O’Grady’s Grill and Bar, Stowe, VT

28 Apr

During the peak season, it can be tough to nab a table for dinner in Stowe, Vermont. Luckily, O’Grady’s Grill and Bar (504 Mountain Road) is large enough that we didn’t need reservations. However, the parking lot is on the small side for a restaurant of this size, and we circled it a couple times before “creating” our own parking spot behind the restaurant building.

As we entered, we were greeted with a smile. Though it calls itself an “Irish pub,” the ambiance is that of an upscale casual restaurant. The menu is a mix of Irish and Italian dishes, ranging from fish and chips to butternut squash risotto. There is something for everyone here.

The clam chowder was light and creamy, with celery, potatoes, and smoked bacon.

O'Grady's Restaurant - clam chowder

The Irish nachos appetizer was a valiant attempt at some sort of Irish-Mexican fusion. The fried potato slices loaded with cheese were ok at first, but became chewy and soft as they got cold. There was also way too much sour cream.

O'Grady's - Irish Nachos

The 14 oz. prime rib special was perfect, served with onion rings, zucchini, and a twice baked potato with bacon, cheese, and sour cream.

O'Grady's - Prime rib

The seafood cioppino had five large shrimp, large clams and mussels in a not-too-spicy tomato broth with tomatoes, onions, roasted red peppers. The toasted garlic-y bread was a bit too hard for my liking, but everything else about this dish was delicious.

O'Grady's - Cioppino

Unfortunately, they had sold out of dark chocolate pumpkin cheesecake when we were ready to order dessert. We got the flourless chocolate cake instead – a light, fluffy triangle with a texture that was a cross between chocolate mousse and cheesecake, served with Baileys cream.

O'Grady's - Flourless Chocolate Cake

The Final Word: Good food at reasonable prices in a comfortable environment and friendly staff. A great place to relax after a day of skiing or hiking at Stowe!

Info: O’Grady’s Grill and Bar, 504 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT, USA

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