just returned from 4 days/dining spots in burlington area.
The Kitchen Table in Richmond- few minutes east of Burl.- was the best dinner food. The kitchen is a 'Yes' kitchen and allowed me to mix and match my entree plate.- Quail w/ Cab. Beurre Rouge, Herbed Gnocchi,Chard, Wild Mushrooms. Handsome early 19th c. brick house with low lighting inside; comfortable. VERY knowledgable staff; exc. choices of red wine by the glass. Unusually excellent desserts (owner-chefs).
Lemon Verbena ice cream really terrific.
Black Sheep Bistro in Vergennes v. good food; unusually low-priced for elegant food. nice quality sauces but was disappointed in flavor(indistinct) of duck and lamb themselves. Handsome room, knowledgable, friendly staff.
Smokejack's- I will always go back for the chicken and sweet potato hash for brunch. Exc. biscuits.
Penny Cluse still our fav. meal experience in Burl.
For brunch, Huevos Rancheros and Duck Hash and Biscuits and Salad with Lime Cilantro Dressing. The Best.Figure a 50 minute-plus wait after 9am; so put your name in and go down to Mirabelle bakery on Main and get take-out almond horns and ginger cookies etc etc for snacking later in the day!! Penny also has exc. turkey (really REAL, like when you have Thanksgiving leftovers) sandwich w/gouda and cranb.nut relish.
In Middlebury, Tully and Marie's has a truly exceptional Burger (because of the quality of the beef- which is locally raised, and the ' bun', which is a dense, chewy onion-poppy seed roll). Beautiful view out on the river.Serves all day which is handy for late lunches.