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Comment Archives: Locations: 3 Stars

Re: “East West Café

Delicious food, with a bit of a wait for takeout. The Beef soup was a hands down winner in our house.

Posted by Maureen on 10/15/2015 at 10:41 AM

Re: “The Bee's Knees

I found good and bad about The Bee's Knees in Mville. The burger was awesome but the coffee and the caramelized onions were cold which was sort of a bummer . Atmosphere was great and the staff very friendly.

Posted by montpelier28 on 10/14/2015 at 2:29 AM

Re: “Pho Capital

almost there, but still some work to be done. The problem is inconsistency. Sometimes the food is just wonderful, and sometimes it is like there is no spice or flavor. I asked for the food to be authentically spiced (as for a Vietnamese person) once, and they brought a bland dish and some unmentionably fiery hot sauce... which felt like a diss. It beats out anything oriental within 40 miles, but I am hoping that they can really raise the bar. PLEASE... garlic, chilis, ginger, cannot really be left out of Vietnamese food.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by debunker on 10/13/2015 at 5:05 PM

Re: “The Spice Traders' Kitchen

Meh. The banh mi did not look like the picture recently featured in 7 Days, even though I made sure to order the one they'd featured. We also waited way too long, and in fact watched a number of people come in, order takeout, and leave with their food before we were finally served (about 45 minutes after we ordered). The banh mi was okay. The noodle dish my partner got was pretty good - but not great. Honestly it was the disorganization and the wait that really soured it for me. Not sure we'll go back.

0 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Amberh on 09/18/2015 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Hatchet Tap and Table

I think I might have Gastropub fatigue so please keep that in mind as I review. I also miss the middle of the road option that was Bridget Street Cafe.

This place has an interesting and diverse beer selection keeping it in competition with Prohibition Pig and Farmhouse Tap & Grill.

Unfortunately the food menu isn't quite as diverse. It's also a little overpriced. $19 for fish & chips which consisted of one huge piece of fish. Which wouldn't be an issue, except for the fact that the coating was overcooked and the fish was undercooked. The lobster roll was a nice size and nice amount of lobster. It costs the same as the fish & chips. They toss their fries in rosemary which really didn't go with either entree despite my love of rosemary. The Buffalo wings were pretty good.

The place is very loud and we were seated too close to the creemee machine, which made it worse. Overall probably a better place to go to for a beer or two than an actual meal.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by latenac on 08/21/2015 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Armory Grille and Bar

7 Days' original review title, "Corporate Casual", best describes this new entry in downtown Burlington. The food was good; lots of other areas need work. The room is loud; even with only 20% of the tables occupied the noise level was harsh. Our server was not well informed about the menu and was challenged to describe the draft beers. Mind you, they only have 2 drafts. One of those is Magic Hat #9, which may appeal to the business traveler but will bring yawns from the local brew cognoscenti. Among the four of us at the table, we were handed three different dinner menus, which confused us and really rattled the server. Good burger, sandwich, and cider-marinated pork roast. The "seasonal vegetables" were different on each plate, but a tad overcooked on all. And is zucchini really "seasonal" in March? Too many excellent places within 1/2 mile to waste time on another visit here any time soon.

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Posted by John Floyd on 03/15/2015 at 1:47 AM

Re: “Barrio Bakery & Pizza Barrio

I will return for the cozy, cute space and the warm, friendly service but, I'm sorry to say, the pizza isn't very memorable. I found it doughy and lacking toppings and flavor. My salad special was very tasty but there are better pizza options in the Burlington area in my opinion. This is such a charming place and I want to support it. Maybe I'll come back for a salad and a glass of wine? Or the live music?

