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two days in Burlington, VT with a baby

We've been to Starry Night Cafe in Ferrisburgh (about 20 mins south of Burlington) for dinners with friends who had a baby, they had high chairs and were accommodating. Great food and lots of local ingredients represented!

Definitely second the Farmhouse for dinner. Our favorite lunch places are Sky Burgers, Four Corners of the Earth (fun, global sandwich shop) and the tasting menu lunch at Single Pebble (upscale Chinese).

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Starry Night Cafe
5467 Route Seven, Ferrisburgh, VT 05456

Starry Night Cafe
5467 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, VT 05456

Oct 30, 2010
Raedia in Northern New England

Should I Cut My Steak Like a Brit?

Who cares about being efficient? If switching hands forces you to eat more slowly, isn't that a GOOD thing?

Oct 25, 2010
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Farmers Diner, VT

Glad you had a good meal there! My comments were from 2 years ago and based on a different location - but things change!

Feb 09, 2010
Raedia in Northern New England

Burlington, Vermont Restaurant Recommendations

A lot of Burlington restaurants are closed on Mondays, but we had a great dinner at Daily Planet a few mondays ago. The atmosphere was nice, and their gnocchi with duck confit was absolutely to die for!

Feb 09, 2010
Raedia in Northern New England

10 Mail-Order Gifts for 2009

I've sent apples from http://www.honeycrispvermont.com/ before, and they are excellent - huge and full of flavor.

Nov 23, 2009
Raedia in Features

Boston to Shelburne Vt

Bistro Sauce is great for lunch in Shelburne, and I love Starry Night Cafe in Ferrrisburgh (next town over) for dinner. On your drive up, Quechee is a fun stop, with dramatic views from Quechee Gorge, the Cabot cheese shop and antique mall, and Simon Pearce restaurant and glassblowing shop.

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Starry Night Cafe
5467 Route Seven, Ferrisburgh, VT 05456

Bistro Sauce
97 Falls Rd, Shelburne, VT 05482

Oct 17, 2009
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Jordan Almonds disappearing from stores?

Aw, too bad! It was pretty random seeing them there, I just happened to look down at the bottom shelf like "Jordan Almonds! I remember those!"

As a side note, does anyone know where the name came from? As a kid we vacationed in Bar Harbor, ME, so I mentally linked them with Jordan Pond House in Acadia Nat'l Park!

Oct 08, 2009
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Jordan Almonds disappearing from stores?

Funny, I just noticed these yesterday at Rite Aid pharmacy here in VT!

Oct 01, 2009
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Boston To Burlington, VT

En route from Boston to Burlington, we really like Simon Pearce for lunch. Very classy atmosphere, elegant food and nice location on the river - and it's fun to peruse the attaches glass-blowing shop. Trattoria Delia and A Single Pebble are both great choices for dinner, and I'd strongly suggest Starry Night Cafe, about 30 minutes south in Ferrisburgh. The food is a amazing - high-end quality without being pretentious, friendly servers, and there's a nice patio and pond in the back.

If you're thinking of visiting Shelburne Museum in the lower Lake Champlain area, Bistro Sauce is really good for lunch, or you could go to Shelburne Farms' beautiful inn for Sunday brunch right on the lake. In Burlington itself, I love Four Corners of the Earth on Pine street for unusual sandwiches and really fun, funky atmosphere; and American Flatbread pizza is a good choice too.

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Inn At Shelburne Farms
99 Inn Rd, Shelburne, VT 05482

Simon Pearce
Quechee Main Street Quechee VT, Quechee Main Street Quechee, VT

Starry Night Cafe
5467 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, VT 05456

Sep 08, 2009
Raedia in Northern New England

51 Main at the Bridge - Middlebury, VT

We went back for dinner last week, and shared the tapas platter which featured two different grilled sliced sausages with chimichurri sauce, dishes of mixed olives and Spanish almonds, spicy peppers with sardines, and toasted pita triangles. Everything was really good, though a dip for the pita would have been appreciated. Lots of good selections on their wine list, and local beers for $3.50 - I tried and liked Wolaver's White Ale. We considered some of the other dishes but decided to go straight to dessert. I like that all the creme brulees, cakes, pies, and truffles are available to peruse in the pastry case, but the waitstaff plate them attractively for you, adding whipped cream and fruit.

