The Schoolhouse at Cannondale
Everything is delicious at this farm-to-table eatery. Yep, everything.
Pass over the train tracks of the Cannondale train station, just past the drudgery of fast-paced traffic and corporate structures to enter a transmuted environment where The Schoolhouse at Cannondale is neatly situated. Surrounded by quaint mom-and-pop shops and the railroad station sitting just feet ahead. The Schoolhouse almost seems to be placed in a world of its own, the hustle and bustle of Route 7 suddenly dissipates and the sounds that were once cars and trucks whizzing by is replaced by the trickling sound of the chattering brook nearby.
Its outdoor area is dotted with pots of fresh herbs and vegetables, which helps to point out quite clearly the farm-to-table aspect of this restaurant that is not only engaging, but notable and admirable as well. I have come to The Schoolhouse at Cannondale during every season of the year and, guess what? If something isn’t in season, sorry Charlie, it probably won’t be on the menu. Want tomatoes on your burger in the dead of the Polar Vortex? Ain’t happening. This is one of the things, however, that I appreciate most about an eating experience at The Schoolhouse at Cannondale. You can be absolutely confident that everything you are eating is in season, fresh and grown close by.
My dining companions for the night. Introducing: beets.
At this particular journey to The Schoolhouse at Cannondale, we had the pleasure of being able to dine outside, however, the inside of the historical schoolhouse that houses the restaurant is located has a warm and comforting interior and feel.
On very may occasions when I have visited The Schoolhouse at Cannondale I have ordered the fish dish which is normally a choice between Arctic Char and Bronzini, served, of course, with fresh and seasonal vegetables and perhaps a starch. This time, however, was different. Here is a little bit of backstory for you to enjoy. Once, my parents went to The Schoolhouse at Cannondale without me (what they were thinking, I can’t possibly imagine) and fish was not available on that particular day. My mother, who is an avid connoisseur of dining upon ocean creatures herself, decided to order the chicken instead and was raving about how unbelievable it was. This of course, made me quite engulfed in an overwhelming desire to try the dish, and we decided that next time we were at Schoolhouse we would split an order of chicken and the fish (because why not, right?) Behold, on this trip to The Schoolhouse the chicken was available and all was good, right and well in Cannondale.
Unfortunately, I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people bloviate about how they would never eat chicken out because they can “make it at home” or “chicken is boring” and blah blah, whatever. Perhaps all of these folks just had an unfortunate chicken experience once, and decided from then on that they would nix chicken from their eating-out repertoire. Well I’m here to ask you kindly to let that whole chicken prejudice go, especially if you have the chance to try the chicken at The Schoolhouse at Cannondale. It is prepared in a sous vide style, which allows the chicken to stay sinfully moist and flavorful. I mean seriously, that’s how good it is, you practically feel like you are committing a sin with every bite. Nothing can be THAT good without any sort of catch, right? Well this chicken is. It was served atop a deliciously earthy bed of mushrooms, tender cippolini onions and fresh greens, all of which together in a perfect harmony of flavor to compliment the chicken.
The fish, of course, was as wonderful as usual. The beautifully tender and fresh filet of Bronzini with perfectly crisped skin sat on top of a bright and flavorful herb pistou with fresh summer vegetables, and (as you can imagine) I was quite pleased with myself. Oh, and my Mom too, for making that executive decision about going splitskies (good looking out, Mom)
Seriously folks, you won’t go wrong at The Schoolhouse at Cannondale. Well, I mean, you may go wrong if you like your food to be good and stale, dreadfully out of season, and flavorless. However, if you’re not into that sort of thing, you’ll definitely enjoy anything you order here. Pinky swear.
Also, although I've never tried it myself, I have heard some pretty fantastic things about this burger. I mean, when has anything ever gone wrong when it is being served with a black pepper-truffle mayo? While you ponder that, feel free to gawk at this little baby.
The Schoolhouse at Cannondale
34 Cannon Rd, Wilton; (203) 834-9816