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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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

tres amigos

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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