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.
648 Putney Rd., Brattleboro, 802-579-1433
At breakfast, patrons dig the garden omelette, brimming with spinach, artichoke, cream cheese and avocado. Lunch brings lemon-dill tuna melts and gingered pork banh mi.
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.
126 College St., Burlington, 802-863-5200
Chef-owner Herve Mahe channels the spirit of fine dining into this modern French restaurant, pairing seasonal bistro classics — escargots, pan-roasted quail, savory tarts — with fine French wines.
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.
1076 Williston Road, South Burlington, 802-862-6585
Aged beef, hand-cut steaks, prime rib, fresh seafood and a 150-bottle wine list keep ‘em coming back. Check out the unique, boat-shaped salad bar that comes with an entrée order.
112 Lake St., Burlington, 802-399-2511
Pouring imaginative beers for enlightened palates on the Lake Champlain waterfront, the eclectic brewery also offers world-class cheese and charcuterie, live music, and local art.
1792 Quechee Main St., Quechee, 802-295-6077
This chef-owner has been dishing out imaginative food for the past 13 years at this local, unpretentious icon of the Upper Valley. Creative selections from the best the local farms have to offer — blended with French, Mediterranean and Spanish influences or sometimes just the chef’s whim!
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.
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.
5247 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 802-985-9877
Chef Mark LaRiviere offers eclectic fare in an upscale setting. In winter, warm up by the two-sided fireplace; patio seating is available in summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
39 Main St., Brattleboro, 802-254-6245
Chef Ken Flutie interprets traditional Italian recipes in a cozy Italian bistro. Diners can enjoy homemade pastas with a glass of wine or local spirits.
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.
115 Church St., Burlington, 802-863-3759
French-inflected fare and great views of Church Street make for a memorable meal. The upstairs lounge has made-to-order tapas and inventive cocktails. Brunch on Sunday.
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.
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.
154B Church St., Burlington, 802-540-3040
The chef here puts an electric spin on local ingredients — think foraged mushrooms, cheese plates and farm-fresh greens. A DJ plays after hours on Friday and Saturday. Seasonal lunch.
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.
144 Church St., Burlington, 802-497-3050
Using recipes crafted by Japanese ramen sensei, this late-night kitchen serves noodles in tonkotsu broth with chashu pork or with black garlic and miso. Other snacks include rice bowls, karaage fried chicken and steamed buns.
92 Stowe St., Waterbury, 802-244-7300
Upscale dining takes a rustic turn in this former grist mill. Creative use of ultra-local meats, greens and cheeses has earned the chef-owner seven James Beard Award nominations.
657 Main St., Weston, 802-824-6287
Next door to the Vermont Country Store, Bryant House offers New England staples such as clam chowder, chicken pot pie and gingerbread.
70 Essex Way, Essex Junction, 877-684-1123
During Restaurant Week, the Cook Academy will flip the usual dining model by inviting guests into the kitchen for two courses in continental cuisine.
1840 W. Main St., Richmond, 802-434-8686
Haute cuisine and bistro dishes have earned locals’ hearts and the attention of national awards. Inside this historic brick home is an ever-changing seasonal menu; don’t miss the decadent desserts.
433 Mountain Rd., Field Guide, Stowe, 802-221-4947
Cozy up around a backyard firepit for elevated picnic-inspired fare such as spicy cider wings and s’mores. In summer, craft cocktails meet games of cornhole. Weekend brunch.
7 Bakery Lane, Middlebury, 802-989-7463
Choose from an eclectic mix of handmade pastas and unique burgers in the heart of downtown, overlooking Otter Creek. 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.
12 Lower Main St., West Johnson, 802-730-8134
Chicken — wickedly hot and otherwise — is the main attraction, but you’ll also find burgers, falafel and a booming bar scene.
51 Main St., Middlebury, 802-388-8209
Not your usual college bar, this lively lounge offers pub fare, pastas and tapas. There’s live music Friday and Saturday.
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.
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.
83 Church St., Burlington, 802-497-1613
Family-friendly dining here means fresh pasta, sausages, antipasti and wood-fired pizza, all made in-house. Complete the meal with a fine Italian wine.
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.
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.
25 Cherry St., Burlington, 802-864-8600
Inside the Courtyard Marriott, chef Douglas Paine serves fresh food harvested from New England waters and farms. The cocktail bar offers inventive cocktails and acoustic music on the weekend. Sunday brunch.
1 Lawson Lane, Burlington, 802-363-3639
Hearty steaks come with locally sourced side dishes, and more than 300 wines are available by the bottle. It’s open late Friday and Saturday.
