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Side Dishes: British-style eatery opens in Brattleboro


Published December 19, 2012 at 8:15 a.m.

The closure of falafel shop Sarkis Market left a hole at 50 Elliot Street in Brattleboro. Last month, a very different international eatery filled it when World’s Most Delicious opened.

Filmmaker Alan Scott-Moncrieff and his son, Sam, were living in New York City when they decided to return to the “cool town” of Brattleboro to open a chip shop. Scott-Moncrieff had previously lived in southern Vermont and was just back from five years in Cambodia, where he established the Global Child school.

For now, World’s Most Delicious has only two items on the menu: fish and chips, both fried in light olive oil, which is filtered daily for a healthier, less-greasy product. The chips are thick-cut, skin-on russets, which father and son double-fry for optimal, “Belgian-style” crispness. The fish varies depending on what Black River Produce can bring freshest to Brattleboro. It’s carefully battered in a mix of flour, salt and beer made at McNeill’s Brewery just down the road.

A liquor license is in the works, and Scott-Moncrieff says there’s already an off-menu dessert: beer-battered and fried marshmallows, which he offers in a nod to the fried Mars Bars of his native Scotland.

WMD gives a 10 percent discount to those carrying military ID, but its Sing for Your Supper policy is less conventional. Any musician who plays at the eatery for an hour gets a free fish supper and beverage, though WMD’s Facebook page warns, “Other diners are entitled to boo you off the stage if your playing does not please them.”