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.