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Sep 29, 2009 08:58 AM

Breakfast in Burlington

Any good breakfast to get in town before a drive/on my way to Boston? Staying at the Days Inn Colchester (and gladly skipping another continental brekkie). I read about Shelburne Inn...

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  1. The Skinny Pancake makes some killer crepes. They offer a wide variety of both savory and sweet ones.

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    1. re: Jimmy Cantiello

      I'm in favor of skinny pancake, too. YUM!

    2. Penny Cluse Cafe on Cherry Street (right off of Church Street) has a great rep. That's where everybody tells me to go when I visit Burlington but there's always a wait and I really don't like to wait, especially for breakfast.

      For more of an old fashioned diner breakfast, Henry's and the Oasis are on Bank Street (again, right off of Church Street). Leunig's also serves breakfast. I've never been a huge fan of Leunig's food but the ambiance is very good and its a neat place.

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      1. re: Shann

        Is the Oasis still in business? I thought they sold the property and were converted to a Jewish deli called Sadie Katz...

        And Leunig's stopped serving breakfast several years ago, they now open at weekdays 11AM for lunch. You can get a breakfast brunch starting at 9AM on Saturday/Sunday

      2. I think Penny Cluse is grossly overrated. Rubber pancakes, overcooked bacon, indifferent service....I'm stumped why people rave about them.

        I highly recommend Lindy's Diner on the hill in Colchester (on the Winooski town line) overlooking Exit 16 of the interstate.

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        1. re: signothetimes53

          Is that Libby's Blue Line, or a different diner?

          1. re: Morganna


            Thanks for catching my brain freeze!

            Yes, I meant Libby's Blue Line Diner....."Lindy's Diner" is from my childhood in Keene, NH....I guess I picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue.

            1. re: signothetimes53

              hee hee... well I was thinking "Oh! A new diner to try out!" ;)

          2. re: signothetimes53

            Libby's Blue Line diner puts oil on the toast rather than butter (why???). Order their "home fries" and you'll get greasy deep-fried chunks of potatos rather than traditional griddle-cooked home fries with minced onion and seasoning. Why people like oiled toast and fake home fries is beyond me.

          3. We were in Burlington last weekend and ate at Magnolia Bistro....OMG, it was so good. It is a "green" restaurant with a really different menu. I had a vegetarian hash that was made with potatoes, onions, butternut squash and apples with 2 eggs over easy and homemade rye toast. I also split an order (with my friend) of their homemade warm banana bread with cranberry cream cheese. The meal was wonderful....highly recommend this place!!

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            1. re: jello

              I second Magnolia! I've only been there once but have been desperately waiting for the chance to go again. I had the huevos con diablo which was just okay (not enough flavor for my taste, a little bland) but my friend had the lemon ricotta pancakes which were AMAZING! Someone else in our party got the curried tuna sandwich and enjoyed it as well, but the lemon ricotta pancakes is what I'm ordering next time.

              I've also heard good things about Shelburne Inn but haven't tried it.

              I had Mirabelle's once and it was also very good. I tried Henry's and while I enjoyed my meal there, it's much heavier food so beware of grease if that's not what you're looking for!

            2. So I went to Magnolia Bistro for breakfast. What a great place! I had the veggie hash, my GF the lemon ricotta pancakes. My hash was ok, a little bland but the lemon ricotta pancakes were absolutely to die for. I'll be making these at home soon.
              The evening before we had dinner at the Scuffer Steak & Ale house. We both I had steak, my GF the sirloin tips. It came with steamed green beans (undercooked to my taste) and creamy mashed potatoes. I also had the house Jack Daniels sauce. My steak was nice, but the sirloin tips were completely overcooked and dry. We should've gone to the funky pan Asian place Pacific Rim instead, but the live jazz at the Scuffer lured me in.