Rural Food Court Sprouts at Village Square

The sauces at Mad Taco are all homemade and are ranked from 1 to 10 on the Mad Taco hotness scale.

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.

Jason, the owner of Pizza Soul cranks out another perfect pie!

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.

Colby and Mimi co-own Stoke Ramen

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.

People come from far and wide to give Charlie Menard’s Canteen Creemee Company a try. He’s been dishing up the finest snack bar cuisine and spectacularly creative creemees to much critical acclaim.

“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!

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