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Wayside Restaurant & Bakery

1873 US-302, Berlin, VT - (802) 223-6611
Posted By Michael Stern on April 29, 2014 4:50 AM
The Wayside Restaurant is a place to eat classic Vermont food, including salt pork and milk gravy, fresh native perch, old-fashioned boiled dinner, and red flannel hash (so named because beets dye it the color of a farmer’s long johns). Not all these kitchen specialties are made every day. Perch can be had only during ice-fishing season, when it is lightly breaded and fried to a crisp; salt pork and gravy has become a Thursday-only tradition; Wednesday is chicken pie and meat loaf day; boiled dinner and shepherd’s pie are cold-weather specials; fiddlehead ferns are offered only a few weeks in the spring.

Whatever the daily specials, and regardless of seasonal shortages, you will eat well any time you come to this cheerful town lunch room. Meals begin with aromatic, just-baked rolls brought to the table. What joy it is to tear off a shred from a roll and submerge it into a bowl of Wayside beef barley soup – a brew so thick with meat and pearly grain that a spoon literally stands up in it; or dip it in the vegetable soup – a jumble of hand-cut carrots, squash, onions, tomato, and beans.

In addition to several puddings, Jell-O, and homemade gingers snaps for dessert, there is a big and appetizing choice of pies: mince pie, cream pie, apricot pie, lemon meringue pie, hand-cut apple pie, and maple cream pie. That last one makes us swoon. It is low and flat with barely-whipped cream piled onto a radiant band of amber maple cream. The maple flavor is powerful, elegant, and pure, and it will resonate on your tongue like a grand north-country cordial.
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beef hash
chicken pie
cream pie
Pie of the Day
Franks & Beans
Hot Turkey Sandwich
Grape Nuts Pudding

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Posted By BAB on June 22, 2014 4:15 PM
I have been dining at the Wayside for over 30 years, often for breakfast, but for all other meals as well. In the past, I, too, would have given the restaurant high praise. But in recent years, the overall quality has declined. Some exceptions: the breakfasts and sometimes the specials are good. Sandwiches are good, as well. But, most entrees and soups, and some pies are a disappointment. They used to make their own coconut cream pie with homemade crust -- light flavorful filling, with bits of coconut -- that I loved. Now, the filling seems canned, as do some other offerings.
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Grape Nuts Pudding
Franks & Beans
beef hash
chicken pie
cream pie
Pie of the Day
Pot Roast
Soup

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Posted By Irene on July 20, 2012 11:05 AM
Another one of my favorite breakfast places in central Vermont, with good service, good solid food, and lots of variety. It's a large place so you never have to wait too long (except for Sunday mornings). It's also a fun place for families. The Wayside has a long winding counter for those who like to eat solo, and lots of booths. There are also lots of pie choices. This is comfort food at its best.
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Posted By June McAllister on July 22, 2011 2:19 PM
Awesome pie! Love it. Love it. Love it.

This restaurant is actually located in Montpelier. I also put the zip code into my GPS and the "town" of Berlin popped up but after looking at Google maps I had to put in a nearby intersection to get a specific location. Without that, the GPS just kept going to the highway itself before I could enter a number. But the intersection of Hersey Road worked fine.
4 star rating
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cream pie
Pie of the Day

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Posted By Stan Kurkovsky on December 19, 2007 5:25 PM
My wife, our one-year-old and I went to the Wayside Restaurant during our trip to VT in October 2007. For whatever reason, my GPS could not find Berlin, VT, which wasn't marked in our thick road atlas either. We managed to find our way there finally, although we took exit 8, instead of 7, off I-89. It was definitely worth it!

For about $26 we had two specials (traditional turkey dinner and a Montreal-style pork loin), two large soft drinks, two slices of pie, and a coffee. Both entrees were excellent and the size was just right. Turkey came with stuffing, which was a nice complement. Each entree came with two sides. Following the suggestion on the menu, which read "An apple pie without cheese is like a hug without a squeeze," I ordered a slice of apple pie with cheese. To my greatest surprise, the pie only had a hint of cinnamon, which was just perfect.
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