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Comment Archives: Locations: 5 Stars

Re: “Wooden Spoon Bistro

My boyfriend and I went here for restaurant week and were very impressed. The place is small and bustling, the service impeccable, and the food was A-MAZE-ING. We had the bruschetta - the most creative bruschetta I've ever had- and the spring rolls - deep fried deliciousness - to start. My boyfriend had the burger and fries which was delicious, I had the scallops with truffle oil and thought I'd died and gone to heaven. For dessert, I don't remember the name of it but it was this caramel creme pudding-y type thing that I didn't think I would like but I wanted to lick the bowl it was so good. I've been wanting to go here for years and am happy restaurant week provided me the opportunity. Despite the somewhat unfortunate location, it's easily one of the best (newish) restaurants I've been to in awhile! Go! Just go!

Posted by kmp327 1 on 05/13/2015 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Rudy Polwin Architects

We hired Rudy to redesign our mid-century cape house in Burlington and could not be more thrilled with his work. He seamlessly incorporated our ideas into a vision we never could have come up with on our own. Our revamped first floor, with a new entryway and kitchen, is so much more open, flows better, is full of natural light, and is entirely more functional. Our renovated second floor, with a totally overhauled bathroom, now incorporates top-notch materials and has a ton of new built-in storage space. The whole house, inside and out, is now touched by unique, distinguishing details. Indeed, other designers, contractors, and homeowners have stopped by just to take a picture of and gain some inspiration from the work visible to the outside. Rudy and his team have my strongest recommendation and we would use them again in a heartbeat.

Posted by bentraverse on 05/11/2015 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Big Picture Theater and Café

We came here for dinner and a movie last week and loved it. The staff were all very friendly, the food was pretty darn good, and the ability to eat and drink while watching a movie was awesome!

They have a great beer selection on tap and a pretty good wine list. We each had a salad (standard salads but made with great fresh ingredients)

The Big Picture has great vibes, great people, great food and great drinks. A nice local hangout for a quick drink or the full dinner-and-a-movie date night.

Posted by Asah Rowles on 05/07/2015 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Hen of the Wood (Waterbury)

Restaurant week gives us the luxury of a unique dining experience without the risk of sticker shock or disappointment. Hen of the Wood at Waterbury fulfilled our anticipation of a wonderful meal, but went well beyond that with perfectly executed experience from start to finish. The restaurant earns a full five stars for attention to detail. From the lighting scheme accenting the historic stone walls to the softly tuned, eclectic background music, the theme is polished rustic. For avowed hop heads, the draft selections include Waterbury's own Heady Topper and Hill Farmstead's flagship, Edward. The small plate were nearly entree size, with a very creative take on calamari providing a pleasant surprise. Hanger steak done medium rare over a bed of mixed vegetables was the choice for our entrees. The herb smear over the juicy and tender beef made a most satisfying pairing. A varied selection of Vermont cheese is the desert option for Restaurant Week, and is served with in house chips and a fruit puree. Delightful ending to an inspired menu. Service was crisp and professional, the atmosphere enchanting, and the ride home a reminder of special a Vermont spring can be.

Posted by miguelito on 05/01/2015 at 2:26 PM

Re: “The Kitchen Table Bistro

Magical Dinner!!! All Around Outstanding! Our party of 6 dined on Friday, April 24th and enjoyed the Prix Fixe Menu for Restaurant Week. We started at the bar and enjoyed a round of cocktails served by their charming bartender who was warm and engaging. Nice beer selection and extensive wine list, cocktails are a bit limited but they have a nice menu of 6-8 specialty concoctions that look lovely. We sat upstairs - the décor is perfect for the old farmhouse motif. The service was perfection - our server had good humor, great suggestions and was very gracious (we stayed for 3 hours!).The food: best mussels ever. Ever! Salmon was amazing- crispy, flavorful and served over a lovely bed of risotto. Young leeks were incorporated into many of the dishes and were a nice touch. The stuffed quail was also quite tasty! Dessert was over the top: crème brulee, coffee sundaes and Nutty Irish coffee. I can't wait to return!

Posted by Loves2Dine on 04/28/2015 at 11:53 AM

Re: “El Cortijo Taqueria Y Cantina

My boyfriend & I were looking for a place to eat for restaurant week. Even though we were running short on time they were able to accommodate us. I ordered the pollo en mole and he ordered the pozole de pescado. They each came with a soup or salad, we had both, and some chips with salsa to start. Everything was delicious. My chicken fell right off the bone and was smothered in aromatic, but not too spicy, sauce. My boyfriends soup was light, flavorful and loaded with delicate seafood. So glad we had time to stop by here again.

Posted by Julia G on 04/25/2015 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Chop Shop Hair Design

I have to say since I moved back to VT two years ago I have struggled to find a hair salon that I truly trust...Chop Shop is the first salon that has competent stylists that know how to color hair appropriately without frying your hair...These stylists know what they are doing...I bounced around between multiple ppl there and was never disappointed, now I go to Alicia who can give you a city quality cut/color with a BTV price:) I will never search for a salon again! I highly reccomend going there! Don't believe the negative reviews you see online, they're posted from people that don't understand what a coloring process takes!

