by Alice Levitt
237 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington 658-3668
I didn't think I'd have to do this, but apparently I do: There are people out there who still don't know about QTee's. Whenever I explain where 99 Asian Market is — right across the street from QTee's — it seems people don't know what I'm talking about. "Where Dairy Queen was," I clarify. Then they understand, but it hasn't been Dairy Queen for years. The inevitable next question: "Is it still good?"
As far as Burlington-area fast food goes, it's among the best. Each month I take a picture of QTee's rotating creemee-flavor schedule and follow it religiously. They always have chocolate and vanilla, but other flavors, from orange to Kahlua, appear in two-day spurts. I like to show up on mint and pistachio days. I've yet to make it over for blueberry, but it's on my calendar — literally.
First things first, though. Pre-creemee, I recommend stopping inside for something savory. I just discovered the Roadhouse burger: two patties with cheese, bacon, barbecue sauce and an onion ring. It sounds simple but it's sublime, with just the right mix of salt, sweetness and crunch.
Even though they call their Michigans "chili dogs," the sausages are worthy of entry into the pantheon. They take the word "chili" seriously, and include a healthy dose of chile powder. I like mine with a squirt of mustard to add some tangy zip to the earthy meat.
Fries are handcut with skin left on. They are paler than many Vermont fast food fries. Don't let that fool you, they are every bit as crisp, if not more so.
After you finish your dinner, I'll allow you to have some ice cream. Whatever the flavor, I recommend a kids'-size sundae, preferably served in a mini plastic baseball hat. At least that's how I roll.