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Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread

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Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American FlatbreadZero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

115 Saint Paul St
Burlington, Vermont, 05401-8411
United States

(802) 861-2999 | map

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Reviews: 102 | Ratings: 213
Photo of MsRif
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I really enjoyed my visit to American Flatbread. Excellent atmosphere at the time...not too crowded, but then, we went early (right after opening time) and I know due to the popularity of this place that it does get VERY crowded which is something to keep in mind. Service was great...helpful and prompt. Selection is good, but not GREAT. Drafts were enjoyable and the food was out of this world delicious. Full points on food. Prices were reasonable all around. I am really looking forward to going back in April, and if you are a craft beer lover, this place is not to be missed.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Really enjoyed stopping in here on a quiet fall sunday afternoon for a few rounds. An excellent beer and food menu which I was only able to merely graze on my short visit. I was here during the lull between lunch and dinner so the kitchen was closed and I ate at the Vermont Pub and Brewery instead. I've heard great things about the flatbread pizzas though!

As I said it was very quiet with maybe 10 other folks in the place having a round. The bartender was an extremely soft-spoken young man who made no chit chat and just went about his business but certainly not in an unfriendly way. He seemed unusually shy for a bartender though!

It's a lovely room to be in and a nice bar to sit at. I had the milk stout on cask which was excellent and a seasonal made with butternut squash (!) called appropriately enough "Sasquash." Both beers were very nicely done. I think they were 4 bucks each too, IIRC. Nice price.

I will definitely return when I'm in the area again. A classy place with beer of obvious quality. A number of bottles from other brewers were on offer and carefully chosen.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Housed in two different store fronts just off of the main Church Street Market, the interior is fairly unassuming with the brick walls, wood bar and tables with minimal decor on the walls. The brick oven and prep kitchen are exposed in the main dinning room, while the front (right hand side) room houses a decently sized bar with some long tables in the rear and small tables in the front with a decent sized standing table towards the bar, filled mostly with those waiting for tables. Crowd is lively during dinner in both the bar and restaurant.

The brews are ample and cover many styles for a brewpub, none were overly ambitious with many being lower in gravity than the style dictates, but not quite "Zero". A few guest selections from local brewers keep the mix interesting.

The star is the food. Despite the small menu, they have some of the most delicious flatbreads around. Definitely go for the minimalist options, as they really allow the locally sourced and high end ingredients to shine. We sampled three varieties of flatbreads during our visit. Service was quite impersonal but adequate.

Overall, come for the food and you won't be disappointed. Throw in the beer and you have a fantastic destination.

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Photo of mltobin
4.05/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Although I have been to Burlington a half dozen times and hit up most of the spots...American Flatbread did not happen until this past weekend.
The atmosphere on Sunday at lunch time was alive and happening. To get a table, you had to wait a bit, but I snuck right into an open seat at the bar. Some of them were regulars and very friendly. The house beers were pretty good and they had a nice selection of guest beers too, including a lot of VT selections. For food, I decided to go for the namesake, flatbread pizza, which was very nice, I went for the sausage. Prices are a little inflated compared to other casual establishments in VT, but was worth checking out.

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Photo of plaid75
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Located right in the center of town, across from city hall and down the street from the Vermont Pub and Brewery.

Upon entering the building, the bar and a nicely sized bar sitting/dining area was to the right. The bar was approximately 20 feet long and accommodated a dozen or so patron. There was medium sized dining area at the left of the space that sported high ceilings, exposed brick and a beautiful wood fired open pizza oven.

The beer selection included about a dozen house beers, a half dozen local guest beers and two cask lines. The house beers were tasty and am told drawn directly from individual serving tanks in the basement. That must be some operation down there.

The bathrooms are in the rear and adjacent to the visible kettle and mash tun. There is an outdoor seating area in the adjacent alley.

The only problem here is that no food is served between 2:30 and 5:00 PM.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Have been down to American Flatbread in Burlington a number of times, and haven't been disappointed yet.

Atmosphere is warm and inviting with a great bar area to your right as you walk in, and a large open room to the left that serves as the main dining area. A big brick pizza oven dominates the main dining area, and warms the place nicely in the colder months. Outdoor seating in the alleyway is available too. This place is VERY family friendly, with a lot of kids around whenever I've been here. It's also very popular, especially weekend evenings, so be prepared to wait 30-60min for a table (no reservations). However, grabbing some pints at the bar will no doubt pass the time.

