Dining out in BurlingtonNECI Commons
NECI (aka the New England Culinary Institute) at 25 Church St.
offers visitors tasty fare at reasonable prices. The menu features
a range of diverse entrees, including pizza, honey-glazed ham,
"uncommon" meatloaf, osso bucco and coq au vin as well as sides
such as Vermont cheddar mashed potatoes and "wilted" spinach.
(Entre prices range from $7.50 to $19.95, most are less than
Reservations are recommended on the weekends. Dinner for five,
including tip, drinks, coffee and appetizers cost $140. Phone (802)
862-6324Vermont Pub and Brewery
A fun menu, cold beer and brewpub favorites are the standard at
the Vermont Pub and Brewery at 144 College St.
Besides sandwiches, burgers and appetizers, there are tavern
treats like toad-in-the-hole, shepherd's pie, bangers 'n mash and
fish and chips
Prices for lunch range from $1.95 for a basket of beer-battered
brewhouse fries to $8.95 for fish and chips.
Home-made brews such as Burly Irish Ale, Dogbite Bitter and the
Vermont Smoked Porter are worth sampling as well as Josh's Root
Beer. A pint costs $3.50; samplers are available. Brewery tours are
conducted every Wednesday and Saturday; phone (802) 865-0500. Lunch
for two, including tip and drinks, cost $24.The local scene
Nancy Garrand, manager of Child Travel Services in Burlington,
recommended the following for visitors:For outdoor enthusiasts, there is a bike path in downtown
Burlington that runs along the coast of Lake Champlain to the mouth
of the Winooski. "You can walk, bike and roller blade along
it."For families, the Lake Champlain Basin Science Center offers
hands-on exhibits.The first Friday of every month, some local galleries stay open
late for evening tours and serve wine and hors d'ouevres.There are plenty of good local beaches, including North Beach,
where the water is clean and warm. It can be reached via the bike
path, by car or by bus.The place to eat is Daily Planet, a locally-owned and -operated
bistro. "It has reasonable prices and a diverse menu that changes
with the season," according to Garrand. Located on 15 Center St.;
phone (802) 862-9647.Born To Shop: Some of Burlington's best findsChurch Street Marketplace boasts more than 130 stores, eateries
and outdoor vendors as well colorful street performers in the
summer. Parking is free on Sundays. Mixed among familiar stores
like Eddie Bauer, Borders, Pier 1 and Laura Ashley are second-hand
bookstores, specialty shops, boutiques and home furnishing
showrooms.The Crow at 14 Church St. has a good selection of second-hand
books. Recent finds include Underworld by Don DeLillo (hardcover,
$6.98) and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
($6.98, softcover).Tradewinds, in the Burlington Square Mall, offers an eclectic
mix of jewelry and handicraft items from Southeast Asia.Other venues worth perusing include Apple Mountain Vermont
Gifts & Specialty Foods (local goods), the Peace & Justice
Store (socially responsible books, magazines and clothing), Lake
Champlain Chocolates (delicious fudge) and Bone Appetit (gourmet
treats for pets).If you head out of the confines of the marketplace, Mesa
International, on 131 Battery St., offers home and garden products,
including dishes, rugs, candles and pottery at discounted prices.
For example a throw rug on sale cost $5. Church Street
Marketplace.Did you know?
In the pop culture world, Burlington is famous for two things:
the birthplace of Ben & Jerry's and the band Phish.Ben & Jerry's operates a scoop shop at 36 Church St.
According to Ben & Jerry's, the top-selling ice-cream there
(depending on the week) is (choclate-chip cookie dough or Phish
food). The phone number is (802) 862-9620.Nectar's, a bar/cafeteria at 188 Main St., is where Phish got
their start (back when they were students at the University of
Burlington, Vermont). Pictures of the band hang on the wall, and
bartenders serve up Phish stories along with the drinks. Every
night there is live music with no cover charge; phone (802)
This guide takes visitors off-the-beaten-path parts of the
state, away from the popular resort areas and cities. It also
features information on where to buy Native American crafts and
highlights restaurants that serve authentic Mexican cuisine.
The guide, published by Ulysses Press, is priced at $14.95 and
is available in bookstores.Datebook
The Caribbean island of Curacao will host its first Gospel Music
Festival Sept. 9 to 13. Scheduled to appear are Vickie Winans,
Beverly Crawford, the Williams Brothers, Tri-N-Tee 5:7, A-1 Swift
as well as local groups.
Contact Virtuous Heritage & Co. at (877) 428-7222.