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Burlington, VT got ranked top 10 foodie cities listing

Morganna Feb 9, 2011 10:25 AM

Depending on how you read the list they provide, Burlington might be "above" Portland, ME and Boston-Cambridge in the list. ;) It's not clear if the list is counting down or up, though. :)

From the article (http://www.cnbc.com/id/41315888/Ameri...
A city’s food appeal is not just measured by fine dining or Michelin stars; you have to also consider the everyday eating experiences. Is there a unique regional cuisine? Have ethnic enclaves left edible legacies on the area’s tables? The availability of fresh local produce, meats and seafood are other major considerations.

In such discussions, certain major cities such as New York and New Orleans tend to be named, but Sperlings Best Places crunched numbers, using the following city data: ratio of local restaurants to chain restaurants, number of Whole Foods and cooking stores, number of wine shops, wine bars, craft breweries, and brew pubs; and the number of CSA (community supported agriculture) farms and local farmers markets. (Note: given populations are for metro areas.


The result is a top ten that isn’t dominated by the usual suspects. To see the top picks, including more than a few you probably didn’t expect, dig in.

Go Burlington!

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    Shann Feb 11, 2011 04:18 AM

    Burlington does have some outstanding restaurants, even some that are not too too expensive like Duino Duende and Skinny Pancake. I was jealous because my wife got to eat at Single Pebble and Trattoria D'elia on a business trip last week. I just wish I lived a little closer so that I could try some of them more often!

    Skinny Pancake
    60 Lake St Ste 1A, Burlington, VT 05401

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      ospreycove Feb 11, 2011 04:24 AM

      In my book; Single Peeble is #1!!!

      1. re: Shann
        Morganna Feb 11, 2011 04:48 AM

        Though this particular list isn't just about restaurants. :) It includes other things like the local food movement and CSAs and stuff. :)

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          ospreycove Feb 11, 2011 12:42 PM

          Burlington locally produced food scene took a big hit and loss loss as the result of the fire at "Pete's Greens Farm last Fall. http://www.petesgreens.com/Fire.html

          1. re: ospreycove
            Morganna Feb 12, 2011 05:18 AM

            Pete's Greens was hardly the only local farm. It is the only one providing greens through the winter, but that's hardly the entirety of the local food scene. It was a hit, but I wouldn't call it a big hit.

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              ospreycove Feb 12, 2011 07:30 AM

              To Clair's restaurant it was a big hit; so much so that they have had constant fundraisers to get Pete's back on its feet.

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                TonyO Feb 13, 2011 08:37 AM

                I agree that there are quite a few local farms in this area but the fire at Pete's had a very major impact. The support for Pete's has been huge (I attended the concert at Higher Ground which alone raised over $25,000).

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          bewley Feb 12, 2011 03:25 AM

          That's a cool article!

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            TonyO Feb 13, 2011 08:19 AM

            Odd that they mentioned Taste in the article. Rick closed the doors there 2 years ago...............

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              andytee Feb 14, 2011 12:33 AM

              What happened to Taste? I don't eat out on Burlington often but enjoyed it the few times I went.

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                TonyO Feb 15, 2011 03:03 PM

                Rick (the owner) closed it a couple years ago. He now runs teh Little garden Market on the Ferry Road in Charlotte. Great guy !

            2. re: bewley
              ospreycove Feb 14, 2011 04:38 PM

              From Claire's website www.clairesvt.com Go Green for Pete's Greens: On St. Patrick's Day, come to Claire's for a benefit for the Pete's Farm Fund, to rebuild the barn and help Pete and his crew. Celebrate the day by wearing your finest greens, bring some extra greens in your wallet, and show off your talent at our Open Mic Night in support of Pete's. Pete recently announced that in 2-3 years, when his farm is back on stable financial ground, he will repay the money raised to support Pete's Greens to a special fund to support Vermont agriculture and farms in crisis. We're excited to be part of this effort and hope you will join us on March 17th. Email newvermontcooking@yahoo.com if you are interested in performing.

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