104 restaurants offering special prix-fixe menus.

100+ restaurants will offer special, prix-fixe menus showcasing their chefs’ greatest dishes. Those menus will feature three-course dinners (e.g. appetizer, entreé and dessert) priced at $20, $30 or $40 per person. Select restaurants offer lunch specials, too.

 
Name
Cuisine
Area
 
A Single Pebble

A Single Pebble

133 Bank Street

Dinner

Chinese, Seafood, Noodles

Burlington

Inspired by chef/owner Chiuho Duval's personal journey from Taipei to Burlington, A Single Pebble offers classic Chinese dishes served family-style and dim sum brunch. The restaurant boasts a relaxed, welcoming vibe perfect for families or friends.

American Flatbread Burlington Hearth

American Flatbread Burlington Hearth

115 Saint Paul Street

Dinner

Pizza, Breweries

Burlington

August First Bakery & Café

August First Bakery & Café

149 South Champlain Street

Special

Bakeries, Breakfast & Brunch, Cafes

Burlington

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.

Bistro de Margot

Bistro de Margot

126 College Street

Dinner

French

Burlington

Chef-owner Hervé Mahé parlays Parisian culinary training into classic French cuisine. Pair buttered escargots with a wine from Bordeaux.

Bleu Northeast Seafood

Bleu Northeast Seafood

25 Cherry Street

Dinner

Seafood

Burlington

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.

Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar

Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar

1 Lawson Lane

Dinner

Wine Bars, Steakhouses

Burlington

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

Bluebird Barbecue

Bluebird Barbecue

317 Riverside Avenue

All-Day

Barbeque, Chicken Wings, Sports Bars

Burlington

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.

Butch + Babe’s

Butch + Babe’s

258 North Winooski Avenue

Dinner

Pubs, American (New)

Burlington

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.

Citizen Cider

Citizen Cider

316 Pine Street, Suite 114

All-Day

Cideries

Burlington

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

City Market, Onion River Co-op

City Market, Onion River Co-op

207 Flynn Avenue

All-Day

Grocery

Burlington

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.

City Market, Onion River Co-op

City Market, Onion River Co-op

82 South Winooski Avenue

All-Day

Grocery

Burlington

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.

Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar

Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar

388 Pine Street

Dinner

Beer, Wine & Spirits, Cheese Shops, Wine Bars

Burlington

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.

East West Café

East West Café

2 North Winooski Avenue

Dinner

Thai, Vegetarian

Burlington

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.

El Cortijo Taqueria y Cantina

El Cortijo Taqueria y Cantina

189 Bank Street

Dinner

Mexican, Lounges

Burlington

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

Hen of the Wood (Burlington)

Hen of the Wood (Burlington)

55 Cherry Street

Dinner

American (New)

Burlington

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.

Juniper

American (Traditional)

Burlington

Head inside Hotel Vermont for food and drink inspired by fresh, local ingredients. Enjoy cocktails on the outdoor terrace.

New Moon Café

New Moon Café

150 Cherry Street

All-Day

Sandwiches, Breakfast & Brunch, Cafes

Burlington

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.

Pascolo Ristorante

Pascolo Ristorante

83 Church Street

Dinner

Italian

Burlington

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.

Pizzeria Verità

Pizzeria Verità

156 Saint Paul Street

Dinner

Pizza, Italian, Cocktail Bars

Burlington

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.

Revolution Kitchen

Revolution Kitchen

9 Center Street

Dinner

Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Vegan

Burlington

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

Rí Rá Irish Pub + Restaurant

Rí Rá Irish Pub + Restaurant

123 Church Street

Lunch Dinner

Pubs, Irish

Burlington

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

Ruben James

Ruben James

159 Main Street

Dinner

American (New), Sports Bars

Burlington

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.

Sherpa Kitchen

Sherpa Kitchen

119 College Street

Lunch Dinner

Himalayan/Nepalese

Burlington

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

Sweetwaters

Sweetwaters

120 Church Street

Lunch Dinner

American (Traditional), Gluten-Free, Beer Bar

Burlington

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.

