August 26, 2013 Solstice
Solstice is the main restaurant in Stowe Mountain Lodge. Breakfast is served from 7-11. Sunday morning, while the guys play golf, we go out to breakfast. They have coffee in the bar area outside the restaurant (see picture above), but they have run out and people are starting to get antsy. I had made a reservation but there was a wedding at the hotel last night, and breakfast is a mess. There are tons of families with kids, there are about 10 people in line ahead of us, the hostess is flustered and she is setting tables as she seats them. She’s young and looks stressed, they could have been better prepared for this kind of situation. It takes us about 15 minutes to get to the front of the line. When we are seated, we are put in a back table, near lots of tables of screaming kids. I like kids, don’t get me wrong, but people here, servers and parents alike are looking a bit frazzled and overwhelmed.
We sit at the table with menus and no one comes over for 20 minutes. I finally get up and ask the man who appears to be a manager (he is standing by the kitchen putting the garnish on the plates, and the only one in a suit) if someone can come and take our order. Our waiter is a bit desheveled and is running around like mad man. He finally takes our order, we both get the french toast. This is how the plate comes. I kid you not, when I bit into the bacon, it was so overcooked it basically turned to powder.
I was embarrassed to ask for new bacon, but look at the difference! The food was far too much for us to eat, we probably could have shared an order. Service was awful, we were ignored and didn’t have the relaxing breakfast we had hoped for. The food, which on previous visits here for dinner has normally been good, wasn’t as good as it should have been for the price. At this point, we had wished we had just hopped in the car and went to grab a bagel in town.
7412 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT