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frank113 Jun 9, 2008 02:58 PM

Heading up to Burlington for my son's UVM orientation. We have one night on our own. Looking for local, seasonal, interesting, inventive...Any help, please...

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    Mainecuisine Jun 9, 2008 03:36 PM

    If you like great, athentic chinese, not fried, check out single pebble. Really high end chinese, fresh ingredients.

    1. DonShirer Jun 9, 2008 07:13 PM

      American Flatbread, 115 St. Paul St., is a sort of takeoff on pizza with minimal cheese. Lots of tasty toppings (we had Punctuated Equilibrium and Vermont Sausage). Inside is noisy, outside in the alley (in nice weather) is pleasant. Souza's Brazilian Restaurant around the corner on Main St. looked interesting but we didn't have time to check it out.

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        relativeways1 Jun 9, 2008 09:06 PM

        If you are only there for a night on your own, I wouldn't recommend Flat bread (sorry donshirer!) Although it is good, it's still just pizza, and good for their committment to their employees and ambience. Flatbread also isn't specific to Burlington.I'm sure there are tons of other places that can be found in Burlington.

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          stroshow3 Jun 10, 2008 10:09 AM

          While I generally agree, I think it depends what the OP is looking for. If you're looking for a quality simple meal in Burlington, I think Flatbread is a good place to go. If you're looking for a more elaborate meal and are willing to devote some time, then TonyO's suggestions fit the bill.

      2. TonyO Jun 9, 2008 07:47 PM

        1. The Inn at Shelburne Farms - Shelburne, VT
        2. The Kitchen Table Bistro - Richmond, VT
        3. The Hen of the Wood - Waterbury, VT

        All three are within 30 minutes of Burlington and are among the best at utilizing Vermont products. If you appreciate upscale, well prepared food, you will be happy with any of the above.

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          signothetimes53 Jun 10, 2008 04:02 AM

          What TonyO said.

          Inn at Shelburne Farms is hands down the most spectacular location.

          Hen of the Wood is the best food, though Kitchen Table is very close.

          Add Trattoria Delia for terrific high-end Italian, in downtown Burlington, to your list of possibilities. relativeways1 made me laugh, (s)he said what I was thinking about American Flatbread: It's _just_ pizza.

          1. re: signothetimes53
            signothetimes53 Jun 10, 2008 04:05 AM

            It just occurred to me that Inn at Shelburne Farms isn't air conditioned. If the heat wave is still with us on Wednesday evening, that wouldn't be a particularly comfortable dinner.

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              chilihead Jun 10, 2008 08:26 AM

              You call this a heat wave? Ha.

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                katiepie Jun 10, 2008 09:16 AM

                Taste is on the waterfront and very good:

                http://www.tasteofburlington.com/

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                  signothetimes53 Jun 11, 2008 12:48 PM

                  LOL!

                  Considering that we get 6 months of winter, and we got our first 90 degree day before we got our first 80 degree day, well, yeah, the heat is a shock to the system.

                  And as much as I love the Inn at Shelburne Farms, I'd never endure the non-air conditioned dining room on a 95 degree day. Been there, done that, and it was not pleasant.

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            sgschef Jun 10, 2008 09:42 AM

            I am taking my son up for Orientation on Wednesday as well. We ate at Single Pebble when we were up visiting last summer-very good-but certainly not authentic aka Chinatown. I am certainly interested in the responses as well-but would like to stay in Burlington proper after the drive.

