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November 02, 2010

Alice Eats: Rotisserie Restaurant

1355 Williston Road, South Burlington, 802-658-1838

Steak Usually I'm the one telling my co-workers about great restaurant deals. Not this time. I'm giving credit for this particular discovery to Robyn Birgisson, an account executive here at Seven Days.

A few months ago, I tried the Rotisserie for the first time. The place's forty-year history and old school Burlingtonian-clubhouse feel drew me in. The bacon-wrapped filet I tried was very satisfying, too. But when I told Robyn about my meal, she looked at me like I was an idiot. Then she explained the wonders of the Rotisserie steak sandwich. Eight ounces of prime rib or New York strip over bread, with gravy on the side, all for less than $14. Brilliant. Why drop more than $20 for a steak, when I could get almost the same amount of meat for so much less?

To get even better value, I eschewed notoriously blubbery prime rib in favor of the strip. I may not be paying what I would have in the 1970s, but I was presented with a lot of steak. A few veins of fat ran through the meat, but they were easy to trim, and likely only amounted to about an ounce.

I requested that my steak be cooked medium rare. Its uneven thickness resulted in parts that were medium and parts that were well-done. Some lubrication from the dark brown — but only slightly beefy-tasting — gravy helped. The meat still had a pleasant hint of iron, but I wanted to see red. The beef was very lightly seasoned, but really didn't need more punch — the garlic and butter-rubbed baguette on which it rested took care of that nicely. The rice pilaf on the side was pleasant, too.

Cordon bleu The one thing that I really missed was the presence of any vegetable matter. Luckily, the chicken Cordon Bleu, from the "entrée" section of the menu, took care of that. Along with a basket of home-baked but slightly dry rolls and Cabot butter, entrées come with a choice of soup or salad. The latter, a basic combination of greens, reds and oranges, was average, but did its nutritional job.

The Cordon Bleu was adorable. Perfectly round, it made me think of a snow ball. It was delicious too, with sweet 'n' salty ham and gooey cheese blanketed by moist chicken breast and a crisp crust. The icing on the meat cake was creamy and slightly herbaceous suprême sauce. I just wish there had been more, so I could have dipped every bite into the delightful pool. For that mighty meal — including some slightly woody asparagus spears I would rather not write home about — I paid just less than $15.

We finished with a brownie sundae — French vanilla ice cream perched atop a warm, pillowy pastry. It was $3.95 and far too big to finish.

Thanks to Robyn, I have a new place to warm up (and get stuffed) on a cold night, for a very reasonable price.




Good to hear your formal two cents! I know several of the RHPS cast (vegetarians excepted) were taken by the idea of Rotisserie takeout, following your lead.

Hi Meghan! Actually, I was getting my pre-show food at North End Rotisserie. Here's my formal word on that little gem:

As you can see, I now like it even better than I did then. And I think you're wrong. The vegetarians wanted that crispy chicken more than anyone.

My family patronized The Rotisserie several times before it burned down and always walked away stuffed and happy with our meal. We were thrilled the owners built it back and couldn't wait to eat there once again. Our bubble was abruptly burst after my plate of Fettuccine Alfred with Shrimp arrived with a thick, shiny, plastic-looking layer of what looked and tasted like canned cheese sauce laying upon the fettuccine. My daughter had the boneless chicken teriyaki which was over-cooked and dry. We won't be back.

What a disgusting place. I can't believe Alice and 7days support this place, which buys factory farmed nastiness from CAFO feedlots. Alice, you should read about CAFO's sometime:
It might open your eyes as to what you're eating. It's disgusting.
If you're reading this, eat local food and stay away from places like this.

I haven't tried rotisserie yet but since you're right, looks like its serving same amount of meat on a cheaper basis. Something to try and look forward to, thanks for sharing!:)

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