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Re: “Citizen Cider

Another stop on the restaurant week tour, we had decidedly mixed feelings across the various dishes and drinks here. As a cidery that happens to have a tasting room/pub attached, they do get bumped up a rating by the food being decent and edible. The pub foods were quite good, really, the burgers cooked well and full of flavor, and the fried broccoli bites absolutely delicious. Their foray into restaurant cuisine, however, was rather less successful, with their chicken confit being bland overcooked chicken in a thin, off-tasting sauce. The beans were actually bad, mushy and tasting spoiled. Stick to pub food, don't be adventurous here. On the drink side, their exotic ciders were well thought out and memorable, the dirty mayor being the stand out for it's bold flavors. Overall I'll happily have their cider again...when I buy it at the grocery store, and not in the restaurant.

Posted by Bobby McCanne on 05/01/2017 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Esperanza Restaurante

Excited to have pupusa again, we went to Esperanza for restaurant week and had their preset menu. Even though they were "everything" pupusa, however, they weren't particularly flavorful, or ingredient-full either. Solidly mediocre, which was disappointing. Moving on to the main course, we had decidedly mixed opinions. The mole was...okay. Again, not very flavorful, which is not how a mole should taste--it should be bold, and memorable. This was a a small drizzle of thin sauce over the top of decent chicken. The carne a la milanesa, however, was absolutely delicious. Very flavorful and savory marinade, the steak really popped. None of the sides stood out enough to mention specifically, which left us with one good main dish. Finally, they were out of their flan, leaving us with "fried" ice cream for desert. As others have noted, it really is just ice cream rolled in corn flakes. I'm pretty sure they don't even fry it--it doesn't come out hot and melting. Overall, a rather disappointing experience, especially for restaurant week.

Posted by Bobby McCanne on 05/01/2017 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Dedalus Wine

Great food, great wine, but the prices are too high for the area and the pretentiousness is unbearable.

Posted by The Oracle on 03/16/2017 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Waterworks Food + Drink

Had a pleasant lunch the other day out on the deck. Service was attentive and prompt. I noticed the 2% surcharge for the back of the house which I have no problem with. I must say the french fries were outstanding!

Posted by Michael Taber on 06/10/2016 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Gaku Ramen

Great decor. Pork buns were delicious. Fish ramen bowl was good, but very, very salty and I love salt. I will give it another try, but was really hoping for a better balance of flavors.

Posted by Alexandra6714 on 06/08/2016 at 12:56 PM

Re: “East West Café

Delicious food, with a bit of a wait for takeout. The Beef soup was a hands down winner in our house.

Posted by Maureen on 10/15/2015 at 10:41 AM

Re: “The Bee's Knees

I found good and bad about The Bee's Knees in Mville. The burger was awesome but the coffee and the caramelized onions were cold which was sort of a bummer . Atmosphere was great and the staff very friendly.

Posted by montpelier28 on 10/14/2015 at 2:29 AM

Re: “Pho Capital

almost there, but still some work to be done. The problem is inconsistency. Sometimes the food is just wonderful, and sometimes it is like there is no spice or flavor. I asked for the food to be authentically spiced (as for a Vietnamese person) once, and they brought a bland dish and some unmentionably fiery hot sauce... which felt like a diss. It beats out anything oriental within 40 miles, but I am hoping that they can really raise the bar. PLEASE... garlic, chilis, ginger, cannot really be left out of Vietnamese food.

1 like, 5 dislikes
Posted by debunker on 10/13/2015 at 5:05 PM

Re: “The Spice Traders' Kitchen

Meh. The banh mi did not look like the picture recently featured in 7 Days, even though I made sure to order the one they'd featured. We also waited way too long, and in fact watched a number of people come in, order takeout, and leave with their food before we were finally served (about 45 minutes after we ordered). The banh mi was okay. The noodle dish my partner got was pretty good - but not great. Honestly it was the disorganization and the wait that really soured it for me. Not sure we'll go back.

0 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Amberh on 09/18/2015 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Hatchet Tap and Table

I think I might have Gastropub fatigue so please keep that in mind as I review. I also miss the middle of the road option that was Bridget Street Cafe.

This place has an interesting and diverse beer selection keeping it in competition with Prohibition Pig and Farmhouse Tap & Grill.

Unfortunately the food menu isn't quite as diverse. It's also a little overpriced. $19 for fish & chips which consisted of one huge piece of fish. Which wouldn't be an issue, except for the fact that the coating was overcooked and the fish was undercooked. The lobster roll was a nice size and nice amount of lobster. It costs the same as the fish & chips. They toss their fries in rosemary which really didn't go with either entree despite my love of rosemary. The Buffalo wings were pretty good.

The place is very loud and we were seated too close to the creemee machine, which made it worse. Overall probably a better place to go to for a beer or two than an actual meal.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by latenac on 08/21/2015 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Armory Grille and Bar

7 Days' original review title, "Corporate Casual", best describes this new entry in downtown Burlington. The food was good; lots of other areas need work. The room is loud; even with only 20% of the tables occupied the noise level was harsh. Our server was not well informed about the menu and was challenged to describe the draft beers. Mind you, they only have 2 drafts. One of those is Magic Hat #9, which may appeal to the business traveler but will bring yawns from the local brew cognoscenti. Among the four of us at the table, we were handed three different dinner menus, which confused us and really rattled the server. Good burger, sandwich, and cider-marinated pork roast. The "seasonal vegetables" were different on each plate, but a tad overcooked on all. And is zucchini really "seasonal" in March? Too many excellent places within 1/2 mile to waste time on another visit here any time soon.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by John Floyd on 03/15/2015 at 1:47 AM

Re: “Barrio Bakery

I will return for the cozy, cute space and the warm, friendly service but, I'm sorry to say, the pizza isn't very memorable. I found it doughy and lacking toppings and flavor. My salad special was very tasty but there are better pizza options in the Burlington area in my opinion. This is such a charming place and I want to support it. Maybe I'll come back for a salad and a glass of wine? Or the live music?

