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Turkish Food in New Paltz

We had a fine lunch at Anatolia Restaurant in New Paltz.It was a chilly spring Saturday morning, and the excellent service and aromatic and delicious food hit the spot. I didn't take notes, unfortunately, and it was months ago, so I can't provide any specifics. I just came across the business card and wanted to post that we really enjoyed the meal, a good value, too.

Oct 18, 2012
KellJ in New York State (exc. NYC)

Burlington VT report

Hello, as Tony says, thanks for visiting.

As for the coffee - I'm sorry you missed Speeders. They always have several vacuum pots available at different strengths, and it's where I go when I'm downtown. Leunigs restaurant, while not a coffee house, per se, makes a good strong cup, and they might let you sit for a while just for coffee (though the menu may tempt you, also) if they aren't too busy. Pleasant, busy corner on Church Street for people watching. It's a good breakfast option for next time, perhaps?

Jun 27, 2012
KellJ in Northern New England

Looking for Best Destination Restaurants in VT, NH, ME

I don't believe I saw Bluebird Tavern, in Burlington, which recently relocated to downtown, on St. Paul Street. Locally sourced, creative small plates and large plates. House made charcuterie. We have never ever been disappointed. Just went last week and they've settled into the new space nicely. Great service and lovely new setting. Focus on the food.

In in the Northeast Kingdom, one of the places that sparked the food love fest in Hardwick, Vermont is Claire's. Read about it here. http://www.clairesvt.com/ Very simple setting, stripped and bare, actually, but the food is incredible, fresh, great respect for the ingredients, a lot of pickled, preserved, smoked and home-made offerings to complement the mains. We've driven there from Burlington, which for us, at least, makes it a destination restaurant by definition! :-

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Bluebird Tavern
86 Saint Paul Street Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 540-1786

Jun 27, 2012
KellJ in Northern New England

Looking for Best Destination Restaurants in VT, NH, ME

I'd have to disagree with these as "destination restaurants." Good value? Reliable? Tasty? Yes, no doubt. But not in the same class as Hen of the Woods (the example given of hte type she's looking for.)

Jun 27, 2012
KellJ in Northern New England

Looking for Best Destination Restaurants in VT, NH, ME

Yes, yes, yes. Salt is a treasure and well worth a one-hour drive. AND, it's a BYO, too.

Jun 27, 2012
KellJ in Northern New England

Shelburne, VT

It's about 30 minutes, and an absolutely gorgeous drive on a summer evening, with the lake to the west, and the Greens to the East. But staying in Shelburne is lovely, too.... Enjoy!

Jun 18, 2012
KellJ in Northern New England

Burlington, Vermont area: Best places to hit on a long weekend

Just want to opine that American Flatbread is not a "pizza place," and if having places in Waitsfield, Middlebury and Burlington VT only means it's a chain, well, it still ain't Pizza Hut. They make incredibly good flatbreads, ingredients sourced locally. They build their own wood fired ovens, their servers are well trained and cheerful. The Flatbread brewer in Burlington is known to the brew lovers as being the best microbrewer in the region, and they have a wide selection from around the region, as well. It's a lot nicer than a "brew pub," also - beautiful view of City Hall Park from huge floor to ceiling windows. No reservations ahead, but they'll give you a beeper and you can wait with a brew or even walk around CIty Hall Park or Church Street while you wait.

Jun 15, 2012
KellJ in Northern New England

Shelburne, VT

This may be too late for you, but for later browsers, a fantastic French restaurant just south of Shelburne in New Haven (VT) is Tourterelle. The chef-owners moved to VT from NYC where they had a successful restaurant, but wanted to live here and be closer to the food sources.
www.tourterellevt.com/
Exquisite, really.

Jun 15, 2012
KellJ in Northern New England

Champlain Islands recommendations?

Wholeheartedly suggest Blue Paddle in S Hero (about 20 minutes from Alburg). Chef co-owned, Vermont Fresh Network (farm-to-restaurant program), great wine list and Mandy (the other co-owner) is so welcoming. Get reservations, it's always busy.

Hero's Welcome makes great sandwiches, but you might wait a long time in line.

Jun 15, 2012
KellJ in Northern New England