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.
51 Main St., Middlebury, 802-388-8209
Not your usual college bar, this lively lounge offers pub fare, pastas and tapas. There’s live music Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.
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. Closed Sunday and Monday.
5 Main St., Bristol, 802-453-3311
Contemporary comfort food — think lamb kebabs and smoked-tofu banh mi — is on offer with beers brewed in-house and throughout Vermont.
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
Chef-owner Ian Huizenga opened Hired Hand directly above Bar Antidote, his popular neighborhood speakeasy. Pints brewed with locally grown grains and malts pair well with wood-fired pizzas and steamed pork-belly buns alike. Save room for a stout ice cream float.
14 Court Sq., Middlebury, 802-388-4961
Classic New England cuisine incorporates local ingredients — think French onion soup made with stout from Otter Creek Brewing Co. Afternoon tea is served daily. Closed Monday.
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.
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. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
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. Closed Monday.
7 Bakery Lane, Middlebury, 802-989-7463
Choose from an eclectic mix of handmade pastas and unique burgers in the heart of downtown, overlooking Otter Creek. Sunday 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. Brunch only on Sunday; call for hours in winter.