The Chubby Muffin

The Chubby Muffin

88 Oak Street

Breakfast

American (Traditional)

Burlington

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

The Daily Planet

The Daily Planet

15 Center Street

Dinner

American (New), Bars

Burlington

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.

The Farmhouse Tap & Grill

The Farmhouse Tap & Grill

160 Bank Street

Dinner

Burgers, Vegetarian, American (Traditional)

Burlington

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.

The Friendly Toast

The Friendly Toast

86 Saint Paul Street

All-Day

American (Traditional)

Burlington

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.

The Great Northern

The Great Northern

716 Pine Street

Dinner

American (New), Salad, Burgers

Burlington

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.

The Skinny Pancake

The Skinny Pancake

60 Lake Street

Breakfast Lunch

Creperies, Breakfast & Brunch, American (New)

Burlington

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

Trattoria Delia

Trattoria Delia

152 Saint Paul Street

Dinner

Italian, Wine Bars

Burlington

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.

Vermont Pub & Brewery

Vermont Pub & Brewery

144 College Street

Lunch Dinner

Breweries, Pubs, American (Traditional)

Burlington

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.

Zero Gravity Craft Brewery

Zero Gravity Craft Brewery

716 Pine Street

All-Day

Breweries, Beer Gardens

Burlington

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.

¡Duino! (Duende)

¡Duino! (Duende)

10 North Winooski Avenue

Dinner

American (New), Breakfast & Brunch, Gastropubs

Burlington

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

Agave Taco and Tequila Casa

Agave Taco and Tequila Casa

28 Walnut Street

All-Day

Mexican, Cocktail Bars

Williston

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.

Bella Luna

Bella Luna

3182 Shelburne Road

Dinner

Italian

Shelburne

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.

Burlington Beer Company

Burlington Beer Company

25 Omega Drive, Suite 150

All-Day

Breweries

Williston

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.

Dale Boca Argentinian Café

Dale Boca Argentinian Café

215 Main Street

Lunch Dinner

Argentine

Winooski

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.

Grazers

Grazers

192 Boxwood Street

Dinner

Burgers

Williston

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.

Guild Tavern

Guild Tavern

1633 Williston Road

Dinner

Steakhouses, Gastropubs, American (New)

South Burlington

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.

Hinesburgh Public House

Hinesburgh Public House

10516 Route 116

Dinner

Gastropub

Hinesburg

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

Joyce’s Noodle House

Joyce’s Noodle House

5 Carmichael Street

Lunch

Chinese, Noodles

Essex Junction

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.

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

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

70 Essex Way

Dinner

American (New)

Essex Junction

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.

Mad Taco (Essex)

Mad Taco (Essex)

21 Essex Way

All-Day

Tacos, Sandwiches

Essex Junction

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.

Magic Hat Artifactory

Magic Hat Artifactory

5 Bartlett Bay Road

All-Day

Breweries

South Burlington

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.

Mandarin

Mandarin

22 Main Street

Lunch Dinner

Chinese

Winooski

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.

McGillicuddy’s Five Corners

McGillicuddy’s Five Corners

4 Pearl Street

All-Day

Pubs

Essex Junction

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.

McGillicuddy’s Irish Ale House

McGillicuddy’s Irish Ale House

28 Walnut Street

All-Day

Irish, American (New)

Williston

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.

McGillicuddy’s on the Green

McGillicuddy’s on the Green

18 Severance Green

All-Day

Burgers, Pubs, Delis

Colchester

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.

Misery Loves Co.

Misery Loves Co.

46 Main Street

Brunch Dinner

American (Traditional), Bars

Winooski

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

Our House Bistro

Our House Bistro

36 Main Street

All-Day

American (New)

Winooski

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.

Pauline’s Café

Pauline’s Café

1834 Shelburne Road

Lunch Dinner

American (New), Bars, Cafes

South Burlington

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.

