A new restaurant is making a big impression in Burlington, Vermont. The Great Northern is the inspiration of husband and wife team, Frank Pace and Marnie Long, and business partners from the nearby Zero Gravity Craft Brewery. The décor certainly evokes the name with soaring ceilings, plenty of wood, and a stone fireplace. Pace, the restaurant’s chef, carries the “Northern” theme into the dinner menu with some dishes hinting of Scandinavia (as in salmon tartare). Others, however, show Asian notes like the Scallop and Uni from the raw bar or grilled octopus. Much of the menu pays homage to good old Vermont (and New England) dishes with a modern twist. For example, Vermont Quail with cabbage slaw, honey and peanut vinaigrette or Roasted Chicken with local squash, roasted tomatoes, baby fennel, foraged mushrooms, and mustard jus. Vegetarian and vegan dishes are also available.
The restored 19th century bar, carted to Vermont from Seattle, is the backdrop to an excellent drink menu including many local draft beers, interesting cocktails (some featuring Vermont spirits), and domestic and imported wines.
The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday for breakfast through dinner and offers brunch on Sunday.
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The Great Northern