The Skinny Pancake

The Skinny Pancake Burlington

The Skinny Pancake was actually the first restaurant I ate at in Burlington, even before we had an apartment secured. I reserved my judgment on whether it was really awesome because it seemed pretty touristy, but after eating there three times, I have to admit that it’s simply delicious. The entire menu is crepes, and you can choose between sweet or savory. I mostly chose savory, and would sometimes mix in a little sweet by adding apple chutney. Everything is organic, local, and made fresh right in front of you.

You have to stand in line to order, and then you take a number and your food is brought to you. My only complaint is that the line is always out the door, so this is not a great restaurant to be in and out of, especially for a Sunday brunch situation. However, the food was always worth the wait.

This place is Vegan friendly, offering a yummy sweet potato shell for your crepe if it’s vegan. It’s also Gluten-free friendly. You can rearrange or remove ingredients as you please – they are very accommodating!

Like most restaurants in Burlington, The Skinny Pancake offers local beer in the form of Vermont microbrews. Some are even on tap! But don’t let that discourage you from getting other drinks – they make a mean bloody mary as well! Definitely a Top 5 restaurant if you’re going to eat somewhere in Burlington, and friends who visited me would agree!

Burlington: American Flatbreads Tries to Not Be Pizza

American Flatbreads local organic food pizzas Burlington Vermont

Everyone and their cousin recommended that I go to American Flatbreads if I’m in Burlington, and with good reason. This place is delicious! It’s also a great place to take friends, as the meals are pretty big and therefore good for sharing. The only issue I have with American Flatbreads is that the “flatbreads” they make are clearly pizzas, and they don’t even try to hide it. Even the little buzzer you hold while you’re waiting is a pizza! So, really, American Pizzas is pretty great.

Zero Gravity Brewery microbrews Burlngton Vermont

The restaurant also serves as a brewery, called Zero Gravity. I’ve had their draught and it’s very hoppy, which I like. Vermont is known for having amazing microbrews, and most of them are IPAs (they are home of Magic Hat, after all). This was a pretty big change from New York, where the best beer bars had mostly stouts and porters on draught. My palette has definitely expanded, and I can’t honestly say which I like better than the other. I guess it depends on my mood!

American Flatbreads pizza Burlington Vermont
See this flatbread? It’s a pizza. (Photo Credit: Yelp.com)

In a state known for bomb-diggity cheese, “flatbread” restaurants are out of this world good. Again, all the food is local and organic (they have signs everywhere reminding you), and you can definitely taste the difference. One of the topping choices, The Vermont Sausage, has Vermont-made goat’s cheese with farm-fresh pork, maple-fennel sausage, and caramelized onions. If that doesn’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what does.

What’s my favorite thing here? Definitely the brunch menu. Mainly because the restaurant has an Eggs Benedict flatbread (pizza) that has hollandaise sauce all over it. Oh, it is so good. This would be another Top 5 Burlington Restaurants in my book.

Burlington: Farmhouse Tap & Grill

So I may or may not have landed a marketing analyst internship this past week (I’m not being coy, I actually won’t find out until early next week), but either way, the boyfriend and I decided to celebrate the end of my interviewing process with a dinner out downtown. I got to pick the place, and based on Yelp’s reviews, I decided that we should eat at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill. This was my second farm-to-table restaurant experience ever, the first ever being at Crop Bistro in Cleveland, a simply superb restaurant that was refashioned out of an old bank vault. Anyway, The Farmhouse Tap & Grill was a wonderful dining experience, probably my favorite yet in Burlington. For drinks, I just had a glass of white wine, while my boyfriend enjoyed a De Dolle Dulle Teve, a slightly hard-to-find and highly rated beer that he’s only ever had once, and never before on tap (until that night). I had a sip myself, and the taste and aroma overall were unreal – sweet but in a soft, not nauseating way, and powerful, but still rather light and smooth.

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Hoppin’ Joe from The Farmhouse Tap & Grill

For my dinner entree, I had the Hoppin’ Joe, a vegetarian dish that could easily be made vegan, if you ask for no cheese, that was composed of braised kale, black eyed peas, toasted faro, house made farmer’s cheese, and pickled peppered relish. I’m not lying when I say that this was melt-in-your-mouth, clean-your-plate, DELICIOUS. The thing that I truly love about so many of the dishes in Burlington is that they are very easily made vegan with the removal of cheese. Now, I am not vegan, so I keep the cheese to get that special taste of Vermont, but I do enjoy my vegetables and am proud of cities that support vegan living! On another not vegan note, my boyfriend enjoyed the LaPlatte River Angus Farm Beef burger, served with house ground dry aged beef, house bacon, Landaff Creamery “Landaff” cheese, and substituted caramelized onions instead of pickled red onions. I’m personally not a fan of bacon on burgers, but he stated that this was the best burger he’s ever had outside of Ohio (which is saying a lot, because the best burgers in Ohio are created with meat raised by the Amish, a quality you simply can’t beat). As for the overall “feel” of the restaurant, our service was excellent, and the ambiance of the place was casual but classy enough for a celebratory dinner. My only complaint was that they were out of Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie, which only means that I’ll have to revisit again soon! Can’t wait to try that pie!

Update:

I have gone back to Farmhouse Tap & Grill twice now and definitely count it among my favorite restaurants in Burlington. Whether for a nice dinner out or Sunday brunch, you really can’t go wrong with Farmhouse!