Pizzeria Verità

Pizzeria Verità

156 Saint Paul Street

Dinner

Pizza, Italian, Cocktail Bars

Burlington

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.

Smokey’s Low N Slow

Smokey’s Low N Slow

7 Fayette Drive

Dinner

BBQ

South Burlington

OPENING SPRING 2019: Smoked meats such as brisket, ribs and pulled pork pair well with cornbread, beans and mac.

Stone Corral Brewery

Stone Corral Brewery

83 Huntington Road

All-Day

Breweries, American (Traditional), Music Venues

Richmond

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.

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

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

70 Essex Way

Breakfast Lunch

American (Traditional)

Essex Junction

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.

The Bearded Frog

The Bearded Frog

5247 Shelburne Road

Dinner

American (Traditional), Bars

Shelburne

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.

The Kitchen Table Bistro

The Kitchen Table Bistro

1840 West Main Street

Dinner

American (New), Diners, Wine Bars

Richmond

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.

The Lighthouse Restaurant and Lounge

The Lighthouse Restaurant and Lounge

38 Lower Mountain View Drive

Dinner

Seafood, Steakhouses, American (Traditional)

Colchester

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.

The Scale Poké Bar

The Scale Poké Bar

373 Blair Park Road, Suite 101

All-Day

Poke, Acai Bowls, Japanese

Williston

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.

The Windjammer Restaurant

The Windjammer Restaurant

1076 Williston Road

Dinner

Steakhouses, Seafood

South Burlington

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.

Three Brothers Pizza & Grill

Three Brothers Pizza & Grill

973 Roosevelt Highway

Dinner

Italian, Pizza

Colchester

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

Vermont Tap House

Vermont Tap House

70 Marshall Avenue

All-Day

Pizza

Williston

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.

West Meadow Farm Bakery

West Meadow Farm Bakery

4 Carmichael Street, Suite 101

Breakfast

Bakeries, Bagels

Essex Junction

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.

J. Morgan’s Steakhouse

J. Morgan’s Steakhouse

100 State Street

Dinner

Steakhouses, Desserts, Wine Bars

Montpelier

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.

Kismet

Kismet

52 State Street

Dinner

American (New), Breakfast & Brunch, Bars

Montpelier

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

Mulligan’s Irish Pub

Mulligan’s Irish Pub

9 Maple Avenue

All-Day

Pubs

Barre

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.

Sarducci’s Restaurant and Bar

Sarducci’s Restaurant and Bar

3 Main Street

Lunch Dinner

Italian, Mediterranean, Bars

Montpelier

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.

The Mad Taco (Montpelier)

The Mad Taco (Montpelier)

72 Main Street

All-Day

Mexican

Montpelier

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

Three Penny Taproom

Three Penny Taproom

108 Main Street

All-Day

Beer Bar

Montpelier

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.”

Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery

Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery

36 Bridge Street

All-Day

American (New), Breweries

Brattleboro

Take in sweeping views of the Connecticut River over craft beers and spiced-cider ribs. The Whetstoner session IPA is always on tap.

Superfresh! Organic Café

Superfresh! Organic Café

30 Main Street

Lunch Dinner

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Juice Bars & Smoothies

Brattleboro

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

The Marina

The Marina

28 Spring Tree Road

Lunch Dinner

American (Traditional), Seafood, Burgers

Brattleboro

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

Blue Moose Italian Bistro

Blue Moose Italian Bistro

39 Main Street

Dinner

Italian

Brattleboro

Chef Ken Flutie brings Italy to the Green Mountains with hand-turned pastas, wood-fired flatbreads and artfully plated entrées.

Echo Restaurant & Lounge

Echo Restaurant & Lounge

73 Main Street

Dinner

Italian, Cocktail Bars, Beer Bar

Brattleboro

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

Hazel

Hazel

75 Elliot Street

Dinner

Pizza, Barbeque, Cocktail Bars

Brattleboro

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

Twin Flames Taqueria

Twin Flames Taqueria

97 Main Street

Dinner

Tacos

Brattleboro

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.

duo Restaurant

duo Restaurant

136 Main Street

Dinner

American (New), Breakfast & Brunch, Wine Bars

Brattleboro

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.

