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Sep 20, 2013 10:02 AM

Any suggestions to my itinerary? Burlington, VT

Hey all,

My family and I will be in Burlington mid October for a quick fall trip weekend. I searched the board and this is what I came up with:


Drive up from Boston, stop at Cold Hollow and the Alchemist.
Dinner: South End Truck stop


Breakfast: August First Bakery-Uncommon Grounds
Lunch: Burlington Farmers Market
Dinner: Juniper


Brunch: The Farmhouse.

It will be my wife and 2 year old daughter, are any of the places chosen (specifically Juniper) inappropriate for a toddler? We take her out to eat basically anywhere here in Boston, outside of special occasion places, but wanted to check anyways.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. The Alchemist isn't there any more, instead it's Prohibition Pig, but definitely worth the stop. It'd also be a nice place to have dinner. :)

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    1. re: Morganna

      Above is correct but The Alchemist does have its brewery in Waterbury just off Route 100 - no food. You can try some beer and buy some (if its not sold out) and buy a t-shirt or two.

      1. re: bm_vt

        Oooh right, I forgot people stop to get beer at breweries. I'm such a dork sometimes.

        1. re: Morganna

          LOL Morganna! Thats OK. ;) I really enjoy your posts here!
          I really like the food at Prohibition Pig. It is only open for lunch Fri-Sun so if you are traveling through Waterbury on one of those days at lunch time I would recommend it!

    2. Thank you both! We are definitely just planning on stopping off at Alchemist for that ever elusive Heady Topper, but an option for food nearby would be great. Prohibition Pig's menu looks fantastic, so we will give it a try.

      Otherwise I assume we made some decent choices?

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      1. re: Matt H

        Oh there's also a sandwich shop right next to Cold Hollow that my friend says makes really good sammiches. yeah, your choices look fine. I don't know anything about if toddlers are welcome or inappropriate at juniper or the farmhouse.

        As for the heady topper, I wish you good luck. i was at a picnic on Friday and one of the attendees brought some to share! Apparently it was at the convenience store he stopped at to get ice and buy beer, so he scooped it up and brought it. :) I believe this was in Barre.

        It's kinda like a treasure hunt, I think. You're never sure where cans of it will turn up! ;)

        1. re: Morganna

          Thank you for the heads up, if I come across it anywhere I will grab whatever they have. And as I mentioned below to Mighty Frog the sandwich spot will be added to the list as another option. Thanks again!

        2. re: Matt H

          We happened to be going through Waterbury at lunch time yesterday and went to Prohibition Pig for lunch. I had Korean BBQ sliders - fantastic. My spouse had the fish sandwich which was great. It is certainly kid friendly - we had our 2 kids with us and every other table had kids as well. You can get Heady Topper there (assuming they are not sold out) if they are sold out at the brewery.

          1. re: bm_vt

            Thanks for the endorsement, I think its confirmed, going to at least grab a snack and beer at Prohibition Pig, thanks.

          2. re: Matt H

            Morganna is right, the kitchenette attached to Cold Hollow makes quite good panini, wraps, soup, and sandwiches. They've recently added a good package beer selection too--it's another good place to look for Heady Topper if that's your thing.

            1. re: MightyFrog

              Most definitely my thing, thanks!

          3. I haven't been there in some 5-6 years, but no trip to Burlington would be complete without a stop at AL's French Frys. Perfection in fries. If you've never been , you may give up on them elsewhere.



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            1. re: Clams047

              Just gotta say, they're only perfect fries if they're the kind you like. They aren't the kind I like, so I don't think they're perfect. To me they're squidgy and not well-fried. Though that could be because I've only ever had them at the fair, not at their restaurant. However, my experiences of them at the fair was bad enough I have never felt the desire to give them a try at the restaurant.

            2. matt, we have been doing bi yrly trips to burlington for 20 yrs and our 3 HAVE TO go to places are:
              Penny Cluse for breakfast,(TONS of babies there always!)
              Mirabelle for bakery (nothing in Boston to compete w/ Mirabelle; best croissants and almond horns etc)
              Delia Trattoria for No.Italian dinner (better than so many places in Boston, honest! )
              we also really like El Cortijo Mexican-funky and fun.
              we're headed up there later ths wk.
              (gotta look into Juniper; must be new, so thx!)

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              1. re: opinionatedchef

                Hey OC! Good to see you on this board as well. Thanks for the suggestions. Mirabelle's is especially interesting because we were by no means married to August First, so we may swap the two. Thanks again.

                1. re: Matt H

                  i'm on the lookout for a tall handsome young father w/ a toddler daughter, so if I give you the CH special Nanu Neenu sign, you'll know it's me! we might check out Misery Loves Co and a Farmers Mkt today.wonder how your truck thing worked out.

                2. re: opinionatedchef

                  Yeah, Juniper is new this year in a new boutique hotel. :)