Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Burlington has a New Ethic

I'm seeing a lot of people finding this blog by searching for New Ethic. Unfortunately New Ethic has closed. There was definitely a lot of interest in the place by the veg and nonveg community so we hope to see another restaurant give it a go. May I suggest the old Smoke Jack's location on Church and Main? It won't be cheap rent but you are definitely right in the thick of it. 5/9/09
I know you will all think I'm a great big fibber but you have to believe me. Burlington Vermont has an all vegan cafe. Let me just say that again,

BURLINGTON VERMONT HAS AN ALL VEGAN CAFE!!!

Sorry for the yelling I just wanted to make sure those of you at the back could hear the news.

New Ethic Cafe, located at 260 North St (right on the corner of North St and S Winooski Ave) in the old north end of Burlington. They are all shiny and new so let me show you around. Ok, it's a cafe so it's not all that big but you can have a look anyway.
Look, door to door service. How nice am I?As we step in you'll notice another person taking pictures. He works here though. I managed to walk in opening day so they were documenting their shiny new cafe just as I was.So you've got your tables, big window, bar seating. Also that cozy nook with the cool artwork about the couch. And I really like the post/pillar (I don't know what the techinical difference is). It's all asymmetrical cool and who doesn't love bamboo? The big glowing orbs you see floating around are those big paper lantern lights, my camera just doesn't pick up the detail of their brightness (I know you were hoping they were aliens but they were just lights, trust me, I talked to them).

So by now you're saying "yeah this is all well and good but how's the food?" I'm getting to that Mrs & Miss' ImpatientPants, geez.

I've been there twice now and will keep going back. Not only to support the business but to try everything on the menu. How can you make a recomendation of a place without trying lots of their stuff? Most places you can't try everything because it's not all vegan, but here, it is so I will. So there.

The first meal I shared with my veggie pal Megan. We split two sammies down the middle in the middle of our hard work day. What you can't see is that this plate is on a cardboard box. It was the perfect time out.
First up, the Plantain Burger with lettuce tomato onion and the New Ethic special sauce. Now I'm new to plantains so I went straight for this, and it sounded cool. So it was cool. It contained two small plantain patties and they special sauce was finger lickin' good.
And next up we have the BLT (hickory smoked coconut bacon, lettuce, tomato, and house mayo). I had to order this the first time out. Coconut bacon? No way! Yes way. This is the shiz. I like how little or lot you can have of this bacon, it's not crumbles like bacon bits so it has a better mouth feel. The flavor is all there.

The second time around I went for Sunday lunch with the husband guy. He ordered
The sweet chili burger. A house made burger with onions and sweet chili sauce. He added a bit of bacon cause it's hard to resist. As you can see this came with a small side salad and dill pickle (I love dill pickles and stole this right off his plate). The take out order I placed the first time around did not include the salad so that might be an eat in perk. I got a bite of this and it was awesome. If you have ever made veggie burgers you know they can often come out a bit too soft. This had an awesome texture. I highly recommend it.
I went for the nachos. This are pretty self explanatory. You can barely see in the picture but there is a little sprinkle of nutritional yeast on top. I loved this cause I have a thing for nooch. Cheese, black beans, salsa, corn, avocado. Yup, these were great, I loved every bite.

So check out the menu for yourself. It has a good offering of various foods covering things between bread, comfort foods, healthy smoothies. I'll report back on more delicious eats as I try them but . . .

if you're in the area. eat there
if youre coming to the area. eat there.
If you're thinking about coming to the area. Do it and then eat there.

Don't think you can find it? That is soooo not an excuse, let me know, I'll get you there.

25 comments:

Vegan_Noodle said...

An all vegan cafe? I'm so jealous!! And the food looks delicious as well... especially that BLT....

...barbara... said...

this post make me want to move to vermont and live in this cafe....
coconut bacon.....
there are no words to decribe my excitement...

aTxVegn said...

Oh, it's just beautiful and the food looks wonderful! We have one all vegan place but not with food like that.

Liz said...

Okay, coconut bacon sounds so unbelievably good. I must figure out how to do this at home.

seitanismymotor said...

One more reason to visit New England one day!

Virginia said...

u are so lucky! my neck of the woods offers NOTHING for vegans...and really nothing for even vegetarians at all in general. can i come live with you???

Carrie said...

Awesome - lucky you! Everything looks so scrumptious...you'll have such a great time trying everything on the menu. :)

shellyfish said...

I would be yelling if my town got a vegan café for sure! How exciting for you!

vegannifer said...

That is a beautiful little cafe and their food is anything but standard vegan fare - it's quite creative!

Thanks for the virtual tour of this restaurant!

Kati said...

Well, it looks like I may just have to plan a trip to Burlington and then eat there. Why doesn't Vermont have more all vegan restaurants? I mean, come on, it's Vermont. Not only does the food look great, but the interior looks very cool as well. I even checked out the menu, and I have to tell you, I'm a sucker for a vegan Cobb salad. I'm so there!

Kati said...

Oh man, I totally misread the name of the cafe! Whoops. All this time I was thinking "yeah it looks great, but the name is weird." New Ethic is much better...

Kati said...

...than "New Ethnic."

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

Thank you so much for this review! We're definitely making a trip there during our stay in Vermont.

I'm glad you yelled about it!

Sanja said...

Lucky you, I wish there was an all vegan cafe over here!

allularpunk said...

their menu looks AWESOME! i would be so excited if an all vegan cafe opened in my town!

Happy Herbivore! said...

I love Burlington VT. I went last fall and it was hard to leave.

Green Eyes, Green Heart said...

Wow--all that food looks great! And the cafe is so pretty! Lucky girl, you!

quarrygirl said...

holy crapppppppppp! plantain burger? are you serious? i am so there.

Bex said...

alright, a meet up, New Ethic Cafe :D

Amanda Trombley said...

Yum..I'm checking this out next time I am in Burlington! Can you recommend any good vegan/vegetarian restaurants in Southern VT?

alaina said...

that looks so good. argh i'm jealous!

Michelle said...

It's bugging me that I can't picture where this place is! I lived on So. Union near Main. I remember So. Winooski was one block south of me (right?) Ok, so if I were to walk from my old apt. toward the Old North End on Winooski, would I hit this or Radio Bean first? Or is it by that Indian restaurant? Granted, it's been a long time since I've been there, but still, I want to picture it! Needless to say, should I find myself visiting Burlington, I will check it out!

Your post on Stone Soup made me so nostalgic! I used to eat there all the time!

Bex said...

Michelle - Ok, say you are downtown walking toward the old north end on S Winooski, you pass the old line of Vermont Sandwich Co, Radio Bean, Shalamar of India, on the corner of S Winooski & Pearl St. If you keep walking on S Winooski, go 2 blocks I think and you hit North St.
(Union St does run parallel to Winooski, Winooski is the one closer to the waterfront and Union is on the UVM side)

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

Bex, we went there when we were in VT and they had read your blog! They talked about someone in there taking pictures and then found you through a search. I said, "I know her!"

I still have to do a post on the place. The people were incredibly nice and after seeing your post again, I wish I had tried the notchos, too!

Lindsay I-F said...

tonight will be my third trip in ohhhhh 6 days to New Ethic, ridiculous I know but I have to go get some crafty things for this weekend at michael's and well it's an excuse to go there. now what to have tonight is the dilemma will i go for the yummy soul food plate or choose to try something new