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Apr 26, 2011 12:00 PM


Has anyone eaten at the Burlington restaurant Church and Main?

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  1. I was there twice.

    The first thing I want to say is that the way the room is setup makes it feel quite awkward with the bar in the front and the seating in the back. Everyone needs to walk through the entire bar to get to the bathroom (not much to be helped there). I understand the vibe they were going for, but the size of the space did not really allow it in my opinion.

    The first time I sat at the bar, the bartender was older and slower than I expected for less than 50 seats. The sweetbreads were good, but because of the prices I did not get to much there.

    The second time I sat at the boston bar. If it had been summer it would have been good people watching, but being winter not much was going on. The wine selection both times was good. The food was above average, but for the price they are charging I expected a little better. I can get better food for the same price or cheaper at other establishments.

    I am shocked that the place is still in business to be honest. Opening more than 6 months late, 1 investor already out and they are on their 3rd or 4th chef in less than a year.

    As someone else told me, Church & Main does not have a focus. They could be just a great wine bar serving small tapas plates so that they are the place you go before dinner or after dinner for drinks and such. They took basically the best items off of everyone else's menus and threw it on one and are not executing to the level needed.

    1. Any update on Church & Main?

      Nine of us (including three kids ages 8, 11 and 12 -- well behaved but one is a picky eater) will be dining on a Saturday night in Burlington. We made a reservation here simply because it was available on opentable. We'll be staying at the Courtyard Marriott and will have just driven in from Boston, so I do like the idea of walking over the Church St. rather than driving elsewhere. Any other suggestions?

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      1. re: Blumie

        Hi Blumie, We really liked Church and Main, but would consider it an adult restaurant on a Saturday night. We ate there on a Saturday evening when the air conditioning was broken. We did not want to eat inside as it was extremely warm and finally got a table outdoors. The staff did a remarkable job considering they were sweating and under a lot of pressure. We were there
        with our UVM daughter who will eat anything from artichokes to oysters.

        The food was very good, but is rather sophisticated for 8, 11, and 12 year olds. If it was just
        the six adults it would be perfect.....

        I would consider American Flatbread instead. The children can see the pizzas being made
        in front of them and it happens to be very good. It is a few blocks off Church Street.

        The other place to take children which has long wooden tables, perfect for a party of nine,
        would be Farmhouse Tap and Grill, 160 Bank Street , a few yards off Church Street. The food
        is excellent and would probably be a better fit with three children.

        Hope that was helpful.....let me know where you end up.

        American Flatbread
        46 Lareau Rd, Waitsfield, VT 05673

        1. re: Houston2

          Farmhouse Tap seems like a great option. Wonder if they'll take a reservation for 9 people ...