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              TonyO Jun 10, 2008 11:27 AM

              Burlington proper;

              Taste
              Trattoria Delia
              L'Amante

              Enjoy

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                Morganna Jun 11, 2008 05:15 AM

                Single Pebble isn't authentic? You sure? The Chef always talked about how he spent years in China working on his recipes. Have things changed since it moved to Burlington from Barre? (of course, what do I, a midwest girl never anywhere there was a chinatown know from authentic chinese food? ;)

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                  porker Jun 11, 2008 07:56 AM

                  Chinese food, or at least people's views, is quirky when describing 'authentic'. Since I live next to Montreal which has a 'Chinatown' (albeit small), I don't really seek out Chinese food when away. Unless I'm in another city with a Chinatown...
                  Being an outsider, and with your requirements of "local, seasonal, interesting, inventive", I'm tentative to make any recs,
                  That said, for what its worth, and Vermonters cut me some slack (and feel free with comments!),

                  We'd occasionally eat at The Rotisserie which was by no means cutting edge, but honest, good fare. Alas on our last visit, it was closed to fire damage.

                  We fell in love with Junior's in Winooski, but for some reason, felt the chemistry wasn't there after their upscale move (still have to check out their location on Main, though).

                  Bove's: never been, but they're on our 'to do' list after seeing their Lasagna on Bobby Flay's Throwdown. Opened in 1941, I think it at least meets "local" and "interesting" requirements. (Italian)

                  Pucinellas: Although visited here only twice, we feel this place has the ingredients for a very nice evening out, I'd recommend this joint. (Italian)

                  Trattoria Delia: to be fair, we never actually ate here. Prices seemed to be too high, but after reading several recommendations, we'll definitely check it out. (Italian)

                  Shanty on the Shore: Perhaps overlooked as a dining destination, we usually make a stop here. Nice views of the marina and Lake Champlain, sometimes interesting whiteboard specials, I think this place is a good spot for a 'family' celebration (seafood). BTW we miss Perry's...note how the Tuscan Grill went...

                  Souza: We absolutely loved this place when it was further down on Main. I feel it was better than Churascaria La Milsa in Montreal. It also rivaled my few eats at Brazilian churascarias. That said, we ate at their new location last year and were somewhat let down. It may have to do to the fact that we weren't 'starving' for a churascaria experience, and/or my prejudice of restaurants moving from their roots and going 'upscale'.
                  We'll try it again and decide. (Brazilian Churascaria not necessarily 'local', but interesting and inventive)
                  I would recommend this place for a family gathering, but check... it was closed last week for renovations or reparations...

                  Finally, TonyO, where is Taste and L'Amante and what kind of restaurants are they? Thanks.

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                    TonyO Jun 11, 2008 08:05 AM

                    Porker,

                    Taste is on Lake Street near the waterfront. They serve a somewhat eclectic mix of cuisine that features local ingredients served in very creative ways. Rick, the owner, is a master of customer service and making his guests feel appreciated. Their website is www.tasteofburlington.com.

                    L'Amante is an upscale Italian restaurant on College St. (just down the block from VT Pub and Brewery (heading towards the lake). This is a great spot for intimate dining rather than large group outings.

                    Based on your other comments, I think you would enjoy Trattoria Delia and find that the prices are quite reasonable given the quality of the food. They only serve beer and Italian wine but the wine list is extensive and the servers and quite knowledgeable.

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                      Morganna Jun 11, 2008 12:49 PM

                      I second Tony's comment about Trattoria Delia. They were, hands down, the best fine dining experience I've ever had in Vermont when we went for our anniversary. Staff that knew everything about the food being served, we were met with flutes of complimentary Prosecco, they were polite but not intrusive, and cared for our comfort. Just a wonderful place. :)

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                manchesterfoodie Jun 11, 2008 05:38 PM

                Tilley's Cafe on Church Street. I've been there once and it was, to this date, the best meal I have ever eaten at a restaurant. Hopefully things are still good over there!

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                  Azure Jun 12, 2008 05:34 AM

                  My all time favorite: Leunig's on Church Street. Lovely bistro....fabulous food. Today (Wednesday) is lovely here in Burlington....I would sit outside for sure!

                  Pauline's Cafe on Shelburne Road is fabulous too.

                  I second the idea of Trattoria Delia....the best Italian food ..... Also second The Kitchen Table Bistro.

                  If you want a trip out of town: The Starry Night Cafe in No. Ferrisburgh is the best!!!!

                  Enjoy your trip!

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