Almost Home is one of those lucky finds that make you want to return soon to repeat a lovely experience. The fact that we stumbled upon it at all was thanks to a failed attempt at revisiting another lucky find.
When we found that the cafe housed in a former factory perched over a waterfall in Brandon had shut down, I scanned our cartoon tourist map for an enticing alternative. There was something about the name Almost Home that sounded promising. I also liked that they called themselves a market rather than a cafe or a bistro. We followed my hunch and US Route 7 north to Bristol.
There were sandwiches on the chalk board but we were immediately drawn to the display case stocked with home-cooked meals. We both opted for the "grown up" mac n cheese (the peas and ham accounted for its maturity) and shared the soup of the day: chicken chilli verde.
The pasta was a little heavy on account of a generous share of cream, but still scrumptious with its oven-baked bread-crumb crust.
The hearty soup stole the show by combining ingredients that were at once spicy (chilli) and sweet (corn).
I also sampled the beet, walnut and blue cheese salad, which was equally enjoyable, not the least for its contrasting smooth and crunchy textures.
And if you're in the market for vibrant tea towels, colorful kitchen wares, or hand-crocheted pot holders, you are also, most certainly, almost home.