Shelburne Road's got plenty of fast-food options. But the new Lake-View Restaurant in South Burlington calls for a serious slow-down. David Hugo, chef-owner of the acclaimed Starry Night Café in Ferrisburgh, has taken over as the restaurant's manager. The updated menu stays true to his love of local products and cooking craftmanship. Asked which items are made from scratch, Hugo boasts, "We make everything, even the crackers for the soup."
But don't expect a dining destination like Starry Night. Hugo wants the Lake-View to be more of a drive-by place. In keeping with the casual vibe, the new Lake-View allows you to build your own meal, by choosing from five types of fish, seven sauces and 11 side dishes. The final product might be rainbow trout with tartar sauce, steak fries and cole slaw, or Hawaiian yellow tail tuna with mango salsa, sautéed garlic spinach and basmati rice pilaf. Carnivores can do the same with steaks, ribs and chops.
Not the DIY type? House "specialties" and "favorites" include "East Coast" cioppino, pan-roasted chicken "Carbonaro" and the ultimate in New England fare: a thick pork chop with maple baked beans and house-made brown bread. Even with local ingredients, the prices are comparable to more conventional restaurants. Only a few entrées exceed $20. "All steaks can surf," the menu notes in Hugo's style. "Add a Maine lobster tail for $9.50."