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Friday, July 28, 2017

Dining on a Dime: Istanbul Kebab House

Posted By on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Mediterranean breakfast plate at Istanbul Kebab House - SALLY POLLAK
  • SALLY POLLAK
  • Mediterranean breakfast plate at Istanbul Kebab House
Maybe the city was experiencing a collective brew-fast hangover Sunday morning, but Burlington was slow to rouse.

At Istanbul Kebab House, where I ventured for  the restaurant's new breakfast, I was for a time the only person at a sidewalk table — or even out on lower Church Street.  Waiting for my food and a friend, I thought of the Kris Kristofferson song "Sunday Morning Coming Down."

(There's nothing short of dying/half as lonesome as the sound/Of a sleeping city sidewalk/Sunday morning coming down.)

Resurrection, I thought, might come in the form of my Middle Eastern breakfast.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Dining on a Dime: Food Carts at Momo's Market

Posted By on Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 4:22 PM

ONE Hearth at Momo's Market - SALLY POLLAK
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  • ONE Hearth at Momo's Market
The little food-cart stop in Burlington's Old North End provides the essentials: pizza, tacos  and creemees.  You can eat one of each and spend less than $12.

The friendly gathering also offers music — the Heptones played over the PA recently — as well as impromptu dancing. Momo's Market on North Willard Street is site of the two-cart setup that takes place on Mondays and Fridays if the weather cooperates.

The vendors are ONE Hearth, a mobile wood-fired pizza oven topped by a copper roof, and Fuego, a traveling taco stand. Both use locally sourced ingredients, including organic produce from nearby Intervale farms.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Drink Up: Slippery Lady at Radio Bean

Posted By on Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 1:16 PM

Slippery Lady cocktails at Radio Bean - SALLY POLLAK
  • SALLY POLLAK
  • Slippery Lady cocktails at Radio Bean
If Lee Anderson recommends a drink, it's not a bad idea to pay attention. Anderson has a run a bar since he was 22, when he opened Radio Bean on North Winooski Avenue. It could be the coolest bar in Burlington.

Throw in the neighboring businesses Anderson has created since, and it adds up to a trio of spaces that, as he puts it,  have "revolutionized" that block of Burlington. (And well beyond, I'd say.)

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hong's Dumplings Says Goodbye to Church Street

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Hong Yu and Lisa Li at Hong's Dumpling Cart - SALLY POLLAK
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  • Hong Yu and Lisa Li at Hong's Dumpling Cart
Hong Yu, who cooked and served dumplings on the Church Street Marketplace for 17 years, made her final appearance there Tuesday. She was at her food cart, Hong's Chinese Dumplings, to say hello and goodbye to the countless people who have eaten her dumplings over the years.

Yu is planning to open a year-round dumpling shop at 77 Pearl Street, site of the former Radio Deli. The family is trying to raise money to open the business in about five weeks, her daughter Lisa Li said. They need $20,000 to $30,000 for a hood system and permitting, she said.

"It sounds really expensive, between the different requirements," Li said. "But we're doing our best."

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Folino's Pizza to Open in a Former Burlington Funeral Home

Posted By on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 4:51 PM

Scallop and bacon pizza at Folino's - FILE: SUZANNE PODHAIZER
  • File: Suzanne Podhaizer
  • Scallop and bacon pizza at Folino's
Make way for Folino’s.

The popular Shelburne  pizzeria is expanding to Burlington. Folino's owner John Koerner leased a 5,000-square-foot space inside the former Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home building on South Union Street, he told Seven Days.

It’s still very much a work in progress. On Thursday Koerner and two other men were gutting the place, which is now empty. Koerner plans to use the rear portion of the building, which faces the City Market/Onion River Co-op parking lot, as his entrance, which will give him an opportunity for outdoor seating and plenty of parking. He also has an extra 1,800 square feet of space that he wants to make available to a brewery, much like his arrangement with Fiddlehead Brewing at Folino's Shelburne location.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Burlington Bartender Wins Most Imaginative in Northeast at Contest in Boston

Posted By on Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 1:42 PM

Eddie DiDonato at Leunig's - SALLY POLLAK
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  • Eddie DiDonato at Leunig's
Six years after he graduated from Saint Michael's College, Eddie DiDonato pulled an all-nighter. The bartender, who works at Leunig's Bistro & Cafe and Waterworks, was up until 4 a.m. Monday to prepare for a cocktail competition in Boston.

