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I went early on to Gaku. I didn't expect Ippudo. I was excited to read that the kitchen had been advised by Ramen "masters" from Japan. The shishito peppers were on the menu that day and were very good (they are available at the Saturday Farmer's Market). The ramen presentation was quite nice. My bowl had the requisite under cooked egg, a slab of pork, and tons of noodles - all very good quality and cooked appropriately. The broth could be excellent if the chefs would refrain from using canned, off tasting bamboo shoots. They ruin the dish in my estimation. I mentioned this to the waitress, but it appears from this review that my suggestion fell on deaf ears. I'll give Gaku another chance perhaps after the sensei return to critique the kitchen.
Went once and while it's got a fun vibe and the staff was great, the ramen paled in comparison to the noodles at HJ House, which was closed for the summer and hopefully will re-open this month (I've seriously spent the last three months in fear that they will never re-open). It's tucked under the Pub and Brew, on St. Paul.
It's so great to read so many articles by Suzanne Podhaizer again. Her food writing has been missed.
Went there recently and I was pretty disappointed. We sat for about 10 minutes without menus or water, and took another 20 minutes after that to get our drinks. The apps tasted good, but were small and nothing mind-blowing. The entrees were bland. I got the pan-seared tuna and all i could taste was sun-dried tomatoes. dessert was also nothing memorable. For the amount we paid, we are sticking to Hen of the Wood where we know our mind will blown with the creativity and execution of the food and the service will be on top of every need.
I've never had a bad meal at any of the locations, I'm from NY only pizza place around here I would go.
I have had three meals at Juniors Rustico. Each trip has been flavorful and reasonably priced. I love all the options and the waitstaff have been attentive. Shame on Seven days for this review. Staring a review with a description of cold take out is "not appropriate". I will certainly return and will recommend others to try it out for themselves.
Thank you for a truly critical review. I tired of reading Alice Levitt's consistently positive reviews leading me to spend my scarce dollars where I wish I hadn't. I look forward to more reviews from Hannah so on the rare occasion I get to eat out, I'll be able to pick a winner.
I can’t believe this critic and I ate at the same restaurant. On a recent trip to Burlington, I dined at Junior’s and absolutely loved it! The food was incredible, service was amazing and the restaurant was flawless! I thought the menu was perfect with all the Spanish & Italian options. Junior’s Rustico is definitely not your standard everyday Italian restaurant, its way better! It’s for foodies with a creative palate.
I returned a few times during my stay to Junior’s and can’t say I had one bad bite. I enjoyed the Mussels, the Vesuvius pizza, and pasta with Meatballs. Being from Florida, I made sure to try the Cuban. I had a very different experience than this critic. I thought the Cuban was perfect! The mojo seasoning was amazing.
I really enjoyed my dining experience at Junior’s!
What restaurant did the food critic eat at? I wasn't Rusticos because the Italian beef was the best I have ever had in Vermont.
If anything, this review goes too easy on Junior's Rustico. Long Island should sue Frankie for tarnishing the area's reputation.
What's shameful is the obvious online antics of people associated with or employed by Junior's in this comment section. It's laughable guys, give it up and maybe spend the effort improving the restaurant instead.
This review is more shameful for Seven Days than it is for Juniors. Why would any worthwhile "food critic" go to a new restaurant with a new name and expect the exact same thing as a previously established restaurant that is only 5 miles away? That makes no sense at all. That is like going to Handy Toyota and expecting the same selection of cars that are offered at Handy Chevrolet. If it was the same concept as Juniors Italian, it would be called Juniors Italian. It is sad that Seven Days seemingly went out of their way to bash a great new restaurant and tarnish the reputation of their public figures. As someone who frequents this spot I urge anyone to go and see for yourself rather than listen to a "food critic" who is clearly in a bad mood to begin with because of the weather and a lengthy drive then decides to get take out food on a cold Vermont night. Seven Days has lost all of my respect and I suggest they get a food critic that actually has some credentials as a food critic.
I went for a late lunch, the only patron.
I thought it was overpriced and terrible. $25 for pasta with a meat sauce. (I didn't want a large house salad, so asked for a small portion.)
Service was slow. There was a photographer taking pics of various menu items. And some maintenance staff were doing something with overhead lights, not 10 ft. away from me.
Why do waitstaff respond with "absolutely" whenever a customer chooses an item?
Junior's Rustico has made some very significant improvements since it first opened last fall. The tone and tenor of this review is overly negative and at times strives to denigrate otherwise solid Junior's dishes based on arbitrary distinctions such as the nachos somehow not aligning with the stated mission of the restaurant to provide an upscale twist on traditional american pub fare, italian dishes, and tapas.
Pop in for lunch, sit at the bar and enjoy a glass of wine, and distance your expectations from the other two (entirely) different Juniors locations, which are also distinct from one another as an Italian restaurant and casual pizza joint. I promise you won't be disappointed. Shame on you Seven Days for publishing this click-bait ad hominem garbage rather than a fair, objective review.
Good review. Thanks!
Completely disappointed with Junior's Rustico. Service beyond slow, with waitstaff unable to answer questions about menu, aside from "It looks good". Was appalled at portion size. $15 for 6 bites of entree pasta. Tapas size at entree price. Pasta gummy & over-sauced. The bread was thin, tried to be crisp but tasted stale. We left with light wallets, & still hungry. Will not be giving them another shot. Very sad - we'd had high hopes...
HORRIBLE service at Rustico and the food is not worth a second visit. We really wanted to like it, as we LOVE Junior's in Colchester, but it seems as though Rustico caters to their bar patrons rather than their dining customers.
Actually had the nachos and they were awesome
Rustico is such a disappointment. Service is Stepford. Tapas or Specials are hit or miss. Junior spends a fair amount of time there, right on top of it all -- enjoying cocktails and talking to pals at the bar. The front and back of this place does not come close to the other 2 locations. Junior: fix it or move on, before the 'space for rent' sign goes up. Sorry, i just love Juniors in Col and BTV...
Amazing restaurant. Thank you. And we're so happy to have it in the O.N.E.