Service has always been exceptional with kind and courteous staff. What I love about this place is that they have a separate group of waiters who's primary job is to refill water glasses. I really wish more beer-centric eateries would do this, especially when there are extensive and quality beer menus offered, such is the case here.

Flatbreads Zero Gravity line-up dominates the taps, 3-4 other taps are devoted to area breweries or "neighbours" (ie. Trapp, Wolaver's, Allagash, etc), and always 1-2 cask options. Everytime I'm here I usually always stick to the Zero Gravity offerings as it is really good stuff (Especially fond of the TLA IPA, Black Cat Porter, and Solstice Gruit). Another plus is the fact that Zero Gravity offerings are usually lower in price than other breweries offered on-tap. Also have a decent number of bottles offered, but nothing out of the ordinary. Cask options have all been outstanding except for one of two I've had recently (one tasted completely of vinegar, reminding me of wine that isn't ready yet).

Food is very good with simple menus offering a number of outstanding salads and flatbreads to choose from. They also offer one daily salad and two daily flatbread specials that are usually better than anything offered on the menu, so be sure to take a look at those. This place uses really great and fairly creative ingredient combinations in both their salads and flatbreads. Personal favourites are the Evolution salad, Salsa flatbread, and Vermont Sausage flatbread.

Prices are very fair, both for beer and food, and are well worth what you pay for. However, I've noticed the specials are usually a bit more than the regular menu items.

Definitely would recommend a stop in here if you're looking for great food and great beer in Burlington. Afterwards, head just down the street to the Farmhouse for more drinks and great desserts.

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Photo of koopa
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

One of my favorite spots in Burlington. I'd give the quality a 4.3 if I could so I'm rounding up a bit. Pizza is very good, craft beer is very good, service isn't very engaging and doesn't seem too beer knowledgeable but gets the job done. Prices are very reasonable ($3.50 a pint. $2.00 a half pint) and the samples are awesome if you know to ask for them. I can usually manage to strike up a decent conversation at the bar and also really like the outdoor area. A must visit when in the area for sure. Right down the way from Vermont Pub and Brewery and only a couple of blocks from Three Needs so why not hit all three up when stumbling around Burlington?

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.88/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The construction outside (as of July 2011) didn't mar the cozy atmosphere inside American Flatbread. Had a nice view of the oven from where we sat.

Beer selection was amazing. Lots of their own brews on draft as well as a few other local selections, and an absurdly large selection of bottled beer. And mead. Wish I'd gotten around to the mead. haven't had it in a long time.

You can get half-draughts, which is nice if you're aiming to try a lot of different stuff.

Food menu is a little light though. I'm glad it was as good as it was because the use of the word "flatbread" as opposed to "pizza" made me worried that the place was going to be a bit pretentious. As is, you have to specifically order cheese and sauce on your "flatbread." And there isn't much on the menu for those not interested in pizza.

Still, the food was good and our sausage and mushroom pie was fresh and flavorful. Wasn't as expensive as I'd expected. Only about $30 for one pizza and several drinks.

More of a hangout place than a restaurant. Bring a few friends.

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Photo of berley31
4.44/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in for a quick couple of pints on a mini-Burlington pub crawl. It's a pizza restaurant, that's for sure, but a very nice one. Cozy, warm setting. We sat at the bar, which was also great.

They had something like 10 of their beers on tap, and 8 or so guest taps... great selection, real quality beers. I tried two of their beers, the Boognish Brown and Lunatique, both of which were very tasty. We didn't try the food, but the pizzas looked and smelled amazing.

Our server was extremely friendly... engaged us in conversation, was happy to talk about beers and other bars in the area, and even looked up the phone number of the Warren store for us to try to land some Lawson's beers... unfortunately, we never got the chance.

Great spot; I'd definitely go back, and would love to try the pizza.

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Photo of BrittEBurke
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

While up in Burlington for Mardi Gras, we hit up American Flatbread after hearing glowing recommendations while next door at the Vermont Brew Pub. We were not disappointed.

