On our way back from our recent trip to Montreal, we were fairly hungry as we passed through Southern Quebec and Northern Vermont, which don’t have a lot of options (although Chez Ti Polo in Henryville, QC looks quite promising, I think I will have to check them out next time). One of the first towns encountered crossing back in Vermont is Swanton, so we decided to check out the area.
Swanton isn’t a particularly large town. In fact, it’s quite a small town. But it has two prominent places to eat coming into town off of the Interstate: McDonalds, and Shaggy’s Snack Bar. Obviously, we opted for the latter.
Shaggy’s is the exact sort of place you find in a lot of rural New England towns: the modest “Snack Bar” that offers a variety of burgers, dogs, and fries… as well as the ever-important ice cream. It’s not a large place: 90% of the building is the kitchen, with only two small tables inside, with the rest of the seating being the picnic tables outside, and the ever-present takeout. But when we walked into Shaggy’s, we noted that they also had a second menu: the pizza menu, and looking through the ordering window we could see that the kitchen staff was rolling out fresh balls of pizza dough… a lot of pizza dough. So it was obvious that Shaggy’s sells a lot of pizza, so we opted for a small mushroom and pepperoni pizza, and sat down to wait for our pizza.
However, while we were waiting the kitchen finished a fresh batch of fries, and one of the guys walked out to us to give us a free small fry while we were waiting. And I was pleasantly surprised by these fries, since they were very good: a nice crisp exterior, a fluffy interior, and not very greasy. I’d be happy if most places I went had fries this good, I’ll definitely think of stopping by Shaggy’s again for some fries and a burger.
The pizza arrived a few minutes later, and it was also a good little treat. Served up in the “Greek pizza” style with a crispy, oiled crust, this wasn’t the thin crust pizza I usually prefer, but it was pleasantly done nonetheless: a nice, fresh crust, a rich sauce that didn’t taste too sweet or salty, good toppings, and a nice cheese layer just starting to crisp up. This was a good pizza, and I can see why Shaggy’s sells a lot of these.
So, Shaggy’s was a pleasant snack stop on our way home, and between the good food and the pleasant staff, I’ll definitely keep it on my list for road trips up to Northern VT and Southern Quebec.