Multicultural breakfasts and lunches have come to East Montpelier. On November 1, Vanessa O’Neill and Dena Cox opened Mamas’ Melting Pot at 4723 Route 2, inside Plainfield Hardware. Though soup and sandwiches are the main draw, O’Neill has been preparing specials to rep her Puerto Rican heritage, including paella, Cubanos and stuffed potato balls called papas rellenas.
Nori rolls are available in vegetarian or quirky, meat-flaunting combos such as a recent special of ham, carrot and cucumber. The Mamas serve homestyle American dishes, too, such as meat loaf with mashed potatoes, and many of their offerings have local and organic ingredients. “We feed you what we feed our kids,” O’Neill says.
Burlington’s Mad Hatter deli served up its last Italian combo last Friday after more than a decade in business. Owner Tom Roden was too busy to discuss the closure at press time.
Justin Turcotte: Gotta love our little food Mecca!
Roy: Meh. They can't compare to Red Hen and dealing with Hunt is often not worth the trouble.
Tammy Goughnour: This will be AWESOME!! Their pastry is out of this world!!
Old Vermonter: Amazing they lasted so long with such terrible business acumem
Bryan Bouchard: It wasn't that good before. Of they didn't reopen it wouldn't be a great loss to the Burlington…