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Sandy, you sure look tasty!

Thanks Mac.

City Market features one of the finest and most affordable delicatessens in downtown Burlington. Make your own salad, pick up hot meals to go, or enjoy a signature sandwich made to order in the expanded cafĂŠ today. Go to www.citymarket.coop to see the full menu and specials.

*Sandwiches and Prices are subject to change.


OUTERWEAR FOR UNCOMMON ROUTES

THE

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Now celebrating 26 years, the Fine Wine and Food Festival is Vermont’s favorite food and wine event. Showcasing local Vermont food products, chefs and restaurants, and wonderful wine around the world, you won’t want to miss this year’s events…

Unique dinner on the Flynn’s MainStage on September 19th, and fabulous festival at Shelburne Farms Coach Barn on September 20th.

Both events benefit the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

Information 802-652-4507

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A wholE woRld of imAginAtivE food! We’re famous for our house-made meat and vegetarian entrées, fresh soups, flatbread pizzas, crispy panini sandwiches and a wide variety of ethnic-inspired foods made by a team of talented chefs and cooks every day!

dAily BREAkfAst BAR Wake up to our muffins and scones (baked right here every morning), eggs several ways, our very own maple crème brûlée French toast, bagels … the list goes on. The good tastes never stop.

ouR BARistA stAtion We have a terrific menu of coffee drinks, fruit smoothies and fresh veggie juices.

sundAy BRunch Live music + extreme deliciousness = happy Sunday mornings.

wEdnEsdAy night fAmily tABlE Here’s a chance to sit down with your family (and a bunch of other great families from our community) every Wednesday evening and eat some rockin’ good food, featuring nutritious and delicious dinners for kids!

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here’s no ignoring the lackluster economy, but when it comes to the food biz, Vermont actually has some good news to report. Fewer restaurants have gone out of business than anticipated, and new eateries with innovative concepts are popping up like crocuses in spring. While 2008 turned out to be the year of the Asian restaurant — the Green Mountains gained a handful of new noodle shops in pan-Asian and Vietnamese flavors — “Euro” appears to be the next big thing. This summer, the Queen City is expecting both a German “beer garden” and a “gastropub,” which is British for a place where sudsy brews meet great food. Future restaurateurs, take note: There are still opportunities for Spanish and Greek fare. Another hot trend? Livin’ la vida localvore. Each day, it seems, more people ponder how their food choices impact the environment. One easy way to access “green” food is purchasing directly from local growers eager to discuss their farming practices with customers. Maybe that’s why “farm-share” baskets are more popular than ever. Chefs are still hot on the localvore movement, too. If the number of restaurants in the Vermont Fresh Network — a group committed to connecting area eateries with farmers and consumers — is any indication, folks in toques continue to swoon over the plethora of homegrown artisan cheeses, pastured meats and heirloom vegetables. They’re serving the good stuff with local libations, too. Our tiny state boasts more microbreweries per capita than any other, and there are scads of working wineries, too. Want mead, vodka or maple liqueur? No problem. To help you find your favorite “potent potable,” we’ve compiled a list of the state’s brewers, vintners and distillers. Another new feature can help you select fabulous dining destinations just outside the 7 Nights circulation area. It’s right before the index, at the back of the book. Consider yourself a “foodie”? Join our Bite Club. Members receive a weekly e-newsletter, which includes info about culinary jobs, exciting events, mini restaurant reviews and links to Seven Days food stories before they appear on the newsstand. You can also follow Food Editor Suzanne Podhaizer’s tasty Twitter “tweets” under the name “feedmenow.” Coming soon: an online forum to discuss anything your hungry heart desires. Vermont Fresh Network is a local nonprofit organization that actively cultivates partnerships between chefs, farmers and consumers. When you see the VFN logo, you know that as of March 15, 2009 the restaurant had made a commitment to support small farms in Vermont by serving local products on the menu. For more info, go to www.vermontfresh.net. ON THE COVER: Edelweiss Mountain Deli, Stowe. photo: matthew thorsen

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24-28 North Main Street, St. Albans VT Lunch W-Sat 11-4 | Dinner M-Sat 4-9:30 | Call ahead for Sunday hours 524-1405 | www.chowbella.us

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Foothills Bakery 1123 Main Street, Fairfax, 849-6601

Franklin County is meat-and-potatoes country. But if you happen to be a vegetarian — or a whole-foods aficionado — your best option is tiny Foothills Bakery, located right across from the entrepreneurial Food Venture Center. Pleasantly cluttered with homey décor, the restaurant has a lived-in vibe. Going there for a meal is like stopping in on friends. Of course, not too many friends keep a stash of freshly made pastries. At Foothills, owner Amy Bell bakes up excellent chocolate-stuffed croissants, date bars, cookies and moist carrot cake with just the right amount of cream-cheese frosting. Can’t decide? Get a bunch boxed up to go. If you’re dining in, check out the hanging chalkboard menu advertising sandwich stuffings and numerous soups du jour. The seasonal offerings range from creamy mushroom to chili, and most are meat-free. A rich bowl of cheesy cauliflower soup, studded with tender brassica chunks, is a perfect way to begin a meal. To the right of the counter is a cooler stuffed with casseroles that can be reheated to order: Southwestern quiche, spinach-studded veggie lasagna and miniature flatbread pizzas, to name a few. Sandwiches and salads aren’t run of the mill here, either. Thickly sliced meats are baked in-house — the ham goes perfectly with a smear of bracing tarragon mustard. Crisp salads, with or without olives and pickled banana peppers, come with creative salad dressings. The lemon-chive version is a hit. Foothills sells loaves of bread in various varieties, and a few other house faves — granola, hummus and spicy mustard — are proffered by the pound. In Franklin County, anyway, it makes sense to stock up.

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1 Federal Street, St. Albans, 524-0330

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Open under new ownership! 951 Main Street, Fairfax, Vermont

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In the Baja, on the border of Mexico and Southern California, good food is more than just a tradition – it’s a way of life. At Mexicali Restaurant and Cantina, we’ve brought this blend of authentic Baja cuisine to deserving epicureans living just south of our northern border – on the square at Maple Tree Place in Williston, Vermont. With the perfect touch of Vermont products added to the Mexicali mix, we won’t be surprised if some of our recipes find their way back to the Baja.

28 Walnut Street, Suite 180, Maple Tree Place, Williston, VT 802-879-9492 | www.mexicalivt.net


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Contemporary Blue Paddle Bistro 316 route 2, South Hero, 372-4814 n meals: Bru, L, D; full bar n glutenfree options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veganfriendly, all-ages shows, live music n There’s a wooden canoe suspended over the bar at this artsy yet unpretentious restaurant, known as “The Paddle” by locals. The fare is savory, and the menu changes regularly. Private parties happen in the upstairs dining rooms. Hours vary seasonally, call first. $$

Ruthcliffe Lodge and Restaurant 1002 Quarry rd., Isle La motte, 928-3200 n meals: B, Bru, D; full bar n kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Boaters from both sides of the border come here for the “catch of the day” — not to mention Belgian waffles, “Shrimp Marco” and local berry pie. Chef-owner Mark Infante prepares breakfast and dinner daily — and lunch Thursday through Sunday — in the summer months. $$$

Shore Acres Inn and Restaurant 237 Shore acres Dr., route 2, north Hero, 372-8722 n meals: D; full bar n kid-friendly, res. recommended, seasonal, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Every table at this waterfront restaurant has a breathtaking view of Lake Champlain. The Vermont-American cuisine is prepared using local, farm-fresh products whenever possible. Opens for the season on Easter. $$$

SnaCkBar/Cart Shaggy’s Snack Bar 109 First St., Swanton, 868-2021 n meals: L, D n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly n Longtime owner Joe Desrochers makes the pizza dough fresh daily. In the summer, sit at a picnic table with your burger and fries. $

Warner’s Snack Bar 503 route 7, St. albans, 524-2558 n Closed: Sun.; meals: L, D n kidfriendly, outdoor seats, salad bar, seasonal n Located just a quarter mile from Exit 20, this seasonal spot offers a full salad bar and homemade soups and entrées in addition to traditional fast-food fare. Dine inside or check out the picnic area. Call for hours. $

Soup & SanDwICH Cosmic Bakery & Café 30 S. main St., St. albans, 524-0800 n Closed: Sun.; meals: B, L n delivery, wi-fi n This café offers homemade baked goods, sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts, complemented by Vermont Coffee Company coffee. $

Hero’s Welcome 3537 route 2, north Hero, 3724161 n meals: B, L n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Specializing in Vermont-y sandwiches like the “Ethan Allen,” this upscale general store and deli is popular with boaters and bikers. Breakfast is served only in winter. $

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84 n. main St., St. albans, 5270669 n meals: B, L n delivery, kid-friendly, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Try homemade soups, baked goods, sandwiches and the “dilly melt” — a dill-flecked chicken salad with cheese and bacon on your choice of bread. $

A.J.’s Country Pantry Restaurant

SteakHouSe/SeaFooD

951 main St., Fairfax, 849-6364 n meals: B, L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n Customers wait in line for hours to get breakfast at this family steakhouse. The prime rib’s popular, too. $

St. Albans Go Go 277 n. main St., St. albans, 5245000 n Closed: Sun.; meals: B, L; beer & wine n kid-friendly n How many gas stations serve bacon and eggs? This motor-friendly lunch destination also offers hamburgers, hot dogs, soup and daily specials. $

Bayside Pavilion 15 Georgia Shore rd., St. albans, 524-0909 n meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegfriendly, wi-fi, dance floor, live music, pool, tv n Customers patronize this steakhouse for its bayside location, bacon-wrapped tenderloin and seafood cioppino. Live music and DJs every Friday and Saturday. $

Jeff’s Maine Seafood 65 n. main St., St. albans, 5246135 n Closed: Sun.; meals: L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly, veg-friendly n This seafood restaurant has a slogan: “fine food, stylishly Vermont.” Serving Maine lobster, pecancrusted salmon and, on Friday, prime

average entrée prices: $ $12 and under $$$$ $26-$32 $$$$$ price is $$ $13 to $18 no object $$$ $19 to $25

rib. The adjacent Jeff’s Market sells fresh fish, wine, cakes and prepared foods. $$$

One Federal 1 Federal St., St. albans, 524-0330 n meals: Bru, L, D, Late; full bar n all-you-can-eat, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegfriendly n Produce comes from a fiveacre garden, and everything is made from scratch at this steakhouse and “culinary emporium.” Start with the spicy green bean “slammers” or maple bacon fritters, then go for prime rib or crunchy shrimp. Save room for dessert from the full-service bakery. $$

traDItIonaL Abbey Restaurant and Pub 6212 route 105, enosburg Falls, 933-4747 n meals: Bru, L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, salad bar, table service n A banquet hall, restaurant and pub under one roof can satisfy no matter what the occasion. Get a taco salad at the pub or bust a gut in the dining room with “The Great Abbey Feast for Two” — Alaskan king crab, top sirloin, broiled scallops and chicken teriyaki. $$

Bernie’s Restaurant 72 main St., montgomery Center, 326-4682 n meals: B, L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n Just eight miles from Jay Peak, families enjoy the view through tall glass panels. Classic American fare such as cheese steaks and blackened chicken are standard, but look out for theme nights, when Bernie might offer a turkey dinner, Italian fare or Mexican specialties. $$

Chester’s Bakery route 36, Fairfield, 827-3974 Closed: Sun.; meals: B, L n cash/ check only, good for groups, kidfriendly, table service n The breakfast sandwiches are famous at this friendly, family-oriented restaurant. All of the comfort food on the constantly changing menu is homemade. Look for ham and cheese pockets, baked beans and lasagna. Dinner on Friday only. $ n

Halvy’s Cafe 355 main St., enosburg Falls, 933-4471 n meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service n The burgers come daily from the butcher shop next door, and fries are hand-cut. Plus, there’s a wide array of sandwiches and wraps, Mexican fare and pasta. Expect to see both regulars and out-of-towners on the way to Jay. $

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Harley D’s 366 Lake rd., St. albans, 5273997 n meals: L, D; beer & wine n kid-friendly, table service n Lawyers and bikers alike saddle up for 9-ounce Angus burgers and country-fried steak at this motorcycle-themed family restaurant. The floors are checkered orange and black, and the walls are covered with exhaust pipes. $$

Jacob’s Restaurant 73 First St., Swanton, 868-3190 n Closed: tues.; meals: B, L, D; beer & wine n delivery, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n You’ll find pasta dishes, burgers and grilled items at this casual, family-oriented restaurant. Owner Jacob West also serves a “traditional breakfast” and a large selection of beer and wine. $$

Joey’s Junction Bakery and Café 2865 route 78, Highgate Center, 279-8303 n Closed: mon.; meals: B, L, D n cash/check only, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, seasonal, table service, veg-friendly n It’s a maple shop, art gallery and restaurant that serves burgers ‘n’ dogs, fresh French fries and breakfast all day. In summer, try the garden-fresh soups and sandwiches and the house-made frozen maple custard. Closed from midFebruary through May for sugaring. $

My-T-Fine 159 route 7, Swanton, 868-4616 n Closed: mon.; meals: B, L, D; full bar n kid-friendly, salad bar, table service n Stop in for a chicken quesadilla on your way back from Montréal. Also try the extensive salad bar or the house-roasted turkey. $$

Nana’s Restaurant 8 Swanton rd., St. albans, 5240048 n meals: B, L, D; full bar n allyou-can-eat, good for groups, kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly n A flexible menu adds to the informal atmosphere. Try the homemade soups or, on weekends, the prime rib. Breakfast buffet on Sunday. $$

North Hero House Inn and Restaurant 3643 route 2, north Hero, 372-4732 n meals: B, Bru, D; full bar n kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, wi-fi, live music n Friendly staff and a romantic Lake Champlain setting set this inn-restaurant apart. The chef is classically trained with a commitment to local ingredients. Try the walleye. Live piano music on Friday and Saturday. $$

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CHINESE Big Wok 143 First St., Swanton, 868-5888 ■ Meals: L, D ■ Nothing out of the ordinary here — just General Tso’s and sweet-and-sour chicken. Eat in or take-out. $

China Wok Buffet 139 N. Main St., St. Albans, 527-2278 ■ Meals: L, D; full bar ■ all-you-can-eat, kid-friendly, table service ■ This 10-year-old restaurant is known for its lunch and dinner buffet. Kids eat for half-price. $

Panda China 235 Swanton Rd., St. Albans, 5247788 ■ Meals: L, D; full bar ■ allyou-can-eat, delivery, table service ■ This Szechuan-style restaurant offers a buffet or take-out. On the weekend, dinner goes for $8.75 per person. It’s a dollar cheaper during the week. $

PAN-ASIAN Eastern Dragon 16 S. Main St., St. Albans, 527-9800 ■ Meals: Bru, L, D; beer & wine ■ cash/check only ■ You can get sushi and sashimi at this Asian restaurant, along with all the Chinese classics. $

THAI Thai House 359 Lake Rd., St. Albans, 524-0999 ■ Meals: L, D; BYOB ■ table service ■ All the Thai favorites are available here: tom ka soup, pad Thai, pad kee mao and choo chee curry. Try the honey duck. Seats 60. No lunch on Sunday. $

BAKERIES

Average Entrée Prices: $ $12 and under $$$$ $26-$32 $$$$$ price is $$ $13 to $18 no object $$$ $19 to $25

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★ Foothills

Paddington’s Restaurant

1123 Main St., Fairfax, 849-6601 ■ Closed: Sun.; Meals: B, L ■ cash/check only, table service, veg-friendly ■ Many of the ingredients here are organic. Try the soups, creative salads and sandwiches on fresh bread with in-house-baked meats. Or choose from a wide variety of sweet stuff, including muffins, scones, croissants, pies and cakes. Hummus, granola and spicy mustard available by the pound. (see pg. 9) $

195 Mountain Rd., Montgomery Center, 326-3232 ■ Closed: Mon., Tues., Wed.; Meals: D ■ good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veganfriendly, wi-fi ■ The English Rose Inn B&B welcomes non-guests for upscale weekend dinners. In keeping with the British theme, Henry VIII filet mignon, Lord Nelson rack of lamb and Lady Chatterley’s chicken share menu space with the diet-friendly Fergie’s limecrusted haddock. $$$

Bakery (see pg. 9)

BARS, PUBS AND CLUBS

MEDITERRANEAN Chow! Bella

LOUNGE Overtime Saloon 38 S. Main St., St. Albans, 524-0357 ■ Closed: Mon., Tues., Sun.; Meals: D, Late; full bar ■ good for groups, wi-fi, darts, karaoke, live music, pool, tv ■ This upscale sports bar caters to professionals looking for a more civilized scene. Sit on the comfy couches while you enjoy the six TVs or live music. Snack on munchies or order out from Mimmo’s or Nacho Café. You can also book the room for parties. $

NIGHTCLUB Shooters Saloon 30 Kingman St., St. Albans, 5273777 ■ full bar ■ cash/check only, dance floor, darts, karaoke, live music, pool, tv, sometimes cover ■ Between the high-tech jukebox and alternating Friday-night bands, this is the place to dance. The clean and friendly bar also boasts three bigscreen TVs, a touch-tune music box and a high-tech bowling game.

24 N. Main St., St. Albans, 524-1405 ■ Meals: Bru, L, D; full bar ■ gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, live music ■ This Mediterranean bistro has a cosmopolitan feel and occasional live music. Try the roasted veggie salad with goat cheese and homemade flatbread pizzas. No lunch Monday or Tuesday. $$

ITALIAN/PIZZERIA

McKee’s Island Pub & Pizza 513 Route 2, South Hero, 372-5454 ■ Meals: L, D; full bar ■ good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, wi-fi, tv ■ Bring the kids for moderately priced pub food and homemade Italian-American specialties. Menu items, such as the top-selling “Keeler Bay” grinder, are named for local landmarks and families. The “Grand Isle” pizza, which comes with 11 toppings, is another favorite. $

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Mimmo’s Pizzeria Restaurant 22 S. Main St., St. Albans, 524-2244 ■ Meals: L, D; full bar ■ delivery, kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi ■ Families love the pizza and pasta dishes. Try the balsamic chicken salad with feta and Parmesan. Delivery is available at lunch only. $

Pie in the Sky Highgate Commons Shopping Center, Exit 20 I-89, St. Albans, 524-5442 ■ Meals: L, D; beer & wine ■ delivery, kid-friendly, table service, tv ■ This pizzeria and deli is famous for homemade sub rolls, as well as stone-baked pizza, calzones and stromboli. With a newly expanded dining room, it can accommodate large parties. $

Rosario’s American Eatery 66 S. Main St., St. Albans, 5276222 ■ Closed: Sun.; Meals: L, D ■ delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly ■ Danel Barrett’s signature Italian cuisine includes homemade bread and baked ziti. Try the lasagna dinners and the pizza. Catering starts at $4.95 a head. $

