Barre/Montpelier (8)

Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen

47 N. Main St., Barre, 802-476-2121

Craft beer flows from 28 taps while dishes such as barbecue-braised pork shank with bacon-jalapeño mac and cheese take pub food to the next level.

Down Home Kitchen

100 Main St., Montpelier, 802-225-6665

Southern comfort comes to the capital every day starting at 8 a.m. Breakfast includes biscuits and gravy and fried catfish. At lunch, there’s fried chicken with waffles, shrimp and grits, and meat-and-twos.

J. Morgan’s Steakhouse

100 State St., Montpelier, 802-223-5222

Inside the Capital Plaza Hotel, meat and seafood lovers can find made-to-order dishes and model trains chugging around the dining room. Sunday brunch buffet.

Kismet

52 State St., Montpelier, 802-223-8646

Freshly farmed ingredients, innovative cocktails, and artisan wines and beers bring big flavors to a globe-trotting menu at Montpelier’s first organic restaurant.

La Puerta Negra

44 Main St., Montpelier, 802-613-3172

A Latin-inspired menu features yellowfin tuna ceviche, twice-cooked pork carnitas and lots of tacos. Sip a caipirinha at the bar, or take in live music on weekends.

NECI on Main

118 Main St., Montpelier, 802-223-3188

The chefs at New England Culinary Institute’s flagship restaurant include two French master chefs, as well as a farmer and board members of Slow Food Vermont and Vermont Fresh Network. Catch a taste of their collective expertise, as expressed by student-cooks using fresh, local ingredients. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Sarducci’s Restaurant and Bar

3 Main St., Montpelier, 802-223-0229

A custom-built wood-burning oven cranks out pizza, salmon cucina and other authentic dishes. Check out the gluten-free menu. No lunch on Sunday.

Three Penny Taproom

108 Main St., Montpelier, 802-223-8277

Twenty-three taps supply hard-to-find craft brews for every palate. Sip happily in between bites of imaginative pub fare. Brunch only on Sunday.

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