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.
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.
30 S. Main St. St. Albans, 802-528-5944
The burrito bar fills tortillas, salads and bowls with meats, veggies, cheeses, and a variety of housemade salsas and sauces. Dinner service is sit-down.
28 Walnut St., Williston, 802-876-7129
Traditional Tex-Mex dishes such as queso dip and carnitas burritos commingle with modern American plates of avocado toast and fried green tomatoes at this shopping-center taqueria. Check out the selection of fine tequilas.
210 Shelburne Road, Burlington, 802-540-1778
The colorful menu features breakfast faves such as huevos rancheros, while fish tacos brighten up lunch.
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.
69 Main St., Plainfield, 802-454-0133
The locally sourced pub fare includes hand-tossed New York-style pizzas, complemented by a long list of draft beers, specialty cocktails and wines.
5 Bartlett Bay Rd., South Burlington, 802-658-2739
Visit the funky tasting room at one of Vermont’s original craft breweries for whimsically named brews such as the Circus Boy hefeweizen — plus grilled sandwiches, soups and salads.
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.
1 Lawson Lane, Suite 10, Burlington, 802-846-7446
Vermont’s first certified green restaurant cooks up breakfast and lunch favorites with a twist — think Belgian lime waffles and Philly cheesesteaks made with seitan.
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.
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.
97 Falls Road, Shelburne, 802-985-2830
There’s a “little bit of everything” on the menu at this Adirondack-themed Shelburne eatery. Meat lovers can nosh on espresso-crusted pork, while vegetarians can choose from hearty salads and pastas.
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.
123 Church St., Burlington, 802-860-9401
Find a friendly Irish pub experience with a full menu, local craft brews and single-malt Scotches. Live music and brunch on weekends.
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.
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.
150 Dorset St., Suite 215, South Burlington, 802-489-7827
Serving up sandwiches and local craft beer with a side of rock and roll, the “far-out” sub shop’s zany creations are informed by 1960s and ’70s cultural references. The Grateful Dave is layered with turkey, avocado, alfalfa sprouts, “cosmic sauce” and hot pepper juice.
46 Main St., Winooski, 802-497-3989
From an open kitchen, the chef-owners dish out imaginative food — think scallop crudo and house-cured meat and fish — that nabbed them James Beard nominations in 2013 and 2016. Lunch Tuesday through Friday; dinner Tuesday through Saturday; weekend brunch. Closed Monday.
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.
10 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 802-660-9346
A theatrical theme pervades this international street-food spot — open ’til 1 a.m. on weekends. Dishes range from fish tacos to chicken and waffles to poutine. Brunch on Saturday and Sunday only.
44 Main St., upstairs, Montpelier, 802-613-3172
Dishes such as caramelized avocado salad, coconut gazpacho and a chorizo burger enliven a Latin-inspired menu. Sip a craft cocktail on the deck, or salsa dance in the upstairs lounge.
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.
179 Guptil Rd., Waterbury, 802-244-8134
Enjoy items like ramen, tempura mushrooms and signature grass-fed beef burgers — at this “soil-to-soul” facility, which also houses a yoga studio and cultural center. Live bands on the weekend.
60 Lake St., Burlington, 802-540-0188
At this crêperie, try the Lovemaker, which combines strawberries and Nutella. Locavore salads, soups, fondue and espresso drinks are also on the menu.
24 Wales St., Rutland, 802-775-2424
Classic comfort food goes gourmet at this upscale eatery, thanks to a wood-fired grill and rotisserie. Save room for the banana cream pie.
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.
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.
733 Queen City Park Rd., South Burlington, 802-497-0202
Locals come for the beer and Old Post Burger — topped with bacon and blue cheese and drizzled with barbecue or Buffalo sauce — and stay for the live music. Two TVs flank a shimmering bronze horse sculpture.
258 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 802-495-0716
The casual Old North End kitchen connects neighbors over new American pub fare with a creative twist — think kimchi hot dogs and mac-and-cheese pancakes. Sunday brunch.
119 College St., Burlington, 802-881-0550
Classic Himalayan dishes include momos, curries, thukpa and stews, best enjoyed with mango chutney and mixed pickles.