Penny Cluse Café

Breakfast Spot$$$$
86 Tips and reviews
  • bucket
  • breakfast food
  • gingerbread pancakes
  • French toast
  • brunch food
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  • Afi Y.
    Afi Yellow-DukeJune 22, 2015
    I have dreamt about the brunch here. It's probably my favorite brunch spot ever. You can't go wrong with anything you order. Just be sure to wash it down with a mimosa or a Penny Pickler.
    Upvoted Aug 26
  • Cheryl Helene F.
    For sure worth the wait and keep in mind even though it's not printed on the menu, u can order a small of just about ANYTHING (including the o so yummy bucket o spuds.. a.k.a. mini spuds)
  • Alex S.
    Alex SanabriaJune 28, 2015
    My girlfriend & I frequently order the bucket of spuds with an egg laid over, biscuits with gravy & banana bread with maple walnut butter. Sooooo good & more than enough food for us to share
  • Vashta N.
    Vashta NeradaOctober 31, 2014
    Warm granola with mixed fruit was great! Kiwi, pomegranate, bananas and blueberries. Yum! Mac & Cheese a bit peppery but worth taking the leftovers home. 80's pop & rock mix was perfect.
  • Suneil M.
    Suneil MalhotraSeptember 1, 2015
    Best damn breakfast in Burlington. Don't forget to start with the bucket of spuds! Little known fact: if the line is too long, get the order to go and eat at home 👍
  • Ben B.
    Ben BonaccioAugust 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Homefries are prepared with butter, but fellow vegans can sub a giant fruit plate for just $1. Try the Tofu Scram with peanut-ginger sauce and extra veggies mixed in.
  • Donna T.
    Donna TappinAugust 20, 2013
    Everything is good, delightful experience. The polenta and eggs was a favorite. Great service and very friendly staff. Bucket of spuds!! Need I say more, wonderful!
  • Andrea O.
    Andrea OlsonJanuary 18, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Sometimes it is great to sit at the counter and watch the flurry of activity amongst the serves and people. Local Vermont art is displayed monthly on the walls.
  • Jessica
    JessicaJuly 17, 2014
    Also, I couldn't make a decision between two dishes. The waitress kindly offered me to serve me both, add biscuit and gravy instead of toast. That made me so happy that I almost fell of my chair.
  • Angie C.
    Angie CummingsDecember 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    although the biscuits and gravy are always delicious, sometimes first thing in the morning the biscuits are a little stale- first batch of the day would be a major win!
  • Jennifer E.
    Jennifer ErtelDecember 7, 2014
    The grilled polenta cakes (polenta & eggs) were yummy, but the black beans that came with it had too much liquid... I ended up needing to eat my breakfast with a spoon.
  • Katie G.
    Katie GordonNovember 26, 2012
    The apple bread French toast was to die for, and waitress Stephani (tall redhead) was super fantastic! Great little breakfast spot!
  • Rachel
    RachelMarch 22, 2015
    Super yummy breakfast and worth the wait! Smoked salmon platter pictured
  • Jessica
    JessicaJuly 17, 2014
    What can I say.. I came back to NYC 2 weeks ago and I still wish I was in Burlington to get my breakfast/brunch there.. Best place in town!
  • @sloane
    @sloaneJuly 6, 2012
    Portions are (for the most part) big enough to share. Whatever you do don't miss out on the cornbread muffins. Mmmmm!!
  • Eric L.
    Eric L.August 7, 2014
    Salsa ranchero. Get it. So good you'll never want to leave. They sell it to take home too!!
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChewMarch 15, 2012
    A friend and I have gone every Thursday for 4 years, and the bottomless coffee is still one of the highlights of my week!
  • Heather P.
    Heather PGNovember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Worth the wait, order a bucket of spuds (I like mine a little on the crispy side) and the gingerbread pancakes with banana!
  • Gahlord D.
    Gahlord DewaldApril 30, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    For meatatarians: they make their own sausage and you can get it as a side. Also watch specials board for duck hash, chili colorado, menudo (yes, not the 80s proto boy band) and of course, tortierre.
