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A Road Well-traveled

Honey Road, to be exact. And it should be!  This gem of restaurant opened their doors in early July of 2017 and took the Burlington food scene by storm.  Using local ingredients, celebrated in exotic, Middle Eastern dishes, Honey Road provides a refreshing take on what it means to eat local.

The brainchild of two restaurant masters, Honey Road has replaced Church and Main, the restaurant aptly named for its location.  Throughout the summer of 2017, creators Allison Gibson, known locally for her work at Hen of the Wood, Doc Ponds, and Shelburne Farms, and Cara Chigazola-Tobin, former chef of Oleana, a James-Beard awarded restaurant in nearby Mass, hosted pop-up dinners along Church Street.  The food speaks for itself, so promoting simply meant getting folks to taste their creations.

My boss took a supervisor and I, all carnivores, to dinner with customers visiting from India, all vegetarians.  Our very friendly and patient server, or should I say, translator, helped us navigate a menu filled with unique and foreign ingredients and flavors.  You get the impression that the staff is not only trained to, but enjoys, helping guests decide what to pick.  The menu begins with dips and things to spread them on, followed by share-plates listed roughly in size order.  This sort of intimate sharing was a great way to bring five essential strangers closer together at the dinner table with arms reaching, silverware crossing, and elbow rubbing.

Everything that hit our table was delicious.  From the Baba Ganoush and Hummus to start, to the octopus, brussels sprouts, kale salad, and grape leaves, the only thing we did wrong was over-order.  I’m pretty sure we weren’t too far off from ordering one of everything on the menu.

Sadly, the biggest plate was served last, when we were too full to even look at food.  We literally had them wrap up an entire duck dinner.  I was so loaded with leftovers, I walked out of that place looking like I went grocery shopping.  I got over any embarrassment of over-ordering when my husband and I had duck the next night for dinner.  The only shame was my work-friends were not there to enjoy it with us!

With plenty of options for both vegetarians and carnivores, dining here is sure to leave everyone satisfied.  Bring your appetite, and bring your friends, or people you wish were your friends, or strangers…with a focus on small, shareable plates, the larger your group, the more things you can order!

Anyone else traveled to Honey Road?

Posted: 1-21-2018

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The brainchild of two restaurant masters, Honey Road has replaced Church and Main, the restaurant aptly named for its location.  Throughout the summer of 2017, creators Allison Gibson, known locally for her work at Hen of the Wood, Doc Ponds, and Shelburne Farms, and Cara Chigazola-Tobin, former chef of Oleana, a James-Beard awarded restaurant in nearby Mass, hosted pop-up dinners along Church Street.  The food speaks for itself, so promoting simply meant getting folks to taste their creations.



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With plenty of options for both vegetarians and carnivores, dining here is sure to leave everyone satisfied.  Bring your appetite, and bring your friends, or people you wish were your friends, or strangers...with a focus on small, shareable plates, the larger your group, the more things you can order!

Anyone else traveled to Honey Road?"
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The brainchild of two restaurant masters, Honey Road has replaced Church and Main, the restaurant aptly named for its location.  Throughout the summer of 2017, creators Allison Gibson, known locally for her work at Hen of the Wood, Doc Ponds, and Shelburne Farms, and Cara Chigazola-Tobin, former chef of Oleana, a James-Beard awarded restaurant in nearby Mass, hosted pop-up dinners along Church Street.  The food speaks for itself, so promoting simply meant getting folks to taste their creations.



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With plenty of options for both vegetarians and carnivores, dining here is sure to leave everyone satisfied.  Bring your appetite, and bring your friends, or people you wish were your friends, or strangers...with a focus on small, shareable plates, the larger your group, the more things you can order!

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The brainchild of two restaurant masters, Honey Road has replaced Church and Main, the restaurant aptly named for its location.  Throughout the summer of 2017, creators Allison Gibson, known locally for her work at Hen of the Wood, Doc Ponds, and Shelburne Farms, and Cara Chigazola-Tobin, former chef of Oleana, a James-Beard awarded restaurant in nearby Mass, hosted pop-up dinners along Church Street.  The food speaks for itself, so promoting simply meant getting folks to taste their creations.



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Everything that hit our table was delicious.  From the Baba Ganoush and Hummus to start, to the octopus, brussels sprouts, kale salad, and grape leaves, the only thing we did wrong was over-order.  I'm pretty sure we weren't too far off from ordering one of everything on the menu.



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With plenty of options for both vegetarians and carnivores, dining here is sure to leave everyone satisfied.  Bring your appetite, and bring your friends, or people you wish were your friends, or strangers...with a focus on small, shareable plates, the larger your group, the more things you can order!

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4 responses to “A Road Well-traveled”

  1. Kellie Kutkey says:

    Ok. I’m sold. Next time we’re coming to see you, we’ll eat at this place!
    Love you!

  2. I had such a good time last evening as we shared the many delicious choices offered on Honey Road’s menu -of course we both had to go there, again, this time together….in fact, any excuse is a good excuse to go to Honey Road…and then go, again…as soon as you think of another good excuse! You’ve captured the energy and beauty of the atmosphere so well in your post, Corrie!

    • Corrie Austin says:

      Agreed! So glad to share the experience with you, thank you.
      I also can’t wait for friends and family to come visit so we can take them, too 🙂

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