With the goal of delivering a truly “Vermont” experience by highlighting the area’s most exciting foods, Hen of the Wood delivers one of the most exquisite dining experiences that you can find in Burlington. Impeccable plates, stellar service, and a uniquely styled dining room all make this a destination restaurant. It’s worth the trip to Burlington all on its own!
As you walk in you can immediately smell the wood fired grill. Animal heads are interspersed between gorgeous wood accents and light fixtures all leading to the open kitchen, where you can watch your food being prepared at the open spit, the roaring grill, or the staging area. A walk down the hallway allows you to have a look into the curing room for the meats.
You’ll find that nearly everything at Hen of the Wood is made in house, right down to the vinegar. Meals are prepared only with the freshest ingredients available from the the Green Mountains and Champlain Valley, and the menu changes daily to reflect this.
While menu items do change daily, you’ll find amazing and daring creations like rabbit livers with pickled chanterbell mushrooms; delightfully light fried sticks of polenta and potato with aioli; smoked dish pate with house made crackers; chicken roulades with a blueberry reduction, fried green tomatoes, and creamed corn; fantastically decadent chocolate budino with a peppermint granita and cookie crumble.
Food is not the only amazing thing they craft at Hen of the Wood. They also create masterful cocktails, making many ingredients in house. House cocktails are daring, innovative (not to mention potent!) and well executed. Try some of their barrel aged Toronto! It’s unbelievably good. They also have a fairly extensive list of local craft beers on tap.
Staff are attentive, but not annoyingly so, and are well trained. Each one is knowledgeable about the menu, the ingredients, and the preparation and time that goes into the food. They welcome questions and are more than happy to make suggestions.
Hen of the Wood is an absolute must visit while in Burlington. Reservations are strongly recommended, as space tends to fill up quickly. However, the restaurant is casual, lacks any pretension, and manages to deliver an exquisitely executed dining experience down to the very last detail.