Editor’s note: In the Summer 2014 issue we introduced a new department, Food & Drink. Here’s a sample of some of the stories included in that section.
Renaissance is served
In Winooski, nouveau food and nightlife spark a revival
Swing by Misery Loves Co. in downtown Winooski, and you’re likely to run into any number of in-the-know foodies, perhaps grabbing an expertly crafted espresso and an ethereal lemon curd donut. Later in the day, a similar crowd gathers across the traffic circle in the Scandinavian-style space at Mule Bar to savor hard-to-find Flemish sour ales paired with excellent bar food, like juicy burgers and crisp fries. And these are just two emerging players on the buzzing Winooski food and drink scene. “Over the last couple of years,” says chef-turned- butcher Frank Pace,“it’s just blown up.”
With its striking historic mill buildings and dramatic falls, Burlington’s gritty neighbor was long known for such solid destinations as Tiny Thai, Sneakers Bistro and music venue Monkey House. But after years of noisy and construction-tangled redevelopment, momentum seems finally to be rippling out from the central rotary to support more restaurants, an elegant wine bar (oak45), a warm, Wi-Fi- and espresso- fueled café (The Block Gallery and Coffeehouse), and multiple places to enjoy a well-made cocktail or an aromatic bowl of Vietnamese pho. There are even plans to reopen the long-empty restaurant in the Champlain Mill, home to technology company MyWebGrocer.
On warm summer days around the rotary, sidewalk tables bloom with umbrellas and the Sunday morning farmers market offers a bounty of fresh vegetables, meats, baked goods and ethnic foods made by the community’s diverse residents. A little further from the city’s heart,