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Great Meal in Burlington, VT?

We'll have two nights in Burlington early in June. It's a tour, and one of them will be a dinner cruise on Lake Champlain, so that's set. But one night is free, and we'd like to have some really wonderful food; both delicious and interesting is the goal. (We live in Northampton, where the bar is set pretty low.)
Browsing turns up Hen of the Woods and L'Amante, but there seem to be LOTS of restaurants, and Chowhounders are more likely to know and recommend really good places than other websites we could mention (ahem). Our favorite foods are, in no particular order, new American, French, Italian (the Hub), Chinese/Japanese (me). Our idea of a great dining city is Portland, if that gives a clue. Will appreciate any suggestions, help, guidance. The more opinionated, the better!
Just discovered two things: 1. we'll be dining out on a Monday night 2. we're staying at Best Western Windjammer without car, so will probably need somewhere pretty close. Rats! Does A Single Pebble fit the bill?

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  1. I love A Single Pebble, although I haven't been there in a couple of years (I live 1.5 hours away). Staying where you are there really isn't anything that I think is that good or interesting.

    Take a cab down to Church Street, its only a mile or two, and spend a couple hours wandering around browsing before dinner.

    1. As Shann mentioned, to get downtown you're probably going to need a taxi. Downtown is where many of the best restaurants are located. Like A Single Pebble is great and open on Monday night, but it's firmly downtown. It has superior Chinese food to what you'd get at the Chinese place by Higher Ground (which is near where you're staying). Cheese Traders is a good place to shop for some nibblies if you like to have some snacks. That is also near where you're staying.

      Guild Tavern is at 1633 Williston Road which is one mile further down Williston road from your hotel. http://www.guildtavern.com/ They are also open on Mondays. They have some great sounding (I haven't been there yet) steaks, but also burgers and stuff. It's farm to table. If you eat there, do please report back, I haven't heard much from folks about their experiences there!

      I hope this helps. :)

      1. I went to Wooden Spoon Bistro earlier this week and it was really fantastic. Much improved over the first time I went a few years ago. It's a 5 minute walk from The Best Western.

        http://www.woodenspoonbistro.com/

        1. Pulcinella's..........within walking distance (100 Dorset St.)......food and service are both exceptional...and they are open on Monday for dinner at 5:00 p.m.

          1. Thanks to all, I'm making a reference sheet starting now. We'll be going in early June, and I'll report back.
            Anyone else weighing in --- thanks!