Posts Tagged ‘Penny Cluse cafe’

Penny Cluse Cafe -“Sleepy Nate’s Biscuits, Fruit Cup, and Beef Quesadilla Special”

February 5, 2008

This Sunday I went back to one of my favorite spots Penny Cluse. One of the institutions at Penny Cluse is Sleepy Nate’s Biscuits:

Penny Cluse Cafe - Sleepy Nate’s Biscuits
Penny Cluse Cafe – Sleepy Nate’s Biscuits

The biscuits were perfect this time, slightly crunchy but not over cooked. The gravy is an herb gravy with green onions, very light and tasty, good hangover remedy. Sleepy Nate’s are fun to share, but get the “two biscuit” option as everyone seems to like this dish.

Penny Cluse Cafe - Fruit Cup
Penny Cluse Cafe – Fruit Cup

Have I reviewed this before? Yes, I’m reviewing the fruit cup again because the fruit changes (the blood orange was awesome), and I’m reiterating the point that you should get it when you go.

Penny Cluse knows Tex-Mex, and the special quesadilla is evidence of this:

Penny Cluse Cafe - Beef Quesadilla Special
Penny Cluse Cafe – Beef Quesadilla Special

Two layers of tangy beef, cheese, and fresh jalapenos on crispy fresh flour tortillas make this a winner. I had fun dunking my quesadilla into the nicely seasoned beans, but there is also a side of salsa ranchero (not pictured) that is included. In addition to beans, in the center of the plate is a yummy edible cabbage, cilantro salad / garnish.

The small fruit cup was $2.75, Sleepy Nate’s $3, and I believe the special quesadilla was $7.50, all before tax. 


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

December 10, 2007

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.