Just returned from Burl where we had 3 dinners. My priorities may be different from yours; for me, I am happiest with Innovative Food That is Delicious.
After stopping by and seeing the menus at The Kitchen Table and Sonoma Station, we cancelled reservations there. Same 'been there; done that' foodstuffs; nothing innovative by my book.(We had had a delic. dinner at Kitch Table last yr.)Couldn't get into The SHelburne Inn but they had some unusual foodstuffs and treatments- octopus; black cod.... Next time.
The Green Room was so wonderful that we ate there 2 nights. Actually everything was delic; generous portions and lovely presentation. And a neat bonus was that each plate had lots of greens. Our favs were the Sushi Tuna and Avocado Timbale topped with Avocado sorbet (not new by any means,except for the sorbet addition, but perfectly done and super. i could eat it every night and feel blessed.);
Duck Confit Tacos w/ chipotle sour cream:
so many chefs make duck confit that is NOT good, but this was perfect-crunchy,tender,flavorful, not gross fatty. Spinach Salad with Soy dressing and guacamole pools. Red Curry Glazed Scallops.
They have neat system of dishes of 3 sizes plus daily specials. Lots to choose from. Waitress, Cynthia, was a doll and very helpful after we had real problems with the inexperienced/attitudy lounge waitress first assigned us. Chef, David, very talented fellow.
Room is handsome and comfortable. their website is just coming up we were told. greenroomvt.com
One dinner at The Bearded Frog. Mixed feelings about it. Young inexp. waitstaff. Highlight: Tempura Ginger Scallops with 2 dipping sauces and sauteed bok choy. The Mint/cilantro etc etc sauce was very special. The duck entree was o.k. ; sauce not great, so i subbed the port sauce from elsewhere on the menu.accompanying cornmeal muffin was great, but no greens on the plate; rather unattractive presentation. The kale/wh bean soup was o.k. Cornbread in table basket was best i've been served- moist, heavy and very flavorful. Very nice wine list. O.k. room but nothing special.
Penny Cluse was wonderful as usual- huevos rancheros super.
Sauce lunch was o.k.; not as good as i would have hoped. Very limited menu to boot.
Finally got to try the Dumpling Lady's wares but really did NOT like the 'crab rangoon'.While the handmade-before-your-eyes- wrappers were fine, the filling tasted like crab, slivered cooked egg white, garlic and mayo. yech. the chicken and pork dumplings were just o.k.; nothing to make them special. sesame noodles o.k.
Delic.Ali Baba takeout lunch for our ride back to boston-pork souvlaki and curried chicken pita.
Hen in the Woods had nice looking menu but we didn't have chance to try.
What a beautiful city Burlington is- and fun. Very nice people wherever you go; and lots of excellent dining options. Look forward to reading further posts from jberkeley and jestner in particular!