52 State St., Montpelier, 802-223-8646
Freshly farmed ingredients, innovative cocktails, and artisan wines and beers bring big flavors to a globe-trotting menu at Montpelier’s first organic restaurant.
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. Closed Saturday.
3600 Route 100 Waterbury Center, 802-244-8771
Sandwiches are served on Vermont-baked bread at this lunch spot located by Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Save room for cider doughnuts and one of 60 locals beers and ciders.
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.
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.
47 North Main St., Waterbury, 802-244-0910
Home-style fare here includes pastas, open-faced sandwiches and smoked-Gouda mac and cheese. Breakfast all day, including seven different eggs Benedicts.
316 US Route 2, South Hero, 802-372-4814
Artsy décor here includes a wooden canoe suspended over the bar. Inventive, unpretentious cuisine — think coffee-crusted pork tenderloin — is on offer.
377 Pine St., Burlington, 802-863-5013
A wood-fired oven bakes Montréal-style bagels by the hundreds. Pick up a dozen or try a sandwich made with local meat.
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.
27 Bridge Street, Richmond, 802-434-3148
At this chef-owned bistro, try the crispy artichoke hearts with lemon aioli or housemade ricotta gnocchi with Vermont goat cheese.
5371 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, 802-877-6316
The handcrafted décor is as distinctive as chef Josh Krechel’s use of local ingredients in international dishes. Sit fireside in the octagonal dining room or on the stone patio in summer.
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.
160 Bank St., Burlington, 802-859-0888
Burgers, charcuterie and farm-to-table comfort food draw daily crowds, as do rare brews from Vermont and beyond. Sip them fireside or in the seasonal beer garden.
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.
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.
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.
29 Stone Rd., Brookfield, 802-276-3939
Sophisticated, healthy food reigns at this 16-year-old destination restaurant. Many ingredients come from the Brookfield area.
1760 Quechee Main St., Quechee, 802-295-1470
Elegant cuisine meets local produce in this old mill along the Ottauquechee River. Sample the famous cheddar soup or the San Daniele prosciutto with fresh fig compote, Bayley Hazen blue and grissini. Voted one of the most romantic restaurants by Travel & Leisure magazine. Brunch Sundays.
131 Main St., Burlington, 802-489-5699
An elegant space houses southern-inflected farm-to-table dishes and classic cocktails. Weekend brunch.
210 Shelburne Road, Burlington, 802-540-1778
The colorful menu features breakfast faves such as huevos rancheros, while fish tacos brighten up lunch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
65 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, 802-655-5003
Close to the Winooski Riverwalk, customers fill their bellies with panini, wraps, burgers, poutine and — in summer — scooped ice cream.
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.
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.
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.
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.
133 Bank St., Burlington, 802-865-5200
Traditional preparation and presentation influence dishes such as the nationally recognized mock eel. Try the tasting menu. Dim sum on Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
55 Cherry St., Burlington, 802-540-0534
The Queen City counterpart to Waterbury’s beloved restaurant brings rustic charm, locavore cuisine and a legendary wine list to the table. The bar is open for cocktails and craft brews until midnight.
119 College St., Burlington, 802-881-0550
Classic Himalayan dishes include momos, curries, thukpa and stews, best enjoyed with mango chutney and mixed pickles.
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.
258 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 802-495-0716
Bangkok native Narin Phanthakhot’s fusion cooking connects the Pacific Rim to Middle America at this neighborhood spot serving mac-and-cheese pancakes, kimchi dogs and homemade ramen. Sunday brunch.
733 Queen City Park Rd., South Burlington, 802-863-2909
Nachos, wings and overstuffed sandwiches nourish drinkers day and night at this roadside spot boasting 24 taps. Pair your maple breakfast stout with a pulled-pork stacker.
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.
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.
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.
3629 Ethan Allen Highway, New Haven, 802-453-6309
Classic French cuisine merges with Vermont ingredients on a seasonally driven menu. Try the signature red-curry bouillabaisse with saffron aioli.
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.
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
41 Cherry St., Burlington, 802-651-5027
Head inside Hotel Vermont for food and drink inspired by fresh, local ingredients. Enjoy cocktails on the outdoor terrace.
388 Pine St., Burlington, 802-865-2368
A warehouse-size space stocks charcuterie, imported specialty goods, cheeses and breads. The glass-enclosed bar and restaurant — serving small plates to complement the extensive wine list — is fronted by a James Beard Award-nominated chef.
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.
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.