Swanton House of Pizza 32 Merchants Row, Swanton, 8683085 ■ Meals: L, D; beer & wine ■ good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi ■ Get your pizza or pasta under a lattice ceiling woven with ivy plants. Everything is fresh and homemade. $

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McCarthy’s Restaurant 454 Mountain Road, Stowe, 253-8626 If you’re headed for the slopes — to ski ’em or climb ’em — get a smart start. McCarthy’s Restaurant in Stowe has been dishing up hearty breakfasts for more than 30 years in a small shopping center just minutes from Stowe Mountain Resort and Smugglers’ Notch. On weekends, the place bustles with a diverse crowd that ranges from multigenerational families to carbo-loading ski bums. A grandfather may be spoon-feeding cereal to a toddler wearing a bib, while, two tables over, a freckled girl with black eyeliner and skinny jeans spends the entire meal plugged into her iPod. It’s not unusual to find a line at the door, but folks impatient to make fresh tracks will notice, and appreciate, that the fare comes out quickly. Nobody here seems too keen on lingering. Happily, the food — served in ample portions — is worth the wait. French toast is formed from thick slabs of the restaurant’s homemade breads; poached eggs are perfectly cooked; and freshly made corned-beef hash is well seasoned and crisped on the outside. Heart-healthy eaters can pass up the eggs Benedict and burgers in favor of oatmeal served with real maple syrup. Not feeling outdoorsy? There’s a movie theater right next door, and Stowe is packed with art galleries and boutique shops selling clothing, kitchenware and gourmet food. Speaking of shopping, be sure to find an ATM before you queue up at McCarthy’s. They only take cash and local checks.

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BarBecue Sunset Grille & Tap Room 140 cottage club rd., Stowe, 2539281 n Meals: L, D, Late; full bar n kid-friendly, table service, other games, pool, tv n The owner of this award-winning barbecue joint and sports bar was named 2006 Vermont Restaurateur of the Year. Aprés-ski videos and 29 TVs also set it apart. The kitchen’s open until midnight. $$

conteMporary Alpine Cottage/ Golf Cottage 5781 Mountain rd., Stowe, 2533000 n Meals: Bru, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, outdoor seats, res. recommended, seasonal, table service, vegan-friendly n Want to play 18 holes at Pebble Beach before you dig into some fondue? Try the “virtual reality” golf. The real thing is available in season. After the game, indulge in wild-mushroom-truffle risotto, filet mignon, and lobster with fettuccine Alfredo. Sunday brunch. Call for hours. $$$$$

The Bee’s Knees 82 Lower Main St., Morrisville, 888-7889 n closed: Mon.; Meals: B, L, D; beer & wine n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, all-ages shows, live music n Home-cooked meals, fair-trade organic coffee and wine and beer make this hip café the perfect place to play a game, write a poem or just hang out. Music — from jazz to folk — happens every night. $$

The Blue Moon Café 35 School St., Stowe, 253-7006 n Meals: D; full bar n glutenfree options, res. recommended, seasonal, table service, veg-friendly n Fine dining with a bistro feel. The menu changes weekly and showcases local, seasonal ingredients. $$$

The Buttertub at Topnotch Resort 4000 Mountain rd., Stowe, 253-6445 n closed: Mon., tues., Wed., Sun.; Meals: D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Try the buffalo chicken wontons and the Cajun grilled ribeye at Topnotch Resort’s cozy and casual pub. $$

Charlie B’s Pub & Restaurant at Stoweflake 1746 Mountain rd., Stowe, 253-7355 n Meals: B, L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly,

outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, live music n This upscale pub offers 50 wines by the glass and a large selection of appetizers in addition to pasta, burgers and fish. During the winter, come for après ski; live music Friday and Saturday in season. $$$

Cliff House at Stowe Mountain Resort 5781 Mountain rd., Stowe, 253-3665 n Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, seasonal, table service, veganfriendly n You ride a gondola up to this mountain-top eatery that serves seasonal New England fare made with local ingredients. Call for availability. $$$$$

Emily’s at Stowehof 434 edson Hill rd., Stowe, 2539722 n closed: Mon., tues.; Meals: B, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, seasonal, table service, veganfriendly, wi-fi n European-influenced fine dining is on the menu. Check out the exceptional wine list, with lots of options from France and the U.S.A. Occasional piano music. Open from June to October and December to March. $$$$

Hearth & Candle 4323 route 108, Smugglers’ notch resort, Jeffersonville, 644-8090 n Meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly n One dining room serves families, another is a bar, and a third is no-kids-allowed. Try the “Vermont stuffed chicken” with maple-cured ham and apples. $$$$

Norma’s Restaurant at Topnotch Resort 4000 Mountain rd., Stowe, 253-6445 n Meals: B, L, D; full bar n kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly n For breakfast, try the challah French toast double-dipped in orange-brandy batter with Stowe maple syrup. For dinner, indulge in tuna tartare with avocado salad, or smoked, sea-salt crusted Tomahawk. $$$$$

Solstice at Stowe Mountain Lodge 7412 Mountain rd., Stowe, 253-3560 n Meals: B, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n A commitment to serving “locally inspired artisan cuisine” year-round means that the menus change frequently. A sommelier and highly trained staff of servers care for customers in the 110-seat dining room. Five-course tasting menu

average entrée prices: $ $12 and under $$$$ $26-$32 $$$$$ price is $$ $13 to $18 no object $$$ $19 to $25

available nightly. Hours change seasonally, call first. $$$$

Stowe Inn and Tavern 123 Mountain rd., Stowe, 2534030 n Meals: D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, live music, tv n Patrons come to this cozy tavern for great views of Stowe and the signature chocolate martinis. Popular dishes include beet salad, seared sea scallops and maple crème brûlée. Be sure to check out the antique mahogany bar, which “makes the room,” according to owner Annika Lipsky. $$

Whip Bar & Grill 18 Main St., Stowe, 253-7301 n Meals: Bru, L, D; full bar n kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n A wide array of French-inspired creations distinguishes this upscale eatery. Try the gorgonzola-crusted filet mignon or the pan-seared pork loin with cherries and port. Closed for lunch off-season. $$$$

Winding Brook Bistro 933 route 100c, east Johnson, 635-9950 n closed: Mon., tues.; Meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, live music n Chef Chase Vanderveer puts his love of French and Italian cuisine on display with dishes such as crabmeat-stuffed filet of sole with herb butter. After dinner, take a stroll by the brook. $$$

Diner Depot Street Malt Shop 57 Depot St., Stowe, 253-4269 n Meals: L, D n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly n Families love this 1950s-themed diner known for chili, burgers, shakes and malts. But it’s perfect for two, too, at the counter. $

H McCarthy’s Restaurant 454 Mountain rd., Stowe, 2538626 n Meals: B, L n cash/check only, delivery, gluten-free options, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly n This country store and old-fashioned diner has been in business for over 30 years. Try the homemade corned-beef hash. $

Plum & Main Restaurant 12 Lower Main St. West, Johnson, 635-7596 n closed: Mon.; Meals: B, Bru, L, D; beer & wine n cash/ check only, gluten-free options, kid-friendly, table service, vegfriendly n Keep your eye on the pie

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at this 1950s diner, which now sports a new bar and tables and chairs made of maple. Old-fashioned pies come in chocolate cream, frozen peanut butter, strawberry-rhubarb and coconut. $

SnackBar/cart Stowe Dogs Mountain rd. at the Gale Farm Shopping center, Stowe, 253-7785 n Meals: L, D; ByoB n cash/check only, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, seasonal n It’s all about the franks at this quick-stop, right off the Stowe bike path. Order Hebrew National or McKenzie with various sauces. They’ve got burgers, veggie burgers and chicken, too. $

Soup & SanDWicH The Bagel 394 Mountain rd., Stowe, 253-9943 n Meals: B, L n delivery, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly, wi-fi, tv n Get your bagel fix here before hitting the trails. Also serving homemade soups, panini and salads made to order. $

Cupboard Deli 4807 route 15, Jeffersonville, 644-2069 n Meals: B, L, D; beer & wine n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly n Hungry after skiing? This all-purpose bakery and deli is a local source for sweet stuff, as well as sandwiches, wraps, salads and pizza-to-go. Creemees and scooped ice cream offered May through September. Open until 10 p.m. ATM on site. $

Delibakery at The Trapp Family Lodge 700 trapp Hill rd., Stowe, 253-5705 n Meals: B, L, D; beer & wine n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n Hikers and bikers swing in to the lodge’s most casual eatery to snack on sandwiches — made with high-quality cold cuts — or relax with an Austrian pastry and espresso. Enjoy the mountain views or watch the bakers at work through a glass wall. $

Drifter’s Deli 4008 route 108, Jeffersonville, 644-5700 n Meals: B, L; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, seasonal, table service, veg-friendly n Located in a rustic former residence, this restaurant is known for its New York-style pizzas. All food, including signature sandwiches, is made to order. Closed on Sunday in spring and fall. $

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Great Room Grill

good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, tv n This tourist hot spot with mountain views specializes in steak and seafood dishes. Catch tableside entertainment in season. $$

service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n This family-operated restaurant is known for its German wienerschnitzel. Choose the dining room or the Fireside Pub. Dinner is served in fall and winter only. Call first. $$

Rimrock’s Mountain Tavern

The Partridge Inn Seafood Restaurant

The Colonial Café at the Golden Eagle

504 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-8000 n Closed: tues.; Meals: D; full bar n kid-friendly, table service, vegfriendly n Try the stuffed salmon or the cioppino at this chef-owned seafood restaurant, located in an old New England home. $$$

