2 Village Sq., Waitsfield, 802-496-3832
This lucha-themed eatery specializes in Mexican dishes made with local, farm-fresh ingredients. Have a margarita with your tacos, or opt for one of 11 craft beers on tap.
12 Lower Main St., West Johnson, 802-730-8134
Chicken — wickedly hot and otherwise — is the main attraction, but you’ll also find burgers, falafel and a booming bar scene.
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.
72 Main St., Montpelier, 802-225-6038
Tacos, tortas and tostadas are made daily with local ingredients — pair one with a craft brew. The homemade hot sauces are legendary.
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.
144 Church St., Burlington, 802-497-3050
Using recipes crafted by Japanese ramen sensei, this late-night kitchen serves noodles in tonkotsu broth with chashu pork or with black garlic and miso. Other snacks include rice bowls, karaage fried chicken and steamed buns.
400 Pine St., Burlington, 802-540-0406
Dine on market-driven, inspired Vermont fare (the menu changes nightly) at this performing arts space and community gathering place.
733 Queen City Park Rd., South Burlington, 802-863-2909
Nachos, wings and overstuffed sandwiches nourish drinkers day and night at this roadside spot boasting 24 taps. Pair your maple breakfast stout with a pulled-pork stacker.
17 Swanton Road, St. Albans, 802-528-8400
This spot lives up to its name with specialties such as maple-cinnamon buns and a bacon waffle topped with maple butter.
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.
70 Essex Way, Essex Junction, 802-764-1489
Reimagined tavern fare meets local ingredients here. Pair your meal with a brew from an extensive draft list, or a glass of wine or specialty cocktail.
36 Main St., Winooski, 802-497-1884
“Twisted comfort food” here includes frickles, fish tacos, and mac and cheese with add-ons such as lobster and pulled pork. End the meal with a deep-fried PB&J.
75 Elliot St., Brattleboro, 802-579-1092
Pair smoked wings, ribs or an indulgent pie — topped with everything from house-smoked pork to fresh pineapple — with a beer or cocktail special.
258 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 802-495-0716
Bangkok native Narin Phanthakhot’s fusion cooking connects the Pacific Rim to Middle America at this neighborhood spot serving mac-and-cheese pancakes, kimchi dogs and homemade ramen. Sunday brunch.
36 Bridge St., Brattleboro, 802-490-2354
Take in views of the Connecticut River over craft beers and plates of fish tacos or spiced-cider ribs. The Whetstoner session IPA is always on tap.
65 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, 802-655-5003
Close to the Winooski Riverwalk, customers fill their bellies with panini, wraps, burgers, poutine and — in summer — scooped ice cream.
433 Mountain Rd., Field Guide, Stowe, 802-221-4947
Cozy up around a backyard firepit for elevated picnic-inspired fare such as spicy cider wings and s’mores. In summer, craft cocktails meet games of cornhole. Weekend brunch.
1 Market Place #25, Essex Junction, 802-879-7111
Chicken — wickedly hot and otherwise — is the main attraction. Choose from 16 sauces, three levels of heat and seven types of dry seasoning on your wings. You’ll find burgers, falafel, salads and craft beer, too. Seasonal hours.
115 Church St., Burlington, 802-863-3759
French-inflected fare and great views of Church Street make for a memorable meal. The upstairs lounge has made-to-order tapas and inventive cocktails. Brunch on Sunday.
47 North Main St., Waterbury, 802-244-0910
Home-style fare here includes pastas, open-faced sandwiches and smoked-Gouda mac and cheese. Breakfast all day, including seven different eggs Benedicts.
316 Pine St., Suite 114, Burlington, 802-448-3278
A lively tasting room has 10 ciders on draft, plus local beer, spirits and nonalcoholic concoctions. Taco Tuesday draws a crowd.
973 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, 802-655-5550
Owned by a Lebanese family, this pizzeria emphasizes local products. During Vermont Restaurant Week, dine from a special menu of Middle Eastern specialties.
38 Main St., Winooski, 802-399-2020
Pub fare takes a gourmet turn at this popular hangout known for seasonal dishes and a rotating selection of local and regional brews.
294 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 802-760-6066
At this pub from the team behind Hen of the Wood, pair a burger or smoked chicken with one of 24 beers on draft, or linger over a craft cocktail and pie.
144 College St., Burlington, 802-865-0500
Burlington’s first brewpub deals in classic dishes such as country meatloaf and fish and chips, best paired with one of 10 ever-changing beers made on-site.
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.
2 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 802-540-8145
Thailand native Samran Kaewkoet prepares authentic Isaan cuisine to go. Try a noodle soup, chicken satay or traditional sticky rice dish.
119 College St., Burlington, 802-881-0550
Classic Himalayan dishes include momos, curries, thukpa and stews, best enjoyed with mango chutney and mixed pickles.
1613 Mountain Rd., 802-253-2494
This retro-style bowling alley offers shareable plates — such as popcorn with Asiago, truffle oil and sea salt — as well as burgers, salads and flatbreads.
112 Lake St., Burlington, 802-399-2511
Pouring imaginative beers for enlightened palates on the Lake Champlain waterfront, the eclectic brewery also offers world-class cheese and charcuterie, live music, and local art.
180 Battery St., Burlington, 802-657-3377
A Salvadoran man and Filipino woman teamed up to open this casual restaurant, where the fare includes pupusas, tamales, egg rolls and fried-chicken lollipops.