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3 West Main St.
June 18, 2014 9:57 AM
Dot's is back! After getting hit hard by Hurrican Irene in 2011, it has rebuilt, now offering river-view seating. It currently is open only for breakfast and lunch, but dinner is in the offing.
Unchanged in attitude, Dot's remains a good, blue-plate lunch room with a menu of soups and sandwiches, and hot plates of turkey, roast beef, meat loaf, and pork roast. While Southwest chiliheads wouldn't recognize Dot's chili as their beloved bowl of red, it is true Yankee chili, and it is terrific. The menu calls it "Jailhouse Chili," but it's most respectable. Beefy, thick with beans, spicy but not ferocious, it comes as a cup or bowl under a mantle of melted cheese.
Breakfast is the great meal of the day, with a vast menu of choices from downhome sausage gravy and biscuits with home fries and eggs to a wide choice of muffins. There are omelets, French toast made from Dot's bread, waffles, and McDot breakfast sandwiches. But it's the pancakes we adore. You can get them plain, studded with blueberries, apples, or bananas, or – best of all – loaded with berries. The batter of "Berry-berry" pancakes contains an impossible number of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries. Each one retains its individual flavor, and the bunch of them together, packed into Dot's fluffy cakes, are a flapjack epiphany. With a spill of local maple syrup, they're a must!
Hot Turkey Sandwich
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