Lunch Special (23)

Marina burger

The Marina

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.

Superfresh! Organic Café

30 Main St., Brattleboro, 802-579-1751

The café overlooking Whetstone Brook gets creative with health food — think Brazil-nut-turmeric cupcakes, sunseed-guac nachos and hemp-milk smoothies. Closed Tuesday.

green goddess cafe

Green Goddess Café

618 S. Main St., Stowe, 802-253-5255

The veggie options at this omnivorous café are so good that locals voted it one of Vermont’s best vegetarian restaurants. Chow down on a breakfast scramble or the ever-popular carnitas wrap.

Esperanza

Esperanza Restaurante

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.

Magnolia Bistro

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.

Sweetwaters

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.

Waterworks Food + Drink

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.

August First Bakery & Café

149 S. Champlain St., Burlington, 802-540-0060

Grab breakfast, lunch, freshly baked pastries or locally roasted coffee in a bright and friendly setting.

City Market, Onion River Co-op (Burlington South End)

207 Flynn Ave., Burlington, 802-540-6400

The much-anticipated South End location of Burlington’s grocery cooperative offers a robust selection of marinated meats and spit-roasted birds in addition to groceries and hot and cold prepared foods.

Citizen Cider

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.

Vermont Pub and Brewery

Vermont Pub & Brewery

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.

Ri Ra's Irish Pub

Rí Rá Irish Pub + Restaurant

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.

cosmic dave's

Dave’s Cosmic Subs

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.

Charlie B’s Pub & Restaurant at Stoweflake

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.

Wicked Wings

Wicked Wings (Essex Junction)

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.

Pauline’s Café

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.

Sarducci’s Restaurant and Bar

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.

City Market, Onion River Co-op (Downtown Burlington)

82 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 802-861-9700

Choose from grab-and-go meals, side dishes, sushi, baked goods, signature sandwiches and salads — or make your own meal from the hot and cold bars.

magic hat

Magic Hat Artifactory

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.

New Moon Café

150 Cherry St., Burlington, 802-383-1505

A warm interior and awesome chandelier lend this spot a funky elegance. Choose from a wide array of fresh ingredients to create your own salad or sandwich. Save room for a cupcake.

Tavern at the Essex: Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa

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.

Our House Bistro

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.

Joyce’s Noodle House

5 Carmichael St., Essex Junction, 802-288-9828

The cuisine here can be traced back to the Shang Dynasty. Try the mustard greens with smoked tofu.

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