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Dinners near Burlington

So I got our lunches figured out, now it's dinner time.

We are staying in Williston at the Residence Inn...much cheaper than the original plan. So I'm thinking Williston, Essex, Burlington are our town options for dinner. We have two young boys.

If we have a cranky night, my plan is to get stuff at VT Meat and Seafood to grill at the hotel....as long as the grills look clean-ish. I guess the heat will kill anything gross.... Another cranky night option is rotisserie chicken from Hannaford with items from the salad bar.

For going out, I was thinking about Istanbul Kebab House and/or American Flatbread. Where else would you recommend that is family friendly?

Also, where do you go for sushi?

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  1. Definitely recommend Flatbread. I always see families with young kids there, and since it's a loud, bustling restaurant, tantrums generally go unnoticed! And of course, the pizza is delicious. Joyce's Noodle House in Essex Jct is quite good Chinese, inexpensive, casual. Sneakers in Winooski serves delicious dinner (and the best brunch in the area) thursday - saturday night and would be good for a family. Also, Pho Hong for great vietnamese. i'm not a sushi person so can't help you there. enjoy your time here!

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    1. re: china_cat

      Flatbread will be a definite. Sneakers won't be open for dinner the nights we are there.

      1. re: china_cat

        I think Sneakers stopped dinner service a few months ago.

        1. re: gemvt

          Oh no! Do you know why they stopped?

      2. We like the Hinesburgh Public House for a good meal out with the kids. Great local food. Great kids menu as well - no chicken finger type crappy food! Kids can get salmon, grilled chicken etc. About 10-15 minutes south of your hotel in Hinesburg. Make a reservation if you decide to go.
        http://hinesburghpublichouse.com/

        There is a newish flatbread pizza type restaurant in Williston-I have not been yet but friends have and they liked it. Its about a 1/2 mile from your hotel.
        http://vermonttaphouse.com/

        Don't do sushi so can't help there!

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        1. re: bm_vt

          Love the kid's menu at Hinesburgh....so many times it's just crap I won't feed my boys.

        2. There's a sushi place, I can't ever remember the name of it, in the same shopping plaza as The 99 restaurant. They've got really good sushi. HAH, found my directions to it in an old thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/797300

          So Sakura Sushi (or is it called Sushido?). http://www.yelp.com/biz/sushido-sushi... As with all yelp reviews, take with a grain of salt, but that's mostly to give you links to their phone number and directions, as they don't appear to have a website.

          There's also Koto Steakhouse, I think they have Sushi. There's an Asian place in Winooski, I think it's Asian Gourmet, right in a building on the round about there, too.

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          1. re: Morganna

            Sakura has gone sadly down hill recently, our past two visits have been not quite right, the heart has seemed to left the place.

            1. re: chilihead

              aw that's awful... blah. well i like the sushi at the place in winooski, too!

              Though if you're going up that way, I'd go to Misery Loves Company for dinner instead. :)

              1. re: Morganna

                yes! misery loves co.-what a great place!

              2. re: chilihead

                We will just skip the sushi until we get to Barre and have lunch at Asian Gourmet after visiting Rock of Ages.

            2. Another idea that just came to me that is always a hit with the kids.
              Burger Night (Fridays) at Bread & Butter Farm in South Burlington. Really good and lots of fun!
              http://breadandbutterfarm.com/events

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              1. re: bm_vt

                That does look fun! We will be there Monday - Thursday though. But I will try to remember this for the future. We live in NH, so VT is such an easy weekend trip.

              2. If you want to stay close (Williston/Essex Jct./So. Burlington/HInesburg) here are my recs:

                Williston: Natural Provisions (great selections of prepared foods and items you can cook), VT Meat and Seafood (Dana and Eric are great guys and they have the best wine selection in Williston), Garden of Eatin' (inside Gardener's Supply), Vermont Tap House (wide selection of beers)

                Essex Jct. : Martone's (lunch or early dinner, great sandwiches)

                So. Burlington: Pulcinella's (Italian food done right), Upper Deck Pub (family friendly sports pub)

                Hinesburg: Good Times Café (family friendly place with pizza, salads, and Cajun influenced options.......owners Chris and Tracy are great folks)

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                1. re: TonyO

                  Does VT Meat and Seafood have prepared food too? I was thinking of grabbing some items to grill at the hotel. If I could get some pasta salad or side dishes, that would be perfect.

                  1. re: rizzo0904

                    They do and include many sides and salads as well as a deli for sandwiches and other picnic supplies.

                  2. re: TonyO

                    OOH. I second Good Times Cafe in Hinesburg. Can't believe I forgot to mention it! We really like this place. Pizza is great. My favorite dishes are their Garam Masala and whatever burrito they have on special.

                    1. re: bm_vt

                      Looks like a good option. Maybe Wednesday for the live music. That's a good distraction for kids!

                      1. re: bm_vt

                        Garam Masala? I must have had spices on my mind. Chana Masala is the dish I like!

                        1. re: bm_vt

                          That's what I want to try. Do they charge a cover on nights with live music?

                          1. re: rizzo0904

                            Depends on the act.......Chris often books some national acts and there can be an appropriate charge for those acts ($20 or so). I would check ahead or go early if that works better

                            1. re: TonyO

                              Thanks. We can always go Tuesday to avoid the cover...just hate to pay a cover with 4 and 5 year olds.