Sep 01, 2009
Raedia in Northern New England

Samosaman Is Open! - Montpelier, VT

Yess! I'm happy to hear that... we haven't been over that way in a while but I will definitely give it a try.

The last time we were in Montpelier we randomly stumbled into Skinny Pancake on their second day open... I agree, great food and value! My husband and I split the nutella/banana crepe which was amazing and plenty for us two.

Aug 26, 2009
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51 Main at the Bridge - Middlebury, VT

Middlebury College's 51 Main, in the renovated former Eat Good Food space, has started serving a nice lunch menu of freshly made savory or sweet crepes, plus a rotating variety of soups, salads and quiches. I enjoyed the chicken salad crepe with cucumber, pistachios, and golden raisins, and my husband raved about the "Roy O'Conner" crepe stuffed with Irish bangers and cheddar. Prices were quite reasonable- $6 or $7 for any of the entrees. Lots of tempting housemade chocolates, cheesecake, pies and incredible rich chocolate mousse in their dessert case too. I'm looking forward to trying dinner there sometime on one of their frequent music nights!

http://www.go51main.com

Aug 21, 2009
Raedia in Northern New England

Cocagne quickie

Loved Bistro Cocagne when we visited three years ago, and went back two nights in a row last weekend. Great food, really let the ingredients shine through - a simple arugula salad was perfectly dressed, and we shared calf's liver and duck leg entrees that were just ideally prepared. My husband is very particular about waiters and we felt the service was wonderful - servers were friendly and personable, but didn't hover or rush us through our meal. It was really nice to watch St. Denis through the open windows in a quiet place without the mad crowds of some of the other restaurants. Oh, and get Pudding Chomeur for dessert - it has a cakelike crust and a creamy maple layer below, and is served in a small skillet with housemade maple ice cream... so delicious!

Jul 20, 2009
Raedia in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Magic Wok - Middlebury, VT

We checked out the new chinese restaurant in Middlebury last week - next to the A&W. They just opened a week or two ago, so I guess they're still working out the kinks. The ambiance in the building is a bit lacking... they have some nice artwork and murals on the walls, and cloth napkins, but only paper take-out menus even when you eat in, and it was very hot without much in the way of air conditioning. It seems like a good place for a big group, though, they had a lot of big tables, and it was pretty full when we were there. Unfortunately there was no hostess, so the line of people waiting had to manage themselves. The waitstaff seemed kind of confused, and multiple times they brought the wrong dish to our table and then stood around trying to figure out what to do.

We ordered a pu-pu platter, pork mu-shi, lemon chicken and happy family (mixed seafood and vegetables). The food had good flavor, and was generous portions - with 4 of us eating, we still had plenty of leftovers. I probably wouldn't bother with the dining room in the future, but I'd go back for take-out.

Jul 07, 2009
Raedia in Northern New England

ATTN: Comic Con Attendees (San Diego)

Good idea to bump this thread - Nippon Sushi and the Cheese Shop are great lunch options in walking distance. The Cheese Shop's "Rusty Bagel" was my go-to conference lunch - melted Pepper Jack Cheese, avocado, sprouts, tomato & red onions.

Jul 07, 2009
Raedia in San Diego

Fat Hen Market, Vergennes, Vt.

Definitely a shame - I really wanted them to succeed. As far as I know, the community investors never got their money back.

For natural foods items, meat, fish, etc. Mountain Greens in Bristol and the co-op in Middlebury are good substitutes that are still pretty close by.

Jun 24, 2009
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Fat Hen Market, Vergennes, Vt.

From their recent email:

The Fat Hen will be selling the remaining food inventory from our location on Rt 7 (next to the Starry Night Cafe) for the next 2 weeks. Everything is 30-50% off!

We will be open from 10:00 am until 5 pm each day except Sundays starting June 12th.

We have a building full of great food stuff so can you forward this message to everyone on your email list.