Posted by VivaVermont on 02/02/2015 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Citizen Cider

I have been here multiple times for the cider and I will continue to do so. I love the Currant Affair and the Dirty Mayor. Last night we came to try the food and we think we'll stick to the cider. The food was good but not good enough to justify the price and not good enough to choose it over eating somewhere else. We both had the burger, dressed, and it was cooked medium well as opposed to medium rare which we had requested. The fries were mostly burnt and, while I like my fries on the crunch side, they were too crunchy. The burger toppings were really flavorful but left the bun soggy and messy. The pickle on top was a nice touch. I've also had the poutine here which is tasty and a huge portion. But, at $14 a burger, we won't be returning for dinner. Bring on the cider, though! We love to take friends and visitors here for the atmosphere and the drinks.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by VivaVermont on 01/16/2015 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Asiana Noodle Shop

Asiana Noodle Shop used to be a five-star worthy restaurant for me, but they've really gone downhill in the past six months or so. They've added too many new things to their menu, and I think it's resulted in them being unable to focus on the things they do really well. Their sushi used to be above average (at least by Burlington standards), but the quality and presentation has been lacking as of late. Their noodle dishes are still great (love the Emperor's Soup and glad it's part of the regular menu now), but their entrees are lacking (I order a roasted duck dish the last time I was there and it came to the table 45 minutes after my date received her meal, and the skin wasn't even crispy. My guess is they had to defrost it...pretty pathetic for a $22 dish).

In short, if you're going to go, stick to the noodle dishes, especially the soups. Pass on the entrees and the sushi though.

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Posted by Jay Blanchard on 01/10/2015 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Junior's Rustico

This is a near by neighborhood spot for us and we will continue to return for the atmosphere, local beer selection and diverse menu. However, this will not be a dinner spot for us. It's not good enough and not affordable enough to justify ordering wine, appetizers and entrees. We will stick to stopping for a drink after work, watchings sports and ordering drinks at the bar, or sharing an appetizer with a friend. We ordered the linguine with white clam sauce and the chicken piccata and both were too buttery, creamy and heavy for our taste. The flavor, simplicity and goodness of these dishes was overpowered by too much butter and richness. I've made these dishes at home and eaten them locally and they should be light, broth-y, lemony, garlic-y and a tad tangy not creamy and drenched in butter. The arancini appetizer was tasty but a tad burnt and I didn't need the rice balls to be smothered in mozzarella and marinara. The fried cheese and rice balls are decadent enough without being covered in cheese, as well. Our service was a tad slow but the interior is so nice and the atmosphere is so spot on that we didn't mind. My advice here is to stick to simple and you'll leave satisfied.

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Posted by VivaVermont on 01/09/2015 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Pho K&K

I've been to Pho K&K twice. The quality of the food was really good, but the intense flavor you want from Vietnemese food was just not there. Please, kick it up a lot!

Posted by deb_a_deb on 01/07/2015 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Shalimar of India

The ambiance and service is seriously lacking but the food was decent. I had a mango lassi, garlic naan and saag paneer. The mango lassi was exceptional but I found the naan and the saag average. The prices are a bit high for the venue and what you get but overall it was a pleasant experience.

Posted by VivaVermont on 11/07/2014 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Bayview Eats

MY husband and I decided to try BE for the first time last evening. He ordered the pulled pork, which came with rice and beans. He really enjoyed it. I ordered the chicken and biscuits, which would have been quite good, except there was absolutely NO chicken in it. None. Zero. Nada. Whenever I have ordered C&B at any other restaurant, it is always loaded with meat. I am not exaggerating when I say there was no meat in this entree. The waitress DID take the cost of the entree off our check, which only seemed fair. The servings are on the small side. If you're extremely hungry, this isn't the place for you. Not sure if we'll return in the future. IF we do, it will be for brunch or lunch. Not dinner.

Posted by luvhomecookin on 10/25/2014 at 6:09 AM

Re: “Three Brothers Pizza & Grill

I've been frustrated by this place up til now in that I've had several satisfactory meals but nothing that really blew me away.....My family has enjoyed some of the pizzas and such but I've stuck to the appetizers mainly. Well, this last time I noticed the Garlic Bread Pizza. I will now say that they've won me over. It was FANTASTIC. I've been eating the leftovers for 2 days now and the garlic taste has just gotten richer and richer every time I've reheated it. A big 4 stars for this one! Just a note - we ordered delivery and were missing our salad dressings as well as bleu cheese for wings - even though the order taker repeated it to me when I ordered. I will check next time before the driver leaves that we have everything!