The overall atmosphere was great and I really liked the lighting. We sat at the bar next to a selection of books on craft beer and brewing. The books were a nice touch while we waited.

I had the Lunatique (a saison) and my girlfriend had the Local Potion. Both were excellent, but my favorite of the two was the Local Potion. The maple flavor of the beer was present without being overpowering or making the beer feel too dessertish.

We split the cheese and herb flatbread for dinner. As the name would suggest, the blend of cheese and herbs was delicious! A nod to good customer service- they accidentally dropped two small pieces of the flatbread while bringing it to us, so they gave us that and then made us another one despite our saying that it was unnecessary.

Overall, delicious and unique beers and good, local food. Highly recommend checking this place out!

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Photo of sholland119
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here for dinner after a long hike from Burlington out to Hill Farmstead and back. Yeesh, do Vermont drivers ever drive slowly...

Anyway, we took a cab into town and arrived here just before the mad dinner rush. Warm and welcoming inside (though somebody should invest in some matting in the entrance area; the one lone mat was not nearly up to the task on a wet evening with snow on the ground), we were seated at a table in the smaller right hand side of the dining room. Service was quick and friendly; we had a badly needed beer in our hands in less than five minutes. The selection of Zero Gravity beers was very nice. The TLA IPA was my highlight.

Food was good. The flatbreads were more pizzas in my mind. Like Mellow Mushroom locations we have been to, the crust is too bready and thick for my liking, despite being cooked in a wood fired oven. Toppings were fresh, plentiful and tasty.

I would certainly go back, though next time I would choose to eat at the Farm House.


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Photo of BeerMaverick
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This place was fantastic overall. I went at 3 pm and no one was there, but found out that they don't start serving food until 5 pm, so my girlfriend and I went to the VT pub and brewery across the street for appetizers. Went back at 5 and it was very crowded, but we were able to get a table within 15 minutes.

The Beer - Very good selection of Zero Gravity brews and other micros. I had the TLA IPA on cask and it was pretty good...more on the sweet citrusy side for an IPA and looked similar to a Belgian in appearance. I also had the Narconaut Black IPA which was very good...pretty much what you would expect for this style of beer. Slightly smokey, but the hops were definitely there.

The Food - We had the Revolution Flatbread Pizza...absolutely wonderful if you like mushrooms. The make and cook the pizza in their stone fireplace right in front of you and it's fabulous...a must if you're in the area.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I was up in Burlington for a few days and went here for lunch. The place was moderately crowded, but we did not wait to be seated. They had plenty of choices for draft beers and I had the TLA IPA.

My girlfriend and I split the New Vermont Sausage pizza and it was really good. Thin crust and the flavors were really nice. The size was more than enough for the two of us.

Price was what we expected, and overall we had a great lunch. Would definitely go back, though have heard that the wait can be very long at times.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by here after hitting up a few local breweries around 9 or so. Very open and interesting setup with a long bar, a fireplace, long shareable tables, and a good amount of stand friendly area. It also had a fairly large dining room. I really like the atmosphere.

The beers were to style, yet very interesting, served in correct glassware. The service was good, not great.

The selection was quite good. I didn't have very high expectations of the place after some research, but I am very glad I came. We had a sour, a gruit, a sour dubbel, among others. I do not remember seeing a stout, though, which was disappointing on a cold, snowy night.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.18/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

An amazing restaurant in Burlington, VT. This place is ALWAYS busy. Book at least an hour in advance if you're planning on a table. And if you see a bar seat, grab it while you can. [Beer selection is beyond reproach; brews from all over the world, and a good draught selection. Everything from Allagash to Zatec, and not a Budweiser or Coors to offend the eye. ]

*Edit: from my most recent visit (2012), it seems that they no longer tap anything other than house beers (Zero Grav), which I really don't mind. I guess they've upped their production enough to be self-sustaining, though I must say, I miss the selection they once had. Now, I don't want to brag and say something like "my palate has gotten more sophisticated," but the quality of the beer here really seems to have dropped lately. I really did enjoy these beers a lot more when I first starting coming here. I don't know if they changed brewers or what, but the beers have all become sort of...mediocre at best. Also available: local meads and ciders.

