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Dec 2, 2007 11:19 AM

Recommendations in Burlington, VT

I will be moving to Burlington, VT in the coming months to attend culinary school and would welcome any and all suggestions of where to dine (all types of cuisine) and shop for food in the area. Thanks in advance. All best.

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  1. Well the big rule is stay off Church Street, for food that is. Welcome to town, it's a great place to live, but now is not a great time (unless you're really into outdoor snow sports) so hold out for Spring, it's worth the wait. Anyway for food in town:
    L'Amante- Italian
    Trattoria Delia- Italian
    A Single Pebble- Chinese
    Penny Cluse- breakfast/lunch

    outside town-
    Kitchen Table in Richmond
    Starry Night in Ferrisburgh
    Michaels on the Hill in Stowe
    Hen of the Woods in Middlebury

    a spend the hour and a half in the car and go to Montreal, well worth the trip to go to Chinatown, have poutine and visit Foot of the Pig. have fun

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    1. re: biggirlco

      Michaels and Hen of the woods are in Waterbury not stowe/middlebury.

      1. re: biggirlco

        Hen of the Woods is in Waterbury, not Middlebury.

        This has been a frequent topic as of late, do a search and you'll find even more recommendations! But Biggirlco hit all the good ones! :-)) Oh right, Black Sheep Bistro, Vergennes. Green Room, Burlington.

        Welcome to VT!

        1. re: biggirlco

          Thanks for the great suggestions. I definitely plan on visiting Montreal, Quebec, Boston and returning to Portland, Maine (had poutine there made with duck fat fries and duck gravy. Mmmmmmmm) during my stay this spring and summer. All best. Brian

          1. re: biggirlco

            Another *great* place for your list if you ever make it to Montpelier: Restaurant Phoebe.

            1. re: greenmtnjenny

              I keep being put off by the prices and worrying that my husband wouldn't find anything there he'd like to eat, but I really want to try it sometime before surgery. :)

              1. re: Morganna

                Hi Morganna,
                I *think* their menu is online, or at least I believe I read that somewhere. I've heard mixed things about it. Good, yet pricey. Poor, yet pricey. My family lives in Montpelier, so I go there a lot, but if we eat it's usually lunch and either Sarducci's or Royal Orchid....mmmmm! :-)) And then there's always The Wayside!

                1. re: Addisonchef

                  They have a website but the menu link goes to a no page found. :(

            2. re: biggirlco

              Good list, just a few still missing:
              Cafe Shelburne, Shelburne for excellent french food
              Bearded Frog, Shelburne for Bistro food
              Amandine, Shelburne for excellent take out
              Asiana House, Burlington for pretty good sushi
              Christophe's on the green, Vergennes for excellent french food
              O'Bread Bakery available in most local stores- Try the chili cheese chibata
              Pied du Couchon, Montreal - everything comes with foie gras...
              L'express, Montreal great fish soup/bistro food
              Harvest Market, Stowe - Excellent bakery, my favorite, good take out selection
              The Green Room in Burlington is also good and fun in the evening
              Jean Talon Market, Montreal - Lots of fun

              1. re: hamahoney

                Thanks for all of the great suggestions. All best.

                1. re: hamahoney

                  That's Au Pied de Cochon. And they do have a few dishes that don't involve foie gras, though almost everything on the menu is quite hearty.

                  1. re: rcianci

                    thank you for the correction, spelling and are right, Au Pied de Cochon does seafood quite well and they had a lovely tomato tart that I was able to create at home from their cookbook, mine was not as good but close. Maybe next time.

                2. re: biggirlco

                  As a former Burlingtonian, I second Trat and Single Pebble. I also enjoyed Pacific Rim

                  1. re: moskey

                    A few more;

                    Pizza: Junior's in Colchester aor Marco's So. Burlington/Shelburne (great hot grinders that are a steal at about $4.00)

                    Deli: Martone's in Essex Junction, about the only place that knows how to make a sandwich around these parts

                    Fine Dining: Christophe's in Vergennes, Shelburne Farms (seasonal May-October)

                    BBQ: Big Fatty's (Burlington), Nectar's (Burlington, haven't tried it but heard good things), Cider House (Bolton , just north of Waterbury).

