mentioned that: "Burlington has become a suburban mecca for restaurants, and plenty of new spots have opened during the last few years, with more to come in the near future. Though you'll find plenty of chain restaurants there, you'll also find a number of independents as well,.." Another one of those independent spots I heartily recommend is CHOPPS American Bar and Grill, located in the Burlington Marriott.
Chopps has been open for less than two years, having replaced Summer Winter and an Irish bar. It is a medium-sized restaurant, with a function room and large bar/lounge. The bar/lounge is very comfortable, a great place to hang out with friends, and there is entertainment from Tuesday through Saturday nights. The dining area has three separate rooms, as well as a special Chef's Table area overlooking the open kitchen.
Boston Harbor Hotel and Meritage Restaurant, brings his expertise to Chopps as its Consulting Chef. Chopps also recently brought on a new Executive Chef, Jeff Williams, who brings seventeen years of culinary experience, having worked in restaurants on Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and San Diego. With this new Chef has come a new Fall menu to the restaurant.
I was recently invited as a media guest to check out the new Fall menu. I have previously attended a few other media events at Chopps, as well as having dined there on my own at least a half-dozen times, for both lunch and dinner. During all those visits, Chopps has remained consistently good, providing quality food that would please any palate. Hotel restaurants sometimes get a bad rap, but Chopps is one of the stand-outs and worthy of your patronage. It is a welcome addition to the Burlington area and is a restaurant you should explore.
Some of the prices are comparable with other high-end steakhouses, but it should be noted that Chopps is using high quality ingredients too. For example, their "Beef is Antibiotic and Hormone-Free, Fed a Vegetarian Diet, Raised Humanely on Sustainable Farms" and the name of the specific farm is mentioned on the menu. Other prices are very reasonable, such as their pizzas, sandwiches, salads and more. Their Dinner Burger is $18 but it also uses Dry Aged Beef and at Lunch, they have a regular Bacon Cheddar Burger that is only $13. With most restaurants, you get what you pay for, and the quality and taste of the food at Chopps makes their pricing fair.
Don't let the fact that Chopps is inside a hotel keep you from enjoying its culinary delights. Make a trip to Burlington and check out their offering from a thick steak to silky tuna, from a dry-aged burger to a meat-covered pizza. Chopps is one of my favorite restaurants in Burlington and hope that you enjoy a great meal there too.