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July 2, 2013

Alice Eats: Breakfast at Juniper

41 Cherry St., Burlington, 651-0080

Tomorrow morning (or today in the Bite Club newsletter), you'll be able to read my review of dinner at Juniper, the first restaurant to open at Burlington's brand-new, boutique-beautiful Hotel Vermont. To keep in step with the style of that piece, I offer you my first (and possibly last) roman photo blog post.

Think of it as a comic, but with photographs instead of drawings.

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Saturday breakfast was host to a far quieter group than the bar crowd at dinner, but I still saw enough delicious-looking dishes pass by to get jealous. (As you can see, my boyfriend, James, was especially restless.)

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He comforted himself with a cup of hot chocolate. Its latte-style art was pretty, but I wished it had tasted as chocolaty as it looked.

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Food started coming out quickly. A big plate of hot gougères combined smoky bacon with gooey cheese curds. It was fun to dip them in a selection of three jams. And they were so filling that we took half of them home for the next day's breakfast.

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Thick chunks of mushroom, shaved Tarentaise and a perfectly poached egg were laid across a plank of toasted Red Hen Baking Company Cyrus Pringle bread in a breakfast tartine worthy of a high-class dinner.

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But the best of breakfast was a thick puddle of creamy polenta covered with two fried eggs and a pile of pea shoots. It was a hearty breakfast, but I didn't feel weighed down.

The only problem was all the dishes left uneaten. I'll guess I'll just have to order the wild blueberry pancakes or eggs with grilled, whey-fed pork terrine next time.

Alice Eats is a weekly blog feature devoted to reviewing restaurants where diners can get a meal for two for less than $35. Got a restaurant you'd love to see featured? Send it to alice@sevendaysvt.com.

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