On our way back to New Hampshire from Montreal, we stopped by Burlington, VT for lunch. Burlington, known as the birthplace of Ben & Jerry's, prides itself in being one of the most sustainable cities in the U.S. The downtown area was misty and sleepy when we arrived, with hardly a person in sight.
Apparently everyone was at Penny Cluse Café waiting in line for brunch. When we heard that the wait would be over an hour, we turned tail and ran...all the way to American Flatbread:
The restaurant had just opened when we got there, so we were quickly escorted to a table:
From where we were seated, we had a perfect view of the pizza oven and the pizza making assembly line. A meal and a show.
The brunch menu is only offered on weekends. Since we happened to be there on a Sunday, we figured we should take advantage and order a small eggs benedict pizza ($13.75). Oh, wait, I apologize. A small eggs benedict flatbread. My bad:
(Let's be real. It's a pizza.) The eggs benedict flatbread included prosciutto, eggs, roma tomatoes, and hollandaise sauce.
We also ordered a large flatbread, half pepperoni and peppers and half new Vermont sausage:
The pepperoni and peppers side is pretty self-explanatory, right? The new Vermont sausage was made with maple-fennel sausage, mushroom, caramelized onions, and sundried tomatoes. All were delicious, but my favorite was the sausage.
Halfway through the meal, we saw a handwritten sign on the wall for $5 Sunday buns with beer glaze. Of course we had to drop everything and flag down the nearest server to make it happen:
Best thing we had that day.
But the most memorable find was actually not edible at all. Nope. The most memorable find at American Flatbread was the most awful, most useless toilet paper I've ever had the misfortune of using. It was so thin I had to quintuple layer the toilet paper for it to be even remotely usable. There was a stack of new rolls and I grabbed one in frustrated anger to try to figure out what was wrong with the damn stuff.
Get this. Apparently the toilet paper is made using wind power. WIND. POWER.
Okay, that's fine. I get that it's admirable to be more environmentally friendly. Sustainable living is the goal, blah blah blah. Great. But how is making 0.1 ply toilet paper helping the environment when you end up having to use a yard of the stuff per trip to the restroom? It doesn't MAKE ANY SENSE.
Love your pizza, er, flatbread, American Flatbread. But pleasePLEASEplease for the love of bottoms all across the world, switch out your toilet paper.
115 St Paul St
Burlington, VT 05401