2019 Restaurants (105)

Charlie B’s Pub & Restaurant at Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa

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.

Mandarin

Mandarin

22 Main St., Winooski, 802-800-1116

A second-generation restaurateur runs Winooski’s sleek Chinese lounge, where customers pair craft cocktails with dumplings, chow fun, and salt-and-pepper pork. DJs spin tunes ’til late on the weekend.

Hen of the Wood (Burlington)

55 Cherry St., Burlington, 802-540-0534

Rustic charm, locavore cuisine and a legendary wine list distinguish this James Beard Award-nominated restaurant. The bar is open for cocktails and craft brews until 11 p.m.

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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 beers such as the Circus Boy hefeweizen — plus a grilled sandwich, soup or salad.

The Windjammer Restaurant

1076 Williston Road, South Burlington, 802-862-6585

Hand-cut aged beef, fresh seafood and a 40-item salad “boat” have attracted diners since 1977. The bar is noteworthy for its Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, extensive craft beer list and specialty cocktail menu.

Prohibition Pig

23 S. Main St., Waterbury, 802-244-4120

Barbecue and comfort food meet “proper” cocktails and one of New England’s largest craft beer selections. In the adjacent brewery, pair a pint with tacos or ramen.

Vergennes Laundry by CK

Vergennes Laundry by CK

247 Main St., Vergennes, 802-870-7157

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 chef of the year, Christian Kruse, turns out doughnuts, scones and morning buns to go with your morning coffee — plus suppers of fresh, handcrafted seasonal fare.

The Old Foundry at One Federal Restaurant and Lounge

1 Federal St., St. Albans, 802-524-0330

Favorites at this family-friendly bar and grill include loaded potato skins, roasted-beet salad and coconut curried mussels.

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

70 Essex Way, Essex, 802-764-1489

At the Essex Culinary Resort & Spa’s “interactive restaurant,” chefs converse with guests as they build polished apps and entrées using local meats and produce from the on-site garden.

Dedalus

Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar

388 Pine St., Burlington, 802-865-2368

For many Burlington oenophiles, Dedalus is the place to buy wine. Peruse the expertly curated bottle shop and cheese counter, then visit the charming, low-lit bar for natural wines by the glass — plus handcrafted charcuterie and small plates.

Bella Luna

Bella Luna

3182 Shelburne Rd. Shelburne, 802-985-2232

Chefs make the pasta fresh daily — and cook up modern Italian cuisine such as fresh seafood and rack of lamb — at this chic, family-friendly restaurant and lounge.

Trattoria Delia

152 St. Paul St., Burlington, 802-864-5253

A firelit setting and award-winning wine list distinguish this long-standing restaurant as a romantic Italian destination. Try the housemade pasta or the brick chicken.

Guild Tavern

1633 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 802-497-1207

Roaring fireplaces and candlelight set the stage for premium steaks, tavern fare and fresh North Atlantic seafood. For special events, reserve the private dining room.

A Single Pebble

133 Bank St., Burlington, 802-865-5200

Traditional preparation and presentation distinguish dishes such as the nationally recognized mock eel — a favorite of the Food Network’s Alton Brown. Try the tasting menu. Dim sum on Sunday.

Hired Hand Brewing

Hired Hand Brewing Co.

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 an espresso milk stout float.

Mad Taco

Mad Taco (Essex)

21 Essex Way, Essex Shoppes & Cinema, Essex, 802-876-7152

The taqueria’s menu includes tortillas stuffed with pork, chicken, fish or roasted yams from the owners’ Waitsfield farm. The homemade salsas and hot sauces are legendary.

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

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

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

Three Penny Taproom

108 Main St., Montpelier, 802-223-8277

Twenty-three taps dispense craft brews for every palate. Sip one with a handful of spiced peanuts, or fill up on a falafel wrap or a “fish’wich.”

3 Squares Café

141 Main St., Vergennes, 802-877-2772

Chef-owner Matt Birong melds international flavors with local ingredients in his “creative-casual” food. Look for eggs Benedict specials on Sunday and bean-to-bar chocolate with organic cacao sourced directly from the Dominican Republic.

The Kitchen Table Bistro

1840 W. Main St., Richmond, 802-434-8686

In a historic brick home, chef Steve Atkins serves upscale bistro dishes that have earned locals’ hearts and national attention. Don’t miss the decadent desserts.

Simon Pearce Restaurant

1760 Quechee Main St., Quechee, 802-295-1470

After watching glassblowers work in the open studio downstairs, head to a chic dining room overlooking a covered bridge for silken cheddar soup or horseradish-crusted cod. The atrium bar serves casual drinks and snacks.

