Need a takeout taste of summer? Joe’s Snack Bar opens for the season in Jericho


The Burlington Free Press will publish a weekly feature on a Chittenden County eatery offering takeout food for as long as the COVID-19-related prohibition on dining inside Vermont restaurants makes takeout the next-best option. In the meantime, enjoy the weekly food for thought, and take care of yourselves!

What’s the place? Joe’s Snack Bar, 45 Vermont 15, Jericho

How is it ordered? By phone

How do you get the food? Takeout window

What’s the experience like? Much like last week’s place I visited, Pizza on Earth in Charlotte, Joe’s Snack Bar is a spot I’ve always wanted to try but hadn’t until now. This 70-year-old classic summer snack shack that opened for the season May 4 is ready-made for takeout food, so adapting in an era of COVID-19 isn’t a huge challenge for Joe’s.

I don’t live that close to Jericho, so I drove to Essex and phoned in my request from the CVS parking lot off Vermont 15 in hopes that I’d arrive just as my four-piece fried chicken order was ready. The employee who answered the phone took my name and phone number and gave me my order number.

About 10 minutes later, I arrived at the Joe’s Snack Bar parking lot, and a couple of minutes after that heard my order number called out. I walked from my car to the takeout window to pay for my $9.05 meal and handed the clerk $11, tip included, in one of my first cash exchanges in the two months since the pandemic began. (Joe’s also takes credit cards.)

I drove with my wing/leg/thigh/breast treasure the short distance to Old Mill Park, where I sat on a bench at the park entrance, across the Browns River from Joe’s. Much like the fried chicken I enjoyed from Al’s French Frys not long after the pandemic began, the chicken from Joe’s is simple and delicious, with crunchy, salty breading and moist, tender meat.

I relaxed with my meal riverside on a partly-sunny 50-degree day. It felt like I was in relative luxury, which considering these Spartan times, I kind of was.

After lunch I traipsed around the park’s Hilltop Loop trail in a vain attempt – vain in both senses of the word – to work off all those fried chicken calories.

Hours/contact: 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. (802) 899-3934,

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