511 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4811 n Meals: breakfast; n kid-friendly, table service, vegfriendly, wi-fi n Try the Eggs Mansfield at this family-owned breakfast spot located on an 80-acre resort. $

Three Mountain Lodge Restaurant

Dutch Pancake Café

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5781 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 2533000, ext. 2261 n Meals: L; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, seasonal, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n The food is served cafeteria-style, but is far from middle-school fare. Try the decidedly grown-up braised short ribs over polenta in a Merlot reduction. Feeling casual? Snack on gourmet panini. $

Green Goddess 618 S. Main, Stowe, 253-5255 n Meals: B, L n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n Build your own salad or choose from a selection of soups and sandwiches at this casual-elegant café. The seitanPhilly-cheese wrap is a big hit, as is the soup du jour. There’s a juice bar, too, as well as coffee drinks. $

Jamie’s on Main 1 Depot Building, Main St., Stowe, 253-0077 n Meals: B, L n kid-friendly, veg-friendly n Grab a sandwich or a box meal to go — or stay and eat at a table, inside or out. Gazpacho served all summer long. $

The Lovin’ Cup

Route 108, Jeffersonville, 644-5736 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: Bru, D; full bar n all-you-caneat, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, live music n Housed in a log cabin, this restaurant is celebrating 25 years in business. Try the seafood Alfredo, New Zealand rack of lamb or one of the vegetarian specials. Wine bar and weekly entertainment. Brunch buffet on Sunday. $$$

Winfield’s Bistro at Stoweflake

38 Lower Main West, Johnson, 6357423 n Meals: B, L n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n Regulars rule at this café, which is “like a big cozy living room with couches.” They even have two computers for customer use. Don’t miss the maple scones and maple lattes. Homemade soups, smoothies and breakfast burritos, too. $

1746 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-7355 n Meals: D; full bar n kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly n Every year since 1996, this upscale restaurant has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. In cold weather you can sit by the fire. Call for reservations. $$$$$

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Harrison’s Restaurant and Bar

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25 Main St., Stowe, 253-7773 n Meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Located in historic Stowe Village, Harrison’s serves appetizers, salads, pasta, steak and seafood. Don’t miss the homemade desserts. Lunch served in summer and fall only. $$$

Hob Knob Inn & Restaurant 2364 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-8549 n Closed: Mon., tues., Sun.; Meals: D; full bar n kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Housed in a historic ski lodge — the first built in Stowe — this upscale steakhouse has an intimate, cozy feel. Serving certified Angus steaks, seafood and duck. $$$

Morse Mountain Grill Route 108 at Smugglers’ Notch, Jeffersonville, 644-1247 n Meals: B, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options,

158 Main St., Jeffersonville, 644-8100 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: B, Bru, L, D; full bar n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly n This restaurant serves meatloaf and shepherd’s pie alongside fancier, more tourist-friendly dishes. Try the sesame-seared tuna. Closed Monday. Call for winter hours. $$

Burt’s Irish Pub 135 Luce hill Rd., Stowe, 2536071 n Meals: L; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, darts, other games, pool, tv n This may well be the only Irish pub in Vermont owned by a Colombian. No cheeseburgers, no fries. “It’s more like your mother’s cooking,” says owner Janet Martinez. $

Carriage Room Restaurant at the Town and Country 876 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-7595 n Closed: Mon., tues., Wed., Sun.; Meals: B, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, seasonal, table

990 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-5330 n Meals: B, Bru n kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n The New York Times says you can find “the world’s most decadent breakfast” at this casual, Dutch-themed eatery. Enjoy 80 varieties of Dutch pancakes — similar to crêpes — while surrounded by tulips and windmill motifs. $$

Gables Inn 1457 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-7730 n Meals: B; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n This 1856 farmhouse has been an inn since the ‘30s and offers breakfast daily. Try unusual dishes such as matzoh brei and sautéed chicken liver, or stick with eggs and pancakes. $

Geoff’s at the Smugglers’ Notch Inn 55 Church St., Jeffersonville, 6446765 n Closed: Mon., tues., Wed., Sun.; Meals: D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, live music, other games, pool, tv n Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere while dining on surf ‘n’ turf, Cajun-stuffed pork loin or nightly specials, which include vegetarian offerings. Prime rib on Friday and Saturday. $$$

Gracie’s Restaurant and Gourmutt Shop 1500 Edson hill Rd., Stowe, 253-8741 n Meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly n There are more than 85 items on the menu at this cozy Mountain Road restaurant that offers a diverse mix of salads, burgers, steaks and seafood. $$

Main Street Dining Room

394 Mountain Rd., Suite 5, Stowe, 253-9593 n Meals: D, Late; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly, dance floor, darts, live music, pool, tv n Eaters of all ages appreciate the gourmet pizza, wings and salads. Check out the Adirondack-style bar with occasional live music and DJs, and nine TVs. $

The Shed Restaurant and Brewery 1859 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 2534765 n Meals: L, D; full bar n kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly, live music, tv n The 42-year-old restaurant has a large and devoted following and eight different kinds of homemade ale. Even the Shed burger is cooked in beer. There’s live music Wednesday and pub specials Monday through Friday. $$

The Stonegrill Restaurant and Pub 116 Route 15, Morrisville, 888-8865 n Meals: B, Bru, L, D; full bar n kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly n This friendly neighborhood restaurant serves up traditional American steak, seafood, roasted-turkey dinners and meatloaf, plus “cook-your-own” on a hot stone. $$

Yacht Club Restaurant at the Commodores Inn 823 S. Main St., Stowe, 253-7131 n Meals: B, D; full bar n all-you-caneat, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, salad bar, table service, veganfriendly, wi-fi, darts, other games, tv n Choose the abundant dinner buffet or go with the soup and salad bar. The Commodores Sports Lounge next door has its own menu. This is also the home of the Stowe Yacht Club — watch model sailboat races on the pond out back. $$

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ChiNESE Green Dragon 8 Portland St., Morrisville, 888-2188 n Meals: L, D n kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n There are three Chinese restaurants in Morrisville. This one seats 25. $ asian cont. »

18 Main St., Stowe, 253-7301 n Meals: B n all-you-can-eat, kidfriendly, table service, wi-fi n This bountiful country breakfast buffet features eggs, pancakes and an assortment of breads, muffins, bagels and fruit in a gracious, colonial setting. $

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Thompson’s Flour Shop (Two locations)

or relaxing après. Dinner Friday and Saturday only. Winter only. $$

30 Fairground Plaza, Morrisville, 888-1818 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n kid-friendly, table service, vegfriendly n This Chinese and Japanese restaurant serves up everything from Crazy Dragon Maki — a spiced tuna roll topped with smoked eel — to Peking duck and ginger-scallion shrimp. There are lots of vegetarian dishes, too, as well as kiddie-sized portions for $4.95. No MSG. $$

7 Main St., Morrisville, 888-2106 n 407 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-0800 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: B, L n cash/ check only, good for groups, kidfriendly, veg-friendly n Drop in for a sandwich or a cinnamon roll. Owner Kathy Thompson says, “It’s an extension of our home.” $

Kirkwood’s Pub at Stowe Mountain Resort

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394 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-8888 n Meals: L, D; full bar n all-you-caneat, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n At lunch, kids are charged 75 cents for each year up to age 12; at dinner, it’s 90 cents per year. Try the sesame chicken or the $10.95 dinner buffet. $

123 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-9204 n Meals: L, D, Late; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, darts, live music, pool, tv n This friendly locals bar also brings in a few tourists with chicken wings, cheeseburgers and a 52-inch plasma TV. There’s a fireplace in the lounge. $

Wok N House 17 Lower Main St., Johnson, 635-2288 n Meals: L, D n take-out, veg-friendly n Sample the sweet-andsour chicken at Johnson’s sole Chinese spot. Limited seating is available. $

Wok N Roll 100 Route 15, Morrisville, 8888833 n Meals: L, D n kid-friendly, veg-friendly n This take-out spot is famous for quick service. $

JAPANESE Hana Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse 1128 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 2538878 n Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly n The manager promises “more than sushi” at this wide-ranging Japanese restaurant. Lunch on weekdays only. $$$

ThAi Red Basil Thai Cuisine 294 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4478 n Meals: L, D; full bar n table service, veg-friendly n This Thai restaurant, which also serves sushi, brings a taste of Asia to the Mountain Road. The green duck curry is a fave. $$

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Edelweiss Bakery & Café 325 Lower Main St., Johnson, 6357946 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: B, Bru, L, D n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, seasonal, table service, veg-friendly n This bakery-café, housed in an old Victorian home, serves European-style dishes. They also offer pasta dinners every Wednesday evening from April through November. $

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Brewski at the Notch 4087 Route 108, Jeffersonville, 644-6366 n Meals: D; full bar n veg-friendly, dance floor, darts, karaoke, live music, other games, pool, tv, sometimes cover n Rated the #1 Après Ski Bar in the Northeast by Skiing Magazine. The atmosphere is cozy, with great mountain views. Like volleyball? There’s a summer league. $

Corner Pocket 21 Portland St., Morrisville, 8884880 n Meals: L, D; full bar n cash/ check only, good for groups, darts, live music, pool, tv n Try the housesmoked meats — made by the former owner and chef of Bonz Smokehouse and Grill. He’s famous for his ribs and notorious for his wings, which come in 13 flavors. There are daily specials, too. $

Coslin’s Pub at Stowehof 434 Edson hill Rd., Stowe, 2539722 n Closed: Mon., Tues.; Meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, seasonal, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n Pub specialties and Vermont microbrews are on the menu at this full-service lounge located downstairs from Emily’s restaurant. Open June through October and December through March. $$

Fireside Tavern at Stowe Mountain Resort 5781 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 2533000 n Meals: B, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, seasonal, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, live music n You can ski to and from this seasonal restaurant, located at the foot of a lift. Hearty breakfast and lunch food is served daily to skiers revving up for a day on the slopes

Cape Cod Rd., Stowe, 253-4895 n Meals: L; full bar n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, seasonal table service, wi-fi n It’s located by the golf course with a view of the Worcester Range. Most folks drop by for lunch, but a bar menu is available from 3 to 6 p.m. $

Ladies Invited 1056 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 2539077 n Meals: D, Late; full bar n cash/check only, other games, pool, tv n Borrowing its name from a J. Geils album, this bar offers a jukebox, video games and munchies. Area chefs stop by for the steak-and-cheese, Reuben and hot turkey sandwiches.

