We stopped by Martini's after getting rained out of a planned Burlington Bees game. Fortunately, by the time we arrived at the restaurant and were seated, the rain had cleared and the clouds were starting to part, leaving us with a beautiful view of Burlington, and the bridges, hills and church spires that make up its skyline. Although we were disappointed in not making the game, the tasty food and the scenery quickly changed our mood.
Martini's is located four blocks up from the Mississippi, but it's on the top floor of what appears to be one of the tallest buildings in town, so it has a clear view in pretty much any direction. The restaurant appears to be entirely glass-walled, and is cleverly laid out with the bar in the middle so all the prime window space is lined with dining tables. The lighting is kept low, with deep, dark furnishings to lend an upscale atmosphere that paired well with our late evening view.
We'd eaten a late lunch, so opted for drinks and a few items from the small plates section of the menu, which looked the most interesting to us anyway. First we split a pair of fish tacos, with delectably crunchy strips of fried fish wrapped in soft flour tortillas. These were tasty, and drizzled with a flavorful ancho pepper sauce for an enjoyable munch. We followed this with a BBQ chicken pizza which was good but didn't quite match the tacos. The pizza was topped with chicken, pineapple, red onion, and serrano peppers, which provided a much more potent zip than anticipated or wanted. A slightly less heavy hand with the peppers would have made for an interesting pizza; as prepared it was just too spicy and we had to pull many of them off. The pizza also needed just a bit more crispness to the crust to truly excel. Close, but not quite there.
A place called Martini's naturally specializes in this drink, with a full page of unique and colorful options. Unfortunately I can't comment on how good these are, as I selected a dirty martini (vodka and olive juice), a drink I should just accept by now that I don't like. I'm sure the one made by the folks at Martini's was a great example of one, but it's simply not my drink. In a return visit, I'd probably get one of the more "fru-fru" martinis and enjoy it much more.
In the end, the food was good but had a couple very minor missteps. The full-scale entrees also sounded very interesting, but we didn't have enough of an appetite on this trip. We definitely enjoyed the scenic views from our table, and spent much of our visit admiring the vista. As the clouds lifted and the sun slowly sank on the horizon, we gazed out the windows and were glad we'd made this the last destination on our trip. Absolutely worth a visit.
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