We had dinner at the Juniper Bar & Restaurant during a recent stay in Burlington. It is located on the ground floor of the Vermont Hotel in the downtown Burlington area.
We arrived on time for our reservations and were promptly seated in the relatively small dinning area. There was a full bar, and a patio area outside as well. The modern decor and ambiance were quite inviting...
Soon our young waiter Jonah appeared to take care of us. We ordered a bottle of wine--a cab--from the Aviary Vineyards, which was excellent. We also ordered a Local Green Salad and the Roasted Squash Consommé from the "Small Plates" menu as starters. The Consommé was quite interesting and delicious.
For dinner we ordered off the "Large Plates" menu. I had the Turkey & Dumplings while my partner had the Starbird Salmon. The Turkey & Dumplings was quite tasty but I felt that it was too many dumplings and not enough turkey. My partner seemed to enjoy her salmon entree but as always she had some leftovers to take home.
Jonah was quite friendly and personable. We were wondering why there was sooo much bumper-to-bumper traffic in Burlington this weekend and were informed that we happened to be in town for the busiest weekend of the year. There were several University functions going on as fell as peaking fall foliage, which brought a lot of people to town. Nice to know that traffic wasn't always so heavy in Burlington.
Overall it was an enjoyable dining experience and we would probably go back the next time we find ourselves in Burlington, if not for the food then definitely for the Aviary Cabernet. Can't seem to find that wine back in our home town area...
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