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Montreal to Gaspesie - what not to miss

How nice to find this old thread! I'm considering a stop in RdL for my trip this summer -- the bakery sounds enticing.

summer trip through QC to Gaspesie - timing, eats

Great, thanks -- I'm excited for the smoked fish!

summer trip through QC to Gaspesie - timing, eats

Thanks! I appreciate the thread link, hadn't come across it yet. My Paleo pals will just look for meat/fish and no carbs so I think they'll do ok.

summer trip through QC to Gaspesie - timing, eats

We plan to drive up from Vermont in July with an overnight in QC as our first stop. We'll buy provisions-- wine and organic produce-- the next day so I'm looking for farmers' markets that offer bio, and a nice wine shop. (Tips on low-cost lodging close by are welcome too.)

Finally, any standout eats in the Gaspesie? Two of us eat paleo, one does not eat meat. Thanks -- anytime you need ideas for Burlington VT, give a holler!

Heading back to Philadelphia, tweaking the agenda.

Wow! Thanks to uhockey and all you Philly chowhounds for an excellent discussion. I'll be in your burg for a conference later this week and will definitely try Vedge and a few others.

Jun 11, 2012
rasalhanout in Philadelphia

Looking for Best Restaurants Near Middlebury, VT?

The Bobcat is more casual, for what that's worth. Also, both towns are very pretty, so worth a few extra minutes for a stroll around.

Annual Burlington Visit- Seeking 5 Excellent Dinners

TonyO is right about The Inn at Shelburne Farms; it's one of the most beautiful spots in the state. It is seasonal though (the inn is a Gilded Age mansion built without heating) so may be closed already. I've heard there was turnover in the kitchen this year, don't know how that translates in terms of quality.

Annual Burlington Visit- Seeking 5 Excellent Dinners

Oh yeah-- Asiana House has lovely sushi and is another cozy space.

Asiana House
191 Pearl St, Burlington, VT 05401

Annual Burlington Visit- Seeking 5 Excellent Dinners

I live in Burlington and tend toward the casual. I respond to overall ambience as well as food quality, and I don't eat meat so I go to spots with good veggie options.

Given that, I enjoy Duino Duende's wide-ranging menu and funkiness... yummy tostones and churros. I've only been to El Gato for lunch; it's better than the other Mexican places in town (for what that's worth), with fresh ingredients and interesting options. I also quite like A Skinny Pancake, and it's a nice space on a chilly/rainy day. The Farmhouse can promise a bit more than it delivers but it does have some very good dishes, a wonderful room, and truly sublime beer (Hillstead Farms).

Have you tried the Daily Planet? It's been around forever but the formula still worksL a quiet and pretty main room, a buzzy bar/pub area, good price points.

Re Morganna's point, there's been ongoing discussion on threads started a while ago, so, more activity than meets the eye.

Hope you have a great time & that you give us a report-back!

Daily Planet
15 Center St, Burlington, VT 05401

Skinny Pancake
60 Lake St Ste 1A, Burlington, VT 05401

Weekend trip to Burlington and Montpelier, VT

Opinionated, I should say I'm not a breakfast fanatic--I don't tend to go for specific dishes as much as the overall experience. That said,

- August First is a bakery and cafe. They bake exceptional bread (baguettes & 7-grain are favorites), and delicious, not-too-rich scones and Hungarian pastries with apricot or walnut. (They also have lots of lunch options... great soups, *love* the grilled cheese.) They use a lot of local ingredients. And compared to the Cluse, it feels ok to linger since their business is not all sit-down. It's also a warm, inviting space. It has garage doors and faces east so it catches morning light--blissful on a sunny day, still appealing on a gloomy one.

- Magnolia's menu options are abundant: oatmeal pancakes, strawb-rhubarb french toast, breakfast burrito, tofu scram, etc. A few dishes are too busy for my taste but most are not. They use high-quality ingredients with a focus on local & organic. I like the vibe; friendly with good service, not trying too hard. It's also a lovely space architecturally. Though it's on the basement level it's airy. with, if I remember right, brick arches.

Weekend trip to Burlington and Montpelier, VT

Note to all on the board, you can pick up both Myer's Bagels and cider doughnuts (in season) at City Market.

And for future readers, I second the recommendations for Skinny Pancake for any meal, A Single Pebble (it feels slightly fancier though, white linen, not your typical take-out style), and Penny Cluse. I'd also throw in August First and Magnolia Bistro for breakfast or lunch downtown, both excellent ingredients and warm, fun rooms.

Penny Cluse Cafe
169 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT

A Single Pebble
133 Bank Street, Burlington, VT 05401

Skinny Pancake
60 Lake St Ste 1A, Burlington, VT 05401

Bistro fare in Burlington Vermont?

Under $20 and bistro are a tricky combination. I don't think you will fill up at Bluebird on that.

Try the Daily Planet. It has a lovely, serene main room and a nice range of prices/options... don't be put off by the loud website graphics.

For something funkier there's Duino Duende. There's live music in the adjoining room so it can sometimes get loud but in a convivial (not drunken) way. The menu is 'international street food,' may or may not be what you're looking for.

There's also the Skinny Pancake by the waterfront, a creative creperie, very casual, laid-back and cheap.


Daily Planet
15 Center St, Burlington, VT 05401

Skinny Pancake
60 Lake St Ste 1A, Burlington, VT 05401

Dinner in Burlington

I know a number of chefs, servers etc in town. They rave about the Bluebird above almost anything else. The cooking is definitely creative without getting gimmicky.

