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Side Dishes: New Winooski restaurant packs them in

Published May 18, 2010 at 2:07 p.m.

When Matt Pearsall picked up the phone Monday morning, he agreed to speak with a caveat. “I’m not sure I’m the one who should be babbling to you. I haven’t slept,” he said.

No surprise. Pearsall’s restaurant, Our House, had opened the previous day in the spot left vacant by Sneakers Bistro. Pearsall said that in the business’ first seven hours, his team fed 110 people, who crammed into the tiny dining room for a taste of “twisted comfort food.”

That’s Our House’s catchy tagline, but what does it entail? On Sunday, a three-tiered rotisserie turned the crispy remains of a suckling pig, a host of game hens and a pineapple. Pearsall said the most popular menu items during his first service included fish tacos and “twisted” mac ’n’ cheese, which the menu describes as “cheesy goodness.” Our House opened with a $15 Vermont Restaurant Week menu and a short list of other items. When he spoke with Seven Days, Pearsall, who’s the chef and co-owner with his wife, Maggie Barch, said the couple and their staff were about to hold a war room to discuss when to run their full menu.

For now, diners can enjoy the “Yardbird,” herbed, roasted chicken with bacon-cheddar bread pudding, gravy and salad; a visually pleasing butternut squash ravioli in garlic cream sauce; ribs; and daily flatbreads.

On Monday morning, as Winooski residents lined up in front of the restaurant for a glimpse of the posted menu, Pearsall said he was worried about prepping for his first lunch, which he didn’t expect to have ready until after noon. We hope he stayed awake for the excitement.

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Alice Levitt

Alice Levitt

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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