Posts Tagged ‘Colchester’

Junior’s – “Hot Wings” (dozen)

March 11, 2008

Oh hot wings, they’re always such a roll of the dice, but I can’t resist. I guess I have a bit of a chicken wing gambling problem. I love Junior’s so I thought I would try their recent menu addition.

Junior’s - Hot Wings (dozen)
Junior’s – Hot Wings (dozen)

Lots of celery on the side, but they forgot my side of blue cheese, which by the way I like for the veggies, not for the wings. Immediately after taking of the lid of the take-out tin there is wonderful, buttery, spicy, garlicky?! aroma. I could also see by the texture, these wings do not pass the two rules of chicken wing cooking, and tasting confirmed that.

The wing sauce is an interesting take on tradition hot sauce, the butter was well represented here. Until recently I didn’t know that butter was a component of hot wing sauce. Fresh garlic made up for the lack of traditional vinegar zing, I like this sauce a lot. However Junior’s needs to stick to their day job of awesome pizza and Italian food.

Also in Junior’s news, they have a new downtown Burlington Vermont location, home to the former Dunkin Donuts. Per the Junior’s website, the downtown location will open April 1st.

I believe a dozen wings were $8.99 pre-tax.

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Big Chile Republic – “Fish Tacos”

January 25, 2008

Big Chile Republic has taken over the old Juniors location in Colchester Vermont. The menu is something I’m going to call foodie Mexican fusion.

Big Chile Republic
Big Chile Republic – Colchester Vermont

BCR did a nice job on the interior and the menu / website are nice, almost like they have a designer working for them or are trying to match their hip food.

Big Chile Republic - Fish Tacos
Big Chile Republic – Fish Tacos

There are two generous tacos in this order, the fish was some of most perfectly fried fish I’ve had since I was in England. The red rice was nice and moist and had good flavor, the onions and cabbage provided a nice crunch which matched the crunch of the fish. The fresh cilantro was nice visually and taste bud wise. The surprise was the “smoked lemon mayo” it was very light and tasted like the lightest sour cream with a kick of citrus and an indefinable flavor (which must be the smoked). 

Oh yeah, I’ll be back to try some of their other menu items. The tacos were $8.67 with tax, a touch pricey but well worth it for the quality of the food and flavors.

Junior’s Italian, “Pesto Pizza with Sesame Crust”

November 27, 2007

Junior’s 18 inch Pizza Box
You can’t have a food blog about lunch and not mention pizza. You also can’t mention Pizza in the Burlington area, without mentioning Junior’s. Judging by their new space behind the Burger King, off of I-89 exit 16 in Colchester, Vermont they’ve been doing well for themselves, there is a reason for that. Despite the fact that they are now in a building I affectionately refer to as the “Pizza Factory” (it’s much larger than their old spot) they still turn out amazing pizza. This is the best pizza to be had around town. Pictured above is their pizza box, once of the signs that you’ve “arrived” as a pizzeria is having your own box (yes they deliver).

Junior’s 18 inch Pesto Pizza with Sesame Crust
The Pesto is fresh, the basil smells great with the garlic. The mozzarella tastes great and has great texture.

Junior’s Pesto Pizza Slice, Sesame Crust
Sesame Crust, you must try it if you like sesame seeds. The oven toasts the seeds, elevating the crust and thus  the pizza. Speaking of crust, even without the sesame crust upgrade, Junior’s consistently has great crust: it’s both chewy and crispy.

One small complaint, the pesto this time was run through a food processor (like you would normally expect), but this was not the norm. Previously the pesto consisted of chopped basil, chopped garlic, and whole pine-nuts (also of course the other requisite ingredients). A quick call to Junior’s told me that this was an attempt to make this pie easier to assemble for the cooks, but they would gladly do it the old way if I requested it (I recommend you do).

Even with that being said this is the best pesto pizza around. I believe this pie was around $17-18, a little pricey but in a league of its own.

P.K.’s (Purple Knights Pizza) Beef Dip & Small Garden Salad

November 20, 2007

Purple Knights Pizza right across from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester Vermont. Purple Knights is a Pizzeria but they also have great salads and sandwiches. I ordered a small beef dip known elsewhere as a french dip, and a small garden salad.

Purple Knights (PK’s) “small” Beef Dip with Aus Jus and Horsey Mayo

The roll is freshly made on-site, and is actually garlic bread. I ordered my “dip” with added Swiss cheese. The roast beef was still slightly pink and tasted great. The Aus Jus is properly salty and beefy. The “horsey” mayo (horseradish mayo) side is tasty , but is superfluous IMO.

PK’s (Purple Knight’s) Beef Dip with Aus Jus and Horsey Mayo, Bites removed :)
Beef Dip with bites…

PKs Small Garden Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
The salad contains green pepper, red onion, radish, carrot, tomato, cucumber, and a mix of mesclun greens and romaine lettuce.

 While the variety of the vegetation is nice, what is more impressive is the in-house balsamic dressing. It is nicely emulsified (how it’s emulsified I’m not sure), and has a perfect acid / oil mix. The dressing makes this salad.

They two items came to just under 8 dollars, a nice round tasty meal. I love PK’s take on the beef (french) dip and the garden salad with balsamic.