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Comment Archives: Locations: 4 Stars

Re: “Vergennes Laundry

Should be a five-star review as their pastries are incredible (and the best baguettes in the state), as are their coffee drinks (Intelligensia beans). But the fact that they're only open two days a week (and often will be closed with no prior announcement on one or both of those days) makes it incredibly frustrating as a customer.

Posted by kinojay33 on 04/08/2015 at 11:16 AM

Re: “The Bearded Frog

Solid and consistant food. We like to eat in the bar or the patio when weather abides. The Waldorf is awesome. Flatbreads are delicious. Burgers are good. The menu is well balanced with something for almost everybody. Always had friendly and knowledgable service at the Frog.

Posted by eaterVT on 03/22/2015 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Positive Pie (Barre)

Let me just say I love Positive Pie! The new spot in Barre is as good as the Montpelier one! The pizza is awesome with good fresh ingredients. The fried brussel sprouts, yum with the dipping sauce. The salmon with fingerlings and asparagus dish, delicious!
They are doing a nice job and the new digs are great, rustic and spacious. The 1 criticism is that the portion of brussels were not consistent, I got a whole lot less the last time I was there then I did the first time. But I will try again :)

Posted by kat2009 on 03/15/2015 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Asiana Noodle Shop

Now that winter is officially here, there's nothing quite so satisfying as walking in from a wind-blasted Church Street to the Asiana Noodle House basement, ordering a huge bowl of spicy miso ramen and warming up. This stuff is amazing.

Posted by Bill Morris on 01/07/2015 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Pho Dang Vietnamese Café (Winooski)

Great pho. I also have enjoyed the crispy crepe and pad thai. Prices can't be beat, service is fast, ambience resembles an interrogation room

Posted by scarfer on 01/06/2015 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Lucky Next Door

fun, cozy spot... hour and a half wait at penny cluse, but got "lucky next door", and we walked right in for a counter seat by the front window. creative, flavorful food, enthusiastic service, but the coffee could use an upgrade.

Posted by pianopix on 01/06/2015 at 7:42 PM

Re: “New World Tortilla

Very tasty change of pace! Greek salad is wonderful.

Posted by hobie61 on 01/06/2015 at 5:42 PM

Re: “El Gato Cantina (Burlington)

Best Mexican Restaurant in Burlington! The tacos are delicious and the homemade guacamole is a must!

Posted by locavore09 on 01/06/2015 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Junior's Rustico

Really good! Thoroughly enjoyed lunch at Junior's Rustico this week. The tapas menu is wonderful. We tried: seafood paella, calamari, fried mozzarella, bruschetta and a tasty sausage platter. The homemade fried mozzarella was amazing- I can't wait to return to enjoy that appetizer along with a nice glass of red! Calamari was perfectly prepared and the presentation was very nice. Portions for the entrees are smaller than Junior's in Colchester but just as tasty. Definitely more of a hipster flare in terms of ambiance, nicely done!

Posted by Loves2Dine on 12/10/2014 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Zollikofer Gallery at Hotel Coolidge

With so few full-fledged galleries left in the Upper Valley, it is wonderful for us to have alternative spaces as great as this one to exhibit our work. Kudos to Peggy Adams at The Coolidge Hotel for having held over 100 shows at this great space in the up and coming arts community, White River Junction, VT.

Posted by Deborah Frankel Reese on 10/04/2014 at 11:24 AM

Re: “3 Squares Café

Checked these guys out for lunch on our first visit to explore Vergennes. What a gem! Great specials, cool vibe all around. We really enjoyed to casual community style to dining area. We didnt find a whole lot to do in town but 3 Squares will be a reason to come back and keep looking.

Posted by greg1st on 09/25/2014 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Lost Nation Brewing

Lost Nation is great! We've been several times and have been greeted with warmth and enthusiasm! Fantastic beer and eats if you're looking for a casual dining experience and local, tasty food. Outside patio seating is very cool in the summer, great grilled mussels, surf & turf tacos were a special the last time we were there and they were outstanding! A really nice addition to Motown!

Posted by Loves2Dine on 09/11/2014 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Bleu Northeast Seafood

We dined at Bleu on Friday, Sept 5th. Our party of 4 enjoyed fantastic appetizers: fresh oysters, foie gras, the chowder (which was amazing) and the grilled squid. The cocktails were lovely and special- very nice drink menu, live music, we did not find it to be loud- perhaps b/c we were having too much fun and were in fact, the loud ones? Entrees were beyond reproach- pan seared Red fish over risotto- yum! Fabulous mushroom Pappardelle - by far the best entrée in my opinion, cedar plank salmon and pan seared scallops over lentils- all absolutely delish! Very nice service as well. No complaints, great view, comfy table and overall a fantastic meal- I would give it 4 1/2 stars if I was able to do so!

