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A Burlington GEM!

tillzen Mar 25, 2009 05:54 AM

"Avenue Bistro" is one of those places you drive by and wonder what if ...
Luckily I was in town for work, snowed in, and this restaurant sort of adopted me. The owner and her lovely staff treated me as if I was their oldest / dearest customer so I returned and returned. The breakfasts alone were a reason for being. The flavors one associates with a childhood in New England infuse every pancake / French Toast and omelet. Lunch was transcendent as well, as a simple salad exploded with nuance of flavors. The freshness in every meal was palpable. I tend to judge every restaurant by their chicken dishes, as it is a difficult dish to make stand-out but Avenue Bistro seems to give every tiny aspect of their menu an obsessive care, and I was simply thrilled at their food. I can still taste their eggplant which like their pasta was perfectly al dente . Were I living in their neighborhood I would NEVER leave! Also if Vermont allowed bigamy, I would marry the entire staff.
What a pleasure it was to stop my car, and remember how food used to taste, courtesy of the "Avenue Bistro".

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    Injun Joe RE: tillzen Mar 25, 2009 06:08 AM

    Burlington where????

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    1. re: Injun Joe
      Morganna RE: Injun Joe Mar 26, 2009 07:41 AM

      Looks like maybe Vermont

      The OP said: "If Vermont allowed bigamy..." :)

    2. trufflehound RE: tillzen Mar 26, 2009 07:15 AM

      So, which pancake flavors were good? How was the chicken prepared? And the salad flavors? The eggplant was grilled, wasn't it?

      1. Morganna RE: tillzen Mar 26, 2009 07:41 AM

        So where is this? I mean, where in Burlington. :)

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          three of us RE: tillzen Mar 27, 2009 06:10 AM

          When words and phrases like "the flavors one associates with childhood . . . infuse every pancake . . .", "Lunch was transcendent . . .", ". . . obsessvie care . . " etc. are used in a review but few details on the food are provided, I am uncomfortable with the authenticity of the review. This sounds more like a public relations piece than a chowhound sharing a find based on the food.

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            sharhamm RE: three of us Mar 29, 2009 05:51 AM

            I personally have not eaten there but this restaurant have received good reviews on a local restaurant website in Vermont.

            1. re: sharhamm
              Morganna RE: sharhamm Mar 30, 2009 03:57 AM

              What local restaurant website?

              1. re: Morganna
                Raedia RE: Morganna Mar 30, 2009 10:38 AM

                Could it be Seven Days? The listing seems to have positive reviews:

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                  sharhamm RE: Raedia Mar 31, 2009 05:23 AM

                  7 nights is the website I was referring to.

            2. re: three of us
              TonyO RE: three of us Mar 29, 2009 06:42 AM

              I agree with the comment by three of us............... For those wanting to try Avenue Bistro, it is on North Avenue in front of a small shopping plaza (just before the DMV). I also say, when in doubt, check it out (and sahre your findings).

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                porker RE: three of us Mar 29, 2009 06:56 AM

                I was surprised that someone was actually snowed in. Living near Montreal, it hasn't snowed in awhile, but again Burlington is at elevation, somewhat. Ski reports for Smugglers and Stowe do attest snow on March 22 and 23 so it can be possible, I guess.

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