Posted by Diane Pontecorvo on 08/03/2014 at 10:04 PM

Re: “La Boca Wood Fired Pizzeria

A long-awaited and welcome addition to the North End. I broke my long-standing rule and went within the first week of opening and I do regret it. It took over an hour to be served. 45 minutes for the salad alone! While the appetizers were yummy, the pizza was under-cooked and bland. When you dine at a wood-fired pizzeria, your expectation is for a thin, crispy pie. The pie they served us was too thick and as a result undercooked and doughy. The service was okay--our waitress was friendly, but we rarely saw her--but the noise was painfully loud. I am glad to hear that they will take steps to remedy it. Despite my poor dining experience, I will go back and support this restaurant because we need local eateries in the NE. Hopefully they will work all the kinks out and succeed.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Padraic on 07/31/2014 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Pascolo Ristorante

I treated myself to a solo Sunday lunch recently. Spaghetti with clam sauce is one of my favorite dishes and also a measure of any Italian restaurant in my opinion so I ordered that. It was $18.95 on the lunch menu which is really expensive but I wasn't ordering alcohol so I let it slide. The clams were plentiful and the spaghetti was cooked perfectly but I didn't love the sauce. I'm open to different versions of this classic but this version just wasn't for me. When I think of clam sauce I want white clam sauce with lots of white wine, garlic and herbs. Pascolo's take was a chicken broth-based sauce with roasted tomatoes and lots of bacon. It was rich and savory but didn't have that garlic-y zing I'm looking for in this dish. The service was very attentive and pleasant and I like the new space design but, for the price, this meal just didn't wow me.

Posted by VivaVermont on 07/30/2014 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Dharshan Namaste Asian Deli (Winooski)

Just tried this place for the first time. We had the pho, dumplings, and lo mein. Very good food and very affordable. Looking forward to trying the Bahn Mi next!

Posted by Maureen on 06/12/2014 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Pascolo Ristorante

Disappointed. We were excited to try this new restaurant by the Farmhouse Group, but the pasta portions were small and flavorless. We could've done better at home. Renovations looked great though.

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Posted by debstars on 06/10/2014 at 11:53 PM

Re: “Bleu Northeast Seafood

I had been anxiously awaiting the opening of Bleu, and was excited to give it a try this past weekend. Overall, I would say it was a "good" experience; not great (yet), but we're hopeful that may come in time.

First impressions- the ambiance/decor is very nice (although while we thought the funky knives were very cool, they were a little awkward to rest on your plate when not in use). I was disappointed that the menu does not highlight/specify where the food comes from. There is a lot of reference on Bleu's website about sourcing New England seafood and local products, and there was no mention of this on the menu. Also would have loved a little server guidance on the salts left on our table- i.e. what flavor is each one?

We started with oysters and the mushroom tartine. My husband loved his oysters, and while I found the flavor of the mushroom tartine to be very nice, it was a bit heavy handed. I would have liked it a little smaller so that the quail egg yolk could touch every bite.Entrees were the steak frites and seafood lasagna. My husband loved the steak frites. It was a very generous portion and all around a nice dinner, although cooked beyond the requested medium rare. The seafood lasagna was...decadent. I would have loved to have seen this come out on a plate instead of served casserole/soup-y style- I think the layers of black squid-ink noodles would have looked beautiful if you could see them layered. It was a very yummy dish, but with the amount of butter and cheese in the plate, hard to taste all of the delicious seafood.

Overall, it was a nice evening out, and we hope some of the wrinkles will get ironed out as Bleu establishes itself in the Burlington food scene. We'd like to see it succeed and stick around!

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Posted by BeccaN802 on 05/19/2014 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Twiggs — An American Gastropub

Twiggs is ok, not great. The service was excellent but I was certainly expecting more from the food. I got a hamburger and fries and a side garden salad. The salad was spring mix with cherry tomatoes (which I don't eat), raw white onions (which I don't eat) and croutons. Once I picked off the "garden vegetables" I was left with 50 cents worth of lettuce, 25 cents worth of croutons and bottled blue cheese dressing - for which I paid $5. The hamburger was dry and the texture was odd. The toppings were good and the fries were good. The waitress did not tell me that the fries were an upsell of $2 - which I didn't mind but I would have liked to have been told. I was excited to have a nice restaurant in St. Albans but I think the owners need to visit some other regional gastropubs to see how they are doing things. I spent less money at the Prohibition Pig and got far better food.

Posted by amytillotson on 03/30/2014 at 3:46 AM

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