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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
149 S. Champlain St., Burlington, 802-540-0060
Grab breakfast, lunch, freshly baked pastries or locally roasted coffee in a bright and friendly setting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.