Posts Tagged ‘downtown’

Junior’s Downtown Pizzeria – Veggie and Pepperoni Slices

January 19, 2009
Junior's Downtown - Burlington Vermont

Junior's Downtown - Burlington Vermont

Junior’s expanded a while ago from their Colchester location. They have 6-9ish pies ready for reheating, for lunch / dinner / late night at their downtown Burlington Vermont location.

Junior's Downtown - Veggie and Pepperoni Slices

Junior's Downtown - Veggie and Pepperoni Slices

Caramelized onions, zucchini, summer squash?, red pepper, fresh garlic, EVOO and mozzarella round out this creation. Everything is in balance, and all of the ingredients lend a nice sweetness.

The pepperoni slice is just classic, some grease, but not overwhelming with trade mark fresh sauce and parmesan sprinkled over it.

The crust, as usual, is crisp and chewy.

Oddly Junior’s pies aren’t particulary good cold, it’s best to reheat them.

$6.64 for these two slices. You can find better prices on pizza, but not better quality (for tradional style, I think Flatbread is a different catagory)

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Happy Holidays – Lighted Cement Truck

December 31, 2008
Holiday Cement Truck - College St New Years Eve 2008 Burlington

Holiday Cement Truck - College St New Years Eve 2008 Burlington

As seen tonight in down town Burlington Vermont, and yes the cement “tank” is spinning.

Kountry Kart Deli – Philly Shiner Sandwich

December 31, 2008
Kountry Kart Deli - Burlington, Vermont

Kountry Kart Deli - Burlington, Vermont

Kountry Kart Deli on Main Street in Burlington Vermont is a late night munchie classic.  Drunken from the bars will fill KKD to capacity shortly after the 2am last call; sandwich chaos ensues.

But they’re also open for lunch. I’ve been lunching on KKD’s Philly on French bread, so when I noticed the “Shiner Philly” I decided to try it (sans French bread as the circumference of the hash brown would likely cause severe over-hang).


Kountry Kart Deli - Philly Shiner

Kountry Kart Deli - Philly Shiner

KKD is known for their “Risers” and “Shiners”; a shiner being a deep-fried hash-brown / egg / meat breakfast themed sandwich.  I couldn’t resist trying collaboration of the Shiner Philly. The hash-brown is nicely fried, and has a satisfying crunch.  The egg is real, the steak and cheese is good.  I which there were more steak, I may ask for “extra Philly” when ordering this sandwich in the future.  I should have ordered it with the trifecta of grilled onions, peppers, mushrooms. Also I didn’t enjoy eating two large hash-browns. I would recommend ordering this sandwich as a small, as to not kill exceed your hash-brown budget.


KKD - Sandwich card and order sheet.jpg

KKD - Sandwich card and order sheet

Speaking of budgets, this sandwich was $9.45 for large with tax, one of their more expensive sandwiches.  If you become a frequenter of KKD, grab one of their “sandwich cards.”

New World Tortilla – Relocating to Pine Street (Essex and Burlington)

December 3, 2008
New World Tortilla - Moving Sign

New World Tortilla - Moving Sign

The above sign is posted in NWT’s Burlington Vermont Location. As seen in the Seven Days article , NWT is moving here on Pine Street. Which is WAY down the road, near the Cumberland Farms. So the new location will be basically out of walking reach for down town Burlington. In addition to the move they’re closing their Burlington and Essex Vermont locations, leaving their UVM location open.

In fact their UVM location may have helped provide the motivation and capital to open the new location:

New World Tortilla made themselves known to students by selling over 62000 burritos from their location during the year

Another factor may be the influx of wrap proveyors. I’m happy for the owners who I always see hard at work, and I look forward to the new menu items. But I’m also sad that this wrap institution is changing and is moving away from down town Burlington.

Subtitle of the article should be: AKA how NWT plans to screw over your lunch plans. In protest, I’ll be eating this month as much as I can at the North Winooski location in a probably-vain attempt to prove this location profitable. This should prove to be a rather tasty protest.

RJ’s (Reuben James) Wings

November 16, 2007

Chicken wings are one of those things that can be either amazing or awful, and not really too much in between. Chicken wings are one of the foods that need to be cooked correctly, sadly few restaurants do this.
Chicken wings must:
1) Have the chicken fat fully rendered
2) Be crispy.
While it is certainly is possible to over cook the chicken wings, resulting in dry meat, the vast majority of the time the wings are undercooked with plenty of gross slimy chicken fat on them.

Now that being said, RJs (Reuben James) in downtown Burlington Vermont, knows how to cook wings, and it just so happens that they have FREE hot wings Friday and Saturday evenings.

RJ’s Famous Free Hot Wings
So while the hot sauce may lack depth, they are generally well cooked, which is more important. Ironically, the hot wings tend to be best during the free nights, as the chefs tend to still cook the wings in large batches out of habit during the week.