Middlebury Area (10)

3 Squares Café

141 Main St., Vergennes, 802-877-2772

Chef-owner Matt Birong melds international flavors with local ingredients in his “creative-casual” food. Look for eggs Benedict specials on Sunday and bean-to-bar chocolate with organic cacao sourced directly from the Dominican Republic.

Bar Antidote

35 C Green St., Vergennes, 802-877-2555

Chef-owner Ian Huizenga grew up on a Monkton farm and sources super-local ingredients for his speakeasy’s “edible cures” and “potent potables.” Don’t miss sister biz Hired Hand Brewing Co., just upstairs.

Fire & Ice Restaurant

26 Seymour St., Middlebury, 802-388-7166

Adults dig the steakhouse’s historic décor and huge salad bar. Kids love the room with books and movies. And where else can you pour yourself a glass of local chocolate milk on draft?

Hired Hand Brewing

Hired Hand Brewing Co.

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 an espresso milk stout float.

Morgan's Tavern at the Middlebury Inn

Morgan’s Tavern at the Middlebury Inn

14 Court Sq., Middlebury, 802-388-4961

Chef John Hessler reinvents New England cuisine in dishes such as seared sea scallops with roasted fingerling potatoes, bacon lardon, Brussels sprouts and maple brown butter.

Noonie's Deli

Noonie’s Deli

137 Maple St., Middlebury, 802-388-0014

The Addison Eagle singled out Noonie’s for “the best and biggest sandwich in town.” All of the stackers — including the Thanksgiving-inspired Gobbler — are made with house-baked bread.

Park Squeeze

Park Squeeze

161 Main St., Vergennes, 802-877-9962

The hip neighborhood joint has exposed brick walls, metal sculptures, beet flatbreads and tangy barbecue ribs.

StarryNightCafe

Starry Night Café

5371 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, 802-877-6316

The handcrafted décor is as distinctive as chef Josh Krechel’s international locavore cuisine. Sit in the octagonal dining room, fireside porch or on the stone patio in summer.

Tourterelle

3629 Ethan Allen Highway, New Haven, 802-453-6309

Classic French country cuisine meets Vermont ingredients in a seasonally driven menu. Try the signature steak frites or the red-curry bouillabaisse with saffron aioli.

Vergennes Laundry by CK

Vergennes Laundry by CK

247 Main St., Vergennes, 802-870-7157

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 chef of the year, Christian Kruse, turns out doughnuts, scones and morning buns to go with your morning coffee — plus suppers of fresh, handcrafted seasonal fare.

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