The Downtown Grocery, Ludlow VT
While in Vermont, we cancelled our swanky dinner reservations for something more low-key and came across what we thought was Cappuccino’s restaurant in Ludlow, VT. When we called to make a reservation, they told us Cappuccino’s was no longer in business (despite the awning above the door saying it was) but a new restaurant, The Downtown Grocery, was in its place. We decided to eat there anyway, and were so glad we did.
We learned that not only was The Downtown Grocery brand new, but it was only 3 days young! The owner of TDG hailed from Mississippi and her southern hospitality lit up the teeny restaurant. She hopped around to different tables talking to people as if she had known them for years, sharing food stories – she was a journalist who loved to travel, so waited tables to fund her trips. She fell in love with food, and a chef who became her husband and restaurant co-owner, and the rest is history!
The menu is small and seasonal, but the big chalkboard boasts daily specials that are creative and mouthwatering. Funk and I ordered cocktails (a grapefruit drink for me with a salted rim), seafood entrees (one with soft homemade linguini), and a dessert each. Usually we split dessert but couldn’t decide on one, and when Funk actually orders (and finishes) his own dessert, you know it’s a good one. My only regret was not requesting that the chef whip up special vegan meals for us; we overheard the waitress tell another diner this was possible, however the seafood did not disappoint.
Even the little touches, like the old milk bottle full of water the left on the table, and the tiny bowl of sea salt in place of a shaker, added a lot to the meal. I was so obsessed with the dining room’s paint color, I think we’re going to paint our living room in the same shade. And the owner told me about the artist who crafted their adorable coat rack – using forks as coat hooks – that I spotted as soon as I walked in.
The restaurant was packed on night #3 and I’m willing to bet it’s going to be a hot spot in Ludlow. We never knew the former restaurant Cappuccino’s, but we’re so glad to see The Downtown Grocery has taken its place.
Website : www.thedowntowngrocery.com
Address : 41 Depot Street, Ludlow, VT