I've heard truly awful things about San Sai; I would not risk it. If you're into Japanese try Asiana House-- good fresh sushi, attractive (small, cozy) room, full bar.

I do really enjoy the Farmhouse. It's not up to Bluebird standards of excellence in cooking but it's still good quality, fresh ingredients, and fun, with a good vibe. Every time I go I am impressed again with the design of the room. Either there or at the Bluebird you really should try the Hillstead Farms beers. They've created an extra dimension to beer!

Leunig's just tries a little hard to be "continental" though the vibe is good and the menu has a nice range of stuff.

I also heard pans of Church & Main by the same foodie crew.

I don't go to L'Amante b/c I find the room cold. It's also pretty standard northern Italian, nothing rare.

Asiana House
191 Pearl St, Burlington, VT 05401

breakfast between Stowe and Canadian border

Favorite breakfast places in Burlington: First, Penny Cluse, per the prior message. Second, Magnolia Bistro, http://www.magnoliabistro.com/. I find the food at Sneakers too busy, but some people love it. On a weekend expect a 30 minute wait at any of these places.

Hardwick is somewhat of a detour northeast of Stowe. If you're willing to go that far you might also check out Rainbow Sweets in Marshfield. It may not have pancakes, but the owner (known as a 'character,' I enjoy him) is an incredibly good patissier.

Penny Cluse Cafe
169 Cherry St, Burlington, VT 05401

Downtown LA- What's not to be missed?!!

This is to thank everyone who contributed to this thread. I visited for a week last month, mostly staying downtown for work, and thanks to your recommendations this was one of my best eating trips in recent memory. (I live in Vermont, which is fabulous in many ways, but as a former NYer I do miss big-city food culture.)

Highlights: The sushi lunch at Sushi Go 55 was really lovely; the creampuff for dessert from Beard Papa was absolutely sublime. For creative small-dish cuisine I found The Lazy Ox much more interesting and substantive than The Gorbals, but the sticky toffee at the latter was memorable. (I do like a good dessert...) My coworkers and I also enjoyed the Nickel Diner and Wood Spoon: satisfying food, appealing rooms. The other highlight of my visit, fwiw, was the Oaxacan food at Monte Alban - outside the scope of this thread, but wow.

So thanks for your kindness, strangers..

Monte Alban
11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Sushi Go 55
333 S Alameda St Ste 317, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Nickel Diner
524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Wood Spoon
107 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

The Gorbals
501 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Mar 27, 2011
rasalhanout in Los Angeles Area


Also - the Farmer's Diner in Middlebury; the A&W Rootbeer stand; for sandwiches in Burlington, the Four Corners of the Earth deli on Pine Street, not quick, but really fun and creative

If Anthony Bourdain were taking a road trip from Boston to Montreal...

If coming through VT you could try camping at the Falls of Lana, a nice state park off of Rte 7 north of Rutland; in the morning drive to Middlebury for breakfast at the Farmers Diner ... not a historic diner but a new(ish) localvore twist on the theme, well reviewed

Then heading to Burlington, camp at North Beach if you can find space -- it's often full up with Quebecois enjoying the lake life in their RVs -- a good crowd! And get a Michigan Dog at Beansie's, our version of street food, served out of a bus parked at Battery Park in town. If you have time, hit the Sunset Drive-In in Colchester for a double feature.

Once you get to Montreal you'll find an embarassment of food riches. As to where to stay for cheap there, I'm looking too & considering the Auberge Alternative.

Burlington/Lake Champlain vacation advice and suggestions

Recommendations I second: Penny Cluse (b'fast OR lunch) -- nice staff, warm, pleasant decor, interesting food & good serving sizes; A Single Pebble; and the Inn at Shelburne Farms -- very good food, high-quality local ingredients, and a SPECTACULAR setting esp. if you have a drink on the verandah or lawn . Also, Asiana House on Pearl & Winooski, a block from Church Street, does yummy sushi.

Other good grocery sources: City Market (downtown on Winooski) has a small but choice group of VT cheeses, well-chosen wines and breads (try Red Hen), local organic produce, and all the other groceries you want. For more wine, Cheese Traders & Wine Sellers on Williston Road in S. Burlington, probably the widest selection around -- better for the higher-end stuff. (The cheese there, by contrast, is iffy.)

And finally, not food-related -- I hope you spend a little time in the Champlain Islands, they are lovely in summer and you'll be close by. Also, the Shelburne Museum is fascinating!

I find Leunig's overrated and pretentious for what you get. If you just want to enjoy a meal al fresco on Church Street, you'd do better with Sweet Tomatoes (Italian) or Sweetwater's -- pleasant, straightforward and not claiming to be more than they are.

Mid-range recs in Ft Greene/Boerum/Carroll?

Greetings hounds,

Former denizen of the area here; I'm visiting this weekend and want to take my host to dinner. I'm looking for places with at least a little ambiance (more than, say, the Fountain on Atlantic) --but more casual than fancy -- but the food is the main thing. Criteria:
* a menu with more than a single obligatory fish/veg option, as I do not eat meat
* entrees starting in the teens up to twenties $$
* we both like bistrot and 'new American' but also creative ethnic/fusion be it African, southeast Asian, central/south American, middle eastern, Mexican ... (I don't suppose any Moroccan has magically appeared in recent years?)

And finally -- recs for good joints that are BYOB wd be helpful, as I have a lovely wine I want to share with my friend (Australian merlot FWIW)!

Many thanks!

Jun 22, 2009
rasalhanout in Outer Boroughs