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156 Church St. (Main St.) Send to Phone
Pairing local cheeses with a variety of regional game and greens, Smokejacks also serves the best burger in Burlington.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Smokejacks Restaurant Review

: Perched on a lower corner of Burlington's tourist promenade, Smokejacks eschews the gaudy flags and sandwich boards that mar other downtown eateries. Instead, owner Leslie Myers and chef Frank Pace rely on the strength of their seasonal menus to attract passersby. Inside, guests will find a schizophrenic, metro-deco bistro, where artisanal cheeses and cupcakes share the same menu. Along with monthly wine tastings, the egalitarian drink menu offers passion fruit cosmos, house-brewed root beer, and an unusual Tamarind cooler. Locavores will celebrate regional game and greens, like Wolfe’s Neck steak, and Ledge End venison dressed with Vermont winter squash. But Smokejacks’ secret is considerably less regal. Tucked inconspicuously among descriptions of seared yellowfin and smoked duck is undoubtedly the city's finest burger: half a pound of LaPlatte Angus beef, dusted with ground pepper and caramelized onions, on soft focaccia. Between bites, there's the savory joy of bacon roasted potatoes, dressed in spicy cayenne ketchup. Of course, for this kind of money, you could buy Whoppers for all your friends---but your mouth would never forgive you.


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