With Lake Champlain stretching before the city and the Adirondacks rising behind it, it’s hard to find a bad view in Burlington. Vermonters and tourists alike are constantly on the move between downtown’s bustling Church Street, the lake-shore, and the mountains. The majority of Burlington brunches feature Vermont and New England vegetables and meats. We check out the ten best places to enjoy brunch in Burlington.
After opening in 2006, Magnolia Bistro became the first Green Certified restaurant in Vermont. The restaurant is committed to purchasing non- GMO grains, composting organic materials and limiting energy use. Magnolia has many partnerships with farms throughout the state of Vermont, who supply their ingredients and offer the restaurant the chance to really get involved with the origins of food production. The chefs and floor staff at Magnolia are accommodating to those who desire vegan or gluten-free options, making sure that every diner leaves satisfied. Select from a lengthy brunch menu that includes fluffy lemon-ricotta pancakes, tofu scrambles and eggs benedict.
Located near the shore of Lake Champlain and walking distance from Burlington’s downtown and Church Street, the Skinny Pancake is a delightful place for a late morning feast. Skinny Pancake is owned by Jonny and Benjy Adler, two brothers whose first version of the restaurant was a traveling vending cart. In 2007, the cart was cast aside and the Burlington premise was established. The restaurant welcomes musicians to perform in the space on a regular basis and is actively involved in the Burlington community. The Skinny Pancake is best known for its sweet and savory crepes, drawing in visitors from across the region. Select from a long list including the ‘localvore’s dream’: locally-sourced chicken, cranberry-apple chutney, blue cheese and arugula on a whole-wheat crepe.
Whilst perhaps best-known for their inventive flatbread pizzas prepared in their wood-fired earthen oven, American Flatbread also offer unique brunch options over the course of the weekend. Their brunch-style flatbreads include an eggs benedict pizza with tomatoes, capicola, eggs, and rich hollandaise or, if looking for something a little lighter, try an egg white frittata with basil puree, greens, artichoke, roasted red pepper and chevre. American Flatbread is located in downtown Burlington and in addition to their two brunch pies, they offer a wide selection of salads, savory flatbreads, and delicious desserts all carefully crafted using local ingredients.
Located on cobblestoned Church Street, Leunig’s prides itself on its delicious, authentic French bistro fare. The restaurant offers a slightly more elegant brunch than many of its farm-to-table counterparts in Burlington, describing itself as offering the ‘panache of Paris and the value of Vermont’. Brunch is served on the weekends and includes gluten-free options to cater for all tastes and requirements. Try the steak and eggs – featuring a marinated grilled steak with a port wine demi-glace – or the typically Montreal chicken-fried-steak poutine, finishing with decadent pumpkin French toast.
It is not an understatement to say that Sneakers is famous for its brunch. Having been owned by several individuals over the years, the current chef, Marc Dysinger, and his wife Jean are the recent pair tackling the venue with energy and vision. As the restaurant website declares, ‘Marc is a kitchen whiz who has been known to bake twenty-minute brownies in fifteen minutes flat and once defended a small African village from flesh eating ants with nothing more than a spatula and tongs’. While decidedly delicious, be prepared for a long wait as this Vermont institution is a popular haunt. Enjoy a coffee or bespoke cocktail whilst waiting at the restaurant bar, the Monkey House. After dining at Sneakers, the memory of Kahlua-battered French toast will leave you dreaming of eggy coconut until the next time you visit.
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