Vermont Tap House

70 Marshall Avenue, Williston, 802-879-7060

Local ingredients make this pizzeria and pub a standout among Williston’s chain restaurants. Wood-fired pies, salads and sandwiches meet 28 brews on tap.

Sarducci’s Restaurant and Bar

3 Main St., Montpelier, 802-223-0229

At Montpelier’s go-to Italian eatery, the wood-burning oven cranks out pizza, salmon and other house specialties. Check out the gluten-free menu.

Fire & Ice Restaurant

26 Seymour St., Middlebury, 802-388-7166

Adults dig the steakhouse’s historic décor and huge salad bar. Kids love the room with books and movies. And where else can you pour yourself a glass of local chocolate milk on draft?

Hen of the Wood (Waterbury)

92 Stowe St., Waterbury, 802-244-7300

Upscale dining takes a rustic turn in a former grist mill. Creative use of local meats, greens and cheeses has earned chef-owner Eric Warnstedt several James Beard Award nominations.

Butch + Babe's

Butch + Babe’s

258 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 802-495-0716

The laid-back neighborhood restaurant is a go-to for grown-up drinks and unexpected creature comforts — think General Tso’s cauliflower and mac-and-cheese pancakes. Sunday brunch.

American Flatbread

American Flatbread Burlington Hearth

115 St. Paul Street, Burlington, 802-861-2999

Flatbreads topped with local, organic ingredients bake before your eyes in an open, wood-fired oven. Sample Zero Gravity Craft Brewery house ales. Weekend brunch.

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McGillicuddy’s Irish Ale House

28 Walnut St., Williston, 802-857-5908

TV sports entertain diners as they nosh on burgers or corned beef and cabbage. Draft beers and top-shelf whiskeys keep ’em happy no matter who’s winning the game.

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Stone Corral Brewery

83 Huntington Rd., Richmond, 802-434-5787

This 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. Live music nearly every night.

Solstice

Solstice Restaurant

7412 Mountain Rd., Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe, 802-253-3560

Breakfasts such as cinnamon steel-cut oatmeal fuel mountain fun. At dinner, there’s lobster-and-truffle risotto and all-day braised short ribs in the elegant 110-seat dining room.

Parker House

Parker House Vermont Restaurant & Rooms

1792 Quechee Main St., Quechee, 802-295-6077

The owners of this charming and spirited country inn transform fresh, local ingredients into eclectic dishes with European flair. Start with a cocktail at the bar.

Kismet

52 State St., Montpelier, 802-223-8646

Farm-fresh ingredients, innovative cocktails and artisan wines bring big flavors to a globe-trotting menu at Montpelier’s organic restaurant.

The Skinny Pancake (Burlington)

60 Lake St., Burlington, 802-540-0188

Steps from Waterfront Park, crêpes are griddled before customers’ eyes. Try the Lovemaker, combining strawberries and Nutella.

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McGillicuddy’s on the Green

18 Severance Green, Colchester, 802-871-5480

TV sports entertain diners as they nosh on burgers or corned beef and cabbage. Draft beers and top-shelf whiskeys keep ’em happy no matter who’s winning the game. Sunday brunch.

Bleu Northeast Seafood

25 Cherry St., Burlington, 802-864-8600

Chef Doug Paine punctuates his menu of sustainable seafood with small-farm meats and produce. Choose from eight inventive Benedicts during Sunday brunch, or pair inspired cocktails with acoustic music on the weekend.

Cork

Cork Wine Bar & Market

35 School St., Stowe, 802-760-6143

Home to one of Vermont’s largest natural wine collections, this market, bar and dinner spot pours more than 15 varietals — and several local beers — by the glass. Snack on cheese and salumi or a larger seasonal plate.

Noonie's Deli

Noonie’s Deli

137 Maple St., Middlebury, 802-388-0014

The Addison Eagle singled out Noonie’s for “the best and biggest sandwich in town.” All of the stackers — including the Thanksgiving-inspired Gobbler — are made with house-baked bread.

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Mulligan’s Irish Pub

9 Maple Ave., Barre, 802-479-5545

Regulars come for wings, onion rings and big burgers, plus 24 beers on tap and sports coverage on 20 TVs. The kitchen is open until 11:30 p.m. nightly. Trivia on Tuesday.

¡Duino! (Duende)

10 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 802-660-9346

Sandwiched between Radio Bean and Light Club Lamp Shop, the lively café touts international street eats, from Korean tacos to Hawaiian volcano fries.

