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Cheap dinner for group in Burlington, VT

Zoeg Nov 1, 2006 10:48 PM

I'll be dining with friends with mixed budgets Friday and Saturday night. Any recommendations for good but not pricey?

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  1. katiepie RE: Zoeg Nov 1, 2006 10:57 PM

    I've heard American Flatbread is great, although I've never eaten there myself.

    Leunig's is fantastic... they have a great Bistro menu which isn't too bad.

    Are you thinking downtown, specifically?

    Juniors in Winooski has dynamite Italian American food, with reasonable prices and large portions.

    Sauce in Shelburne is well-priced and is bistro-fare.

    For people who have never visited Burlington... or for folks who first move here... Sweetwaters on Church Street is very popular. Prices aren't bad, and the ambience is nice. Personally, I think the food is only so-so.

    Hope that helps!

    1. TonyO RE: Zoeg Nov 1, 2006 11:12 PM

      The Tuscan Kitchen has a wide menu from salads/sandwiches to higher end entrees. Juniors is good but service suffers on the weekends when they are busy. Hard to beat Rusty Scuffer in the price range. 5 Spice is a cool place too.

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        jhberkley RE: Zoeg Nov 2, 2006 12:20 AM

        Pacific Rim is good, very reasonable. Went there last week for the first time in a while and had some good soup and dumplings. I really like American Flatbread -- the salad is delicious and they have great beers and interesting toppings for the pizzas. Enjoy!

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          Addisonchef RE: Zoeg Nov 2, 2006 12:04 PM

          I was going to recommend Pacific Rim as well. Good, cheap Thai food. I would NOT go to Sweetwaters. It was good in its day, but is really bad now IMO. Rusty Scuffer is really good if you want steak and/or seafood. Also, if you're in the mood for Italian, there's always Boves or Papa Franks in Winooski if you want to drive there. All of these are reasonably priced, good food.

          Not sure how many are in your party, but some of these places are on the small side, you might want to make a reservation or see if they can seat your party.

          1. TonyO RE: Zoeg Nov 2, 2006 01:11 PM

            This area needs more Papa Frank type places (decent food at great prices). Too many places charging $12.95 for ziti and meatballs. FOGITABOUTIT !

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              LisaLou RE: Zoeg Nov 2, 2006 04:30 PM

              How big is the group? While I love Pacific Rim it might be a little small for a really big group. American Flatbread is also good. If you're willing to go to Winooski I 3rd Papa Frank's. Doesn't really get much cheaper than that. And Tiny Thai recently opened a branch in Winooski. I don't know how good that one is but the Essex one is excellent and cheap.

              If you're willing to go to Essex, I also recommend Vietnam Restaurant by the fairgrounds.

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                jhberkley RE: Zoeg Nov 2, 2006 10:22 PM

                Bove's is a great suggestion; haven't been there is years but I can't imagine things have changed. Tiny Thai also. I've been to the Essex restaurant but not yet to Winooski. Is the food as good in Winooski?

                1. TonyO RE: Zoeg Nov 3, 2006 01:09 AM

                  Nicco's in Williston is a cool place for a group with a menu of salads, pizza, entrees, etc. and it is right next to the theater if a movie is in order.

                  1. Sam Fujisaka RE: Zoeg Nov 3, 2006 02:05 PM

                    Five spices? Single pebble?

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                      LisaLou RE: Sam Fujisaka Nov 6, 2006 05:22 PM

                      1st is overprice and overrated

                      2nd doesn't fit criteria for cheap although I love it.

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                      OCatswell RE: Zoeg Nov 3, 2006 07:03 PM

                      What's your idea of cheap? One tends to get what one pays for in Burlington...

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