36 Bridge St., Brattleboro, 802-490-2354
Take in sweeping views of the Connecticut River over craft beers and spiced-cider ribs. The Whetstoner session IPA is always on tap.
1746 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 802-253-7355
This destination for deck dining, après-ski eats and live music offers more than 50 wines by the glass, 10 draft beers and farm-fresh comfort food.
2 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 802-540-8145
In a sunny corner storefront, chef-owner Samran Kaewkoet whips up affordable Isan cuisine to eat in or take out. Like it spicy? Try the super-fresh green papaya salad.
294 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 802-760-6066
The celebrated team behind Hen of the Wood cooks up well-crafted pub grub. Pair a burger or smoked chicken with one of 24 draft beers, or linger by the fire with a cocktail and pie.
5 Carmichael St., Essex Junction, 802-288-9828
Owner Joyce Fong traces her culinary roots back to the Shang Dynasty, and all of her noodles and sauces are homemade. Regulars love the dim sum with scallion pancakes.
136 Main St., Brattleboro, 802-254-4141
Award-winning restaurateurs Keith Arnold and Stephanie Bonin serve up indulgent locavore fare such as goat-cheese-stuffed dates and swordfish with saffron rice. Weekend brunch.
30 Main St., Brattleboro, 802-579-1751
The atmospheric café overlooking Whetstone Brook gets creative with health food. Grab a hemp-milk smoothie to go, or sit down with their fan favorite kale & artichoke dip
39 Main St., Brattleboro, 802-254-6245
Chef Ken Flutie brings Italy to the Green Mountains with hand-turned pastas, wood-fired flatbreads and artfully plated entrées.
126 College St., Burlington, 802-863-5200
Chef-owner Hervé Mahé parlays Parisian culinary training into classic French cuisine. Pair buttered escargots with a wine from Bordeaux.
161 Main St., Vergennes, 802-877-9962
The hip neighborhood joint has exposed brick walls, metal sculptures, beet flatbreads and tangy barbecue ribs.