Saturday, October 1, 2011

Best Vegetarian-Friendly Cafe in Burlington: Zabby and the Elf's Stone Soup

After getting dropped off in Burlington by the Megabus at the University of Vermont, my plan was to walk to The Skinny Pancake for coffee and breakfast. While I would eventually make it to The Skinny Pancake, I was so hungry after the bus ride that the twenty-five minute walk to TSP seemed really hard to bear. I had to stop and check out some of the interesting places I was passing, and thus I accidentally walked into Zabby and Elf's Stone Soup, where I figured I could just get a cup of coffee and little sumthin' sumthin'.

Papa New Guinea Coffee

I know it might seem silly to take a picture of coffee, but it was really good. It tasted like the coffee notes that beer with coffee notes are supposed to taste like.

Then the pastry case looked so good:

A small sample of the pastry case

You should've seen the beautiful, freshly baked challah The shiny, beautiful, soft loaves evoked maternal instincts of love and protectiveness in me.

I ended up getting two treats instead of one, but I did successfully force myself not to eat all of them in that sitting since I was still on my way to breakfast or lunch or whatever it had become.


Vegan Ginger Pumpkin Muffin - $2.25

I like that they make their muffins with large muffin tops and small bottom sections, which is why this looks like a scone here. It was a little dry but not bad for a vegan muffin.  I could've used a bit more pumpkin, but it was nice, and yay for candied ginger.

Vegan Grape Thumb Print - $2

Mmmm! Grape! Brown sugar crumbliness but dense and so good!

The very nice man who served me (Zabby? Elf? He kinda looked like an elf actually) told me, "Come here for lunch some time and see what we really do."

He says their hot buffet is ever changing and awesome. I looked at the set up for lunch, which they'd be rolling out in the next hour or so, and, reading the labels, I could see that they serve fun, interesting, healthful food buffet-style. They have a lot of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free stuff. They also have a regular menu of some prepared sandwiches and salads.

If you follow them on Twitter, you can see what they have for the day before showing up.  It takes them three tweets per lunch, but check out today's options:

Lunch Special: Stone Soup BLT with smoked paprika roasted onion aioli
Soup Specials: Broccoli Cheddar, Elf's Vegan Chili, Cuban Black Bean, and White Bean & Chicken Chili
Buffet Menu: Curried Coconut Quinoa, Spinach Mushroom Wild Rice Casserole, Tofu Vindaloo, Pisole Stew, Spiced Kolrabi, Wings!

That all sounds good, huh? What a delightful place to have in your city, Burlingtonians!

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