Beansie’s Bus – Burlington Vermont
Beansie’s Bus is back! This food bus is an institution. Speaking of institution I was taking care of some parking business at the Burlington Police station next door, Beansie’s made the trip much more palatable.
Waterfront Park – Burlington Vermont
Battery Park overlooks Waterfront Park, it’s an awesome view of the lake while eating your lunch. Notice the seagull… more about that later.
Beansie’s Bus – Michigans and Small French Fry
First let’s talk fries, Beansie’s are the best in town, yes even slightly better than Al’s French Frys. Deep golden brown hand-cut wonders of the deep frier. These fries stay crisp during their entire brief duration on earth. They taste like the oil isn’t changed too often resulting in a rich flavor, but not contaminated tasting. Make sure to hit these guys with a couple shots of vinegar at the counter.
I think Beansie’s may have introduced me to Michigan hotdogs, or Michigan’s for short. Apparently Michigan’s are a bit of New England food, known in Michigan as a “Coney Island Dog.” A “Michigan” is a hot dog with Michigan sauce on it. The sauce is like a cross between chili and sloppy Joe sauce. The sauce is slightly spicy, has onions in it, hamburger, and some sort of slightly sweet tomato base. I ordered mine with extra raw onions, then finished the dogs with a stripe of ketchup and mustard. The steamed hotdog is kind of plain, but in a Michigan it’s a great counterpoint to the flavorful sauce.
It was $3 for a Michigan and $3.50 for the fries, the Beansie’s cook rounded it up to $10 for 2 Michigan’s and fries.
Battery Park Seagull – Burlington Vermont
Watch out for the seagulls! They’re notorious for stealing food. Apparently last summer there was a “sick” seagull speaker installed, to help ward of the pesky aviators. I was sitting on the wall of the park, and there were seagulls on both side eyeing my lunch and coming closer. The Champlain Lake + Beansie’s is also a strong draw for obnoxious seagulls as well. My friend used to colloquially refer to seagulls as “dump turkeys”; these seagulls seem to have pretty good taste.