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Comment Archives: Locations: 5 Stars

Re: “Stearns Student Center, Johnson State College

small and intimate, an overlooked gem

Posted by DeeBee on 01/21/2015 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Sweet Simone's

What a great addition to Richmond! I bought a homemade Oreo and a raspberry walnut scone. Holy Crap, with a cup of coffee, it almost made the below zero temps. bearable! I will definitely be back!

Posted by Sandy McEwing Bender on 01/14/2015 at 9:25 PM

Re: “The Vermont Juice Company

Awesome variety! Everything i tasted was very very good, hope to make this a weekly ritual! May even do a cleanse someday!

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Posted by DYoung1979 on 01/14/2015 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Michael's on the Hill

The Whole Kit-N-Kaboodle! Michael's has it all - delicious food, excellent service, relaxed sophisticated ambiance and they take reservations! Love the intimate bar to start the evening with a cocktail, move to the then move to the table for a relaxed meal. One of my favorite restaurants in Vermont.

Posted by VTShark on 01/07/2015 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Waterworks Food + Drink

I have long missed the old Waterworks, which dates back to my UVM days in the 1980s and survived despite the presence of construction cranes and mayhem as Winooski's downtown was reborn.

Now ten years later and fully renovated, it's more beautiful than ever.

We stopped by last weekend to check it out and had drinks at the bar -- which I recommend -- and tried out a couple of the appetizers to share, draft beers, and glass of wine with a friend.

This is a good call. You can check out the space and the restoration.

The chicken wings -- wings! -- were creative and sensational. So were the lamb meatballs with pomodoro and pita. Very tasty.

Despite the snow squalls outside, and virtually NO signage to tell a newcomer to town the restaurant is even there, the place was almost full -- tons of people streaming in and having a good time.

This tells you something about the reputation of WW's creator David Abdoo -- and probably the nostalgia people my age still had for the old Waterworks space I think.

The new staff is well trained, very attentive, and very friendly. The drinks and appetizers were generously sized -- and I thought fairly-priced, a good sign for long term success. Love the wine carafe options too, BTW.

The center-positioned huge bar has flat panels above (so we could eye the NFL playoffs Saturday night) and the warmth of the surrounding century old mill and the hum of the place was just a winner.

Of course, the view over the Winooski River is as good as ever.

We could not stay for dinner, but have to say the menu looked great. A little steep in some respects, but creative and there are plenty of options.

All in all, I'd say BRAVO! We look forward to many return visits.

Posted by Winooskidiner on 01/06/2015 at 11:00 PM

Re: “El Cortijo Taqueria Y Cantina

I just love this restaurant. I have a great meal every time.

Posted by Anonymous172 on 01/06/2015 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Sandy's Books & Bakery

Best egg sandwich in the State: fresh backyard organic eggs with spinach and cheese on a buttery biscuit with a side of roasted root veggies. Can't pass through Rochester without stopping for one. Friendly staff, great atmosphere, inventive pastries and soups, thousands of eclectic and top notch books, in a place that hums sweetly with community.

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

Re: “Waterworks Food + Drink

15 years ago my wife and I had our first real date at the old Waterworks. When I say real date, I mean, she got dressed up like a girl and took me out to dinner for my birthday. It was a special night that led to a lifetime of beautiful memory-making, travelling, child rearing and joy. So, this month when her birthday came around and when had heard the restaurant had re-opened, we were super excited to return, this time with the kiddoes. Parking was a little bit tough and it was a cold night so the long walk to the front door was slightly less than desirable, but once inside, we were warm and pleasantly surprised to see more old mill than ever. I had called in earlier to ask about getting a table and the hostess had made it sound like a breeze, so we just headed in. When we arrived we were told we'd be waiting 45 minutes... less than ideal. After taking a deep breath I explained to the hostess my situation, she was apologetic and then the owner, David, walked by and stepped in to make everything right. We had a table in minutes and everything was on it's way to perfect. The menu was amazing, so we decided to work our way through the "share" menu. Luckily my kids are adventurous eaters. The octopus carpaccio was amazing, the mussels were perfect, the mahi sliders... wow, the mahi sliders. Honestly, everything was about as good as I've ever had and I'm a foodie who has eaten in amazing restaurants all over the country. When it came time to decide on desserts, the kids were trying to decide on one or two, but I was having such a good time, and had a couple great cocktails, that I decided to eat our way around the menu there, too. David stopped back by to commend us on our choices and to let us know that dessert was on him and again, we enjoyed and savored every morsel along with a couple of espressos for the adults. Basically, I would say this was my best dining experience in 15 years of living in Chittenden county. Kudos.

Posted by Scottie Raymond on 01/06/2015 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Winooski Falls Market & Deli

Been there twice now for their interesting, delicious, and filling paninis and wraps and we'll head back there soon. I chose five stars because of the good value, friendly service, quality food and unique menu. They have a few small tables if you'd like to "eat in," but it's a convenient counter service and take-out (or clean up after yourself) place. Easy parking, sparkling restroom and just a block from the Winooski roundabout.

