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Re: “New Chef at Hatchet Tap and Table Is a Cut Above

The food and chef sound delightful. It's a shame the owner will never live up to this reputation. If you check out how he deals with customers who do not fit in with his ethos of running an establishment, you well may never dine there again.

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Posted by Sabrina on 02/13/2018 at 6:29 PM

Re: “New Chef at Hatchet Tap and Table Is a Cut Above

After reading this article, we went to check it out and the menu was a strange assortment of dishes with little in common. I would say our cocktails were more ice than drink, the roasted broccoli while tasty was cold and the chicken coating was borderline burnt. I wish they had the cioppino you got to try and I don't recall the cheese curds being on the menu. I liked the old menu better -- it was more gastropub food done well. The pours used to be way more generous too.

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Posted by samfamfoodie on 02/01/2018 at 10:10 AM

Re: “New Chef at Hatchet Tap and Table Is a Cut Above

Hatchet still has the decor, atmosphere, and noise of a bar. It's not really like going for a night out. I feel the same way about the casual atmosphere of Monday night dinner at Sweet Simone's (love breakfast and lunch there) and One RaDish (same). I'm still in mourning for Toscano and Sonoma Station. Good news is that I'm over the loss of the Bridge St. Cafe. I've grown accustomed to never paying less than $12 for a burger in Richmond... (and, making my own pancakes...and chili).

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Posted by Diane Wester on 01/31/2018 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Restaurant Review: Diners Beat a Path to Honey Road in Burlington

Honey Road has definitely catapulted into the top 3 restaurants on Church Street. Also the Top 1. Incredible food, inventive drinks, attentive service, rockin decor. Loved it.

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Posted by stellaquarta on 10/17/2017 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Ambitious Plates at the Great Northern

My only complaint regarding the menu items at Great Northern is their tendency to "gild the lily." I've had the octopus and the fish entree (hake). Both came with complex sauces (somewhat sweet) that masked the flavor of the main ingredient. This is not necessary when that ingredient is of high quality. My suggestion is to use "simplice" as a guiding principle. Less IS sometimes more.

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Posted by bellota on 09/12/2017 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Taste Test: One Radish Eatery in Richmond

Better than described.

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Posted by The Oracle on 04/04/2017 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Taste Test: One Radish Eatery in Richmond

Adorable spot with great food!! A must experience!!

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Posted by clcsaat on 04/04/2017 at 5:50 PM

Re: “Taste Test: Soup's On at Gaku Ramen

I went early on to Gaku. I didn't expect Ippudo. I was excited to read that the kitchen had been advised by Ramen "masters" from Japan. The shishito peppers were on the menu that day and were very good (they are available at the Saturday Farmer's Market). The ramen presentation was quite nice. My bowl had the requisite under cooked egg, a slab of pork, and tons of noodles - all very good quality and cooked appropriately. The broth could be excellent if the chefs would refrain from using canned, off tasting bamboo shoots. They ruin the dish in my estimation. I mentioned this to the waitress, but it appears from this review that my suggestion fell on deaf ears. I'll give Gaku another chance perhaps after the sensei return to critique the kitchen.

Posted by bellota on 09/07/2016 at 12:19 AM

Re: “Taste Test: Soup's On at Gaku Ramen

Went once and while it's got a fun vibe and the staff was great, the ramen paled in comparison to the noodles at HJ House, which was closed for the summer and hopefully will re-open this month (I've seriously spent the last three months in fear that they will never re-open). It's tucked under the Pub and Brew, on St. Paul.

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Posted by DasBrute on 09/06/2016 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Lunch and Lanes at Stowe Bowl

It's so great to read so many articles by Suzanne Podhaizer again. Her food writing has been missed.

Posted by Jessica on 06/11/2016 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Taste Test: Edson Hill in Stowe

Went there recently and I was pretty disappointed. We sat for about 10 minutes without menus or water, and took another 20 minutes after that to get our drinks. The apps tasted good, but were small and nothing mind-blowing. The entrees were bland. I got the pan-seared tuna and all i could taste was sun-dried tomatoes. dessert was also nothing memorable. For the amount we paid, we are sticking to Hen of the Wood where we know our mind will blown with the creativity and execution of the food and the service will be on top of every need.

Posted by AmandaLynn on 08/17/2015 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Taste Test: Junior's Rustico

I've never had a bad meal at any of the locations, I'm from NY only pizza place around here I would go.

Posted by Seth G. Hough on 07/24/2015 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Taste Test: Junior's Rustico

I have had three meals at Juniors Rustico. Each trip has been flavorful and reasonably priced. I love all the options and the waitstaff have been attentive. Shame on Seven days for this review. Staring a review with a description of cold take out is "not appropriate". I will certainly return and will recommend others to try it out for themselves.

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Posted by Elizabeth Hallock on 06/02/2015 at 9:54 AM

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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