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Pauline's Café: Braise with High Praise

By Courtney Clark

Burlington is home to the locally-celebrated Pauline's Café. In business for more than twenty years, Pauline's invites guests to enjoy a relaxing atmosphere with high-quality food. Many of the meals use locally-sourced ingredients to remain fresh and delicious, providing an enjoyable and satisfying experience with every visit.

Pauline's has been around since the eighties, but it hasn't remained there. In 1984, the downstairs dining area became a café, and a porch was added in 1996. Robert Fuller owned the restaurant until 2007, when David Hoene took over. Hoene is an active presence as the Executive Chef, as well.

Hoene strives to provide high-quality entrees. To do this, he says, he likes to "use a variety of local foods and wild harvested products in season." Everything except some breads and desserts is prepared in-house. As many meats as possible are purchased from local farms, such as the veal that is purchased in whole animal form. According to the website, Hoene "embraces the philosophy of using local and regional products" with the belief that this creates dishes that are of better quality.

Diners can enjoy the fresh ingredients in entrees such as the Pear and Gorgonzola Salad. This salad is made with roasted pear, mixed greens, spiced walnuts, and cranberries, and is topped with a balsamic and honey glaze. Another popular menu item is the Wasabi & Potato Crusted Salmon: the Scottish, farm-raised salmon is served with wasabi aioli and a grated potato topping. A lemon herb sauce and vegetables join for a delicious pairing. Of course, each entrée can be complemented with one of the many wines available, a draught beer, or a cocktail from the full bar.

Guests can rest assured that their experience will be a combination of delicious food and a relaxing atmosphere. The bar is intimate with cherry wood, offering an array of beverages on the first floor and with matching cherry paneling and oak tables. The first floor is more casual with booth seating and a porch. When the patio is open, guests have a view of annual and perennial flower gardens, trees, and shrubs. The appealing garden also includes fresh herbs and edible flowers that are grown outside of the kitchen door.

Upstairs offers a more formal experience. Diners will be greeted with "warm wainscoting, Mediterranean hues of gold, green, sienna, and mauve, and an eclectic artwork selection." Jazz and classical music creates a calm environment while meals are enjoyed over candle-lit tables.

Regardless of a guest's preferences, there is an entrée and setting for everyone. Diners are in good hands with Hoene, who can prepare delicious meals "from simple Braises to Elegant Wine Course Dinners." For brunch, lunch, dinner, or dessert, Pauline's Café is always an excellent and satisfying choice.

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Courtney Clark graduated from Flagler College with a BA in English and Creative...

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