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Re: “Nepali Dumpling House Opens in Burlington

Awesome news! Can't wait to try 'em. (I'll also put a plug in for Sherpa Kitchen on College St., with momos that rock my world.)

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Posted by NateOrshan on 03/26/2015 at 2:56 PM

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!

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Posted by Kathy Gamboa Treadway on 03/26/2015 at 2:00 AM

Re: “Nepali Dumpling House Opens in Burlington

Is this the same couple that are at the farmers market in Burlington?

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Posted by Cheryl Pariseau on 03/25/2015 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Alice Eats: El Gato Cantina, Essex

If you're hankering for authentic Mexican, it's hard to beat "Bernie's" in Montgomery on Monday or Thursday nights. The margarita's ain't too shabby either ;)

Posted by Pop Secor on 03/24/2015 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Nepali Dumpling House Opens in Burlington

This is SUCH great news! Congrats to the Khadkas and I'm psyched to see this in the neighborhood.

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Posted by Laura Hale on 03/24/2015 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Blindness No Deterrent to Running Courthouse Café

Heidi has done an amazing job with the Cafe and I am so happy to see her get the recognition she deserves. I can can personally attest to the fact that the food is fantastic....and following a 3 to 4 hour hearing, very much appreciated!!!!

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Posted by Timothy Fair on 03/24/2015 at 9:37 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.

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Posted by Pat Liebrecht on 03/23/2015 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Alice Eats: El Gato Cantina, Essex

I had a really lackluster experience at the Essex location. I couldn't bring myself to go back. The posole tasted like tepid water and I wasn't a big fan of the salsa. I was looking for something above the average fast food fare and didn't experience it.

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Posted by Kathy Boyer on 03/20/2015 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Blindness No Deterrent to Running Courthouse Café

Thank you for sharing this story Alice. As a supplier to both The Courthouse Café and The Overlook Café, it is a pleasure to work with all that are associated with these operations!

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Posted by TonyO on 03/20/2015 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Alice Eats: El Gato Cantina, Essex

The food is great... but no lie, I went there twice and each time they were severely understaffed. The first time I took us about ten minutes to get drink orders taken, and the second time there was literally one person working the front. I tried them at their first location and loved the food. The food is great! But they really needed a full staff before opening their doors. I'll give it one more go... I suppose.

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Posted by Julie Allyson on 03/20/2015 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Blindness No Deterrent to Running Courthouse Café

State employees used to run the cafe in the Waterbury complex. State government seems to be too incompetent to even run a small cafe.

Posted by NVTer on 03/20/2015 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Blindness No Deterrent to Running Courthouse Café

Very Marvelous!

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Posted by Hempfully Green on 03/20/2015 at 8:49 AM

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Posted by Chuck Whistler on 03/18/2015 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Taste Test: Junior's Rustico

Good review. Thanks!

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Posted by Daniel Montanari on 03/18/2015 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Frost Beer Works Opens to Public in Hinesburg

A mountain bike ride is not as cliche as a yoga studio but close enough. I'm sure your business/beer is unique, though. I'm wishing you well and hoping you have success. I'm just pointing out every third person in Vermont seems to be opening a brewery these days.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 03/18/2015 at 10:59 AM

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...

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Posted by VTDiva on 03/18/2015 at 8:02 AM

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