Wednesday, June 1, 2011

5/27/11-Leunig's Bistro, Burlington, VT

Made it to Burlington, VT for the night--cute town!

We had reservations for a nice dinner date at this cute, upscale bistro and what's the first thing that happens? Soon after we sat, Tom reached for the wine list and knocked his water glass all over the table and his pants! Can't take us anywhere :)  Luckily for us, our waitress was very nice and helpful and got us a dry tablecloth and new utensils.

After all that, she brought us bread with a small log of butter from a local farm--nice touch! We started with the calamari fritti--lightly fried with a nice spice to it. We then asked our waitress for a few recommendations on our entrees and she led us in the right direction! Tom had the Beef Bourguignon-Beef Tips Braised in Red Wine, with Smoked Bacon, Pearl Onions, Carrots, Celery & Button Mushrooms, Garlic
Mashed Potatoes & Haricots Verts--served as a one-pot meal, the beef was a bit on the dry side, but the overall flavors of the dish were very nice. For myself, the waitress suggested the Filet Mignon--Grilled Beef Tenderloin, “VT Loaded” Red Bliss Mashed Potatoes with Peppered Bacon, Cabot Cheddar, Crème Fraîche & Scallions Served with Asparagus & Creamy Mushroom Ragout--the filet was cooked to medium and was tender (but I've had better). The VT loaded mashed potatoes were my favorite part of the dish--strong cheddar flavor, with bacon and scallions mixed in, they were beyond delicious. My dish did not come with asparagus as was noted in the description (maybe they were out??); instead it came with baby spinach leaves, which were nice. No room for dessert for us tonight! In all, we had a nice date night dinner and I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a place to take their special someone; however, if and when we return to Burlington, we'll be exploring the other places and cuisines this town has to offer!

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