albany, New York
June 19, 2003
There was so much to like about this restaurant such as:
The décor: We ate in the octogon room that had a large cupola ceiling. High on the walls was the 360 mural of the balloon festival scenes. Around the room were six large booths that each could seat six people easily so we were not crowded at all. In addition, there were a few tables in the middle.
The food: The menu offered a large selection of entrees and also had an excellent wine list. Everything we ordered was delicious. The Seafood Diablo was absolutely fantastic. The salmon was very tasty. The steak was very distinctive (not sure what seasoning was used). The dessert, Chocolate Melody, was a great hit with my wife!
Presentation: The best way to describe how well the chef did in presentation is to imagine a florist putting together a very special arrangement. That is the image I had when I looked at our plates.
Wait staff: The waiters, waitresses, and hosts were very friendly, efficient, informative, etc. The one waiter discussed with us the Stowe annual balloon festival. The one waitress put us out of our misery and knew that Pat Benatar was the singer’s name we were searching our memory banks for!
Cost: I thought the costs of entrees were reasonable considering the quality of food. However when you factor in the 50% coupon that we cut out of the newspaper (and then received another one for next visit), the prices were fantastic. The second night we saved $36 for the four dinners!
By the way, Charlie B’s is the informal dining room that is connected to Winfield’s. Winfield’s is considered the fine dining restaurant. We didn’t get a chance to eat in Winfield’s since it wasn’t open for the season yet.
From journal Wonderful Week in Stowe