As a local who literally lives minutes away, I'm truly ashamed to say that I just discovered the Blue
Paddle Bistro in South Hero BUT
am glad to say I am definitely a BPB family member for life. Anyone that knows
me understands that I like myself a real good meal and that I am not afraid to
drive a good distance to find one. Little did I know I only needed to go about
10 minutes from my home and this trip did not involve any Burlington traffic.
Let me tell you about my first experience at the
"Paddle" It was a beautiful early summer Saturday night and my
girlfriend and I were looking for something different to do for dinner. We
hopped in the car and just started to drive. It may have been the perfect
weather I am not sure, but I seemed to be almost drawn to the Islands that
night. Upon coming up to the stunning Sand Bar in South Hero I said, "let's go to the
Blue Paddle I have always wanted to go." and with that our perfect night
As we arrived to the packed parking lot
we quickly saw many people standing on the porch of the restaurant awaiting
their table reservations. Knowing we came here on a whim with NO reservations
during peak dinner hour, I didn’t think the scenario would end well. And I was
prepared to head to the golden arches of McDonalds. But as I poked through the
crowd and made way to the hostess station I was greeted by the owner. She asked
me the name of the reservation as I explained our situation to her as I stood depressingly,
seeing no open tables in sight. She glanced around the room a couple times and
said if you can wait a few minutes we can get you seated on the side of the
counter where they ring out their satisfied customers next to their awesome little
gift section. I was obviously in no position to complain nor did I want to. We both
were thrilled to how well we were being treated and the fact that they went
well out of their way to accommodate us. After a few minute wait out on the
porch our name was beckoned and the meal was under way.
When the menu was sat down in front of
me I knew I had some terribly hard decisions to make. It seemed as if
everything on the menu was designed just for me. From the long list of tasty
appetizers (We have got the fried spring rolls EVERY visit) to the main courses
and amazingly nightly specials. After some great debate I settled on the
special of scallops and quail while my girlfriend chose the filet special for gorgonzola
crumb topping. When the food arrived it was crystal clear that the chef had a
superior level of training. Between the picture-perfect presentation and the
intense aroma I knew I made the right choice. The rest of the meal was somewhat
of a blur to me. I was completely
consumed and don’t even recall if I had any conversation with my girlfriend. I
can legitimately say that I ate every morsel off my plate. Both meals were home
runs and I haven’t had a meal to that caliber in a long time.
The last thing I have to note about the
Blue Paddle Bistro is the service and staff. Everyone treated us like we were
regulars whom have been dinning there for years. The waitress was knowledgeable
and personable and more impressively was the owner. She continued to thank us
the entire time for “working with them” and praised our “patience” when we were
the ones without the reservation and in the wrong. She even went out of her way
and handed us a $15 gift certificate as we departed from the restaurant and
once again thanked us for our business. We were both left incredibly impressed.
To see a level of customer service like this in today’s world is almost unheard
of. I would simply go back for the service alone and when you combine that with
mouth watering food that will blow your socks off you will quickly find
yourself as a BPB family member. Do yourself the favor of getting out there for
a fantastic meal and experience. You can take my word for it!
Author:Ryan Miller Phone: 802-999-6983 Dated: June 30th 2014 Views: 268 About Ryan: Coming from a family with countless years of real estate experience, I knew my calling early. After ...
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