Chubby Muffin

The Chubby Muffin

88 Oak St., Burlington, 802-540-0050

Run by the folks behind the Skinny Pancake, the Chubby Muffin weighs in with breakfast sandwiches, local beef burgers and a summertime scoop shop.

Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery

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.

duo Restaurant

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.

Vermont Pub and Brewery

Vermont Pub & Brewery

144 College St., Burlington, 802-865-0500

Burlington’s original brewpub deals in classic plates such as country meatloaf and fish and chips, best paired with one of 10 ever-changing beers.

Agave Taco and Tequila Casa

Agave Taco and Tequila Casa

28 Walnut St., Williston, 802-876-7129

In a chic industrial-style space, Tex-Mex tacos and carnitas burritos meet modern marvels such as avocado toast. Check out the long list of fine tequilas.

Grazers

192 Boxwood St., Williston, 802-857-5829

Creative burgers anchor the menu at the busy restaurant right next to Majestic 10 cinema. Pair your patty with a specialty milkshake or vodka martini.

ZeroGravity

Zero Gravity Craft Brewery

716 Pine St., Burlington, 802-497-0054

American Flatbread’s flagship brewery pours pints of Green State Lager and Conehead IPA in a hip South End bar. Pair yours with a handmade sausage in the summer beer garden.

Sage

Sage Restaurant

8 Route 17, Waitsfield, 802-496-7243

Cuisine inspired by Spain, Italy, France and the Middle East transports diners to the Mediterranean coast. Choose from paella, pasta and seafood dishes, then finish with baklava from a family recipe.

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The Marina

28 Spring Tree Rd., Brattleboro, 802-257-7563

Soak up views of the West River over fried whole-belly clams. Burgers and brewskis on the patio make sunsets extra-special.

Michael’s on the Hill

4182 Waterbury-Stowe Rd., Waterbury Center, 802-244-7476

Elegant, ever-changing plates such as vegetable gnocchi and poached Maine lobster make the most of New England ingredients and the chef-owner’s European roots.

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Zenbarn

179 Guptil Rd., Waterbury, 802-244-8134

Building community “from soil to soul,” the red barn offers a globe-trotting menu of grass-fed beef burgers, barbecue and ramen, along with local craft beverages, live music and wellness classes.

The Lighthouse Restaurant and Lounge

38 Lower Mountain View Dr., Colchester, 802-448-3361

A trip to the 60-item salad bar comes with every order of grilled steak tips — and all other meat and fish dinner entrées. Sunday brunch.

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Tres Amigos & Rusty Nail Stage

1190 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 802-253-6245

The Mexican fare includes hibiscus-glazed chicken and ancho-rubbed steak, along with enchiladas and tacos. Find dozens of tequilas at the bar — and bands onstage several nights a week.

Bistro de Margot

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.

Twin Flames

Twin Flames Taqueria

97 Main St., Brattleboro, 802-258-6393

Proteins such as carne asada and and grilled Maine lobster can be had in tacos, burritos and fajitas. Grab a cup of pozole to start, or go all-in on a sauce-smothered chimichanga.

The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room

1 S. Main St., Waterbury, 802-244-7827

Beer fans hit up “the Rez” for its locally famous draft list and locavore pub snacks: chorizo tacos, fried chicken and big-time burgers.

Bar Antidote

35 C Green St., Vergennes, 802-877-2555

Chef-owner Ian Huizenga grew up on a Monkton farm and sources super-local ingredients for his speakeasy’s “edible cures” and “potent potables.” Don’t miss sister biz Hired Hand Brewing Co., just upstairs.

El Cortijo Taqueria y Cantina

189 Bank St., Burlington, 802-497-1668

The Farmhouse Group’s hip taqueria keeps it fresh and fun in a revamped 1950s diner car. Go for tacos, burritos and killer margaritas.

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McGillicuddy’s Five Corners

4 Pearl St., Essex Junction, 802-857-5940

TV sports entertain diners as they nosh on burgers or corned beef and cabbage. Draft beers and top-shelf whiskeys keep ’em happy no matter who’s winning the game.

J. Morgan’s Steakhouse

100 State St., Montpelier, 802-223-5222

Inside the Capital Plaza Hotel, meat and seafood lovers can find made-to-order dishes and model trains chugging around the dining room. Sunday brunch buffet.

New Moon Café

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

A showstopping chandelier lends funky elegance to the dining room. Enjoy a vegan salad or sandwich made from fresh ingredients — or take a specialty coffee and scone to go.

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Echo Restaurant & Lounge

73 Main St., Brattleboro, 802-254-2073

Start with a craft cocktail, then sate your hunger with a steak-bomb grilled cheese sandwich, brick-oven pizza or wedge salad.

