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May 15, 2005 11:05 AM

Red Onion Cafe, Burlington, got my cookies!

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And I was a bit disappointed. Had to wait on a 15 minute long line to enter the cafe at 2pm. Stood behind a bunch of throwback hippie college kids that looked like they needed baths. They kept scratching their heads and shaking their dirty curls. Sorry if I offend, but this did detract from my "Red Onion experience".

I bought 4 huge cookies that easily weighed 5 lbs in the brown paper bag. Cost me a little over $8. The cookies were dense and hard, but somewhat tasteless. They were all "missing something", and, except for the Peanut Butter Chip cookie, were almost identical in taste.

On the bright side, I did find a great little general store in Sharon, VT, where we stopped for gas. One Citgo pump, and a "real" country store (not commercialized, like the VT Country Store - which I do love, nevertheless!)

It had a full liquor store, butcher counter, sundries, excellent self-service fresh brewed coffee, and an assortment of pastries/cookies from local bakeries. I bought a chocolate chip cookie and an oatmeal raisin cookie labelled Sharon Trading Post, Route 14, Sharon, VT. They cost $1.29 each, and were excellent! The choc chip cookie was big, crisp, and had a buttery taste. The oatmeal raisin one was soft and chewy perfection. Much better than the Red Onion cookies.

Just wanted to share this gem with my fellow chowhoundians.

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  1. “Stood behind a bunch of throwback hippie college kids that looked like they needed baths. They kept scratching their heads and shaking their dirty curls.” of them might have been my stepdaughter. Whenever she comes to visit, I have to resist the urge to tie her down and give her a good scrubbing.

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    1. re: GG Mora

      Haha! Yes, I knew I'd get a "hippie reaction"! Let me qualify this with why we were in Burlington in the first place - my daughter just finished her first year at UVM and we were picking her up to come home to CT.

      And I am a "child of the '60's" myself, so I remember about all those good times. I even still wear a bit of patchouli!

      But, when it comes to food, I'm a stickler for cleanliness now. When someone's dirty hands are resting on the counter right next to the cinnamon rolls (which are out in the open), I kinda get grossed out. Even my daughter, who waited on line with me, had that "ew!" look on her face.

    2. Next time get a Red Onion sandwich you won't be dissapointed and remember....hippies are people too.

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      1. re: OceanPt

        I have to agree. I went their for the first time not too long ago and had an amazing sandwich, Jamaican Jerk Chicken. The cookies, I wasn't too impressed by. But I think it's b/c I go against the current trend of "soft" cookies. I like mine crispy and buttery. Frankly I miss Red Chair Bakery semi-sweet chocolate chip cookies from Bloomington, IN. Now there was a cookie.

        1. re: LisaLou

          Yes, that is the best cookie of my memory! There was a somewhat cripsy outer, while the center was soft, and amazingly flavorful. I'm glad I'm not alone in this remembrance!

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