Keepers A Country Cafe

3685 Vermont 106
Reading, 05062
This restaurant was pretty good and unexpected to find. Decor was modern rustic and had an updated feel to it. Ambiance was good and romantic. My husband and I each had the lobster bisque, which was good - I don't like peppers so was a little surprised to find them in there - it may have been listed on the menu, but I could have easily overlooked it. I had a chicken dish which was good and my husband had a burger, which he enjoyed as well. Good experience overall.
Been here a few times prior. The food has always been good. But tonight was the first time with a big group, and even though the restaurant wasn't full it couldn't have been more disorganized. They didn't take drink orders for the whole table at once. Another large party who sat down after we did was served both their apps and dinner first. We had asked to order but by the time he came back to take it they were out of burgers. And when we finally got served almost an hour after being seated, apps and mains came out together, and one of the salads was missing. The woman server with the accent was quite nice and attentive and comped us the missing salad, but it was just a frustrating experience. Pity as the good is good there....
Could there really be this little hidden gem in Redding? Why hadn't I heard about this place before? The answers are "yes" and "who cares". But if you find yourself up near Okemo, Woodstock or anywhere else within 50 miles, this is a great bistro place. We came here on a Saturday night around 6:30; within a half hour it was nearly full -- and, in summer, there wasn't a skier to be found. (Reservations not required, but we made one anyways). We brought our three kids along and saw two other families here. There is a "verbal" kids menu of chicken tenders (fresh huge pieces of chicken -- so good that I had to had a few bites), pasta and burger etc. And they all come with some carrot sticks too. It was a steal of a price too. We had the PEI mussels (so good), a house salad (don't forget to ask for the blue cheese if you want it), and two specials that day: Chicken Marsala and a "French Dip"-type sandwich. All were delicious. The sandwich deserves a special mention for the dipping sauce (not too rich or salty) and the outrageously good fries. If there's a dish with the fries, get them. They are some of the best you'll have. Very fresh and generously portioned (and with a little skin on the tips). The desserts are also not to be missed including Maple Creme Brulee and homemade sorbets. The fresh biscotti too was a very nice touch. And a full bar too. All this for about $100? That same meal costs $175 in New York. But don't let the setting fool you, this is outstanding bistro-pub food. We'll be back. Early and often. P.S. Good luck getting a cell phone signal here!

(802) 484-9090

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