Long Trail Tavern 1015 Route 15, Johnson, 635-7076 n Meals: L, D, Late; full bar, darts, live music, other games, pool, tv n The kitchen is small at this college hangout, but the grounds cover six acres. There’s horseshoes and volleyball in the back, pool tables and a jukebox inside. $

Matterhorn Restaurant 4969 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 2538198 n Meals: L, D; full bar n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, dance floor, live music, pool, tv n This restaurant, offering “the Stowe social experience,” has been serving eclectic cuisine to tourists and locals for more than 50 years. Choose from traditional pub fare or sushi. $

The Pub at the Grey Fox Inn 990 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-5330 n Closed: Mon., Tues., Sun.; Meals: D; full bar n kid-friendly, seasonal, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, tv n Experience “great dining and good times” at this casual, lounge-type pub. Don’t miss prime-rib nights Thursday to Saturday — potato and veg of the day are included. Other specials include the vegetarian lasagna and a Dutch burger made with Gouda cheese. $$

Robbie’s Wildlife Refuge 196 Pond Rd., Jeffersonville, 6448837 n Meals: D, Late; full bar n cash/check only, good for groups, outdoor seats, veg-friendly, dance floor, darts, other games, pool, tv n Have a beer or a burger on the back deck of this rustic, wildlife-themed bar. In the summer, you can play horseshoes or volleyball. $

Rusty Nail Bar & Grille 1190 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 2536245 n Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, seasonal, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, dance floor, live music, pool, tv, sometimes cover n In season, this restaurant doubles as a nightclub Thursday through Sunday. There’s room to move to local and national DJs and bands. Not dancing? Sample eclectic fare such as the “ragin’ Cajun” chicken and pasta and St. Louis-style ribs. There’s vegetarian portabello ravioli, too. $$

Village Tavern 55 Church St., Jeffersonville, 6446607 n Meals: D; full bar n table service, wi-fi, darts, live music, other games, pool, tv n Catch live music several nights a week during ski season at this local watering hole. The pub food is great because it comes from the Smugglers’ Notch Inn upstairs. $$

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Laughing Moon Chocolates 78 S. Main St., Stowe, 253-9591 n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly n Best known for its confections, this whimsically named shop now offers specialty coffees, teas and made-from-scratch hot chocolate in “traditional” or white-chocolate ginger. $

Stowe Coffee House 57B Mountain Rd., Stowe, 2532189 n Meals: B, L; beer & wine n kid-friendly, veg-friendly, wi-fi, live music n This cozy coffeeshop, where everything is homemade, moves granola, pastries and lots of quiche in the morning; panini and soup in the afternoon. Specialty coffee, tea and espresso drinks are available all day. $

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The Dining Room at the Trapp Family Lodge 700 Trapp hill Rd., Stowe, 253-5723 n Meals: B, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, live music n Classical harp music enhances the ambiance at this traditional Austrian restaurant. There’s also a “business-casual” dress code with collared shirts for men. Call first for special dietary requests. $$$$$

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Mexican Restaurant & Bar

SUMMER DINING IN OUR FAMOUS PERENNIAL GARDEN WINTER APRÈS SKI STOWE TRADITION FOR OVER 15 YEARS CHEF-OWNED AUTHENTIC • CREATIVE •SERVING AT 4:30

2160 MOUNTAIN ROAD, STOWE •802-253-7770

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Average Entrée Prices: $ $12 and under $$$$ $26-$32 $$$$$ price is $$ $13 to $18 no object $$$ $19 to $25

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Lounge at the Trapp Family Lodge

private dining room. Specializing in fresh seafood. Sunday brunch. $$

700 Trapp Hill Rd., Stowe, 253-5723 ■ Meals: L, D; full bar ■ gluten-free options, kid-friendly, outdoor seating, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi ■ A more laid-back, affordable alternative to Trapp’s main dining room, this restaurant also has a jazz pianist. In summer, dine on the patio with an expansive view of the Worcester mountain range. $$$

Morrisville House of Pizza

BRITISH/GASTROPUB Mr. Pickwick’s at Ye Olde England Inne 433 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-7558 ■ Meals: B, Bru, L, D; full bar ■ good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, tv ■ Stone work and large beams make the inside of this English country inn look like a castle. The cuisine is European “gastropub.” The extensive selection of potables includes a large wine list, 150 ales and 100 single malts. $$$

ITALIAN/PIZZERIA

Angelina’s Restaurant 49 Route 15, Cambridge, 644-2011 ■ Meals: L, D ■ delivery, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly ■ This patriotic pizzeria advertises its authenticity in a red, white and green building seven miles from Smugglers’ Notch. Look for a wide variety of pizza toppings. Panzorotties, or deep-fried calzones, are another specialty. $

Foxfire Inn & Italian Restaurant 1606 Pucker St., Stowe, 253-4887 ■ Meals: D; full bar ■ good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly ■ Experience the Italian art of eating at a Vermont country inn. The chicken ripieno and homemade garlic bread sticks are a winning combination. $$$

Jeffersonville Pizza Depot 158 Main St., Jeffersonville, 6445550 ■ Closed: Mon., Tues.; Meals: D; full bar ■ delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, live music, tv ■ Upstairs from the 158 Main restaurant, they’re serving up pasta, salads, calzones, stromboli, wings and sandwiches. $

Melben’s Restaurant 10 Railroad St., Morrisville, 8883009 ■ Meals: Bru, L, D; full bar ■ delivery, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly ■ Come in for Italian specialty dinners or pizza before or after a movie at the Bijou. The train station location features a cocktail lounge and

30 Munson Ave., Morrisville, 8885200 ■ Meals: L, D; beer & wine ■ good for groups, kid-friendly, veg-friendly ■ Owner-cook Petros Georgiadis uses his own recipes at this friendly, 23-year-old pizza shop. He’s got pasta dishes, too. $

Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge 1899 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4411 ■ Meals: L, D; full bar ■ delivery, good for groups, kid- friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, karaoke, live music, tv ■ The only place in Stowe that delivers, this cosmopolitan restaurant offers hand-tossed New York-style pizzas as well as pasta, salads and entrées. Specialty pizzas whole or by the slice. A veggie pie with spinach, basil, tomato, garlic and onion is called the “Treehugger.” $

Pie in the Sky 492 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-5100 ■ Meals: L, D; beer & wine ■ good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly, tv ■ A cosmopolitan restaurant offering hand-tossed New York-style pizzas as well as pasta, salads and entrées. Specialty pizzas whole or by the slice. $

The Pizza Joint 745 S. Main St., Stowe, 253-4172 ■ Closed: Sun.; Meals: L, D ■ kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi ■ This pizzeria and Internet-café has all the staples, plus daily gourmet specials for lunch — everything from veggie burgers to chicken cordon bleu and jambalaya. $

MARKET & CAFÉ

Edelweiss Mountain Deli 2251 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 2534034 ■ Meals: B, L ■ kid-friendly, veg-friendly ■ There are decadent pastries, sandwiches, and snacks for skiers and hikers at this mountainside. $

Harvest Market 1031 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 2533800 ■ Meals: B, L, D ■ delivery, kid-friendly, veg-friendly, wi-fi ■ A one-stop gourmet grocery offering salads, sandwiches, entrées and baked goods prepared on the premises. Also cheeses, meats, wines and fresh produce. There’s a full espresso bar, too. $

SOUTH-OF-THE BORDER

Cactus Café of Stowe 2160 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 2537770 ■ Meals: D; full bar ■ kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly, live music, tv ■ Here Tex-Mex cuisine is served in hand-painted adobe-style dining rooms. Enjoy the specialties smoked in-house and 35 types of tequila. $$

Jose’s Cantina 5781 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 2533669 ■ Meals: L, D; full bar ■ good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, live music ■ The quesadillas made with Vermont cheddar are super popular, as are the nachos, burgers and margaritas. Open December through March for lunch and aprés ski. $

Miguel’s Stowe Away Mexican Restaurant and Cantina at Sugarbush 59 Mountainside Dr., Sugarbush Village, Warren, 583-4400 ■ Meals: D; full bar ■ gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly, pool, tv ■ Southof-the-border meets base-of-themountain at this Mexican restaurant, located in Sugarbush Village. The fajitas, shrimp chipotle and chicken mole are big sellers. All the sauces are made from scratch. $$

road food! Need hours, directions or reservations on the go?

