Bon Appetit: Hilltop Cafe called one of the best

WILTON – Bon Appetit Magazine has named Hilltop Café at Four Corners Farm one of “America’s Favorite Neighborhood Restaurants.”

“It was a surprise to us,” Café Manager Christie Reed said. “We didn’t enter a contest or anything. A woman called and asked if she could take pictures of our turkey sandwich. She said she had lived in New Hampshire and came here for the turkey sandwich.”

The current issue of the magazine says, “The turkey sandwich is perfect. Its greatness lies in its simplicity: locally made seeded bread with smoked turkey, cheddar, pickled onions, sprouts and mustard finishing on a panini press.” The article features a picture of it.

“We don’t feel it is one of our signature things,” Reed said and declined to have it photographed again. “Our breakfasts are probably the most popular. We try to use what we can get locally, grow here on the farm. Our croissants are our claim to fame.”

Those croissants are made “with a lot of butter” and can be had with a variety of fillings including the popular egg and cheese. “Quality of the ingredients is important to us,” Reed said.

The breads are fresh daily from Orchard Hill in Alstead, and they use organic Vermont turkey.

“We make our own condiments.” she said.

The menu features a variety of sandwiches and soup.

Reed has been managing the café since its inception eight years ago.

Bon Appetit Magazine was started in Chicago in 1956 and is now published in New York and has over a million subscribers. According to the article, the survey was based on 80 “tastemakers” including celebrities, professional athletes, and fashion designers.

Three restaurants in Maine and one in Massachusetts also made the list: Hot Suppa and Ten Ten Pie in Portland, The Purple House in North Yarmouth, and Trinie’s Starlight Lounge in Somerville.

Hilltop Café is a community gathering place.

“People want to see the farm,” Reed said, “and make the connection with the land.” They are free to walk around the property if there is a farmer available.

Four Corners Farm is also home to the Temple-Wilton Community Gardens, one of the oldest such operations in New England and one of the first nationally, opened by Traugher Groh in 1986 in West Wilton. It is the only operating dairy farm left in Wilton. The farmhouse dates to the late 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

The Café is separate from the farm operation.

A variance granted by the town zoning board in 2010 limits the seating to 24. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Hours are Wednesday and Thursday, 8-2; Friday and Saturday, 8-2 and 6-9. For information call 654-2223.