SEVEN DAYS ☆ December 27, 2016
By HANNAH PALMER EGAN Twitter: @FINDTHATHANNAH
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- Stowe's PK Coffee on the Mountain Road
- Morrisville's Niche at Rogue Artisans Café
- Waterbury's Park Row Café rechristened as Buddy's Famous Burgers
- Elmore-based Black Diamond Barbecue & Catering has opened in a Morrisville storefront
- Stowe's Sun & Ski Inn and Suites opened Stowe Bowl
- the posh new Field Guide hotel opened Picnic Social with casual snacks and lawn games
Looking back on 2016 conjures visions of fake news, resurgent white nationalists, Russian hackers and — love him or hate him — president-elect Donald Trump. All of which is to say, this year has given many Americans reasons aplenty to eat (or drink) their feelings.
Here in Vermont, this dramatic and unusual turn around the sun brought a few tasty reasons to celebrate. We could start with the continued proliferation of good coffee: Single-source artisan roasts appeared in new cafés such as Burlington's Onyx Tonics Specialty Coffee, Essex Junction's Nomad Coffee, Stowe's PK Coffee and Montpelier's Tremolo Coffee.
Meanwhile, upscale chefs continued to play with high-end/lowbrow cookery. While I don't love that concept, Burlington's Monarch & the Milkweed, Morrisville's Niche at Rogue Artisans Café, Jamaica's Honeypie and Waitsfield's Canteen Creemee Company all proved that it can be great when executed with precision.
Other restaurants expanded on their strengths, spinning off new enterprises around single items. In Shelburne, Archie's Grill moved across Shelburne Road — then, this summer, took advantage of the empty adjacent space and started serving its housemade ice cream at the Scoop to great fanfare. In Washington County, the guys from Barre's Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen jockeyed their popular burger menu into a patty joint in Northfield and put a food truck on the road.
In Waterbury, Park Row Café reworked its entire concept around the success of its burger and smoothie menus; in early summer, the casual café rechristened itself Buddy's Famous Burgers.
What did we love, hate and wish we'd never have to see again? Read on for the Seven Days spin on the good, the bad and the ugly of eating in Vermont, circa 2016.
Let's start with a little ambivalence, shall we? ☆ Click here to read the rest of the story.