or dinner on Tuesday through Saturday. NECI is a refreshing change of pace in restaurant dining.
The lunch menu features a selection of fresh appetizers like Green Mountain Greek Salad, Vietnamese Chicken Wings and chick pea fries. There are sandwiches that come with cut fries like Smoked Salmon Club and Jamican Sausage Patty. Entrees include Crispy Dug Leg Confitt, Penne Pesto, and Pan Seared Salmon.
The dinner menu has a wide selection of fresh appetizers. The soups are spiced fish soup and lentil. Entrees and varied and include local grass fed beef, ginger and jasmine marinated duck breast, mushroom and barley risotto with hazelnuts, fresh seasonal fish, beer brined pork chop loin, lamb ragu, The restaurant has an extensive wine and beer menu to complement the meals.
Don't be afraid to bring children to this restaurant. They have an children's menu that includes entree, beverage and dessert. Some of the entrees are grilled chicken breast, grilled cheese, hamburger, batter dipped fish, macroni and cheese, fries, steamed vegetables and ice cream or sorbet for dessert.
Don't forget about dessert and coffee. They have an extensive dessert menu that offers some seasonal specialites. They have molten lava cake, banana creme brulee, warm lemon pudding cake and more. The lite fare menu is served from 5 to 9 p.m. for those that want a lighter meal.
Overall this restaurant located in Montplier VT is a great stop when you are visiting for a few day or live in the area. For more information visit the NECI site or stop by 118 Main Street, Montpelier, VT.