Posted by WesnefSKI29 on 04/16/2015 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Birchgrove Baking

The best.

Like having access to a high end NYC bakery. Go early for croissants and scones. 10ish for hot cookies that leak chocolate all over your hands.

It's all gone by the end of the day. Except for the really really fancy stuff that lasts for several days in the case below.

Iced Coffee - Americano.
Almond Croissants.
Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Three items to motivate a person to get through almost anything.

It's expensive. And nothing has prices so you have to kind of order and be ready not to grimace. Also nothing is explained, as to what it is. So the very cool young women (pleasant and appropriately slightly bored) that work there lean on the counter and will tell the customer what's what. This can take some time and the people behind you are looking at their watches.

It's mostly to go but there are about 3 chairs inside, a high table and outside a bench. It's a get it and go place. I recommend that you get it. As often as possible.

Posted by Deborah B on 04/13/2015 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Philamena's

This little space, on Elm Street in Montpelier, is easy to miss. Luckily a friend of mine, who is a very experienced chef, had heard of it through the grapevine and we met there for breakfast last week. We were both very pleased. I was pleased because my breakfast tasted great. She was pleased because everything was prepared with great skill and presented at the right temperature, the right amount and the right price. (Her professional opinion.)

The owner is hoping to recreate his grandmother's Italian Deli that she ran on Long Island for many years. Fresh ingredients, everything from scratch, connection with customer and owner/staff/chef. I really hope he makes it. This place could be a great long term addition to Montpelier's culture of loving food and conversation. The food is unpretentious and full of flavor. There is fresh pasta to go (could be a great booth at the Farmer's Market).

I highly recommend a visit to this new Italian Breakfast and Lunch place. Oh - I didn't get it but they have Pasta Carbonara for breakfast. How cool is that! Also, you must try the home fries. The best I've had in a long time. And the omelet was perfect, and my friend said it was also perfectly cooked.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Deborah B on 04/13/2015 at 9:09 AM

Re: “The Freighthouse

A great place to get a smoothie and panini, or a latte. The pastry selection is terrific and they're all homemade. Local ingredients and lots of vegetarian and even vegan options!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Bonnie Paris Ott on 04/07/2015 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Mike’s Tiki Bar

Fun place after enjoying the kingdom trails!!! #MikeTikiBar

Posted by Tim Mathers on 04/06/2015 at 11:43 PM

Re: “Burke Publick House

Great food, great atmosphere, great service!!!!

Posted by Tim Mathers on 04/06/2015 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Dharshan Namaste Asian Deli

This place is great! Very nice staff. It can take a while to get your food when they get busy but it always comes out tasty and large portions. Chicken dumplings, beef noodle soup and fried rice are so good. Also the spicy wings and Pork Bahn mi are great. BYOB. We like the cozy and sometimes awkward setting. We need more family run restaurants like this.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by eaterVT on 03/22/2015 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Pho Nguyen

I live in the NNE so this has become a new vice. Bamboo Hut was often hit or miss, but I've yet to be anything other than in food bliss, albeit a bit overfull, from my visits to Pho Nguyen. I've been dropping by about once a week. The pho broth will blow your mind!

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by RGHinBTV on 03/05/2015 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Sauce Italian Specialties

the owner Sharon is a wonderful person - full of fun and energy - looking forward to her opening

Posted by Paulette Crabiel Wahler on 03/03/2015 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Pho Nguyen

Incredible FOOD! make the trip to the new north end and love your life.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Katie Figura on 02/27/2015 at 8:54 AM

Re: “A Single Pebble

The chef's tasting menu was out of this world. Each dish was prepared with care and nicely presented and described by the servers. There was so much food! I loved every dish from start to finish and the service was excellent. Well done, A Single Pebble.

Posted by VivaVermont on 02/26/2015 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Bluebird Barbecue

Tonight I had the most enjoyable burger (for me) that I've had since 1994. Serious props to Bluebird BBQ - first time on the East Coast that I've not put ketchup on hamburger. My wife was shocked, she'd never seen me do that. Seared on the outside, totally pink and warm to hot through the middle, juicy and delightful. She took a bite, her eyes widened, she grinned and said, "Ohmygod I just want to slurp this." Perfect.

The poutine is excellent, the ribs are fantastic...but this was something special. I like my meat a bit more rare than many people, but their presentation was perfect for me. Nothing frilly, no bells and whistles, just excellent beef perfectly prepared on a simple bun with great cheese. Thank you!

Posted by JT on 02/26/2015 at 1:17 AM

Re: “Red Square

Love this place

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Sandrino on 02/19/2015 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Alburg Golf Links

Awesome lunches on their porch overlooking the lake.
Dinners Friday and Saturdays Sunday brunch.

Event site is great for weddings, tournaments, rehearsal dinners or family gatherings.

Posted by Kendrick Bellows on 02/10/2015 at 6:09 PM

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