I was invited to check out Burtons Grill, a chain restaurant with ten locations on the east coast, five of which are in Massachusetts. I'd never heard of it so was curious to try. I noticed they offer a vegetarian menu, so I was especially interested! When I hear "grill" I think of a heavy menu featuring meats and seafood, along with the usual fattening sides. I wouldn't expect a meat-focused restaurant to offer tasty or innovative vegetarian dishes.
I chose the Burlington location just outside Burlington Mall. The inside decor was modern and pretty, and friendly staff greeted us. We arrived off-hours around 3:00 pm so service was quick. I ordered the Roasted Beet Salad and Wild Grain & Vegetable Bowl. Hubby ordered the Fish Tacos and my son chose his usual chicken fingers and French fries from Burtons "Choosy" kids menu, which is based on the MyPlate healthy eating guidelines. For kids 12 and under, for $7.95 they can choose a protein (five options including a vegetarian black bean patty) and up to four sides. You can view the side options below.
To be honest, with the commercial strip location, mostly American-inspired entrees, and decor that reminded me of a typical family restaurant (but nicer looking), I wasn't expecting anything special. So yes I was very surprised how delicious my two entrees tasted. All of the ingredients were very fresh. In my salad, the beets were perfectly cooked and the crispy candied walnuts, roasted onions and salty creamy goat cheese created over-the-top flavors. It was so SO good that I didn't want the bites to end.
My rice vegetable bowl didn't look as exciting and the portion appeared very small. Hubby thought it was an appetizer! But again, the flavor was completely gratifying from the first bite. The quinoa and rice were cooked perfectly (not soggy as is often the case with quinoa and not hard as brown rice can be), tasting like they were prepared in a light broth. I would have loved more vegetables as I saw only about two each of broccoli florets, cauliflower, button mushrooms, zucchini, carrot and red onion but the portion was suprisingly filling and just the right amount for me. It tasted light but every ingredient was seasoned just right. The chive olive oil vinaigrette added even more great flavor without overpowering.
There were no complaints from hubby about his fish tacos. He just wished there were more! My son's lunch came with four good-sized chicken fingers, fries, a small bowl of plain pasta (he added butter), diced cucumbers and a bowl of frozen yogurt...a good deal for the price. He finished mostly everything.
Overall the food and experience was excellent. If there were a location closer to me, I'd be ordering the beet salad and grain dish regularly as take-out! Because they offered such tasty vegetarian items, I'm curious to try the rest of the vegetarian menu soon. An important detail to add is that we'd questioned our waitress on providing a dairy-free meal for hubby. They were accomodating and made sure the bread and his fish tacos were devoid of cheese and butter. I'd read great reviews of Burtons Grill on Yelp with several reviewers noting their attentiveness to various food allergies. Check out family-friendly Burtons Grill if you can. You will not be disappointed!
Disclosure: I received a gift card from Burtons Grill to help facilitate this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my honest evaluation of the menu items.