51 Wales Street, Rutland, 802-747-7414
Fresh, healthy, local food is the focus here. Try the maple-and-molasses-braised pork or a noodle bowl featuring Vermont Soy tofu. Closed Monday.
1834 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 802-862-1081
A longtime local fixture, this café-restaurant serves up Maine crab cakes, racks of lamb, Vermont meats and seasonal specialties.
118 Main St., Montpelier, 802-223-3188
The chefs at New England Culinary Institute’s flagship restaurant include two French master chefs, as well as a farmer and board members of Slow Food Vermont and Vermont Fresh Network. Catch a taste of their collective expertise, as expressed by student-cooks using fresh, local ingredients. 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.
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.
38 Lower Mountain View Dr., Colchester, 802-448-3361
A trip to the 60-item salad bar comes with every entrée at this steak and seafood restaurant. The tuna tartare is excellent. Sunday brunch.
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.
87 S. Main St., Hardwick, 802-472-7126
The Hardwick outpost of this growing chain taps area farms for the toppings on its handmade thin-crust pizzas. Find 18 beers on tap and imaginative cocktails at the bar.
120 Church Street, Burlington, 802-864-9800
A Church Street cornerstone for more than 30 years, the bistro serves tried-and-true fare. Try its Shirt Sleeve, a wrap stuffed with almond-crusted chicken, local bacon and Swiss cheese.
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.
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.
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.
20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, 802-497-3525
Window seats are in high demand at this former textile mill overlooking the Winooski River. The wood-fired oven turns out flatbreads; pair them with inspired cocktails. Lunch Monday to Saturday; Sunday brunch.
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.
317 Riverside Avenue, Burlington, 802-448-3070
Down-home regional barbecue includes smoked brisket, pulled pork, ribs and traditional sides — plus 24 beers on tap. Daily specials include ramen and Tex-Mex nights; lunch Sunday.
11 Center Street, Brandon, 802-247-9997
Inside this airy restaurant, chef Robert Barral crafts French-inspired comfort food. Try his famous seafood stew of scallops, shrimp and mussels served over saffron risotto, then doused in lobster broth.
189 Bank St., Burlington, 802-497-1668
This taqueria from the team behind the Farmhouse Tap & Grill serves locally inspired tacos, burritos and entrées, along with “wicked fly” margaritas.
15 Center St., Burlington, 802-862-9647
Since 1982 this downtown standby has been a hip place to eat and enjoy local art and music. The menu ranges from sandwiches to pan-roasted lamb.
210 Shelburne Road, Burlington, 802-540-1778
The colorful menu features breakfast faves such as huevos rancheros, while fish tacos brighten up lunch.
30 Main St., Brattleboro, 802-579-1751
Health food gets creative at this vegan café. Think raw Brazil nut-turmeric cupcakes, sunseed-guac nachos, and smoothies made with hemp milk, cacao nibs or ashwagandha. Closed Tuesday.
131 Main St., Burlington, 802-489-5699
An elegant space houses southern-inflected farm-to-table dishes and classic cocktails. Weekend brunch.
23 S. Main St., Waterbury, 802-244-4120
Locals come for the barbecue and “proper” cocktails, as well as one of the largest craft-beer selections in New England. In the adjacent brewery, pair a pint with tacos and small bites.
133 N. Main St., 14th Star Brewing Co., St. Albans, 802-734-5679
Pair St. Louis-style ribs or pulled-chicken tacos with a pint of Tribute double IPA or Maple Breakfast stout — this smoke pit is located inside 14th Star Brewing Co.
164 N. Main St., Bradford, 802-222-9008
For more than 40 years, the trattoria has specialized in hand-tossed, thin-crust pizzas and pastas embellished with local meats and produce. Live entertainment most nights at the upstairs pub.
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.
136 Main St., Brattleboro, 802-254-4141
This locavore restaurant comes on the heels of an award-winning Denver location. Enjoy an indulgent brunch on the weekend, or come in for Meatless Monday.
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.
192 Boxwood St., Williston, 802-857-5829
Burgers — with beef, turkey, lamb, pork or veggie — are the stars of this menu. Specialty milkshakes and vodka martinis are also popular.
