We were in Stowe recently for a car show and were looking for lunch on a glorious weekend Fall day. Unfortunately, every place we tried *in town* had huge lines and waiting lists. And this was at 2:00 pm! Our friend knew of the Flannel eatery at Topnotch, just a short ways out of town, and knew that there was outdoor dining, so off we went.
It's just a short drive out of town -- 4 miles, or about 8 minutes to be exact -- and it was WELL WORTH IT!! The restaurant, open to the public, is part of the Topnotch Resort, which is handy to Stowe but away from the busy-ness of downtown and Main Street. Plenty of parking, and for us that day, no wait at all!
The outside tables and umbrellas were welcoming, plentiful, and nicely spaced, with pretty plantings and the pool nearby. The inside dining room was lovely as well, bright with huge windows. The menu is varied, and for me as the vegetarian of the group, there were nice choices....salads, black bean hummus wrap, veggie spring rolls, soup, quiche. I thoroughly enjoyed my salad, and others enjoyed their sandwiches and burgers. Our waiter provided great service.
Simply put, we enjoyed our lunch outside on a fine Fall day, and were SO glad that we ventured just a short ways out of town to dine at the Flannel Restaurant. We live in Vermont just an hour away and will certainly seek out the Flannel again, rather than to buck the crowds!
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