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There’s Serious Buzz Around the Middle Eastern Mezze at Burlington’s Honey Road 

Published April 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. | Updated September 17, 2019 at 1:56 p.m.

click to enlarge Honey Road, Burlington - OLIVER PARINI
  • Oliver Parini
  • Honey Road, Burlington

Burlington's Honey Road restaurant is named for an ancient trade route in Kars, Turkey, where the women took over beekeeping and related agricultural activities when townsmen went to war. Prophetically, there's been a buzz about the place since it opened in 2017. The woman-owned eatery has been up for more prestigious James Beard Awards than the number of years it has been open. In February 2019, chef-owner Cara Chigazola Tobin picked up the third nomination — for best chef in the Northeast.

Location Details Honey Road
156 Church St.
Burlington, VT
Mediterranean and Middle Eastern

Formerly of Cambridge, Mass.'s award-winning Oleana restaurant, Chigazola Tobin describes her current creative cuisine as "Middle Eastern-American fusion, almost." Servers provide more explanation with the one-page menu — divided into dips and mezze — that includes an informative glossary.

click to enlarge Honey Road, Burlington - OLIVER PARINI
  • Oliver Parini
  • Honey Road, Burlington

Any discomfort in pronouncing gozleme or musakhan quickly vanishes with the first tear — and taste — of a piping hot, housemade pita. Dip it in hummus, which never tasted so good. Or try the luscious whipped goat cheese flavored with rose and honey.

About half the mezze dishes are built around meat or fish. The sticky-sweet harissa chicken wings ($1 apiece at cocktail hour) are a good gateway to braised lamb with celery root tzatziki or crispy duck leg musakhan, prepared with caramelized onions and sumac.

click to enlarge Honey Road, Burlington - OLIVER PARINI
  • Oliver Parini
  • Honey Road, Burlington

But some of the tastiest options at Honey Road are vegetarian, including new takes on kale — featured in a salad with grilled pears, feta and crunchy quinoa — and king oyster mushrooms, served with spicy tahini and sunflower seeds. During the summer, when Vermont's harvest is in full force, Honey Road expands its meat-free options to highlight local produce.

Co-owner and general manager Allison Gibson oversees the restaurant experience. A neon-pink flamingo in the Church Street window casts a happy glow over the copper-topped bar, where guests celebrate special occasions or stop in after work for a sour brew from Burlington Beer Company or a pour of rosé in vintage glassware.

At meal's end, the latter pairs perfectly with a slice of chocolate-date cake.

This article was originally published in 7 Nights: The Seven Days Guide to Vermont Restaurants & Bars in April 2019.
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Sally Pollak is a staff writer at Seven Days. Her first newspaper job was compiling horse racing results at the Philadelphia Inquirer.


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