New American Grill
5700 Route 100 (junction of route 100 and 11), Londonderry, Vt.
Cara Bonang and Max Turner co-own the New American Grill. Cara manages and fills in where needed, from serving to prep. Max works at the Firetower Restaurant at Stratton. They opened in 2004 and have been in the same place ever since.
Cara has been in the restaurant industry for a quarter-century, and is on the premises daily. They employ 13 staff, including chef Robert Adler, formerly at The Sushi Bar at Stratton Mountain.
The website bears the slogan “Vermont soul, world flavor” and the menu lives up to it. Wednesday is sushi night. The regular dinner menu features an eclectic selection from international cuisines, from pot stickers, quesadillas and seafood to main dishes with a Mediterranean touch. For lunch, choose soup, salads, stir fry, curries, a “black and blue” burger and mouthwatering sandwiches, using an array of seasonings (sriracha, Jamaican jerk, Creole, Cajun, Southwest). There is also a children’s “comfort food” menu that includes ice cream for dessert. The menu changes seasonally. The winter menu will feature farm-raised venison. “Seafood does well,” Cara says, and stir fry is also popular. All seafood and meats come from Black River Produce in North Springfield, Vt., and all draft beers are Vermont-brewed.
“Everything is made from scratch, we avoid buying premade items,” Cara says.
New American Grill is a popular pre-theater spot for the nearby Weston Playhouse.
Meals are served daily: lunch, 11 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.; dinner, 4:30-9 p.m.