Posts Tagged ‘Williston’

TJ’s Dawg House’s – New House

May 1, 2008

T.J.\'s Dawg House - Williston Vermont
T.J.’s Dawg House – Williston Vermont

A sure sign of spring, T.J. is back at his usual spot slinging hotdogs (dawgs). He now has a swanky new house, and same great dawgs. I like how T.J. Dawg House, is now a house instead of a cart; the name is just more authentic now.

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Asian Bistro – “General Tso’s Chicken” & “Yellowtail Hamachi Sushi”

March 11, 2008

Asian Bistro in Williston Vermont (also soon to be Winooski location) is known for their “high end” Chinese food.

Asian Bistro - Williston Vermont
Asian Bistro – Williston Vermont

Asian Bistro - Williston Vermont (interior)
Asian Bistro – Williston Vermont (interior)

Cloth napkins and Chinese food, are kind of an odd combination, but they manage to pull it off. In addition to their tradition Chinese food dishes, they also have some great Sushi, and so Thai menu options (I haven’t tried their Thai food).

Asian Bistro - General Tso’s Chicken
Asian Bistro – General Tso’s Chicken

The presentation of the Chinese food is surprisingly nice, whole chili peppers, and elegant lengths of celery are used. The General’s chicken is nice crispy, and the sauce was nice, not overly sweet… but as usual with Chinese food a little bland. I forgot to order my food “hot”.

Asian Bistro - Yellow Tail Hamachi (sushi).
Asian Bistro – Yellowtail Hamachi (sushi)

I also ordered some Sushi, Yellowtail Hamachi is a close relative to tuna, and very tasty. I recommend the Sushi at Asian Bistro (they have a sushi bar), although I’m not a raw fish expert.

The General Tso’s Chicken was $11.50 and the Yellowtail Hamachi Sushi was $5.00. During the week, there are some Chinese food specials.

Mexicali – “Chile Relleno”

February 22, 2008

Mexicali is a Tex-Mex restaurant in Williston Vermont, on the back side of Best Buy.  Mexicali has great margaritas and an awesome salsa bar:

Mexicali - Salsa bar
Mexicali – Salsa bar

Mexicali - Chile Relleno
Mexicali – Chile Relleno

I was introduced to Chile Relleno at Penny Cluse Cafe, I’m using their version as a reference of what I like. I like the presentation of this plate, but taste-wise I think their could be some tweaks. First what is Chile Relleno?

Chile Relleno consists of pan or deep deep fried pablano peppers, which are quite mild and have a nice flavor. Typically the peppers are stuffed with at least cheese, and finally covered with some sort of sauce / salsa.

In Mexicali’s version, they stuff their pablanos with chicken and cheese. I love the fact that they went for something beyond cheese for the stuffing, however they used chicken cubed chicken breast. Chicken breast is healthy, but the texture and flavor is wrong for this dish. Shredded seasoned chicken would have been a much better choice. Additionally the sauce was a little bland (a suprise considering the yummy salsa bar options). Finally I didn’t like the eggy-breading, it concealed the sublte pablano flavor. The side of beans were good, but the cornbread missed, too sweet and moist.

At $11, I would order something other than the Chile Relleno at Mexicali.

TJ’s “Dawg” House Sausage with Pepper and Onions

November 20, 2007

The Hot Dog Guy, has a name, it’s TJ, and yes he’s a Red Sox fan. You can see his great commercial here. I came back to his fine cart, to sample the Sausage with Pepper and Onions:

TJ’s Dawg House Sausage with Peppers and Onions

The sausage has some nice spice, although I personally would like it a little spicier. The grilled peppers and onions provide a nice sweet contrast to the spices in the sausage. The Vienna Beef “Dawgs” will continue to be the star of the show at TJ’s Dawg House, but for a change of pace this sausage hits the spot.

The Hot-Dog Guy’s Vienna Beef

November 16, 2007

Formerly of home depot fame, the Hot-Dog Guy, has returned. His new home is a cart adjacent to Best Buy in Williston Vermont. He is now slinging Chicago’s famous Vienna Beef dogs, 1/4 LB hot-dogs that is! He also has the standard Vienna Beef accoutrement of relish, jalapenos, sliced fresh tomatoes, and onions. Options that cost a little extra are sour kraut, chili, and cheese.

Vienna Beef
I opted for the kraut, jalapenos, tomato, mustard and ketchup combo.

The bun is a nice seeded, warmed bun. Vienna Beef, is a new hot-dog to me, and it’s delicious. Subtle spices in the meat and the addition of some new toppings makes this a novel twist on classic Americana.
At $2.50 for a plain 1/4 hot-dog, these are a great value.