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!
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.
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!
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.
Where’s the best place to eat in Austin? In the streets! Well, not in the streets exactly (you’ll generally find a picnic table or two), but out of a food truck!
Eating out of food trucks hasn’t been much fun in the last week as this “arctic cold” situation rolled through Texas, but definitely in the weeks before. Food trucks are all the rage in Austin, and they come in many the variety: (breakfast) tacos, kebabs, Pho, crepes, gourmet donuts, and even frozen bananas. By all means, I haven’t had the time to explore all the best ones, but here are a few of my favorites:
I wasn’t kidding about those frozen bananas – they are seriously delicious! My first time eating Bananarchy was amidst the screaming metal bands at Fun Fun Fun Fest. Here’s the deal: you pay around $2.75-3.75 for a half banana dipped in toppings, and about a dollar more for a whole. At #FFFfest, the options were limited but still YUMMY. I had the whole banana dipped in chocolate and graham cracker. Other toppings include Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Vanilla, and Vegan Chocolate (yay!), with one or more of nuts, cookies, M&Ms, Oreos, Reeses Pieces, coconut, toffee, sprinkles, and cinnamon! I know it might sound silly to pay $4 for a banana that you could potentially freeze and dip in chocolate yourself; but face it, you’re never going to do that and these nanners are SO good, you wouldn’t regret it!
2. Torchy’s Tacos
Oh my God, tacos. Tacos, tacos, tacos from Torchy’s are friggin’ amazing! Torchy’s Tacos has a whole separate menu just for breakfast tacos. They also have a pretty wide selection of ingredients – tacos with smoked beef brisket, tacos with fried avocado, tacos with slow cooked pork, blackened salmon, seared ahi tuna, and much more. You also get an assortment of salsas and sauces with whatever you order, all of which are really tasty. Oh man, my mouth is watering just writing about these tacos right now. My favorite thing about these tacos is that while everything is dripping with yummy goodness, the tortillas at Torchy’s aren’t flimsy and don’t get soft or break apart as you eat. And that, my friends, is how tacos are done right.
P.S. I’ve heard that Torchy’s has a secret menu, which I am hoping to hack into sometime soon. I’ll update this post if it happens!
3. Shawarma Point
I love Shawarma Point because ever since my semester abroad in Italy, I’ve been trying to find shawarma as delicious as this (seriously). The spiciness levels are three: No Spice, White People Spicy, and Brown People Spicy. I always opt for white people spicy and throw some french fries in it. If you care enough about shawarma that you know the difference between a doner kebab and a gyro, then this is the place for you.
4. The Vegan Yacht
Another find from #FFFfest. This vegan food truck aims to create vegan food that all people (even non-vegans like me) can enjoy. How do they do it? By employing the one vegan Lays product into their food: Fritos. At The Vegan Yacht, you can order either the Freeto Burrito or the Freeto-Pie. I opted for the Freeto Burrito and was not disappointed. The menu has a couple of other mock chicken food items that are worth checking out. Overall, this place keeps it simple and is pretty good!
One last thing I would like to say about Austin food trucks is that they are made even better by the incredible Austin delivery service, Favor. This app will send people to pick up and deliver seriously anything you want, and they make it fun while they do it by sending you texts such as “All kinds of deliciousness coming your way!” I know there are other apps across the country that will pick up and deliver from non-delivery places, and I’ve used those apps in Burlington and Cleveland, but Favor is the best one I’ve encountered. So I just had to give them a special shout out – Thanks Favor!
Note: Please apologize for the lack of my personal photography in this post as I await the new memory card for my camera.