Posted by Loves2Dine on 09/11/2014 at 2:14 PM

Re: “WalkOver Gallery & Concert Room

“If it doesn’t fit in the fry basket or on the grill you won’t find it here” Amy Vetters counter girl and daughter to one of the owners of the Hoagie Hut smartly replied as a customer jokingly asked to be rung up for a fruit, yogurt and granola plate.

And that has been the secret to the success of Brothers Gary and Jamie Vetters who will be celebrating 38 years in business this October. They put out a tasty, basic menu and give their customer more than ample servings for the money.

Serving up menu items like mixed Italian cold cut sandwiches, hamburgers, Montreal smoked meat sandwiches and the ever popular hot sausage plate no one ever leaves this place hungry.

Perhaps the single best sandwich value in Chittenden County is their steak hoagie special. Real shaved rib eye steak that is hand cut and then grilled with sweet onions, green peppers and held together with American cheese all mounded high on top of a locally produced Koffee Kup grinder roll. This is served with a mountain of steak fries and large fountain soda for the unheard of price of only $9.95.

Even Jillian Michaels could find a satisfying meal here. A selection of garden salads, chef’s salads, tuna salad and a Cajun chicken salad make a well rounded menu that will satisfy everyone’s desire for something good to eat.

On Sundays there is even a breakfast service that Chef Gary comes in especially for. Offering a selection of breakfast stand-bys to include omelets, eggs made your way and French toast. Be sure to get Gary’s special Sunday home fries. Red skin potatoes that are quartered, fried and spiced as only Gary can.

To all the demanding mothers out there, look for what might go unnoticed. Cleanliness is number one here. From customer tables that are cleaned between each service to ultra clean washrooms there is attention and execution to detail here. You’ll truly be able to feel relaxed and at ease when dining at the Hoagie Hut.

If your dining solo you’ll appreciate that the Hoagie Hut offers all the papers to their customers. In addition to the Free Press the NY Post and NY Daily News are all available. If you like the Yankees there will be plenty to talk about with owner Jamie Vetters, if not appreciate that he is a die-hard sports fan.

If you have any room left after one of the Hoagies Huts fabulous meals there is a selection of cakes from Madeleines Bakery of Milton VT offered. Cake selections are rotated regularly. This week’ choices were coconut cake, carrot cake and vanilla bean cake.

Judging from the trades’ people, families, landscape crews and other hungry folk that frequent the Hoagie Hut the Vetters brothers have gotten it right.

Located at 164 Porters Point Road in the strip mall directly across from the Sunset Drive In the Hoagie Hut is open Monday-Saturday 11-8 and Sundays from 8-4. Cash only. Phone 863 6655. Give them a try.

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Posted by Gerryyy on 09/04/2014 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Harper's Restaurant at the Holiday Inn

Just like an old friend, Harper’s Restaurant has always been there. Located opposite of the traffic light at the intersection of Williston Road and Dorset Street this neighborhood favorite has been serving up solid local fare but has been just under the foodie radar.
Harper’s restaurant located inside the Holiday Inn serves up the three traditional meals a day for its hotel guests and does a good job at it. At lunch it is also a preferred by numerous locals. Wait staff greet, by name, the regulars coming in for their usual soup and half sandwich special or to enjoy a juicy pub burger.
Harper’s also has a cosmopolitan feel to it. It is not unusual to hear parties of Canadians speaking their native Quebecois French language. As this property is favored by the flight crews of Jet Blue this adds to big city international feel as well.
Service really makes Harper’s stand out. From The busboys to the wait staff everyone here makes it a point to give stellar service without it feeling contrived or unnatural. Probably the brightest star to the staff of Harper’s is the maitre d.
You can’t say dining room manager or host as Jonathan Holmes is so much more. If Seven Days were to give a Daisies award for Burlington’s Best Maitre d, Jonathan Holmes would win it hands down.
From the moment you are greeted in a polished manner and are engaged on the way to your table you know you are being handled by a professional. You just don’t expect this level of service in Chittenden County and the attention to the overall dining experience you receive at Harper’s.
However, it is the Sunday Brunch where this restaurant really shines. Served from 9:30 AM until 1 PM Harper’s Sunday brunch is not just for special occasions. From an outstanding selection of anchor items like the omelet station, carved roast station, pans of eggs Benedict, smoked Salmon platter, fresh fruit arrangements, salads and baked goods you won’t be at a loss to find something to enjoy.
Roasted red potatoes are a standard buffet item and what Chef Tony Devittoria does to these spuds is beyond description. Prepared in a royal fashion these quartered, crispy skinned roasted potatoes are bursting with eye appeal and flavor.
Chef Tony Devittoria is living the dream. He originally was a ski bum who took kitchen work up at Stratton Mountain in southern Vermont to feed his love of skiing. Chef Tony earned his toque blanche by working under fine European chefs from France and Austria at Stratton. He brings 27 years of culinary experience to the table at Harper’s.
It’s the rotating selections of special buffet entrees expertly prepared by Chef Tony that aren’t to be missed. Recent highlights included a special seafood Newburgh accented by sherry. Loaded with bay scallops, white fish and shrimp, it was absolutely delicious. In a nod to the South, authentic sausage gravy and homemade biscuits were recently served. It was a real crowd pleaser.
At Harper’s you will see, especially at lunch, senior dinners or perhaps a table of local Diocesan priests enjoying their repast. Realize that they could go anywhere but place a value on the easy to get to location of Harper’s, the free and easy parking, the exemplary service and the good value that they receive, as you should also.
Harper’s is located inside the Holiday Inn at 1068 Williston Road in South Burlington. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their Sunday Brunch, an incredible value at only $15.95 with soft drinks included, is served from 9:30 – 1 PM. It is not to be missed.

