Leftover food news: El Cortijo opens; "Famous" Amos coming to Burlington; new restos in Stowe
After months of whispers and speculation, El Cortijo Taqueria Y Cantina  opened in Burlington’s former Oasis Diner (most recently Sadie Katz Delicatessen) on December 31.
“It’s been busy,” says co-owner Jed Davis of the restaurant, which is just down Bank Street from its big brother, the Farmhouse Tap & Grill . “We’ve definitely had a wait list the last few days.”
Those diners are lining up, says Davis, for a menu of nine tacos. Options include a vegetarian wrap filled with peppers, broccoli, onions, queso fresco and corn salsa; braised beef tongue with shaved radishes; and crispy fish with tequila-lime slaw.
Davis says the queso fundido and Wood Mountain Fish  ceviche are hits, too.
Ever tried a scoop of Ben & Jerry’s  ice cream with a Famous Amos cookie? You can see the products’ namesakes themselves together when the cookie’s inventor, Wally Amos, speaks at Burlington’s City Hall on January 14 at 6 p.m. According to the event’s organizer, Patrick Brown  of Caribbean Buffet , Amos is a last-minute fill-in for Harry Belafonte, who would have been his annual Martin Luther King Day speaker.
Amos’ only demand before signing on: “Please invite my friends, Ben [Cohen] and Jerry [Greenfield],” recounts Brown. A tasty tribute to Dr. King.
The Squash Valley Produce retail stand in Waterbury Center has closed. The company will now focus entirely on wholesale via Upper Valley Produce, which purchased Squash Valley two years ago.
Though Stowe may lack snow cover, two new eateries are enlivening its culinary landscape: O’Grady’s Grill & Bar, which opened just before Christmas; and Crop Bistro & Brewery , the new farm-to-table venture set to open January 15. The bistro menu — posted online — includes Tannery Farm Chevron Cacciatori and sea scallops with chorizo dust and potato puree.
Despite ongoing insurance-claim issues, MINT Restaurant & Tea House  has reopened on Bridge Street in Waitsfield.