Manchester Center , Vermont
Tel: 802 362 2817
Concierge.com's insider take:
We'll refrain from commenting on the tongue-in-cheek name of this place, or the T-shirts and panties it sells. Instead, we'll focus on the food, which has won the Perfect Wife a cultlike following among Manchester locals. Owned by chef Amy Chamberlain and located about five minutes from downtown, it has two floors and two different menus. In the restaurant downstairs, stone walls and a greenhouse space are the backdrop for dishes such as Peking-duck mandarin pancakes and poached king salmon over black beluga lentils. The upstairs tavern is ski-town cozy—beer bottle collections, dartboards, foosball, and a jukebox—and has a pub-like menu of burgers and wings. It's also where you'll find an outdoor patio, Vermont beers on tap, and dozens of perfect wives dancing to live rock 'n' roll.
Open Mondays through Fridays 5 to 10 pm.