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Leftover food news: Mama's Melting Pot opens in Montpelier; Burlington deli closes

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.

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AAN award-winning food writer Alice Levitt is a fan of the exotic, the excellent and automats. She wrote for Seven Days 2007-2015.


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