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Revolution Kitchen 

AS REVIEWED BY: VANESSA ANDERSON

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My vegetarian journey (I swear this isn’t gonna be insufferable just stay with me here)

started in the second grade. My older cousin from across the pond who I idolized had struck meat from her diet so I decided it was my civic duty to do so as well. It all made perfect sense in my seven year old head: animals were cute, I liked animals, I personally wouldn’t be super happy if somebody started to eat me, I’m sure animals would feel the same way, and also Niamh was doing it so it HAD to be cool, the logic was all there. My wonderful mother, who expected this phase to be over in a matter of hours or at worst a matter of days was somewhat shocked as I kept it up through third grade, and into fourth. But I mean how could she be surprised? This was coming from a kid whose first words consisted of tofu-kan and avocado. After that, I returned to my carnivorous ways and I’ve been back and forth ever since.

 
 
Kale Salad 

Kale Salad 

But my heart will always belong to the vegetables.

And for good reason, they’re so versatile, so bountiful, and they can taste as fresh and clean or as slutty (think buff chick cauliflower, or brussels in a miso maple glaze (more on this later)) as you want them to. And that my friends is why Revolution Kitchen is one of my personal favorites. Located on Center Street aka DANGEROUSLY close to the Ate02 clubhouse, Revolution Kitchen serves up exclusively vegetarian fare. The restaurant seats approximately 40 and is dimly lit by candles with exposed brick and rotating art. The vibe is that of a family friend who has invited you over for dinner after a long trip abroad, and you two have a lot to catch up on. This is because Revolution Kitchen offers up dishes from across the globe, that are consistently delicious; it’s a rare find to eat at a restaurant where you can munch on some of the best tacos in town OR some of the best pad thai depending on how you’re feeling. It walks the line between adventurous and intimidating with poise and grace.

The drinks are great. You can never go wrong with local beer and wine, or seasonal cocktails for that matter. However at our last visit we did not appreciate our server informing our good friend who had just studied in Italy for four months that the Pinot Noir that she ordered was in fact, a red. Thanks buddy, but also no thanks. The atmosphere of the restaurant is also conducive to libations, Revolution Kitchen is perfect for a dinner with friends, a meal with family, and in our personal opinion is one of the best places in Burlington to take your sweetheart out on a date.

If the food at Rev Kitch was a season it would autumn, if it was a bouquet of flowers it would have deep colored roses and late summer blooms, if it was a class at UVM it would be Anthropology 101, if it was a living room it would have a crackling fire, if it was a character on Game of Thrones it would be a faceless man.

THE Burger 

THE Burger 

You get the gist. The menu has breadth beyond your wildest dreams, and if it seems a little overwhelming at first, that’s ok! You honestly can’t go wrong. We’re here to break it down for you based on our last feast, so here we go.

Ate02’s Order

Apps:

Brussel Sprouts with a Maple Miso Glaze

Kale Salad

Vietnamese Salad Rolls

Nachos

Goat Cheese Stuffed Wontons

Mains:

Pad Thai

Diablo Tacos

Kimchi Noodle Pot Special

Revolution Tacos

THE Burger

 

 

FAN FAVORITES

Brussel Sprouts:

John Legend wrote All of Me about these Brussel Sprouts you can quote us on that 

John Legend wrote All of Me about these Brussel Sprouts you can quote us on that 

THE BRUSSELS PEOPLE, in the name of all that is holy get the brussels. Roasted until buttery and tender with a maple miso glaze that you’ll want to submerge yourself in. Not to mention the subtle use of maple as a nod to Vermont. We’re not saying that not appreciating maple is a character flaw, but we’re also not, not saying it.

 

Vietnamese Salad Rolls:

Fresh and light, the perfect appetizer. Lemongrass tofu with rice noodles, herbs, mango, and carrots seems like a pretty standard list of ingredients for a roll, but the marinade for the tofu is snappy and a little sweet making it stand out from the crowd. The rich, creamy peanut sauce for dipping definitely helps too. The humble peanut is one of our favorite ingredients, so hats off to Revolution Kitchen for making it shine like the star it truly is.

 

REV TACOS! 

REV TACOS! 

Kimchi Noodle Pot:

This was a special but we think that it deserves some recognition for a couple reasons. First off, it had the perfect amount of spice where your mouth is left all nice n tingly but you can still taste exactly what you’re eating. There’s nothing worse than having your tastebuds annihilated by some hellish sauce, rendering your food completely inedible. The spice is there, and the vegetables didn’t disappoint either; potatoes, carrots, green beans, broccoli, and peppers all made an appearance and we sure are glad they did. In addition, the tofu was as silky as can be, JUST the way we like it, and kimchi!? One of our very favorite ingredients? *S L O W  C L A P*

FAN FAVORITES 

The Revolution Tacos:

The tortillas, corn. The filling, sweet potato and oyster mushroom. The guac, could be more but we’re freaky like that. The flavors in the Revolution Tacos work wonders together, the filling is a perfect veggie taco option due to the texture and consistency, the pico adds brightness, the guac gives us a creaminess, and in our opinion a taco always needs a crunch. In this case pickled cabbage, god fricken bless.

 

Somebody call 911 shawty fiya burning on the dance floor.....but in like...a good way 

Somebody call 911 shawty fiya burning on the dance floor.....but in like...a good way 

 
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All in all Revolution Kitchen is a solid choice, from the food to the atmosphere to this sign we found in the bathroom, it is a paradise for veggies and the non-veggies alike. Two large plant-based thumbs up from us, and we're sure you'll give it the same review.