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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
87 S. Main St., Hardwick, 802-472-7126
Toppings for these handmade, thin-crust pizzas are sourced from area farms — try the Bruschetta pie, with white garlic sauce, a pesto swirl and balsamic reduction. At the bar, find 18 beers on tap and imaginative cocktails.
14 Court Sq., Middlebury, 802-388-4961
Chef Stephen Young’s classic New England cuisine incorporates local ingredients — think thick-cut pork chop with a Woodchuck Hard Cider glaze. Afternoon tea is served daily.
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.
51 Main St., Middlebury, 802-458-8972
Friends and family meet at a neighborhood bar for ribs, pulled pork, and shrimp and grits alongside local beers and specialty cocktails. Stick around to watch the game or ride the mechanical bull.
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.
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.
73 Main St., Brattleboro, 802-254-2073
Start with a craft cocktail, then sink your teeth into bold Italian American flavors. Plates from the kitchen include fried chicken sandwiches, brick-oven pizzas and pan-seared duck.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
716 Pine St., Burlington, 802-233-8148
The kitchen here takes its cues from global cuisines of the north. Slurp shellfish from the raw bar, or snack on fries with smoked pork and Korean pepper aioli. Weekend brunch.
28 Spring Tree Rd., Brattleboro, 802-257-7563
Soak in views of the West River over fried whole-belly clams. Burgers and brewskis on the patio make sunsets extra-special.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9 Center St., Burlington, 802-448-3657
Pastas, tacos and curries anchor a menu of international dishes. Take note of the homemade desserts and rotating selection of local craft brews.
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.
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.
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.
1190 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 802-253-6245
The Mexican fare includes hibiscus-glazed chicken and ancho-rubbed steak, along with tacos, enchiladas and burritos. Find dozens of tequilas at the bar. Local, regional and national bands hit the historic Rusty Nail club stage several nights a week.
83 Huntington Rd., Richmond, 802-434-5787
An award-winning brewhouse riffs on German, Belgian and British styles. The kitchen puts out kale Caesars, pulled-chicken sandwiches, and cheddar-ale mac and cheese. There’s live music nearly every night.
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.
131 Main St., Burlington, 802-489-5699
An elegant space houses southern-inflected farm-to-table dishes and classic cocktails. Weekend brunch.
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.
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.
1859 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 802-253-4765
Specializing in seasonal comfort food and small-batch craft beer, this dog- and family-friendly brewpub comes with perks: an outdoor biergarten, lawn games and a fireside lounge.
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.
3 S. Main St., Waterbury, 802-244-8973
A Euro-style café tucked between beer bars serves up daily specials, including $5 wine on Wednesday and $20 steak frites with a pint of beer on Thursday.
219 N. Main St., Barre, 802-622-8051
An ingredient-driven pizza joint offers creative pies, seasonal burgers and a Barre take on brick chicken — the bird is pressed beneath a block of granite.
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.