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Comment Archives: stories: Food + Drink: Restaurant Reviews

Re: “Taste Test: Junior's Rustico

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.

3 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Snarfle on 04/01/2015 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Taste Test: Junior's Rustico

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!

6 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Kathy Gamboa Treadway on 03/26/2015 at 2:00 AM

Re: “Taste Test: Junior's Rustico

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.

10 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Pat Liebrecht on 03/23/2015 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Taste Test: Junior's Rustico

If anything, this review goes too easy on Junior's Rustico. Long Island should sue Frankie for tarnishing the area's reputation.

11 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by Steve Mermelstein on 03/19/2015 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Taste Test: Junior's Rustico

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.

14 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by no on 03/19/2015 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Taste Test: Junior's Rustico

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.

26 likes, 27 dislikes
Posted by BartendVermont on 03/18/2015 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Taste Test: Junior's Rustico

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?

13 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by Heffalump on 03/18/2015 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Taste Test: Junior's Rustico

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.

18 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by Chuck Whistler on 03/18/2015 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Taste Test: Junior's Rustico

Good review. Thanks!

8 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Daniel Montanari on 03/18/2015 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Taste Test: Junior's Rustico

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...

20 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by VTDiva on 03/18/2015 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Taste Test: Junior's Rustico

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.

18 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Nancy Rampala on 03/18/2015 at 2:37 AM

Re: “Taste Test: Junior's Rustico

Actually had the nachos and they were awesome

11 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Kristen Carrus-Rajewski on 03/17/2015 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Taste Test: Junior's Rustico

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...

18 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by MarkW on 03/17/2015 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Taste Test: Butch & Babe's

Amazing restaurant. Thank you. And we're so happy to have it in the O.N.E.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jacob Colie on 03/16/2015 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Taste Test: Butch & Babe's

Narin is killin' it! Can't wait to get up there again!

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Philip Stevens on 03/10/2015 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Taste Test: Butch & Babe's

Love that place, great vibe, great service, great food! Super addition to the neighborhood. I recommend it to everyone!

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Sandrine Thibault on 03/10/2015 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Taste Test: Waterworks Food + Drink

Tonight was the 11th anniversary of my wife and I meeting for a blind date at the original Waterworks. The new space is just as beautiful, but the experience left a lot to be desired. The service was ok - the waiter was visibly annoyed when we declined to order drinks (due to the entrée prices). My wife's squash soup was good (spicy, not like most in town). However, the lamb and onion soup was a disappointment. Presented like French onion soup, it exploded all over me when I touched it with the spoon. It was basically Campbell's tomato soup with onions and lamb chunks. Not even close to as odd as the Mahi, though, which was incomprehensible. Half was cooked just right, but half was a jellyfish. And it was served on a bed of tough veggies covered in what seemed like very salty turkey gravy. I have honestly not felt like I wasted money on anything as bad as this in a long time.

My wife had the lobster mac, it was good, but Our House gives you twice as much for 3/4 of the price. In Waterworks defense, the next table over had Caesar salads and flatbread that looked much better than our food. We won't be going back, with several much better and cheaper options across the street.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by SkiFlyVT on 03/05/2015 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Taste Test: Waterworks Food + Drink

Hmm....doesn't really make me want to go there. I liked the old Waterworks though. Menu sounds too uppity and pricey for me to enjoy.

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Lisa Wester on 03/04/2015 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Taste Test: ArtsRiot Kitchen

I like pickled pigs feet, Any chance on that making an appearance Phat Hawg

Posted by Kenneth Croucher Jr on 01/23/2015 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Taste Test: Parkside Kitchen

Clayton, you are so right! I love that salty MLCFC and its honey butter bath. Let's just say that and Nectar's and Parkside are my top three. Add the Family Table in Jeffersonville and you've got my Big Four.

Posted by Alice Levitt on 01/12/2015 at 11:38 AM

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