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Railroad-Inspired Restaurant and Bar Casey's Caboose is Killington Community Staple

By Kelly Church

One of the most well-known dining and drinking spots in the area, Casey's Caboose serves Killington, VT out of two old railroad cars. The unique spot to eat and drink was empty for several years and reopened in June after coming under new ownership.

"Casey's Caboose has been a long-time favorite hangout, and truly a big part of Killington après ski history," General Manager John MacHardy said. "The original owners attached two railroad cars together, a caboose and a plow-car, and constructed a bar in between."

The caboose is the main dining room for the restaurant, giving appropriate meaning to the restaurant's name. The plow-car serves as another dining area, but is decorated with pillows instead of chairs for guests to sit on. The atmosphere, according to MacHardy, is eclectic.

"Some railroad memorabilia [are] neatly displayed about the rooms," MacHardy said. "The bar is the first thing the customer will see, stretching across the floor, with 21 taps of local craft beer."

On tap, Casey's Caboose serves two beers from Magic Hat, Shock Top, Citizen Unified Press and Stella Artois. They offer some lesser known beers, including Casey's Sidetrack with an ale flavor and a lager texture. Other items on the drink menu are bottled and canned beers, red and white wine, and an assortment of cocktails. Casey's Plowcar Smash is a specialty cocktail with Bacardi rum, tropical juice, cream of coconut and 151 rum. Casey's Caboose has a large selection of gin as well.

On the food menu, Casey's Caboose offers a wide range of items, from comfort foods to lighter fare. Appetizers that stand out include a local Vermont cheese board, avocado shrimp ceviche, roasted marrowbones and a Tex-Mex chili.

There are several mac 'n cheese options too, unique to Casey's Caboose. Casey's Mac 'n Cheese is the traditional option and called "the creamiest, cheesiest mac and cheese in the USA." It's made with a secret blend of cheeses. Other mac 'n cheeses include lobster or shrimp mac, vodka mac, carbonara mac with bacon, mushrooms and olives, and chicken parmesan mac with breaded chicken, roasted tomato basil marinara and fresh mozzarella.

Casey's Caboose has an assortment of gourmet burgers, all served with house French fries, lettuce, tomato and onion. Guests can choose from pre-crafted combinations, or create their own gourmet burger. Steaks, hot dogs and sandwiches are also available.

"My personal favorite menu item would have to be the prime rib," MacHardy said. "The dinners come with a small house salad and house made seasoned fries or baked potato. You can swap out for some of the best mac 'n cheese, but try to save room for one of the many homemade desserts."

Sticky toffee pudding is one dessert choice, with cake that has dates, is topped with Casey's Caboose caramel sauce and served with ice cream or whipped cream. Cheesecakes are also available, in a variety of flavors depending on the day. For those who opt for fruitier desserts, the Neapolitan Alaskan includes French vanilla, blueberry and raspberry ice cream with a bourbon vanilla sponge cake, toasted egg white meringue and topped with chocolate and raspberry coulis.

Casey's Caboose has varying hours, depending on the season. During the summer, the restaurant and bar is open Friday through Tuesday at 4 p.m. During the winter, guests can stop in every day starting at 3 p.m. For more information on Casey's Caboose, visit

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