Rural Food Court Sprouts at Village Square
If a few years back you would have told any MRV local that the Village Square (AKA the Mehuron’s shopping center) would become one of the Valley’s culinary hotbeds you would have been written off as delusional. But times sure are a changin’ as a new wave of entrepreneurial investment in the shopping center that has turned it into a veritable “Rural Food Court”!
It all started out innocently enough when The Mad Taco led the charge. Joey Nagy and his team opened the “OG Taco” back in 2010. They set the bar and have become a wildly popular eatery among locals, visitors and Long Trail thru-hikers. It’s true, word has spread among the hiking community that “the taco” and Waitsfield generally is a must stop place to re-fuel when hiking the length of VT.
Then in the spring of 2016 Charlie Menard founded the Canteen Creemee Company serving up the highest-end snack bar food and the most decadent creemees in all of Vermont. Since inception CCC has earned high praise in the press and among their ardent fans. Heck they even ranked as one of the top 10 iconic ice cream shops in all of New England by the Boston Globe.
Then things started to really heat up at “The Square” last summer when Stoke Ramen opened to critical acclaim. Colby and Mimi, the owners are experienced restaurant people who decided to strike out on their own with this new venture. We’re glad they did as it’s an exciting new addition to the valley’s culinary repertoire.
When Pizza Soul moved downtown after 10 years in Sugarbush Village it really rounded out the offerings of the evolving “Rural Food Court”. Jason Lerner and his team serve up classic, New York-style pizza, stromboli and calzones that remind NYC area transplants of their former home.
Mehuron’s Supermarket, the Village Square’s long-time anchor has gotten into the food trend in their own way with the recent revamping of their deli. Chef Patrick and his crew create an amazing hot bar, sandwiches and grab-and-go options that are a perfect addition to the Village Square’s food court.
“It’s probably the tastiest parking lot in Vermont,” says Stoke Ramen chef-owner Colby Miller. So when it’s time to eat everyone can get what they want; tasty tacos, pizza, ramen, fried chicken, burgers, creative sandwiches, a healthy salad or an ever-changing variety of daily specials and, of course, a famous Vermont creemee for dessert! Come on down to the place where it is hip to be square, Village Square that is!