Guild & Company

guild and companyI have been a big fan of what the Farmhouse Tap & Grill has done thus far in Burlington, VT. When I heard that they were bringing a classic steakhouse to the area, I was pumped. I felt like that was a missing piece in the #BTV food scene, and they seemed like the right group to go for it. Their farm-to-table approach, dedication to the finest local ingredients, and creativity was something I felt would work extremely well in this area.

Guild & Company opened up in the old Ground Round spot on Williston Road in South Burlington several months ago, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting my first full meal there. Previously my wife and I had visited the restaurant for cocktails and dessert. After that visit, I was sure we had to go back. The cocktail list was fantastic, and the chocolate cake we had was outstanding. We sat by the fireplace on a cold winter night, sunk deeply into the super comfy leather couch, doing some people watching. This seating area is divided from the main dining room by a wall of meat grinders, carefully crafted into a beautiful and unique wall by Conant Metal & Light. Genius folks off of Pine Street in Burlington, check them out.

Recently we found ourselves back at Guild by the fire again, but this time in what would have been the old sports bar side of the Ground Round. A beautiful light fixture above, this side of the restaurant is quiet and very romantic. It was Valentine’s Day, so that was a bonus. There was champagne, wine, and celebratory cocktails (get the Daywalker), but the real win was the food. Oh my god.

I started with Oysters on the half shell; Liz (my wife) had mussels. It is nice to have another local option for over the top seafood, both starters were delicious. I would go back for the oysters alone in a heartbeat. Then it was the main event, we had ordered the Bone-in Ribeye for two. 30 oz of medium-rare dry-aged glory. The chef wheeled a cart tableside and then began to carve the massive steak. He explained where the rarest would be, and offered the bone. The customer service throughout the night was exemplary. We really could not have asked for better.

Liz (my wife) and I have had many steaks, we lived in NYC and had some of the best but this one hit a new high.  I could not believe how flavorful it was, we got the two included accompaniments but hardly needed them, this steak stood up alone. The side of mashed potatoes, and broccoli au gratin were a huge bonus and complemented the dish well. The meat was melt in your mouth tender, I’ve never experienced a steak like that in my life.

Bottom line: I’m no foodie. I’m an everyman that loves a great meal, good drink, and good company. I know a good steak when I see one, and recognize quality customer service. Our night at the Guild & Company was a true joy.  You might have heard or read about the cost and been scared away, and I can sympathize. This is not Applebee’s, and likely not an every night restaurant unless you have deeper pockets than I. However, it was worth every penny and then some. I strongly recommend it. My wife and I are very much looking forward to going back and trying more of the menu soon.

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About Dan Barnes

Dan was born and raised in Vermont, and lives in Essex Junction with his wife Liz. He graduated from Champlain College with a BA in Business. Dan works in Digital Marketing, something he enjoys but his true passion is for food and drinks - specifically beer. He is a home-brewer and self professed beer geek. Website: | Twitter: @metallidan

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