Stella Notte 44 Desjardins Rd., Jeffersonville, 644-8884 ■ Meals: D; full bar ■ gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, dance floor, live music, other games, pool, tv ■ At Stella Notte, their motto is “every night is a starry night.” Country-style Italian fare includes local specialties such as the maple-seared tenderloin. There’s a bar-lounge below, and an arcade. Weekend brunch served during the summer. Call for hours. $$

Trattoria La Festa Ristorante 4080 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 2538480 ■ Closed: Sun.; Meals: D; full bar ■ kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service ■ A pair of Italian brothers and a pastry chef are co-owners of this cozy trattoria. The menu changes seasonally, as does the wine list, which boasts more than 250 wines from Italy. The dishes are authentic, and all the desserts are homemade. $$$

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Brazilian BBQ “come enjoy the finest south american dining experience on the East coast.” — chef Kelly dietrich

EvEry mEal includEs: * traditional Brazilian fire-roasted cuisine * an eighteen foot international salad bar * unique vegetarian choices * decadent dessert bar * complimentary tropical juices * Full bar with Brazilian beer & liquor * extraordinary south american wine list

Try our famou Caipirin s has!

at souza’s you “experience” food made in the traditional Brazilian style known as churrasco - meaning “barbeque” over imported wood from south america. our style of service is rodizio - meaning “constant service” of great food. the servers continue to bring selections of meats on giant skewers and roasted vegetables to your table until you say “enough!”

ReseRvations Recommended

864-2433 seRving dinneR & sunday BRunch www.souzas.org • 131 Main street • Burlington


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Claire’s Restaurant & Bar 41 Main Street, Hardwick, 472-7053

The citizens of hardscrabble Hardwick are a mix of farm folk and back-to-the-landers. So it’s not surprising that the “downtown” hosts both a natural-foods store and a busy, homestyle diner. But the burg boasts one totally unexpected eatery: Claire’s Restaurant & Bar. The chef, Steven Obranovich, has a culinary pedigree that extends from the California Culinary Academy to a pair of Michelin-three-star restaurants in Strasbourg, France. At Claire’s, he prepares localvore fare infused with global sensibilities. Take, for example, a heaping plate of crisp calamari, topped with a scattering of kalamata olives and red Cara Cara orange supremes. Served with a cruet of garlicky aioli, it’s a symphony of flavor and texture. A thick-cut, maple-glazed pork chop, topped with cranberry chutney, is New England through and through. But a clever side dish — a baked apple stuffed with wild rice — makes it special. Even more special is the pricing. Last spring, no item on the daily-changing menu cost more than $20 — not the rich veal stew with rustic mashed potatoes, nor the London broil sprinkled with world-renowned Bayley Hazen blue cheese. The pricing fits with the fun, communal vibe. The business is based on the “community-supported” model in which patrons are also investors. Staffers chat with customers, old friends greet one another from across the room, and the window into the kitchen lets diners watch the staff at work. Even if you’re not part of the Hardwick community, you can find plenty of reasons to “support” Claire’s.

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CoNTeMPoRaRy The Alpine Room at Jay Peak Resort 4850 Route 242, Jay, 988-2611 n Meals: B, D; full bar n all-you-caneat, kid-friendly, table service, wi-fi, live music n The prix-fixe dinner and $12, all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet ensure that skiers get enough to eat before and after they hit the slopes. The signature dish here is slow-cooked “Vermont maple-apple-cider spare ribs.” $$$$

Café Sweet Basil 32 Depot St., Lyndonville, 626-9713 n Closed: Mon., Tues., Sun.; Meals: L, D; full bar n cash/check only, kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly n The menu here is mostly Southwestern, but specials span the globe, from Thai peanut noodles to “Holy Basil” — shrimp, scallops and lobster over linguine with basil-chipotle cream sauce. No lunch on Saturday. $

H Claire’s Restaurant & Bar (see pg. 25) 41 Main St., Hardwick, 472-7053 n Closed: Tues., Wed.; Meals: Bru, D; full bar n table service, all-ages shows, live music n “Local ingredients, open to the world,” defines Claire’s, where the community has bought in — literally. Chef Steven Obranovich’s cuisine draws from Middle Eastern, Latin American, Asian and European influences. “Blunch” served Sunday. $$

Elements 98 Mill St., St. Johnsbury, 748-8400 n Closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n “People are always saying, ‘God, I feel like I’m in Soho,’” says Keith Chamberlin, one of four partners behind this unique eatery. Try the smoked-trout-and-apple cake with tomato-ginger jam and wasabi crème fraîche. $$$

Highland Lodge Restaurant 1608 Craftsbury Rd., Greensboro, 533-2647 n Meals: B, Bru, L, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, seasonal, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n A quintessential New England inn located in an old farmhouse overlooking Caspian Lake. Vermont Magazine calls the ambiance “oldfashioned perfection.” The casually elegant menu changes daily. Desserts and breads are homemade. $$$

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Waterford, 748-5168 n Meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, res. required, table service, veganfriendly, wi-fi, darts n Candlelit dining in an elegant, upscale inn. The menu changes with the seasons. After dinner, visit the “Snooty Fox” pub for a drink. A game room offers darts and board games, and there’s also a unique collection of premium Stave jigsaw puzzles, made in Norwich. $$$$$

River Garden Café 427 Route 114, east Burke, 6263514 n Closed: Mon., Tues.; Meals: Bru, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly n Start off with deepfried ravioli in tomatillo cream sauce and proceed to Mediterranean salmon over couscous. After dinner, how about a stroll through the gardens? $$

Tamarack Grill 223 Sherburne Lodge Rd., east Burke, 626-7390 n Closed: Mon., Tues.; Meals: D; full bar n glutenfree options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegfriendly, wi-fi n Stunning views of sunsets wow patrons at this casual restaurant at the base of Burke Mountain. The char-grilled steaks are served with “pristine” seasonal vegetables, and the Vermont beer selection is the largest in the Northeast Kingdom. $$

Trellis at Inn on the Common 1162 N. Craftsbury Rd., Craftsbury Common, 586-9619 n Closed: Mon., Tues., Wed., Thur., Sun.; Meals: D; full bar n res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly n Chef-owner Jim Lamberti also accommodates nonguests in the candlelit dining room. The menu changes regularly. Closed in April and November. $$$$

The WilloughVale Inn Restaurant 793 Route 5a, Westmore, 525-4123 n Closed: Mon., Tues.; Meals: D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, seasonal, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n The dining room is small, but the dramatic views of Lake Willoughby are inspiring: Robert Frost wrote his poem “A Servant to Servants” after staying at the building in which the inn is now housed. Romantic getaway packages include meals at the restaurant. Closed in winter. $$$

DiNeR Anthony’s Diner 321 Railroad St., St. Johnsbury, 748-3613 n Meals: B, L, D n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n Freshness is the name of the game at this 36-year-old diner, where the produce

is local and organic. It’s the home of the “Woodsman Burger,” topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo and your choice of cheese. The potato chips are made in-house, and so are the pies. $

Miss Lyndonville Diner 686 Broad St., Lyndonville, 6269890 n Meals: B, L, D n kid-friendly, table service n Located in a Sterling car that has been on location since 1951, this neighborly diner is famous for its extensive menu — including 37 different breakfasts — and speedy service. The customer base is a mix of local folks and loyal tourists who return every year. $

P&H Truck Stop Route 302 & i-91 (exit 17 off i-91), Wells River, 429-2141 n Meals: B, L, D n kid-friendly, table service n Visitors to this roadside eatery have included the Food Network and a German TV crew. Every day the bakery makes six varieties of bread and famous maple-cream pies. Creative burgers are named for models of trucks. $$

SouP & SaNDWiCH Bailey’s & Burke Café 466 Route 114, east Burke, 6269250 n Meals: B, L, D n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly, wi-fi n A general store featuring signature sandwiches such as “the Gobbler,” a turkey, stuffing and cranberry jelly combo. Gourmet pizza, soups and salads are on the menu, too. After eating, shop for wine, Vermont specialty products or toys. $

DeBanville’s General Store

fried whole-belly clams and the king crab cakes. The downstairs looks like an English pub. $$$

The Derby Cow Palace 3111 Route 5, Derby, 766-4724 n Meals: L, D; full bar n table service n Hunting-lodge styling — including taxidermy and an archway made of antlers — is part of the draw here. The beef is grain-fed, aged Midwestern, but the elk is raised on an adjoining farm. Wanna shoot your own? The same folks operate a hunt park in nearby Irasburg. $$$

Jennifer’s of Island Pond 18 Cross St., island Pond, 723-6135 n Meals: B, L, D; beer & wine n allyou-can-eat, kid-friendly, seasonal, table service n Famous for the Fridaynight, $9.99 all-you-can-eat seafood dinner, which includes a serving of soup or salad, potato and scallops, shrimp or haddock. On Saturday there’s prime rib. Don’t miss the mile-high banana cream pie. $$

TRaDiTioNaL Busy Bee 2985 Route 16, Glover, 525-9900 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: B, L, D n kidfriendly, outdoor seats, seasonal n The French-Canadian “poutine” rules at this busy little eatery that has been around since 1932 and seats just 15 people. Folks flip for the sweetsausage grinders and bacon ‘n’ cheese sandwiches. No dinner in winter. $

Candlepin Restaurant

47 Route 105, Bloomfield, 9623311 n Meals: B, L, D n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegfriendly n Here you can get a hunting license, a pair of suspenders or a meal. Look at photos of wildlife while you eat in, or get your pizza, burgers and deli sandwiches to go. $

558 Barton-orleans Rd., Barton, 525-6513 n Meals: B, Bru, L, D; full bar n kid-friendly, table service, wi-fi, tv n Traditional cuisine in a family-friendly setting, where the slogan is, “Homestyle cooking at its very best.” Come for the daily specials and fresh seafood dishes. Sunday brunch. $$

