Penny Cluse Cafe, “Baja Fish Tacos, Small Fruit Plate, Coffee”

Penny Cluse Cafe has a reputation of the best breakfast in town, when you go, be prepared to possibly wait up to 45mins. Area businesses are also open on Sunday so you can browse some stores during your wait. This past Sunday there actually wasn’t a wait, we were seated right away. Penny Cluse Cafe is located on the corner of Cherry St and South Winooski Ave in Burlington Vermont. First let’s talk about the coffee:

Penny Cluse Cafe, Coffee
Penny Cluse Coffee – Arguably the best coffee in town.

I believe that Penny Cluse serves New England Coffee Company’s Coffee. Perhaps more important than the coffee beans, is how it’s prepared and served. The beans are freshly ground at Penny Cluse, then immediately brewed, then promptly transferred to thermal carafes. The end result is a steaming, fresh, bottomless cup, that is refilled promptly by the waitstaff; I also love the classic green-stripe cups. The coffee is strong, but never bitter.

Penny Cluse Cafe, Small Fruit Plate
Penny Cluse Cafe – “Small Fruit Plate” -apple, mango, watermelon, papaya, banana, pineapple, pomegranate, grapefruit

The small fruit plate is perfect to share with someone,  as noted above, the fruit plate always contains an interesting mix of fruits. This is one of my favorite things to order Penny Cluse.

Penny Cluse Cafe, Baja Fish Tacos
Penny Cluse Cafe – “Baja Fish Tacos” Beer Battered Tilapia, flour tortillas, avocado salsa, mango, radish juliennes, pico de gallo, sour cream, black beans, lime

These are the best tacos around, and this is something that I love about Penny Cluse, random menu items from southern or southwestern US. The tilapia is perfectly crisp, the cilantro-lime combination plays off the chunks of mango. In flavor mix of this dish, the mango’s sweetness compliments the sweetness of the Tilapia, and the pine taste of fresh mango is not present. The Baja fish tacos come with a side of black beans, which I think typically are underseasoned, but they were perfect this time around.

The tacos are $10.50, coffee $1.50 and small fruit plate $2.75. I don’t know how well the tacos would do as take out, but they are a must try.

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