You might know we’re slightly obsessed with food here at Vermont.com (check out our Burlington Dining Guide for some proof), and we recognize that we probably say this during every season, but we’re going to go out on a limb, live in the moment and say; fall food is the best food. Nowhere is this more apparent than while partaking in a meal at Pauline’s Cafe. Chef and Owner Dave Hoene has cultivated a brilliant fall menu filled with locally sourced, delicious ingredients, that combine into a perfect exhibition of Fall cuisine in Vermont. We were able to stop in and taste several dishes that we just had to share. Enjoy!
1. Vermont Cheese Plate
Boucher Family Farm blue cheese, Jasper Hill Bayley Hazen, Cabbott cloth bound cheddar, Blythedale Farm brie, served with a fruit garnish. The berries in the garnish come Norris Berry Farm, who are somehow able to grow the most delicious fruits and veggies later than anyone else in the area. Trust us, the berries alone are a must have!
2. Beef Medallions
Tender beef medallions, sautéed with locally foraged hen of the wood mushrooms, atop buttery mashed potatoes, served with a side of chard and broccoli both from Lewis Creek Farm.
3. Waldorf Salad
While served in both fall and winter, we really feel like this Waldorf salad is especially delicious this time of year. Diced apples mixed with cabbage salad, celery (later in the season this switches to fennel) and cranberries, tossed with an amazing ginger aioli, and diced walnuts on top.
4. Shrimp Risotto
This delicious risotto is given a local twist with the use of Crawford Farmstead cheese. A local Vermont cows milk cheese Crawford Farmstead is used in substitute of the more traditional asiago or parmesan and absolutely perfect.
5. Seared Scallops
These seared scallops are served with the quintessential fall corn succotash. Made with corn beans and squash, they kick things up a notch by adding zucchini and yellow squash, green beans, roasted corn, and local cherry tomatoes. Everything is local, primarily coming from the magical Norris Berry Farm. If the picture looks good, you can just imagine how amazing it tastes!
Pauline’s Cafe is located at 1834 Shelburne Rd. in South Burlington, and is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30AM to 9:00PM, Friday and Saturday from 11:30AM to 9:30PM, and opening early on Sunday to serve an amazing brunch at 10:30AM and staying open until 9PM. To find out more about Pauline’s Cafe and other great Burlington restaurants, check out the Burlington Dining Guide. Cheers!