Eden Mini Mart and Deli

Danville Restaurant & Inn

Route 100, eden, 635-2456 n Meals: L, D n good for groups, kid-friendly, veg-friendly n “Our menu is pretty much whatever people feel like eating,” says manager Bruce Lebaron. That means standard deli fare and veggie specialties made to order. $

The Creamery Restaurant

86 Route 2 West, Danville, 6843484 n Closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: B, L, D; full bar n all-you-can-eat, res. recommended, table service n More than 400 teapots decorate the dining room at this inn, located in an 1847 Victorian building. Owner Steve Cobb bakes his own bread and desserts, and believes his pancakes to be “the best in the world.” Dinner is buffet-style, and is served on Friday and Saturday by reservation only. $$

44 Hill St., Danville, 684-3616 n Closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly n The chalkboard menu changes nightly, and there’s always a selection of fresh fish: Regulars are wild for the

1127 forest Lake Rd., averill, 822-5533 n Meals: B, L, D; ByoB n cash/check only, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, seasonal, table

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Dining at Quimby Country


Average Entrée Prices: $ $12 and under $$$$ $26-$32 $$$$$ price is $$ $13 to $18 no object $$$ $19 to $25

service, veg-friendly n Upscale dining in a historic fishing lodge, open to the public in July and August. The four-course, fine-dining menu changes nightly. Friday-night cookouts on the lake feature lobster, steaks, corn on the cob and clam chowder. $$$

The Eastside Restaurant 47 Landing St., Newport, 334-2340 n Meals: B, L, D; full bar n all-youcan-eat, delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, live music, tv n This place is famous for seafood bisque, as well as prime rib and local perch. Breakfast on weekends only. Sunday buffet. $$$

Goodfella’s Restaurant and Tavern 59 Parker Rd., Danville, 748-4249 n Closed: Mon., Tues.; Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, salad bar, table service, veg-friendly, tv n This lively, country-style tavern has a thing for maple syrup: they use it in their scallop entrée and on chicken. There’s a full salad bar, prime rib on Friday and Saturday, and local ice cream. $$

The Hardwick Village Restaurant 74 S. Main St., Hardwick, 472-5701 n Meals: B, L, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n Seat yourself at Hardwick’s homestyle diner, where everything is fresh and homemade. Locals love the $12.99 steak dinner — your choice of a Delmonico or T-bone from a local farm. Afterward, try the coconut cream or lemon meringue pie. $

The Jay Village Inn & Restaurant 1078 Route 242, Jay, 988-2306 n Meals: D; full bar n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, wi-fi, pool, tv n This relaxed, family-style restaurant serves a mean homemade chili, hand-cut steaks and shrimp and scallops in garlic cream sauce over linguine. Pub faves include buffalo wings, onion rings and mozzarella sticks. $$$

Juniper’s at the Wildflower Inn 2059 Darling Hill Rd., Lyndonville, 626-8310 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: B, Bru, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n Hearty — and healthy — comfort food served up in a country-inn setting. The popular meatloaf and shepherd’s pie are made from all-natural beef. Don’t eat meat? There’s polenta au gratin and eggplant roulade. Even the wine is organic. $$

Lyndon Freighthouse 1000 Broad St., Lyndonville, 626-1400 n Meals: B, L, D; beer & wine n kid-friendly, table service, live music n The location may be oldfashioned — the resto is a restored 1868 freight house boasting an interactive re-creation of 1940s Lyndonville — but the food is totally 21st century. Think organic, grass-fed local beef, organic wine, and 30 ice-cream flavors made on site. $

Mooselook Restaurant 1058 Main St., Concord, 6952950 n Meals: B, L, D n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n You can fill up for a fair price at this homey restaurant — patrons love the lasagna — but don’t forget to leave room for dessert: The pies, cakes and éclairs are homemade. $

Roaster’s Deli and Café 4267 Route 5, Derby, 334-6556 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: B, L n table service, wi-fi n Diners help themselves to coffee at this family-owned and operated café. Don’t miss the French toast sandwich. $

Upper Valley Grill & General Store 2967 Scott Highway, Groton, 5843101 n Meals: B, L, D n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veganfriendly, wi-fi n Snowmobiles, bikers and campers are big customers at this convenience store and eatery located near Groton State Forest. Get propane, rope, playing cards or a “Snowbird”: two poached eggs on an English muffin with bacon or sausage and homefries. They sell elk steaks, too. $

Warner’s Gallery 2284 Route 302, Wells River, 429-2120 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: Bru, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, salad bar, table service, vegan-friendly n A 50-item salad bar featuring shrimp and sticky buns is just the beginning at this antique-filled dinner spot. Prime rib and surf ‘n’ turf are specialties. Sunday brunch. $$

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Kham’s Thai Cuisine 1112 Memorial Dr., St. Johnsbury, 751-8424 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n kid-friendly, table service, wi-fi n The only Thai restaurant in St. Johnsbury serves lots of duck dishes and red curry with shrimp. The seafood is fresh, and so are the vegetables. $

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Valhalla Restaurant and Pub at the Inglenook Lodge 3866 Route 242, Jay, 988-2880 n Meals: B, D; full bar n kid-friendly, table service, wi-fi, karaoke, live music, tv n The decor is inspired by European ski lodges, and the dual menus — one featuring traditional German fare, the other American comfort food — change nightly. Try the maple bourbon pork loin with roasted garlic mashed potatoes. $$$

FRENCH L’Atrium at the Craftsbury Inn 107 S. Craftsbury Rd., Craftsbury, 586-2848 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: D; beer & wine n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, seasonal, table service, veganfriendly n On this working farm you’ll find fine French food without pretense. The table service is formal, but guests are encouraged to dress casually. Although the fare varies from day to day, escargot is a constant. Breakfast and lunch open to the public in certain seasons. $$$

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Hardwick House of Pizza Wolcott St., Hardwick, 472-3380 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, veg-friendly n You’ll get fast, friendly service — and all your basic pies — at this pizzeria. Get yours to go or sit in a dining room adorned with an Italian village mural. $

Lago Trattoria 95 Main St., Newport, 334-8222 n Meals: D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegfriendly, wi-fi, tv n Ready for fine Mediterranean dining on the shores of Lake Memphremagog? Options include grilled flatbread pizzas, frutti di mare and a 16-ounce rib-eye stuffed with Gorgonzola. The extensive wine list sports bottles ranging in price from $10 to $200. $$

Lyndonville House of Pizza 93 Main St., Lyndonville, 626-4500 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, tv n Kids are important customers at this familystyle restaurant serving pizza, pasta and Greek specialties. Although the TVs are often tuned to sports, cartoons get air time, too. $

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Ramunto’s Brick Oven 1216 Railroad St., St. Johnsbury, 751-8500 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n delivery, good for groups, kidfriendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Customer service is the number-one priority at this fun eatery, where most of the customers are regulars and you get “a lot of food for your money.” The chicken ranch and spicy buffalo pies are faves, as is the chicken parm. $

St. Johnsbury House of Pizza 287 Portland St., St. Johnsbury, 748-5144 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n This business has been family-owned since 1979. There are all the standard pies, plus anything a customer might request. The owner’s family recipes are used for Greek specialties such as spanakopita and baklava. $

The Parker Pie Company 161 County Rd., West Glover, 525-3366 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: L, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, all-ages shows n “Neighborly conversations” take place in the intimate dining room, and the pizza is “possibly the best in Vermont,” boasts co-owner Cavan Meese. He recommends the Margherita with basil, tomatoes and cheese. There’s pie for dessert, too, in apple, pumpkin and pecan varieties. $

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Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op Café 39 Main St., Hardwick, 472-6020 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: B, L n gluten-free options, kid-friendly, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n The staffers at this communally run co-op ensure that there’s something delicious for everybody: Alongside the vegetarian and vegan fare are dishes made with organic meats. Settle into the café for an espresso or made-to-order smoothie. $

Newport Natural Foods Café & Montgomery’s Café 194 Main St., Newport, 334-2626 n Meals: B, Bru, L; beer & wine n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, salad bar, veganfriendly, wi-fi n This full-service natural foods store has been around for 30 years; the salad and hot bars are slightly younger. Global specialties include spinach enchiladas, turkey salad wraps and three-layer quesadillas. Limited menu on Sunday. $

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The Mill Quechee,VT

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. Award-winning wine list. Private dining room. Lunch & dinner daily. Sunday brunch. Restaurant, Retail Store, Glassblowing & Pottery 1760 Quechee Main Street, Quechee,VT 802.295.1470 SimonPearce.com

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Osteria Pane e Salute For folks who haven’t had the pleasure of exploring the Italian countryside, it’s possible to dine at Pane e Salute without sampling a single familiar dish. At the eight-table eatery — which blends cool, modern décor with a few rustic touches — the menu is based on “heirloom” recipes that Caleb Barber and Deirdre Heekin have gathered during their annual travels to “il bel paese.” The nightly tasting menu, which is expertly paired with Italian wines from the cellar, changes depending on what’s seasonal and enticing. True to the spirits of both Italy and Vermont, much of it is prepared from ingredients grown in the restaurant’s garden, or produced by area farmers and artisans.

