Proctorsville, VT, July 06, 2020 - Known for its authentic wood-smoked barbecue fare — including beef brisket, “fall-off-the-bone” baby-back ribs, and pulled pork — an upcoming new menu from Neal’s Restaurant & Bar also covers the comfort food classics.
Neal’s has chosen America’s birthday to launch its new menu. Beginning Saturday, July 4, owner Neal Baron unveils an eclectic mix of food, with barbecue favorites, steaks, burgers, seafood, fried chicken, housemade mac and cheese and a special sandwich it calls the Cluckin’ Russian.
Also on that day, the restaurant has planned a festive Independence Day party, complete with barbecue specialties, drinks and live music.
“It will be a great celebration, and a peek at what lies ahead,” Baron said.
A longtime supporter of local farms and purveyors, Neal’s sources beef from Boyden Farms, produce from Black River Produce, and keeps Vermont craft beer on tap.
Some of the new menu’s appetizer highlights include: Mama’s Munchies (12 Melba crackers with Cheddar, scallions, black olives and bacon, $6); poutine ($11.95, add bacon for $2, add pulled pork and BBQ sauce for $5, add brisket and Dr Pepper au jus for $7); chicken wings, (BBQ, Wood’s Cider Chipotle, Maple Szechuan or Buffalo, $9.95); zucchini fries or mozzarella sticks with Mikey’s marinara, $8.95/$7.95.
Neal’s soups and salads include a regular soup of the day, along with its popular lobster chowder ($9.95). It will offer a daily, seasonal salad, along with its authentic Caesar salad ($9.95).
Neal’s famous sandwiches (served with fries) include: Surf and Turf Hoagie (lobster and shaved smoked prime rib); Cluckin Russian (country fried chicken thigh with Muenster, bacon and Russian dressing on a hard roll), $14.95; Smoked Prime Rib Cheesesteak (with peppers and onions, $16.95); Connecticut-style Lobster Roll (lobster warmed with tarragon- and Old Bay-infused butter); Brisket Sandwich (with pickled red onion and jalapeño mayo-mustard on a brioche bun, $15.95); Pulled Pork Sandwich (with cheddar and cider slaw, $13.95); Caprese Chicken Sandwich (with tomato, mozzarella, basil, mixed greens and balsamic, $13.95); VT Burger or Beyond Burger, $13.95 (with $1 additions, American, Swiss, Cheddar, bacon, sautéed onions, sautéed mushrooms).
Entrees include: half rack baby-back ribs (with cider BBQ sauce, $21.95); half pound of Dr Pepper-smoked brisket, $22.95; Chef Jason’s Pad Thai, $16.95 (add tofu $5, add chicken $5, add shrimp $7); pan-roasted salmon (with chef’s sauce, $21.95); steak of the day (market price); Liz’s mac and cheese, $13.95 (add broccoli $2, add bacon $2, add pulled pork $4, add brisket $5, add lobster $9; two-piece buttermilk fried chicken thighs, $14.95.
Side dishes include: vegetable of the day, $4; mashed potatoes, $4; hand-cut fries, $4; cider slaw, $4; beer-battered onion rings, $6.
Neal’s kids menu ($8.95) includes the following choices: hot dog with fries; pasta with marinara (or plain); grilled cheese with fries; chicken fingers with fries; mac and cheese.
Neal’s Restaurant & Bar is open five days a week (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) for outdoor and indoor dining, and continues to offer curbside pickup. For updates, fans can follow along on Facebook (@nealsrestaurant), or give Baron a call at the restaurant at (802) 226-7251. Neal’s Restaurant & Bar is at 2588 State Route 103, Proctorsville.
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