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Take a Trip Around the World With 6 Restaurants in the Burlington Area

Photo courtesy of Red Panda

Welcome to the new world, where being home is the norm, and we find ourselves trying to find something new and exhilarating to do. Search no more!

Why not dabble in a different type of cuisine you've never had before? We've got you covered with a quick list of restaurants in Burlington serving foods from around the world, available for dine-in and/or takeout.


Kismayo Kitchen - 505 Riverside Avenue, Burlington, VT

With a plethora of options, Kismayo Kitchen brands itself by offering multicultural cuisine. From Somali rice to Philly steaks, the restaurant has both lunch and dinner available to its customers.

"Really tasty dishes here, handcrafted with lovely spices and perfectly cooked rice. Honestly, the rice is something special on its own," Joseph R. posted on a review on Google. "...As others have noted, the owner is the consummate gracious host, coming out from the kitchen to greet you and offer samples of his work. I'd definitely go back!"

The restaurant is open Tuesday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, 2:15 - 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. For more information, click here.


Istanbul Kebab House - 175 Church St, Burlington, VT

"We believe in serving truly authentic Turkish cuisine, using the most authentic ingredients available," owners Hasan, Vural, and Jackie Oktay say. "To accomplish this, we import the majority of our ingredients directly from Turkey and create all our dishes from scratch. Chef Veli Cetin, our head chef since 2013, has over 20 years of experience cooking professionally throughout Turkey. With his and our experience, we have brought you flavors that will whisk you away to a far off land."

Istanbul Kebab House is open for both dine-in and takeout daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and closed on Mondays. For more information, click here.


Pho Hong Restaurant - 325 N Winooski Ave, Burlington, VT

All about fresh, homemade, authentic Vietnamese food, Pho Hong has a robust menu of classic soups, noodle dishes, and stir fry.

"We live two hours from this restaurant and are already planning our next trip there!" Daniela S wrote on TripAdvisor. "We have eaten in many Asian restaurants in Vermont, around the US, in Europe and Asia, and Pho Hong now definitely ranks among our top favorites!"

Pho Hong is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and closed on Sundays and Mondays. For more information, click here.


El Gato Cantina - 169 Church Street, Burlington, VT

El Gato Cantina is an authentic Mexican restaurant with two locations in Burlington and Essex Junction, Vermont. Offering traditional Mexican food in a casual dining atmosphere, both restaurants are open at 11 a.m., 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.

These Mexican dishes and appetizers are made from traditional Mexican family recipes. The staff at El Gato Cantina prides itself in making quality food Cantina-style as you’d find on the streets of Mexico. The restaurant also offers a fully stocked bar with its own house-infused tequila, including jalapeno tequila, orange tequila, and Tricky Kitty, inspired by the season.

Gluten-free, vegan dishes, and a full kids menu are available to accommodate the whole family's needs. For more information, click here.


Red Panda - 161 Church St, Burlington, VT

The owners of Red Panda have family origins in the Himalayan region of Nepal, where they have lived and worked as Sherpas for many generations.

"Food is more than just nutrition to the Sherpa people. It is a way of life," the website says. "The spices originating from this area of the world have many benefits to circulation and heart health among many other things. These spices are helpful for living in high altitudes and they are what allow the Sherpa people to exist and thrive in such conditions. It was our dream to open a restaurant and share this experience with new people."

That dream has been realized with the opening of Red Panda, operated by the family and their closes friends. Red Panda specializes in preparing and serving authentic Nepali, Indian and Indo-Chinese cuisine. The highly trained chefs at Red Panda pride themselves on creating a unique culinary experience combining traditional and Asian fusion dishes.

The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, click here.


Little Morocco - 294 N Winooski Ave, Burlington, VT

Traditional and authentic Moroccan taste with an array of flavors, the chefs at Little Morocco prepares dishes with a signature exotic Moroccan spice blend using fresh, locally sourced organic ingredients. The food is made with love, utilizing recipes handed down from older generation to new generation, which follow the principles of eco-gastronomy. Vegan options are available, as well.

"Morocco’s geographical position and close historical relationship with other ancient populations have made Moroccan cuisine a unique melting pot of many cultures and traditions," the website says. "The historical influences, the ambition of the courts in the imperial cities and also the natural resources have allowed Moroccan cuisine to become a delightful culinary experience."

The origins of the famous Moroccan cuisine, the website continues, can be linked to the country’s long line of culinary style, which draws from the indigenous people of Morocco, “The Berbers.” Moroccan food has also been shaped and impacted by dynasties that came after, including: the Almoravides, the Almohades, the Merinides, the Saadians, and the Alaouites.

The restaurant is open daily from 4 to 9 p.m. For more information, click here.
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