Aside from salads, and a soup and dessert du jour, the only food available is homemade flatbread...and it's really really good. (Also makes a good snack for me for the long drive home to PA.) Good semi-rustic/semi-contemporary atmosphere with good and friendly service (considering how busy it is). Prices are decent, and the option to get half pours gives you the opportunity to sample many different brews. Always worth a stop while in town!

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Photo of birdyone
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I lived in VT for 4 years, and always heard about it but didn't make it there until last May. It was worth it. They specialize in beer and pizza. . . genius. Thin crust pizza was very good. Had that artisanal pizza flavor. Nice place to visit, in downtown Burlington. Parking could be a hassle (by VT standards, people from NYC will only complain about the cold). The beer was pretty good, I had their Bock. Not the best beer you can have, even for Burlington (which has several other brewpubs), but I finished it and had another. And it was only lunch time. If you're in Burlington, it's worth the trip. Pricey for a pizza, but not for a brewpub.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located a block down from the main drag of Church Street. Nice downtown location. Parking is street or parking garage.

Interior is nice and inviting. The stone hearths are nice center pieces of the the rooms.

The flatbread is good but not great. Not very flavorful but maybe designed to complement the beer. The salads are great!

Beers are varied and nicely served.

Staff is knowledgeable but not necessarily the most friendly.

Nice price wise. Beers are not expensive at all. I would go here again but maybe at a time with less kids.

At first I was surprised this was as highly rated as it was. It didn't stand out like others. Then I realized I hardly that it was a pretty good place at an outstanding price.

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Photo of dsartwell72
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I went to this place with a group of friends to get some pizza and beer. There was a bit of a wait, but not bad for a Saturday night. When you walk in there is a large bar area, with all there current taps on a chalkboard.

When we got to our seats I was amazed to see a huge brick oven right in the middle of the room. A woman was cooking pizza's right in front of us, and the kitchen was right next to her. Its always comforting to be able to see the kitchen where you are eating.

I ordered the TLA IPA and was very impressed with the quality of this beer. I also had tastes of there Ripley Tripel, another quality brew. There beer list was very extensive, with about 10 of there house brews on tap, another 7 or 8 local breweries on tap, 2 cask ales, and a pretty decent list of bottled beers.

Although they don't have very much on the menu; other than pizza and salads, the quality of what they do have is very good. The pizza was some of the best I've had in a long time, and there goat cheese on the salad was to die for.

Definitely would recommend this place to anyone who enjoys a great craft brew.

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Photo of Pittsburgh
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great atmosphere, selection, and food here. Always seem to have something different on tap, many flatbread pizzas to choose from, I like the brick oven hearth in the dining room, makes it very cozy.

Bar area is decent size, plenty of room to stand. Could use some more room/tables, there will most likely be a wait, esp. during peak hours.

Beer selection was very solid, Rock Art, Allagash, and their own brews were up for the night, and many others I forget.

My only real complaint was they were understaffed for lunch, only one waitress working and it was still fairly crowded, but otherwise a great dining/drinking experience.

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Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Been here 2 times over the past 2 years. Its a must visit location if you find yourself in the Northern Vermont, Burlington area. 2 levels with the bar to the right as you enter on the upper level, which includes several tables. Lower level/main dining area to the left, with many more tables and the pizza oven/hearth. Well chosen and ever changing beer list, including their own creations and multiple high quality guest brews. Artisinal and local ingrediants in their truly yummy, craft, thin crust, hearth oven cooked pizzas. Casual and comfortable athmosphere. Friendly and professional staff. Interesting and eclectic crowd. Put it all together and...I love this place....

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Photo of vtjim
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Best beer selection in Burlington, if not Vermont. Regretfully, you'll need to drink all that beer to help tune out the screaming babies and chaotic din during peak hours.

If you only want to drink beer, you'd best show up when they unlock the doors, very late at night, or mid-afternoons on weekends when they're not serving food. Other times, they won't let you sit at tables unless you're eating

The bar area is woefully inadequate, size-wise, to deal with the beer selection. Persons seated at the bar can look forward to being jostled and disturbed by patrons stacked 4 to 5 deep trying to get bar service. The atmosphere on their special event nights is unpleasant, to say the least. If you can't secure a seat at the bar, you'll stand around tightly-packed with Burlington's bourgeoisie.