After a few hours' sleep, he loaded his gear into his car, stopped at Tomgirl Juice Co. to pick up some wildflower-cashew milk, and drove to Boston to compete in the Most Imaginative Bartender contest. The annual event is presented by Bombay Sapphire gin,  which is a required ingredient in the competing cocktails.

The cashew milk — and gin — were key ingredients in DiDonato's drink, a cocktail he concocted called Tiger's Milk. With it, he bested a field of 10 bartenders from around the Northeast to win the regional contest.  DiDonato will compete in the North American Most Imaginative Bartender (MIB) final in late August in London.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

The Future Honey Road Restaurant Continues Pop-Up Series

Posted By on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 12:40 PM

Eastern Mediterranean bites at Honey Road's March 6 pop-up - JULIA CLANCY
  • Julia Clancy
  • Eastern Mediterranean bites at Honey Road's March 6 pop-up
On Monday, March 6, Burlington's Monarch & the Milkweed transformed from a boutique “fine diner” to a softly lit watering hole complete with candlelight gleaming on blush-colored wine glasses. The scene was lush enough for a night out, yet aptly cozy for Monday evening.

Locals chattered and laughed, elbow-to-elbow at the bar top or tucked into modest corner tables; instrumental guitar and lilting vocals kept tune in the background. Monarch’s tiny dining room was amiably packed with folks relaxing into the second installment of a multi-part pop-up series from Burlington’s forthcoming Honey Road restaurant — an Eastern Mediterranean spot to be helmed by co-owners Cara Chigazola-Tobin and Allison Gibson.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Dining on a Dime: The Little Red Kitchen's Quick Fix in Burlington

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 5:36 PM

The dining room at the Little Red Kitchen - SUZANNE PODHAIZER
  • Suzanne Podhaizer
  • The dining room at the Little Red Kitchen
When I stopped by the Little Red Kitchen — located at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Intervale Road — on a Friday morning between breakfast and lunchtime, I landed in a lengthy conversation with owner Cheryl Strenio. Our talk ran the gamut of business, family and her much-sought-after Parmesan dip.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

New Location, Same Great Vibe at the Burlington Winter Farmers Market

Posted By on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 at 3:58 PM

Burllington Farmers Market purchases - SUZANNE PODHAIZER
  • Suzanne Podhaizer
  • Burllington Farmers Market purchases
When I learned that the Burlington Winter Farmers Market would be moving from the condemned Memorial Auditorium in downtown Burlington to the University of Vermont's Dudley H. Davis Center, I was skeptical that the new location would have the right vibe. My first visit to the market in its new location proved me wrong.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Baker Meghan Brickner Turns Travel Into Pastry

Posted By on Sat, Oct 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Apple cinnamon piroshki and Anjou-Amaretto polenta cake - JULIA CLANCY
  • Julia Clancy
  • Apple cinnamon piroshki and Anjou-Amaretto polenta cake
I usually say that I don't have a sweet tooth, but last Saturday, sitting on the ledge of the fountain at Burlington City Hall Park, I ate an apple-cinnamon piroshki from the Nomadic Oven stand. With the farmers market buzzing around me, I even closed my eyes, savoring the unfurling pastry curl by curl.

 The insides of the Russian-style sticky bun were bloated with apples. Its hard-baked edges were laced with coffee cream. When I got to the core, I ate it in one slow bite — a ceremonious process akin to uncovering an artichoke heart.

I returned to the Nomadic Oven to chat with its baker-owner, Meghan Brickner. When I left her, it was with another piroshki and a slice of Amaretto-polenta cake dressed with Anjou pears.

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