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by VivaVermont on 02/02/2015 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Citizen Cider

I have been here multiple times for the cider and I will continue to do so. I love the Currant Affair and the Dirty Mayor. Last night we came to try the food and we think we'll stick to the cider. The food was good but not good enough to justify the price and not good enough to choose it over eating somewhere else. We both had the burger, dressed, and it was cooked medium well as opposed to medium rare which we had requested. The fries were mostly burnt and, while I like my fries on the crunch side, they were too crunchy. The burger toppings were really flavorful but left the bun soggy and messy. The pickle on top was a nice touch. I've also had the poutine here which is tasty and a huge portion. But, at $14 a burger, we won't be returning for dinner. Bring on the cider, though! We love to take friends and visitors here for the atmosphere and the drinks.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by VivaVermont on 01/16/2015 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Asiana Noodle Shop

Asiana Noodle Shop used to be a five-star worthy restaurant for me, but they've really gone downhill in the past six months or so. They've added too many new things to their menu, and I think it's resulted in them being unable to focus on the things they do really well. Their sushi used to be above average (at least by Burlington standards), but the quality and presentation has been lacking as of late. Their noodle dishes are still great (love the Emperor's Soup and glad it's part of the regular menu now), but their entrees are lacking (I order a roasted duck dish the last time I was there and it came to the table 45 minutes after my date received her meal, and the skin wasn't even crispy. My guess is they had to defrost it...pretty pathetic for a $22 dish).

In short, if you're going to go, stick to the noodle dishes, especially the soups. Pass on the entrees and the sushi though.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Jay Blanchard on 01/10/2015 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Junior's Rustico

This is a near by neighborhood spot for us and we will continue to return for the atmosphere, local beer selection and diverse menu. However, this will not be a dinner spot for us. It's not good enough and not affordable enough to justify ordering wine, appetizers and entrees. We will stick to stopping for a drink after work, watchings sports and ordering drinks at the bar, or sharing an appetizer with a friend. We ordered the linguine with white clam sauce and the chicken piccata and both were too buttery, creamy and heavy for our taste. The flavor, simplicity and goodness of these dishes was overpowered by too much butter and richness. I've made these dishes at home and eaten them locally and they should be light, broth-y, lemony, garlic-y and a tad tangy not creamy and drenched in butter. The arancini appetizer was tasty but a tad burnt and I didn't need the rice balls to be smothered in mozzarella and marinara. The fried cheese and rice balls are decadent enough without being covered in cheese, as well. Our service was a tad slow but the interior is so nice and the atmosphere is so spot on that we didn't mind. My advice here is to stick to simple and you'll leave satisfied.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by VivaVermont on 01/09/2015 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Pho K&K

I've been to Pho K&K twice. The quality of the food was really good, but the intense flavor you want from Vietnemese food was just not there. Please, kick it up a lot!

Posted by deb_a_deb on 01/07/2015 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Shalimar of India

The ambiance and service is seriously lacking but the food was decent. I had a mango lassi, garlic naan and saag paneer. The mango lassi was exceptional but I found the naan and the saag average. The prices are a bit high for the venue and what you get but overall it was a pleasant experience.

Posted by VivaVermont on 11/07/2014 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Bayview Bar and Grill

MY husband and I decided to try BE for the first time last evening. He ordered the pulled pork, which came with rice and beans. He really enjoyed it. I ordered the chicken and biscuits, which would have been quite good, except there was absolutely NO chicken in it. None. Zero. Nada. Whenever I have ordered C&B at any other restaurant, it is always loaded with meat. I am not exaggerating when I say there was no meat in this entree. The waitress DID take the cost of the entree off our check, which only seemed fair. The servings are on the small side. If you're extremely hungry, this isn't the place for you. Not sure if we'll return in the future. IF we do, it will be for brunch or lunch. Not dinner.

Posted by luvhomecookin on 10/25/2014 at 6:09 AM

Re: “Three Brothers Pizza & Grill

I've been frustrated by this place up til now in that I've had several satisfactory meals but nothing that really blew me away.....My family has enjoyed some of the pizzas and such but I've stuck to the appetizers mainly. Well, this last time I noticed the Garlic Bread Pizza. I will now say that they've won me over. It was FANTASTIC. I've been eating the leftovers for 2 days now and the garlic taste has just gotten richer and richer every time I've reheated it. A big 4 stars for this one! Just a note - we ordered delivery and were missing our salad dressings as well as bleu cheese for wings - even though the order taker repeated it to me when I ordered. I will check next time before the driver leaves that we have everything!

Posted by Diane Pontecorvo on 08/03/2014 at 10:04 PM

Re: “La Boca Wood Fired Pizzeria

A long-awaited and welcome addition to the North End. I broke my long-standing rule and went within the first week of opening and I do regret it. It took over an hour to be served. 45 minutes for the salad alone! While the appetizers were yummy, the pizza was under-cooked and bland. When you dine at a wood-fired pizzeria, your expectation is for a thin, crispy pie. The pie they served us was too thick and as a result undercooked and doughy. The service was okay--our waitress was friendly, but we rarely saw her--but the noise was painfully loud. I am glad to hear that they will take steps to remedy it. Despite my poor dining experience, I will go back and support this restaurant because we need local eateries in the NE. Hopefully they will work all the kinks out and succeed.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Padraic on 07/31/2014 at 11:04 AM

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