Before I decide whether I want to visit a restaurant with my family, I check on the menu. I decided to go to Bluebird Restaurant in Burlington, Vermont, because of their award-winning barbecue recipes and the sampler platter with all of their most famous meats and sides. We even got a breakdown of the ingredients and precedence of the. The experience It ended up being a huge success with my boys and husband.
BBQ is considered a Vermont specialty. I know that for most this is a Texas thing; however, I was able to learn that this is also a super popular activity in Vermont too.
They have a unique and super tasty way of preparing their barbecue. In Vermont it is mixed with maple syrup and other local ingredients that make it something you must try.
Why Bluebird Restaurant for BBQ?
Whenever I visit a new place I always try to visit restaurants where I can taste the best of the local and traditional dishes. After doing the research for restaurants in Vermont I decided to go with Bluebird Barbecue Restaurant in Burlington. Because of all the reviews it seemed like one of the the best for barbecues and family fun.
Location – This restaurant offers great views and open air dining. You will find it directly over the river.
Local Freshness – I loved that whenever I asked our waitress about a dish she would do her best effort to tell us all about the ingredients. I learned that most of them were right from Vermont’s farms. Lots of those farms were located only miles away from the restaurants and their products can be found in the local farmer’s market. I loved being able to have a creative master using local produce to prepare the most delicious traditional dishes.
Barbecue – This restaurant has won numerous awards for their BBQ specialties.
Another important factor when deciding which restaurants to visit is their menu. I like to see them and make sure that my boy will find something they like. Luckily as my oldest boy grows he is getting a lot easier to please but my five year old is still on that picky stage.
That’s why I really liked their platter called the Family Reunion (feeds up to four people).
I think that a sample platter with most of the dishes offered is a must in every restaurant. There are tons out there with appetizer samplers but this is the first time I found samplers for dinner.
You get a little bit of everything and everything was right!
This amazing dish is huge and after our experience, I came to the conclusion that it is not for four people. More people can eat from it and not be hungry. It includes all of their best meats and all their sides. The portions aren’t as big as if they were served separately but they were enough for everyone to get a taste of them.
Most of the meat they serve is cooked slowly for up to 15 hours, making it extra tender and juicy.
I measure how good the food is, depending on how fast my boys eat their portions. In this case, they devoured it.
My favorite part of the platter were the burnt ends. I have never had them before but I could eat hundreds.
We were so full by the time we finished it! But we still wanted to try their desserts. Especially after hearing out waitress tell us all about the fresh ingredients.
Vermont is the land of dairy and maple, so the logical choice for my boys was homemade ice cream. For me, it was the Berry Shortcake. Yum!
Information for Visiting Bluebird Vermont Restaurants
The Bluebird Vermont Brand has two locations:
– Bluebird Coffee Stop – A cafe style place where they serve breakfast, coffee and Vermont’s special creamies, which is soft ice cream.
– Bluebird Barbecue – This is the main restaurant
Every Sunday Night Kids Under 12 Eat Free with the purchase of an adult platter.
On Monday Nights get their delicious slow smoked meats and BBQ inspired sandwiches served up with a side for just $10, all night long.
Every Thursday at Bluebird Barbecue dig-in to a Southern favorite. Buttermilk brined, deep fried chicken.
Fly in early and dig in! Perfect bites for the after-work crowd or make it an early date-night. $10 Double Burger, Barbecue for Two $29.95
Address: 317 Riverside Ave, Burlington, VT 05401,[youtube url=”https://youtu.be/d8MXs6Y_k1U”]