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Comment Archives: Locations: 3 Stars

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

1 like, 1 dislike
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!

1 like, 0 dislikes
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

Re: “J. Morgan's Steakhouse

Lobster Mac had 3 claw tips(the flat thing that isnt good) so I know that was not a whole lobster, if so it was the smallest one ever and should be illegal to eat. The wait for a drink was too long, the bread did not appear unitl the app did so we sat with nothing for 15 minutes while watching others eat. The crab legs that use to be $30 for a lb and a half are now $34 for 1 lb, Not cool..raise the price and reduce the porttion. Booo J Morgans!

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Posted by kat2009 on 03/24/2014 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Honey Thai Restaurant

Second times the charm
The 1st time I had ordered a sea bass dish and asked for the fish to be cooked well done. It was not and I had to send it back to get cooked further. When I got it back, half the fish and fixings were gone but at least the fish was cooked. I was not happy, this is one of the most expensive dishes they offer and I felt robbed.
Ok, so I know Im fussy but my girlfriend talked me into going again. I stayed clear of the fish and had the shrimp pad tai, It was very good, better then most I have had so coddles to them for that, so might be a hit or miss place but I think I will go back. I loved the crazy decor from water fountain to dime store items. And, it 's byob which I did and thats awesome because half my dinner bill is the wine at other places. I thought the prices were reasonable and my friend was very happy with her spring rolls and the other clear ones(I forget what they are called).

Posted by kat2009 on 03/02/2014 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Pulcinella's

Had high Expectations
My boyfriend and I went here for our Valentines dinner on Saturday the 15th. We were seated at a table for 4 in the middle of everyone which I did not care for and it was cold. I asked our waiter if we could move and he said the place is very busy to which I replied can we sit at this table and pointed to a table for 2 out of the center of the room. We moved and he was going to get the heat turned up. The space is open and loud, not very romantic. We liked the look of the decor. We ordered two apps (asparagus and polenta), they were both very good and the bread was yummy. I ordered a sea bass dish to which the waiter said that the chef recommends medium. I said I wanted it well done and cooked through. Well, it came medium so I had to return it and when it came back the fish was cooked but half the dish was missing so my $$$ dish ended up being an app. My guy had a seafood dish also that he was not pleased with, we took the left overs but he didn't eat them. Very not him believe me. All in all we might go back for an app and a glass of wine sometime.

Posted by kat2009 on 03/02/2014 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Asiana House (Montpelier)

The major issue I have with pan-Asian-style eateries, and which is true of Asiana House, is that the menus are always difficult. You never really know what you are going to get. Some of these places are top-notch restaurants but many I have visited just felt confusing. You might, as did my wife, order what amounts to chicken soup, thinking of your favorite pho or a salty Chinese poultry broth, not a miso with fistfuls of overpowering mushrooms and thick-cut vegetables. I thought it was tasty but not exactly a pleasant surprise, given that my entree already came with miso. My bibimbap was great, but for overcooked rice, and the seaweed salad was just fine. I really was excited for Korean food in central VT; I almost wish they would focus on that cuisine but the sushi options were excellent, too. Nothing was terrible, nothing was above average. The old bank atmosphere was lovely (probably one of the nicest-looking places I've eaten in) and our server was helpful and responsive. Overall, I just wish they would settle on a smaller set of offerings and do them perfectly, rather than being a giant grab-bag of famous dishes from the Far East.

Also, I don't know why the above descriptors above say "no alcohol." They definitely have a decent bar.

Posted by foodler on 02/26/2014 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Sarducci's Restaurant and Bar

The food is not horrible but it is also nothing great. Seems they have gone downhill in the past few years. Not sure why but they need to figure it out and get their act together. Great bar and deck seating.

Posted by djcal1025 on 02/25/2014 at 6:21 PM

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