141 Main St., Vergennes, 802-877-2772
Chef-owner Matt Birong melds international flavors with local ingredients in his bean-to-bar chocolate and “creative-casual” food. Look out for eggs Benedict specials on Sunday.
35 C Green St., Vergennes, 802-877-2555
The eclectic fare at this speakeasy can be super-local — as in, from pigs raised by the chef himself. Pair it with a local brew or specialty cocktail.
1 Washington St., Middlebury, 802-458-8134
Farm-to-table American fusion plates — including mussels Provençal and wraps stuffed with chipotle-rubbed shrimp, avocado and herbed aioli — draw a diverse college-town crowd.
26 Seymour St., Middlebury, 802-388-7166
Known for its historic décor and huge salad bar, this steakhouse is popular with adults and kids alike. There’s a separate room with books and movies for little ones. Lunch Friday through Sunday.
35 Green St., Vergennes, 802-870-7191
Directly above Bar Antidote, chef-owner Ian Huizenga crafts brews from local grains and malts. Pair one with a wood-fired pizza or pork-belly steamed bun — but save room for a stout-ice-cream float.
14 Court Sq., Middlebury, 802-388-4961
Chef Stephen Young’s classic New England cuisine incorporates local ingredients — think thick-cut pork chop with a Woodchuck Hard Cider glaze. Afternoon tea is served daily.
86 Main St., Middlebury, 802-989-7351
Two Brothers Tavern chef Matt Corriente puts out blistery Neapolitan pies, along with traditional Italian antipasti and salads.
161 Main St., Vergennes, 802-877-9962
This hip neighborhood restaurant has exposed brick walls, metal sculptures, and dishes such as steak frites and St. Louis-style ribs.
51 Main St., Middlebury, 802-458-8972
Friends and family meet at a neighborhood bar for ribs, pulled pork, and shrimp and grits alongside local beers and specialty cocktails. Stick around to watch the game or ride the mechanical bull.
5371 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, 802-877-6316
The handcrafted décor is as distinctive as chef Josh Krechel’s use of local ingredients in international dishes. Sit fireside in the octagonal dining room or on the stone patio in summer.
3 Mill St., Middlebury, 802-388-1063
The seasons dictate the hearty breakfast dishes, specialty sandwiches, steaks and seafoods offered at this inviting eatery on Otter Creek. Dine on the deck in summer.
7 Bakery Lane, Middlebury, 802-989-7463
In the heart of downtown, overlooking Otter Creek, diners choose from handmade pastas, dressed-up pub fare and creative cocktails. Weekend brunch.
3629 Ethan Allen Highway, New Haven, 802-453-6309
Classic French cuisine merges with Vermont ingredients on a seasonally driven menu. Try the signature red-curry bouillabaisse with saffron aioli.