I hope to see lots of folks come and take advantage of this special food from the Fat Hen.

Jun 23, 2009
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Vermont

Shelburne farms has a little snack stand too that serves good grilled cheese sandwiches with their on-site O Bread and cheddar, among other menu items. Or we'll stop at Bistro Sauce nearby for a more substantial lunch (excellent before a trip to Shelburne Museum as their cafe seems pretty basic).

Jun 02, 2009
Raedia in Northern New England

Easter Brunch near Burlington, VT

We're heading to the Starry Night Cafe in Ferrisburg - about 20 min south of Burlington - for brunch tomorrow. I'm not sure what's on the menu, but in past years it's been classy, eclectic and fun... think marscapone french toast and fiddlehead fritattas. It's chef-owned and focused on local food; a little out of the way but very scenic with the pond and covered bridge nearly.

Also, I hear Mary's at the Inn at Baldwin Creek in Bristol is doing brunch - though that's definitely further from Burl.

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Starry Night Cafe
5467 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, VT 05456

Apr 11, 2009
Raedia in Northern New England

A Burlington GEM!

Could it be Seven Days? The listing seems to have positive reviews:
http://www.7nvt.com/7n/listing.htm?es...

Mar 30, 2009
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Farmers Diner coming to Middlebury, VT

An update on this in the latest Seven Days: looks like Tully and Marie's is sticking it out after all!
http://www.7dvt.com/2009finer-diner

Feb 12, 2009
Raedia in All New England Archive

There's Shrimp Boats a Comin' There's....Maine Shrimp!

Has any one seen these for sale in Vermont? This thread has got me so hungry now...

Feb 08, 2009
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Your favorite inexpensive, spicy meals?

Oh yeah, I've heard good things about that dish too - too bad I never got to try the original goat stew to compare! :)

Jan 16, 2009
Raedia in Greater Boston Area

Your favorite inexpensive, spicy meals?

The former chef at Green St., I believe, has a place in Arlington that has a goat curry on the menu. Could be the same dish? I haven't had it specifically, but their seafood dishes are excellent and have some decent heat to boot.

http://www.somethingsavory.com/menu_d...

Jan 15, 2009
Raedia in Greater Boston Area

Porter Square Favs?

My favorite is the spicy beef bowl at cafe mami - check out this thread for lots more suggestions:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/455001

Jan 08, 2009
Raedia in Greater Boston Area

Foods you eat strangely

My MIL tells me that spaghetti (from a tin) on toast was popular in England during the war... that's sort of similar?

Jan 05, 2009
Raedia in General Topics

Your favorite inexpensive, spicy meals?

At Cafe Mami in the Porter Exchange building, they have a lunch special of Yaki Don, or spicy beef on rice, which for $7 also comes with pickled daikon and miso soup. So good! We used to pick up huge orders for our whole office... ask for extra spicy. :)

Jan 02, 2009
Raedia in Greater Boston Area

Big Fatty's BBQ - Burlington, VT

Just to follow up, I stopped for lunch at Euro Corner next door just recently, but I'm afraid it wasn't my cup of tea. I had a big square of the spinach pie which came from a larger one cooling in the kitchen (spanikopita-like filling, but a heavier crust than they phyllo I'm used to - tasty though). Unfortunately, out of all the soups they list on the menu, only two were available, and the chicken soup I chose looked an AWFUL lot like Campbell's. The fluffy homemade bread it came with was nice. All in all, I wish I'd gone to Big Fatty's instead....

Dec 31, 2008
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Seeking source for Pork Bellies - Vermont

You could try Maple Wind Farm in Huntington - I believe they do retail sales at their farm, as well as sell products at the Middlebury Co-op. http://maplewindfarm.com/pork/

Dec 17, 2008
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Best restaurants near Mad River Glen

It's been especially worth it lately... ever since the new team took over the Bobcat they're really stepped it up a notch with the food. We've been at least 6 times and everything we've had has been delicious - pork and sage dumplings and venison-chorizo meatloaf are particular favorites! And I believe they finally got their brewing license in order after the transition, so the house-brewed beer should be back, too.

Dec 13, 2008
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