Saturday, November 8, 2014
The dining scene in Burlington is heating up. Suddenly, there seems to be a plethora of dining spots and over the past few months we've been invited to sample several spots for memorable meals. We began the tour at Burtons Grill, which has been there for years but we had never been.
Firstly, all of the food at Burtons is made from scratch following the new wave where even chain restaurants don't relay on entrees prepared way ahead of time. Everything we tried from appetizers to desserts was very fresh, starting with the Beet Salad pictured above. A constructed salad, this was beautiful on the plate and certainly creditable. Goat Cheese, Roasted Sweet Onions and Candied Walnuts provided nice layers of both texture and flavor.
The Risotto Fritters were just as good: Mild Italian Sausage and Provolone Cheese was deep fried to a golden crisp and served with a fairly spicy tomato sauce.
The Pork Loin was served with a colorful, flavorful Cranberry Chutney and Cider Mustard Jus. I love pork tenderloin and this was, again, very well done, served with a nice stuffing.
The Scallops we sampled were served over a bed of fresh corn and Baked Stuffed Zucchini were sliced paper thin and stuffed with an herbed cheese (neither pictured). Again, fresh, flavorful and very fresh.
All of the desserts are also made in house and this Key Lime Pie was exceptional. Let's face it, most places do not go to the lengths of making desserts like this every day. The difference is easy to discern once you've had the good stuff.
The clean, modern design is about what one would expect for suburban dining, the place was absolutely packed with a lively bar scene and the service was very good. It's clear that Burtons is maintaining their high standards in order to keep up with the growing competition.
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