1428 Route 17, Waitsfield, 802-496-2322
Classic comfort food gets a boost from local ingredients — think bacon-wrapped meatloaf and cider-braised pork osso bucco.
156 St. Paul St., Burlington, 802-489-5644
The oven here quickly blisters thin-crust pies topped with San Marzano tomatoes, housemade mozzarella, local veggies and meats.
150 St. Paul St., Burlington, 802-864-5253
Head to this subterranean spot for a cocktail or glass of Italian wine; stay for cured meats, calamari and other selections from the Trattoria Delia kitchen. Closed Sunday and Monday.
1746 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 802-253-7355
This destination for deck dining, après-ski and live music offers more than 50 wines by the glass, 10 draft beers, upscale pub fare and farm-fresh cuisine.
1216 Williston Road, South Burlington, 802-864-0125
Dishes such as popcorn squid, orange beef and crispy pork come with an American twist. After dinner, head next door for live music at Higher Ground. No lunch on Sunday.
3 Main St., Montpelier, 802-223-0229
A custom-built wood-burning oven cranks out pizza, salmon cucina and other authentic dishes. Check out the gluten-free menu. No lunch on Sunday.
397 Railroad St., St. Johnsbury, 802-424-1355
This beer bar pours pints of Hill Farmstead and other rare brews. Try them with charcuterie plates, sandwiches and flatbreads.
108 Main St., Montpelier, 802-223-8277
Twenty-three taps supply hard-to-find craft brews for every palate. Sip happily in between bites of imaginative pub fare. Brunch only on Sunday.
4182 Waterbury-Stowe Rd., Waterbury Center, 802-244-7476
Elegant, ever-changing dishes highlight Vermont ingredients and the chef-owner’s European roots. Closed Tuesday.
83 Huntington Rd., Richmond, 802-434-5787
This award-winning brewhouse follows German, Belgian and British traditions. Pair your favorite with pork schnitzel, housemade ravioli or a themed special. There’s live music nearly every night.
28 Spring Tree Rd., Brattleboro, 802-257-7563
At the edge of an estuary, soak in sunset views over fried whole-belly clams and a burger, or relax with popcorn and a cold brewski.
21 Merchants Row, Randolph, 802-728-6776
The menu changes weekly to accommodate local and imported ingredients. Specials might include sweet-chile tofu or goat-cashew curry.
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.
26 Depot Ave., Windsor, 802-674-4180
Tap your toes to live music most nights, while supping on grass-fed local burgers, pasta Bolognese or handmade ravioli. Pair your pick with a local beer or Italian wine.
179 Guptil Rd., Waterbury, 802-244-8134
Items such as charred broccolini mingle with juicy half-pound burgers — topped with kimchi or onions braised in Heady Topper — at this “soil-to-soul” facility, which also houses a yoga studio and cultural center. Live bands on the weekend.
1 S. Main St., Waterbury, 802-244-7827
Dive into Vermont’s culinary culture here: There are 38 beers on tap — some of them brewed on-site — and locavore pub fare such as fried chicken and big-time burgers. Lunch on weekends only.
47 N. Main St., Barre, 802-476-2121
Craft beer flows from 28 taps while dishes such as barbecue-braised pork shank with bacon-jalapeño mac and cheese take pub food to the next level.
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.
70 Essex Way, Essex, 802-764-1489
Dining is intimate at an upscale, forward-thinking restaurant. The chef tailors small and large plates to individual palates, cooking in plain view. Extensive and diverse wine selection.
1119 Quechee Main St., Quechee, 802-295-3133
At this romantic country inn, try the grilled salmon fillet topped with orange zest and ginger-infused honey, buttered leeks and toasted spiced pumpkin seeds. A supper menu offers more casual fare.
148 Church St., Burlington, 802-864-9451
With 18 beers on tap and an extensive menu of pastas, seafood and meats, this spot has something for everyone
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.
161 Church St., Burlington, 802-448-3215
The owners of Royal Orchid in Montpelier sling authentic noodle plates, curries and tropical salads from a lofty dining room at the end of Church Street.
492 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 802-253-5101
Wood-fired pizzas, roasted meats and burgers accompany thoughtful cocktails and 25 beers on tap. Lunch on weekends only.