Blue Paddle Bistro

Blue Paddle Bistro

316 US Route 2

Dinner

American (New), Wine Bars

South Hero

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

La Casa Burrito

La Casa Burrito

30 South Main Street

Dinner

Mexican

Saint Albans

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.

The Old Foundry at One Federal Restaurant and Lounge

The Old Foundry at One Federal Restaurant and Lounge

1 Federal Street

Dinner

American (New)

Saint Albans

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

Hen of the Wood (Waterbury)

Hen of the Wood (Waterbury)

92 Stowe Street

Dinner

American (New)

Waterbury

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.

Michael’s on the Hill

Michael’s on the Hill

4182 Waterbury-Stowe Road

Dinner

American (New), French, Caterers

Waterbury

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.

Prohibition Pig

Prohibition Pig

23 South Main Street

Dinner

American (Traditional), Bars, Burgers

Waterbury

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.

Sage Restaurant

Sage Restaurant

8 Route 17

Dinner

Mediterranean

Waitsfield

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.

The Mad Taco (Waitsfield)

The Mad Taco (Waitsfield)

2 Village Square

All-Day

Mexican

Waitsfield

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.

The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room

The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room

1 South Main Street

Dinner

American (Traditional), Sports Bars, Comfort Food

Waterbury

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

Zenbarn

Zenbarn

179 Guptil Road

Dinner

Bars, American (Traditional)

Waterbury

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.

Bar Antidote

Bar Antidote

35 C Green Street

Dinner

American (New)

Vergennes

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.

Fire & Ice Restaurant

Fire & Ice Restaurant

26 Seymour Street

Dinner

Pubs, Seafood, American (Traditional)

Middlebury

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?

Hired Hand Brewing Co.

Hired Hand Brewing Co.

35 Green Street

Dinner

American (New)

Vergennes

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.

Morgan’s Tavern at the Middlebury Inn

Morgan’s Tavern at the Middlebury Inn

14 Court Square

Dinner

American (New)

Middlebury

Chef Stephen Young’s classic New England cuisine incorporates local ingredients — think thick-cut pork chop with a Woodchuck Hard Cider glaze.

Noonie’s Deli

Noonie’s Deli

137 Maple Street

All-Day

Delis

Middlebury

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.

Park Squeeze

Park Squeeze

161 Main Street

Dinner

American (Traditional), Bars

Vergennes

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

Starry Night Café

Starry Night Café

5371 Route 7

Tasting

American, Contemporary American

Ferrisburgh

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.

Tourterelle

Tourterelle

3629 Ethan Allen Highway

Dinner

French

New Haven

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.

Vergennes Laundry by CK

Vergennes Laundry by CK

247 Main Street

Dinner

Bakeries, American (New)

Vergennes

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.

Doc Ponds

Doc Ponds

294 Mountain Road

Dinner

Bars, American (Traditional)

Stowe

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.

Tres Amigos & Rusty Nail Stage

Tres Amigos & Rusty Nail Stage

1190 Mountain Road

Dinner

Mexican, Bars, Music Venues

Stowe

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.

Cork Wine Bar & Market

Cork Wine Bar & Market

35 School Street

Dinner

Wine Bars, Tapas/Small Plates, American (New)

Stowe

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.

Charlie B’s Pub & Restaurant

Charlie B’s Pub & Restaurant

1746 Mountain Road

Lunch Dinner

American (New)

Stowe

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.

The Bench

The Bench

492 Mountain Road

Dinner

Pizza, Bars, American (Traditional)

Stowe

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

Parker House Vermont Restaurant & Rooms

Parker House Vermont Restaurant & Rooms

1792 Quechee Main Street

Dinner

American (New)

Quechee

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.

Simon Pearce Restaurant

Simon Pearce Restaurant

1760 Quechee Main Street

Dinner

American (New), Cocktail Bars, Wine Bars

Quechee

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.