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Posted by Gerryyy on 08/19/2014 at 3:15 PM

Re: “La Boca Wood Fired Pizzeria

We had a very similar experience to the previous commenter. We went during the first week La Boca was open, and had some highs and lows to our dining experience. The food itself was delicious, although we were a little disappointed in the amount of pepperoni on the pepperoni pizza we ordered- there were literally only 5-6 VERY small pepperonis on the whole pizza- not even one per slice. Other than that- the pie was delicious. The food did take take quite a long time to come out, but we hope the timing is just a kink they'll work out as they get in their groove.

Glad to hear they are addressing the noise, but I also suggest that they consider addressing the air flow. It was incredibly hot and no moving air the evening we were in there- even with the bay doors open. Some ceiling fans would be a great addition.

Staff was very attentive and pleasant, loved the beer options, and the decor was great.

We will definitely be going back as we think most of the issues we noted will be worked out in time, and would love to see this place thrive in the NNE!

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Posted by BeccaN802 on 08/05/2014 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Bleu Northeast Seafood

Had a terrific meal a few weeks ago; the mussels appetizer was very flavorful, and my red fish entree was cooked perfectly. The server was very helpful and let us try many of the wines by the glass so we could decide on a favorite. Very enjoyable experience overall!

Posted by Jill Cramer on 07/23/2014 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Blue Collar Bistro

Could not agree more with the article. I've been several times and never disappointed. My first visit was for coffee and dessert on a Friday afternoon. I brought two friends back after work that evening; The non-existent beer license I was told about at 3 had appeared at 4 and voila - dinner with Magic Hat! A second visit proved disappointing because there was NO seating and a wait but I did not let that deter me - brought out of town guests the next time - and they loved it! Who knew downtown Platttsburgh on a Friday night could have a hint of urban ambiance!

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Posted by Leslie J. Scholtz on 07/16/2014 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Hen of the Wood (Burlington)

Finally had the opportunity to check out the Burlington location for a special dinner out. We were seated at a two top very close to the kitchen. It was quite loud and we could hear the conversations on either side of us. Our server was obviously well trained and knowledgeable. His wine recommendation was perfect!! We each ordered an appetizer, an entree, one dessert, and a bottle of wine. I realize the food is local, organic, and exquisitely prepared, but one tentacle of calamari does not a $12 appetizer make. After dropping $200 plus tip, we had to get a pizza since we were still famished. I would definitely go back to have a drink at the bar and dessert (dessert was the best part of the meal!!). However, I'll likely go to Trattoria Delia or L'Amante for my next fancy dinner. Ambiance: 4, Food flavor and presentation: 5, food portion for the price: 2-3. Service: 5+

Posted by vincentm on 06/22/2014 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Pingala Café & Eatery

Burlingtonians, rejoice! Whether you're a vegan yourself or like to have dairy/meats off of your plate once in a while, this is the place to go - Pingala has a great location and cozy atmosphere along the Winooski river, and to boot the food is super delicious. I'm not a vegan myself and I find myself craving their tempeh tacos and sweet potato quesadillas on a regular basis... So good! Definitely a place to stop if you want a quick, healthy, TASTY, bite to eat!

Posted by Kate Dearth on 06/13/2014 at 6:15 PM

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