The staff are largely knowledgeable and provide good service.

Again, if you want a table, you have to eat. The food is good, if a bit over-priced. Waits during peak times are excessive. This is a popular place.

In short, a must-visit for the beer tourist, but the quiet drinking hours there are rare, so time your visit accordingly.

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Photo of papat444
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Came here yesterday for lunch after checking out of the Hampton Inn.

Walking in, we're greeted by a large coat rack on the left and a long bar on the right wall. A couple of booths face the window and as we walk in the reception area, i notice a fireplace with some chairs and a large table on the opposite side. We go to the restaurant side of the place. I'm struck by the open concept of the place and the high ceilings. Mostly red brick walls. The place feels warm, cozy and inviting. In the main seating area where we were seated, we have an open view to the making and baking of the pizzas. My wife brought our daughter to look at the huge furnace where they cook the pizza. Also, as i walked to the washroom (the stall had a saloon-style door which was cool), you get a glimpse of their brewing room which was nice.

The beer list is pretty impressive. They have approx. 11 taps plus a few casks devoted to the Zero Gravity beer, 6 taps of U.S. micros and 1 tap of St-Feuillien Noel. Very long list of bottles (in alphabetical order, nice!) which includes pretty much all that you can find at the Beverage Warehouse. Prices ranged from inexpensive to reasonable. The beer list on their website is up to date because it's exactly what we found at the pub. I had a glass of their Belgian single on cask which was alright and my wife had a half-glass of Greg, a scottish-style ale which was really good.

The pizza was pretty good. We had the Medicine Wheel, a cheese and herb pizza that was pretty good. I found the prices very reasonable considering the quality of the ingredients that they use.

Overall, a very positive experience and one that i will be repeating whenever we come to Burlington. Definitely my new favorite place to eat.

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Photo of skivtjerry
4/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We have visited Flatbread on quite a few occasions and have always gotten just a bit less than we expected. They do have the most impressive beer list you'll find in the area. The bottle list and some guest taps are fairly pricey. The well made house brews, on the other hand, are a bargain. Some of the maltier styles seem a little thin bodied, but overall the Zero Gravity stuff is good.

Service is the area most needing help. In all our visits, the dining room staff have *never* gotten our order 100% right (though corrections are fast and cheerful). Last night, they 'lost' our reservation and we might have never eaten if we had not asked them what was going on. To be fair, part of the crowding and confusion is due to the building layout, which they inherited. In contrast to the dining area, the bar staff is always on top of things and they serve a lot of people very efficiently.

For food, you can have pizza or salad. The pies are pricey for what you get. Good, and some imaginative recipes, but not absolutely stellar. There is also a tendency for the pies to be slightly overcooked. I know Flatbread pizza has legend status, but I'm afraid I'd recommend eating elsewhere and stopping here for some good drinks afterward.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Visiting Burlington? Make this the one place you go. Hands down. Unfortunately this place is incredibly popular (for good reason), so don't expect to get a table anytime soon.

Their house-brewed beer is great, but they've also got a plethora of other local brews. The week we were there they had like 6 Stone beers as a special promotion. Damn, why couldn't they do a brewery that I'm not inundated with in Oregon!

We decided to get a table, so 40 minutes and 2 pints each later, we had our table, close to the pizza oven. We shared a salad and got 2 pizzas to pick at. Utterly delicious, all of it. Service, while the place was packed, was friendly and attentive to us. Even though our waitress was running around like crazy, she seemed calm and patient while taking our orders and asking how our food was, not annoyed when we asked questions on sharing pizzas and such.
An American Flatbread is going into Portland Ore in early 2010, can't fucking wait!

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Photo of thor638
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I always visit this establishment when I make my way into Burlington. Take a wonderful walk around town and then come here for dinner. The food is exceptional, and the craft beer is wonderful.

The only downfall is the popularity of the place, last time I went the way was fairly long for a table. Nice ambiance with well place lights and extremely cozy tables.

As with anywhere in Vermont there are a bunch of nice people to chat with while waiting.

The beer selection is extensive and usually your server is knowledgeable about the beer they are serving.

In the end, this place will always hold a place in my heart; A+

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Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread in Burlington, VT
95 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.