  • Ann L.
    Ann LupoNovember 9, 2012
    There are so many good options I changed my order thrice before settling on the Tofu Scramble which ended up being delicious.
  • John Y.
    John YoungJuly 26, 2013
    The breakfast club and mini bucket are great! Nice place friendly service. Well worth a visit!
  • Peter G.
    Peter GNovember 27, 2011
    You can mix and match French toasts and Pancakes for no extra charge. Be sure to check out the gingerbread pancakes!
  • Ben W.
    Ben WildeboerApril 14, 2014
    We were told we'd have to wait 65 minutes, but were seated in 35. If you ask, they'll get you coffee while you wait.
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanAugust 30, 2015
    Lunch options are also fire, definitely try the grilled chicken with warm orzo salad
  • Ethan M.
    Hashbrowns are amazing! Don't be scared by the specials, they are delicious.
  • Robert S.
    Robert StevensonJuly 21, 2013
    My favorite brunch spot in Burlington, creative dish, fast, efficiency friendly service.
  • Joe S.
    Joe SJuly 29, 2013
    Order the Tofu Scram and rye toast with the combo peanut-ginger/curry sauce. Experience the sensation of your head exploding.
  • Kari G.
    Kari GDecember 18, 2011
    Do NOT bypass the starters - I get the banana bread with maple walnut cream cheese as my breakfast meal. It's unreal.
  • Nick V.
    Nick VasquezSeptember 29, 2014
    Chorizo and egg tacos, with mini spuds. Best breakfast I've had in a long time.
  • Candace
    CandaceJanuary 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    While the meal named after the restaurant is fantastic, bypass it and go for whatever the special french toast is with a side of bucket of spuds. Wash down with a tangerine mimosa. repeat. Read more
  • Josiah F.
    "I've never been more in Boulder than when I was in Burlington" #americanproverb
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonAugust 30, 2015
    Ask for your BLT with turkey for an extra couple of bucks
  • Dave K.
    Dave KonigJune 9, 2012
    Try the Maple Cornbread French Toast - With a rhubarb compote
    v2Crystals.comJanuary 3, 2013
    Anastasia is warm & professional - you're lucky if she takes care of you!
  • Sean
    SeanApril 8, 2013
    If you visit Burlington you MUST eat here. Not to be missed!
  • Mendi S.
    Mendi ScandlynJuly 19, 2013
    The fruit is great!!!
  • John E.
    John EdwardsSeptember 4, 2013
    Order the Bucket o'Spuds ... it's like cheese fries but for breakfast!
  • Evan L.
    Evan LovelySeptember 2, 2014
    Skip the weekend line, go one a weekday morning for a much shorter wait.
  • Joe P.
    Joe PaselaJanuary 14
    Breakfast Burrito, and the Pumpkin Bread French Toast
  • Marisa W.
    Marisa WestheimerJune 2, 2012
    Try the tofu scram with peanut-ginger sauce, you won't be disappointed!
  • Nora T.
    Nora TurnerJanuary 20, 2012
    Banana bread, warm granola, fresh fruit, all so good!!
  • John B.
    John BooneApril 3, 2011
    One of the best restaurants in town, and one of the best breakfasts ANYWHERE.
  • Jordan M.
    Jordan MoranoAugust 7, 2014
    The penny cluse breakfast plate for savory and French toast for the sweet.
  • Angie C.
    Angie CummingsDecember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Biscuits and herb gravy haunt me. Barely a week can go by without me needing them in my belly.
  • Scott M.
    Scott McCartyFebruary 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the bucket of Spuds with an egg. Awesome !!
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel ManzMarch 18
    I love their bucket of spuds!
  • Andrea O.
    Andrea OlsonMay 11, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Green herb gravy. That's all I need to say.
  • Andrea E.
    Andrea EsteyJune 6, 2011
    Don't miss the griddled banana bread with maple walnut cream cheese Read more
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzNovember 7, 2014
    Burlington's #1 breakfast/brunch spot! It's awesome!
  • John D.
    John DeSantisOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The vegetarian biscuits and gravy are sensational!
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