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ORP Sep 4, 2008 03:19 PM

Looking to give a gift certificate to friends who have lived in Burlington for the last three years. Any kind of cuisine, although veggie/fish options would be great, since she's not much of a carnivore.

Anything within 30 minutes of Burlington would be fine-- the more off-beat (while still being good), the better! And, it's an anniversary present, so... Probably a little up-scale would be best.

Thanks in advance.

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    biggirlco Sep 5, 2008 07:16 AM

    Inn at Shelburne Farms is great this time of year, and quite a treat, upscale and memorable. Veggie wise I think A Single Pebble has the best/most Vegetarian options on the menu. L'Amante and Trattoria Delia are great too. Trattoria would win in the anniversary department, being the most romantic.

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      Raedia Sep 5, 2008 08:08 AM

      Those are all good suggestions! I'll second Trattoria Delia (Italian) on the ambience... I went for my birthday last year, and had amazing food. Single Pebble is upscale Chinese, and definitely more off-beat.

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        Swine Oct 13, 2008 11:16 AM


        Completely unrelated -- apologies -- but I ran into a series of posts you did on your use of Marmoleum as a kitchen counter top. Judging from when those were dated, I'd guess it's been a year ago. Would you mind sharing how the Marmoleum has held up? My wife and I are considering using the same stuff on our new kitchen counters. Thanks!

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          Raedia Oct 14, 2008 05:05 AM

          No problem! The marmoleum has held up very well under heavy usage. I use cutting boards when I chop food, and a trivet if I need to put a really hot pot down on it, but they've gotten a lot of use and don't show it at all. I think I mentioned in my other post that it takes a bit of expertise to assemble the counters, but you can't beat the cost - I'd definitely use it again.
          The install photos on our blog have more detail:

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            Swine Oct 14, 2008 08:44 AM

            Thanks for the info, Raedia!!!! I think you pushed us off the fence and firmly into the Marmoleum camp!

    2. PrettyPlaty Sep 5, 2008 08:17 AM

      My husband is from Colchester- the last few times we have been in Vermont we ate at Leunig's on Church Street. I felt that the dishes were well prepared and elegantly creative, though it doesn't necessarily have a very upscale feel to it. Hen of the Wood in Waterbury may be pushing the 30 minute mark but it's probably the best upscale restaurant in Vermont. (And coming from Los Angeles, I can tell you this place is still very reasonably priced)


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        robmaurizi Sep 26, 2008 11:32 AM

        I'll second (third?) the rec's for L'Amante and Trattoria Delia. Trat's ambience really lends itself to a fall or winter meal-- it's too dark & cozy for summer, IMO, while L'Amante is great year-round. Smokejack's might be another option. From a cuisine standpoint, L'Amante may have the best options-- their signature dish is a sole with buerre blanc and is outstanding. Their squash blossom fritters are also sensational.

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          folken330 Sep 27, 2008 11:22 PM

          how about the Daily Planet... good veggie options, def off beat, the shanty has good fish...

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            foodieface Oct 7, 2008 07:17 PM

            Trattoria Delia would be the best bet. I would love to get a gift certificate there...

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              Addisonchef Oct 10, 2008 05:41 AM

              I third (fourth?) the recommendation for Trattoria Delia. The best, IMO.

          2. porker Oct 10, 2008 06:25 AM

            Maybe a bit late to reply...but,

            A good foodie certificate may be for the New England Culinary Institute (Alton Brown's alma mater) at Essex. Friends had given us one for Xmas last year. With the certificate, we stayed at the NECI's inn and ate their school restaurant, Butlers.
            We had money left on the certificate and used it at Butlers, their on-site pub, on a later visit.
            Let me just add that our experience at Butlers wasn't necessarily top notch (I think our expectations were too high), but we had a very good time at Butlers.

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              sophie fox Oct 11, 2008 07:06 AM

              A Single Pebble - we recently had the fabulous tasting menu for lunch - largely vegetarian and a great value!

              Cafe Shelburne - terrific classic French cuisine, great fish, vegetarian options

              it's a bit far, but Hen of the Woods in Waterbury is outstanding

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                NewEnglandOrganic Oct 13, 2008 10:33 AM

                I have got to check out Hen of the Woods...I have heard rave reviews. Is Pauline's on Shelburne Road still open? I thought last I heard they were, and offered a lot of vegetarian made from local farms?

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                sgschef Oct 13, 2008 11:32 AM

                We were up in Burlington a week ago for Parents weekend. Had a lovely dinner at Bistro sauce-small and lively and delicious!!

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                  suebette Oct 13, 2008 01:32 PM

                  Can't argue with any of the above recs but have to throw my hat in for the Kitchen Table in Richmond - I think it is the best restaurant in the area - might not be too offbeat but it does have great local food, killer service, and a neat farmhouse atmosphere.

                  Kitchen Table Bistro
                  1840 W Main St, Richmond, VT 05477

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                    TonyO Oct 13, 2008 04:06 PM

                    We will be at teh Kitchen Table Bistro on 10/14 for a speacial tasting dinner. I'll be sure to post.

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                  sharon05676 May 28, 2009 12:54 PM

                  I know this is late, but, I'd have to 2nd the suggestion of Shelburne Inn. We had breakfast there last fall on the patio overlooking beautiful Lake Champlain. I had pancakes with freshly made peach syrup. Who needs maple syrup with that option? And I'm a born and raised Vermonter.

                  Another suggestion is the Inn at Baldwin Creek, just North of Bristol on Rt 116. We had the best breakfast there last fall!

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