                    Tough Finds: Steakhouse (none better than my own grill), bread (Stewarts is the best since Crescent Moon in St. Albans closed), Seafood (none have a raw bar or decent oysters ), Bakery (Junior's is very good and the Quality Bake Shop in Essex Jct. makes great donuts), Casual Family Restaurant (only Papa Frank's (Winooski) and Papa Nick's (Hinesburg) seem to know what this means (good food at low prices), All Night Greek Diner (please, no one say "Denny's), Home made Ice Cream (Ben and Jerry's does not count, I'm thinking more like seasonal dairy bars that make their own on location).

                    If you drink wine, try Beverage Warehouse (Winooski), Richmond Beverage (Richmond), Cheese Traders (So. Burlington) or go to NH.

                    1. re: TonyO

                      If you are interested in a raw oysters, I hear through the grapevine that they have them at the National Country Club on Dorset St. I have a friend who absolutely adores them and also has been on the search for them, and heard they serve them. I was very lucky to be able to have dinner there for the Seven Days Bite Club a few weeks back. No raw oysters, but definitely a good dinner. I will be back!

                      Brian, another vote for Sonoma Station! :-))

                      1. re: Addisonchef

                        Thanks for the lead. I am especcially interested in knowing their source as I prefer to prepare/eat oysters at home. The supermarkets do not sem to have very good quality.

                        1. re: TonyO

                          I don't know where the National gets their oysters but try these guys:


                          They offer a couple of dozen types of Atlantic oysters alone. Delivered to your door.

                        1. re: TonyO


                          Thanks for all of the great suggestions! All best. Brian

                      2. Woah, so you're going to the NE Culinary Institute, congratulations! I have no doubt that the food on "camus" will be amazing. I went to boot camp at the CIA for a week and the breakfast food at the so-called "dining commons" was awesome. (We ate the food we made for lunch and dined at the restaurants for dinner.) But, if you like eating breakfast and feel like leaving campus, there is a great little place called Chef's Corner Bakery in Williston. My honey eats there and says the breakfast sandwiches are amazing. Food is very fresh and delicious.
                        Best of luck at school!

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                        1. re: Vermicelli

                          I like Chef's Corner also (we live in Williston). My only complaintis that many of the baked good items taste like a refrigerator (that kind of stale air taste that food take on when they sit in a disply case with various foods). They make great puff pastry (order ahead) which is great for making baked brie.

                          Is Essex (by the outlet stores) is a plce called Tiny Thai that is very good and very reasonable. Bring your own wine/beer is also a nice plus. Also in that area is Mimmo's which makes a very good pizza.

                          1. re: Vermicelli

                            Yes. I will be attending NECI, although I am pursuing my BA in Hospitality and Restaurant Management. I will still have access to food "on campus" but need to ingratiate my self to the culinary students just the same. I appreciate the local leads for those times that I venture out for a change of scenery. All best. Brian

                            1. re: Vermicelli

                              When I was going to Vermont College, the cafeteria was being run by NECI, and it was clearly all first year students. The food was very hit or miss. I was going through the line once and I saw a student standing over pancakes on the griddle with a -spoon- in his hand, waiting to turn them. His instructor just quietly walked up, removed the spoon and handed him a spatula. ;)

                              1. re: Morganna

                                Having just completed my culinary lab classes here in New Mexico, I don't your observations. I've seen similar things first hand. The students that will be providing the bulk of my meals in VT are third and fourth year students who will be cooking for the public at The Inn at Essex. Hopefully I will have more hits than misses. All best.

                            2. first of all, good luck in school...i couldnt think of a better place to get an education than burlington. the people are just amazing. anyways, my absolute FAVORITE breakfast place in the country is Penny Cluse...biscuits and herb cream gravy or the granola with fresh fruit (always ripe, even when its 15 below out!). oh, and the mimosas with fresh squeezed tangerine juice! tdf! have fun and happy cooking!

                              1. I second Penny Cluse for breakfast. Those biscuits are amazing. Yum. I am hungry just thinking about them. My only complaint about this spot is that they don't serve espresso, only drip coffee. I hate having to down a latte before going to a restaurant for breakfast, but that is the price I pay for being a coffee snob. . .