Farley Hammerton. January 25, 2013.
CODE GREY: SUBURBAN RENEWAL PART III
Burlington has a small, but growing population of adventurous eaters, and they’re finally making themselves known. “Ever since my
lawn bowling team went to Texas Grill in Flamborough, and had two kinds of coleslaw, we’ve been hooked on exotic foods,” says food columnist for the Burlington Post, Barry Kipper. “I was always happy to eat a burger, iceberg lettuce, apples, ice cream – but I knew there was other food out there.”
Verma Parimoo, owner of the once-faltering India Palace Restaurant, says since Kipper’s review of his restaurant there’s been a boom. “The only strange thing,” Parimoo says, “is that he only reviewed the butter chicken. Since his review, that is literally all that people have ordered. Butter chicken.”
Burlington seems to be influenced by the SPAM-borough movement, which took Flamborough by storm last year, distinctly flavoured with hints of the East Coast. “We do our own thing,” says Blakeley Witherspoon, owner of Burlington Fish n’ Chips. “Spam and Cod may be popular in Newfoundland, but we put a Burlington spin on it: Spam and Carp with a side of butter chicken. Fry ’em in lard, dip ’em in melted butter, and serve with butter chicken. Butter chicken is becoming the calling card of Burlington.”
Even the fancy Spencer’s has added butter chicken soufflé, and angel hair pasta with SPAM to the menu. “It’s our biggest seller,” says Pam, head waitress. “The SPAM-borough desert – strawberry wafers topped with spray-on whipped cream, flan, ice cream, and cherry sauce – is a huge success too.”
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