The Daily Planet

15 Center St., Burlington, 802-862-9647

Since 1982, the Planet has carved out a hip space for modern food, local art and live music. In the kitchen, chef-partner Justin Bigelow parlays his fine-dining background into creative plates such as caramelized sea scallops and French onion steak.

Mad Taco

The Mad Taco (Waitsfield)

2 Village Sq., Waitsfield, 802-496-3832

Customers go mad for Mexican dishes made with fresh ingredients from the owners’ farm. Have a margarita or craft beer with your tacos, and don’t skimp on the legendary housemade sauces.

Hazel

75 Elliot St., Brattleboro, 802-579-1092

Handcrafted pizzas, house-smoked barbecue and craft cocktails are all big hits at this industrial-chic downtown eatery.

East West Café

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.

StarryNightCafe

Starry Night Café

5371 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, 802-877-6316

The handcrafted décor is as distinctive as chef Josh Krechel’s international locavore cuisine. Sit in the octagonal dining room, fireside porch or on the stone patio in summer.

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The Great Northern

716 Pine St., Burlington, 802-489-5102

Chef Frank Pace’s casual kitchen 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.

Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar

1 Lawson Lane, Burlington, 802-363-3639

The cozy alleyway restaurant is known for fine steaks, handmade ravioli and a 300-bottle wine list.

Doc Ponds

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.

Park Squeeze

Park Squeeze

161 Main St., Vergennes, 802-877-9962

The hip neighborhood joint has exposed brick walls, metal sculptures, beet flatbreads and tangy barbecue ribs.

Citizen Cider

316 Pine St., Suite 114, Burlington, 802-448-3278

Burlington’s hometown cidery invites visitors to “get excidered” about its local-apple beverages. The modern pub fare includes poutines and handmade veggie burgers.

The Bench

492 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 802-253-5101

Close to the slopes, chefs sling wood-fired pizzas, roasted meats and burgers to accompany thoughtful cocktails and 25 beers on tap.

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La Casa Burrito

30 S. Main St. St. Albans, 802-528-5944

For fresh south-of-the-border fare, Vermonters can now head north — to St. Albans. Customers build their own burritos, bowls, tacos, nachos and quesadillas, selecting from a variety of housemade salsas and sauces. Dinner service is sit-down.

Sweetwaters

120 Church Street, Burlington, 802-864-9800

Try the Shirt Sleeve — a wrap stuffed with corn-flake-and-almond-crusted chicken, local bacon and Swiss cheese — at one of Church Street’s time-tested restaurants.

Pizzeria Verità

156 St. Paul St., Burlington, 802-489-5644

Co-owner John Rao spent years perfecting the Neapolitan-style preparation of his paper-thin pies, which come topped with San Marzano tomatoes and housemade fior di latte. The bar stocks an extensive collection of Italian amari.

Morgan's Tavern at the Middlebury Inn

Morgan’s Tavern at the Middlebury Inn

14 Court Sq., Middlebury, 802-388-4961

Chef John Hessler reinvents New England cuisine in dishes such as seared sea scallops with roasted fingerling potatoes, bacon lardon, Brussels sprouts and maple brown butter.

Pascolo Ristorante

83 Church St., Burlington, 802-497-1613

Part of the Farmhouse Group, this subterranean spot crafts fresh pastas, wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas and housemade salumi. Pair it all with a fine Italian wine.

Misery Loves Co.

46 Main St., Winooski, 802-497-3989

Handcrafted plates such as squid-ink farfalle and aged pheasant have nabbed Winooski’s casual farm-to-table kitchen multiple James Beard Award nominations.

The Friendly Toast

The Friendly Toast

86 St. Paul St., Burlington, 802-495-5491

Retro furnishings complement a fun menu of all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are six types of eggs Benedict. Don’t miss the cocktail flights.

Joyce’s Noodle House

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.

Hourglass Lounge

7412 Mountain Rd., Stowe, VT, 253-3560

Spruce Peak’s mountainside bistro prepares snacks, sandwiches and burgers from fresh, local ingredients. Wet your whistle with a local craft beer or signature cocktail.

Tourterelle

3629 Ethan Allen Highway, New Haven, 802-453-6309

Classic French country cuisine meets Vermont ingredients in a seasonally driven menu. Try the signature steak frites or the red-curry bouillabaisse with saffron aioli.

Juniper

Juniper

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.

West Meadow Farm Bakery

West Meadow Farm Bakery

4 Carmichael St., Suite 101, Essex Junction, 802-878-1646

The production bakery’s gluten-free goodies include Outrageous Oatmeal Bread, Bodacious Brownies and Feelin’ Groovy Granola. Just waking up? Breakfast includes bagels, scones and quiche.

