Tasty sandwich, tasty view. Grab a meal at Woodstock's Village Butcher, and spread out by the river


Submitted 4 months ago
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Jeff Good

I love Woodstock's sidewalk eateries, but sometimes the cars and trucks rumbling by on Route 4 (not to mention the cigarette smokers who feel free to light up while non-smokers are chowing down) get to me. 

On those lunch hours, I head to The Village Butcher, where George and Linda Racicot and their crew whip up delicious lunches for $10 or less. 

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Many people eat their sandwiches at the tables out front, which afford a view of the downtown hubbub. But me — I get mine to go and head behind the Woodstock History Center. 

There, on a broad lawn  that reaches down to the Ottauquechee River, you can spread out a blanket, repair to a shady bench or spread out your feast on a picnic table beside the ambling waterway. 

Today, I had the special: the "Hippo-Crite Wrap," which featured fresh cucumber slices, avocado, tomatoes, pickles, cheddar, lettuce, onion, Russian dressing and — lest I dine too virtuously — crisp bacon. 

I almost yielded to the temptation of Linda's homemade fudge, but decided to return another day for that delight. For today, I would allow the river to serve as my extra treat. 

Geoerge Racicot and his wife's fudge.

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