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Side Dishes: New food truck in Brattleboro; Skinny Pancake opening airport caf├ęs

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Brattleboro seems to have a flourishing food-truck scene, and now its lucky residents can add curried goat and sorrel tea to the list of exotic lunch offerings at their disposal.

A few weeks ago, Steve’s Jamaican Food began dishing up jerk chicken, “brown stew pork” and other specialties on Brattleboro’s Putney Road, all of it cooked by Jamaican-born chef Steve Nichols, according to his wife and co-owner, Barbara Nichols.

“We sell the curried goat every day and often sell out,” Barbara Nichols says. (This writer can attest that it’s delicious.) Steve Nichols makes the sweet-tart, ruby-red sorrel tea by boiling the flowers and putting in “a hint of ginger,” says his wife.

The truck can be found Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. outside the America’s Best Inn at 959 Putney Road.

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Local crêperie the Skinny Pancake will expand to the Burlington International Airport by this winter, according to airport representatives and SP co-owner Benjy Adler. The eateries, to open in mid-December, will include a Chubby Muffin kiosk across from the check-in counters and full-service Skinny Pancake cafés in both concourses, says Ryan Betcher, who handles marketing, leases and contracts for the airport.

The contract for BTV’s current concessions operator, One Flight Up, expired earlier this year, and the airport put out a request for bids for the winter of 2012. The Skinny Pancake landed the contract because “of the amount of infrastructure they’ll be putting in,” Betcher says, as well as SP’s focus on local foods.

According to Adler, the airport locations will offer snacks and sandwiches in addition to (of course) crêpes, coffee drinks, local wine, beer and spirits.

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