Posted by roxster on 01/06/2015 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Waterworks Food + Drink

Had the opportunity to dine here with a friend the 2nd night they were open to the public. Even with some special requests that varied from the menu, the food was perfection, as was the service. Shared the lobster ravioli, lamb onion soup, rib-eye and a house salad along with a few creative cocktails. I was really surprised at the service level- it's rare to come across in a newly opened place and I was expecting a few hiccups. None to be found. As always (like Verita) the bar staff was completely engaged and enthusiastic about what they were doing. Can't wait to go back. Oh- and the space- of course- is beautiful! Nice job to all involved in getting this old landmark back up and running.

Posted by VTFooodee on 01/06/2015 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Pingala Café & Eatery

The freshest of the fresh, you are not skimping on flavor or yummy eats by springing for this little friendly vegan spot. I love Pingala because it's affordable and I've never been disappointed. I especially love the spring rolls with pickled veggies and peanut sauce, kickin' buffalo wrap, and the hash and scramble wrap. The smoothies are yummy and given in a tall pint glass. The baked goods are from 7 Sisters Bakery and out of this world good, especially the maple donuts.

Posted by Mo Mack on 01/06/2015 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Pizzeria Verità

Had an awesome first time experience at Pizzeria Verità starting with the antipasti which we had created for five....a wonderful selection of olives, marinated artichokes, speck, rapini mozzarella and bread...YUM! We moved on to the Funghi Rustico pizza and then the Fig and Gorgonzola pizza which were both amazing. It was difficult to choose just two pizzas as they all sounded wonderful. I can't wait to go back again and again to try them all. Our waitress was attentive and made sure to keep our water glasses full -- thank you!

The bartender made us five different Old-Fashions for us to taste test. She wrote us a list of what each drink contained and even stopped by our table to see how we were doing with our drinks and what we thought of them. Great night of food and service.

Posted by PhoodPhun on 01/06/2015 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Duino (Duende)

There is not a restaurant in Burlington like it! Dueno Duende is so unique with a fun and romantic atmosphere. The prices are very affordable and they use local, fresh ingredients and flavors from around the world! Their Korean foods are the best, the last time I visited I had the Korean tacos with homemade kimchi. I have also had bulgogi here which is equally delicious. I cannot recommend Dueno Duinde enough. Burlington is lucky to have this restaurant.

Posted by locavore09 on 01/06/2015 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Bluebird Tavern

Ian the bartender is a magician. He should be in Las Vegas making tigers jump through flaming hula hoops and making beautiful women turn into rabbits. A must-try after a long work week!

Posted by Kennon Young on 01/06/2015 at 4:09 PM

Re: “The Bench

First time to "The Bench." Had dinner on New Years Day with my wife and two teen daughters. The hostess suggested that we wait in the bar area, have a drink and they'd call for us when our table was ready --- little bit of a wait, but during a very busy holiday week in Stowe. Wide variety of Vermont and New England draft beers available. Food and service was fine ... no complaints. Prices were reasonable .... especially for a sk/resort town. "The Bench" should fare well with the tourists and locals. Only suggestion is maybe they take reservations???

Posted by David Bain on 01/06/2015 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Waterworks Food + Drink

Waterworks is back and better than ever! To be fair, I never went to the old Waterworks, but the new Waterworks is fantastic. I went there on New Year's Eve and had a great time - excellent food, very friendly wait staff, really amazing desserts, and tremendous ambiance. It's gorgeous in there, and the view of the falls is great!

Posted by Kevin Lumpkin on 01/06/2015 at 3:55 PM

Re: “South End Kitchen at Lake Champlain Chocolates

Great spot for a latte or quick lunch. The dinner deal is great with beer, meal and dessert for $15.

Posted by Keith Rousseau on 01/06/2015 at 3:48 PM

Re: “The Bobcat Café & Brewery

Probably the best hometown restaurant one could want, and it's in my town!
It's really hard to beat the Bobcat for great mid-priced food. The only cons I can ever come up with are: you usually need a reservation to get a table, if it's really busy it's hard to get a drink at the bar unless you are a sardine and it can be quite hard to hear when it's like this too. Ii's still hard to beat though!!

Posted by Mr C on 01/06/2015 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Heartbeet Lifesharing

A life~sharing community laced with love, beauty, inspiration and support for the families and friends that share Heartbeet as home. Biodynamic farming allows for amazing animals, gardening and lots of work for all! Daily workshops....felting, painting, forestry, farm chores, milking cows, caring for pigs, goats, chickens, ponies, to name a few. Harvesting vegetables, canning, freezing and cold storage for winter crops, keep all respectful of the gift of our precious earth and each other.
Festivals abound, acknowledging many events that have been lost with busy times.
As the parent of an adult son living at Heartbeet for ten years, I truly could not design a more appropriate lifestyle. The community is heartwarming, and open to all.
Call ahead, join in for an awesome organic meal.

Posted by Annie Parker Brigham on 12/26/2014 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Bento

I found this little jewel on Seven Days and decided to go check it out because they were play reggae. What an awesome vibe. The owner is very personable which gives the whole place a very nice laid back type of vibe. Friendly staff and very neat and clean space make for a great evening. I'd highly recommend !

Posted by Nyami Nti Nsbienakou Fawohodie on 12/21/2014 at 2:22 AM

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