Ruben James

Ruben James

159 Main St., Burlington, 802-864-0744

Sports bar by day and dance club by night, RJ’s is the place for music, NFL games, burgers and award-winning wings. Weekend lunch.

Scale Poké Bar

The Scale Poké Bar

373 Blair Park Rd., Suite 101, Williston, 802-662-4799

Options are endless when diners build their own poke bowls. Choose from ingredients such as raw tuna, salmon, zucchini noodles, beets, mangoes, edamame and more.

Dale Boca Café

Dale Boca Argentinian Café

215 Main St., Winooski,, 802-497-2994

Married owners Leandro Bustos and Lorena Neironi started with a food truck in 2015 and now serve their handmade empanadas, Argentinean asado and flan from a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

The Farmhouse Tap & Grill

160 Bank St., Burlington, 802-859-0888

Where a McDonald’s once stood, crowds now come for local burgers, innovative entrées and craft beers. The menu showcases ingredients grown, raised and produced in Vermont.

Burlington Beer Company

Burlington Beer Company

25 Omega Dr., Suite 150, Williston, 802-863-2337

The creative drafts at South Burlington’s warehouse brewery might include an aged oatmeal-cranberry stout or a hazy IPA infused with flowers and herbs. Pair a flight with a grilled sandwich, tacos or nachos.

The Bearded Frog

5247 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 802-985-9877

Chef Mark LaRiviere’s eclectic, French-inflected menus spotlight local meats, produce and dairy. Dine near the fireplace in winter or on the sunny patio in summer.

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

70 Essex Way, Essex Junction, 802-764-1489

Nightly specials, from Tuesday flatbreads to Wednesday sliders, keep the upscale pub accessible. Ingredients are locally sourced, and the tap list is 32 brews strong.

Superfresh! Organic Café

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

Bluebird Barbecue

317 Riverside Avenue, Burlington, 802-448-3070

The wood-fired smokers run 24-7 outside Burlington’s only dedicated barbecue joint. In the dining room, visitors mix and match two dozen draft beers with brisket, ribs, beans and mac. Cold outside? Try the pitmaster ramen.

Blue Paddle Bistro

316 US Route 2, South Hero, 802-372-4814

Near the shores of Keeler Bay, chef Phoebe Bright devises award-winning plates such as coffee-crusted pork tenderloin and crab ravioli.

Ri Ra's Irish Pub

Rí Rá Irish Pub + Restaurant

123 Church St., Burlington, 802-860-9401

Here you’ll find a friendly pub experience featuring an Irish-inspired menu, craft brews and single-malt Scotches.

Hinesburgh Public House

10516 Route 116, Hinesburg, 802-482-5500

The pub menu changes seasonally to highlight Vermont ingredients, but you’ll always find Monday burger specials and live piano music on the weekend.

Three Brothers Pizza & Grill

973 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, 802-655-5550

Pulled-pork and spicy Thai pies pair perfectly with pitchers of Switchback at this family-owned pizzeria, which puts an emphasis on local products.

Pauline’s Café

1834 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 802-862-1081

Chef-owner David Hoene’s seasonal menus feature dinner plates such as pork schnitzel and escargots with pesto — and brunch favorites including French toast and crab cake Benedict.

Revolution Kitchen

9 Center St., Burlington, 802-448-3657

Burlington’s first all-vegetarian restaurant promises upscale, “good for you” food made with fresh, local and organic ingredients.

The Mad Taco (Montpelier)

72 Main Street, Montpelier, 802-225-6038

Customers go mad for tacos, burritos and fajitas made with farm-fresh ingredients. Don’t miss the craft beers and legendary homemade hot sauces.

Sherpa Kitchen

Sherpa Kitchen

119 College St., Burlington, 802-881-0550

Classic Himalayan dishes include momos, curries, thukpa and stews, best enjoyed with mango chutney and mixed pickles.

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

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

People of all stripes converge at Burlington’s downtown grocery cooperative. Buy some kale, get a sandwich fresh-made at the deli or peruse the hot bar.

August First Bakery & Café

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

Laptops and tablets are off-limits at this community-focused café — all the better to strike up a conversation over fresh croissants, soups, garden salads and sandwiches. Look for the baguette-carting Bread Bike in summer.

Our House Bistro

36 Main St., Winooski, 802-497-1884

The “twisted comfort food” here includes mac and cheese with add-ons such as lobster and pulled pork. End the meal with a deep-fried PB&J. Weekend brunch.

Blue Moose Italian Bistro

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.

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