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