61 Central Street, Woodstock, 457-4882 On one evening, a wedge of water-buffalo ricotta from Woodstock’s own creamery is set atop roasted scallions as an appetizer. Another is a pile of lightly dressed, nutty arugula with beet cubes, roasted potato slices and house-pickled herring on the side. A primi portion of risotto comes topped with pork-cheek ragù and, for one main course, squid is wrapped around black-olive pesto, roasted and served with a side of escarole. Because the restaurant is so small, it’s not unusual to find Chef Barber and Heekin — she runs the front of the house — doing everything themselves. Barber may pop out of the kitchen to drop off a twirl of al dente pasta topped with garlicky bread

crumbs and cauliflower, or a fragrant portion of fennel-braised pork shoulder with lavender-scented white bean purée. Meanwhile, Heekin could be putting together an elegant cheese plate or recommending the restaurant’s infused liquors, such as her special rose-petalscented brandy. Patrons who have seen the duo gracefully negotiate the restaurant won’t be surprised to learn that they studied modern dance before becoming restaurateurs. They’ve also authored two books together, and Heekin has won prizes for her fiction. With that much creativity between them, it’s no wonder Barber and Heekin’s osteria is a work of art.


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BarBecue Big Fatty’s BBQ 1547 Maple St., route 14, Hartford Village, 295-5513 n closed: Mon., Tues.; Meals: L, D n delivery, glutenfree options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats n The joint’s slogan is “Put some South in your mouth.” Think “swamptail ‘gator” sausage, slow-smoked brisket and collard greens. All the sauces and rubs are homemade. $

conTeMporary Barnard Inn Restaurant and Max’s Tavern 5518 route 12, Barnard, 234-9961 n closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly n Owned and operated by a classically trained, husband-andwife team, this resto offers elegant, rustic cuisine. The menu changes nightly, but rack of lamb is a standard. The wine list is eclectic and extensive, with more than 350 selections. Hours vary seasonally, call first. $$$

Idlewood the Restaurant 54 Steel rd., Sharon, 763-5236 n closed: Mon., Tues., Sun.; Meals: D; full bar n table service, live music n Food is art at this fine Victorian inn and restaurant, owned by two award-winning chefs. Dinner is served in a 100-year-old barn featuring works by local craftspeople. Perfect for weddings. $$

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Keeper’s: A Country Café 3685 route 106, reading, 4849090 n closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: D; beer & wine n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly n There’s a schoolhouse theme at this funky, eclectic restaurant — you’ll see chalkboards and a portrait of George Washington on the walls. Customers give high marks to the “comfort food with a twist.” Call for occasional Sunday hours. $$

Mangowood Restaurant at the Lincoln Inn 530 route 4, Woodstock, 4573312 n closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: D n gluten-free options, good for groups, outdoor seats, res. recommended, seasonal, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n Chef-owner Theresa Tan’s recipes are influenced by Vermont and her Singapore upbringing. Think venison tenderloin spring rolls and tuna tartare with lychee essence. Closed for mud season. Call ahead. $$$

Norwich Inn: Main Dining Room 325 Main St., norwich, 649-1143 n closed: Mon.; Meals: B, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n The wine list is 200 bottles strong and ale is brewed on the premises at this white-tablecloth country inn. Farmers and other area food providers are listed on a separate menu page. $$$$

The Perfect Pear Café

1342 route 106, perkinsville, 263-9217 n closed: Mon., Tues.; Meals: D; full bar n res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, live music n The tavern’s à la carte and tasting menus change weekly to incorporate seasonal, local ingredients such as pork, veal, game birds and mushrooms. The intimate dining room has a working fireplace. In summer, dine on the deck and enjoy the fire pit. Piano music on Saturday evening. $$$$

48 Main St., Bradford, 222-5912 n closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n This is casual fine dining in an old grist mill — with exposed stone and wooden beams — overlooking a river and flower beds. The eclectic, seasonal menu changes regularly, but the crab cakes are a standard. In the summer, look for the house-smoked meats and fish. $$

The Jackson House Inn and Restaurant

Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm

114-3 Senior Lane, Woodstock, 4572065 n closed: Mon., Tues., Wed.; Meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, res. recommended, seasonal, table service, veg-friendly n Winner of the Wine Spectator “award of excellence” for 11 years running, this food-focused inn earned four diamonds from AAA.

1119 Quechee Main St., Quechee, 295-3133 n Meals: D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n The dining room in this romantic country inn features Queen Anne furniture and overlooks the Ottauquechee River. The slow-roasted crispy duck breast with

$ $12 and under $$$$ $26-$32 $$$$$ price is $$ $13 to $18 no object $$$ $19 to $25

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orange-apricot demi-glace is a best seller. A “supper” menu offers casual fare such as maple-stout-braised short ribs. $$$$

features dishes such as ginger pork meatloaf and grilled Caesar salad. Live music every other Tuesday. $$

Red Rooster

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14 The Green, Woodstock, 457-1100 n Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n There’s a local cheese list with raw and pasteurized goat, sheep and cow options at this inn restaurant. Start with braised pork belly or beef marrow with oxtail marmalade. Main courses include a diverse steak and seafood selection. $$$$

River Tavern at the Hawk Inn & Mountain Inn and Resort 75 Billings rd., plymouth, 6723362 n Meals: B, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, seasonal table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, live music n Right on Route 100, this inn offers elegant dining with beautiful views. Try the handmade lobster ravioli. In summer, enjoy barbecue and margaritas by the pool. Hours change seasonally, call first. $$$

Simon Pearce Restaurant 1760 Quechee Main St., Quechee, 295-1470 n Meals: Bru, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly n Elegant cuisine and localvore ethics meet in this old mill on the banks of the Ottauquechee River. Sample the signature horseradish-crusted cod or crispy roast duck with mango chutney at dinnertime. At lunch, try the sesame-seared chicken: It’s what Rachael Ray had when she visited. $$$$$

Three Stallion Inn & Restaurant 665 Stock Farm rd., randolph, 728-5575 n closed: Mon.; Meals: D; full bar n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, wi-fi, live music, tv n At the Three Stallion Inn, the chefs emphasize fresh, seasonal ingredients, such as Gaylord Farms beef and Misty Knoll chicken. In summer, work up an appetite on the hiking trails; in winter, try crosscountry skiing or snowshoeing. $$$

Tip Top Café 85 n. Main St., Suite 100, White river Junction, 295-3312 n closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: L, D; full bar n kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, wi-fi, live music n This funky café is located in an arts complex that also boasts a gallery, numerous studios and a paint-your-own pottery business. The eclectic menu

Bradford Mini Mart & Diner 530 Waits river rd., Bradford, 2229294 n Meals: B, L, D n kid-friendly, table service n You can fill up your gas tank, pick up some groceries and chow down on an order of cranberry pancakes at this diner-conveniencestore combo. Friday night is “fish night.” Get it baked, broiled or fried for $10.95. $

The Chelsea Diner 299 route 110, chelsea, 685-3000 n Meals: B, L n cash/check only, delivery, good for groups, kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly n People come here for the big, fluffy omelettes and the entertainment: Co-owner Heidi Silvia is a singer, and can often be heard belting it out in the kitchen. The 12-ounce ribeye and chicken tenders are hand-cut. Dinner Friday only. $

The Creek House Diner 1827 river St., Bethel, 234-9191 n Meals: B, L, D; beer & wine n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, salad bar, table service, veg-friendly n The hand-pressed burgers, bottomless cups of coffee and “Hungry Man” breakfast specials attract eaters from all over Central Vermont. There’s fresh fish on Friday and prime rib on Saturday, too. Owner Ginger Boardman promises, “You won’t walk away hungry.” $

Dixie’s Country Kitchen 5868 route 14, Sharon, 763-8721 n Meals: B, L, D n cash/check only, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n Kids chow down on the homemade blueberry pancakes and pies. Grown-ups love the eggs Benedict, seafood dishes and prime rib. Dinner served Thursday through Saturday. $

Dixies II route 110, chelsea, 685-7802 n Meals: B, L, D n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegfriendly, wi-fi n The women are in charge of this family restaurant in an old brick building still heated with a wood stove. The omelettes, burgers and open-faced sandwiches are big sellers. Dinner Friday only. $ diner cont. »

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The Farmers Diner 5573 Woodstock Rd., Quechee, 295-4600 n Meals: B, L, D; full bar n kid-friendly, table service, wi-fi n At this unique diner, 68 cents of every dollar goes directly to farmers and producers within a 70-mile radius. The hash ‘n’ eggs with house-made corned beef is a best seller. In summer there’s a dairy bar featuring Strafford Organic ice cream. Dinner served June through October. $

Ketner’s Second Cup Café 26 Cushing Dr., Bethel, 234-9323 n Meals: B, L, D n gluten-free options, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly n ”We’ve been cooking up soups, stews and homemade desserts for so long, we hardly need recipes,” says owner Rhonda Ketner. They roast their own turkey for sandwiches, too. Try the bread pudding and Vermont-y desserts such as maple custard and maple-pecan pie. $

Polka Dot Diner 7 Main St., White River Junction, 295-9722 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: B, L n cash/check only, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service n You’ll be treated like family at this railroad-themed diner, which serves breakfast all day. Chili is a specialty, and is served solo or atop burgers and dogs. Vermont classics like tripe and shepherd’s pie also grace the menu. $

SouP & SaNDWiCH Bliss Village Store & Deli 158 Main St., Bradford, 222-4617 n Meals: B, L, D n kid-friendly n Locals stop by this village store for lunch specials, homemade soups and sandwiches. The “Main Street” — with turkey, bacon and Swiss cheese — is a big seller. $

STeakHouSe/SeaFooD Bostock’s Black Angus Steakhouse 5817 Woodstock Rd., Quechee, 2951151 n Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, salad bar, table service, wi-fi, live music, pool, tv n The dining room is decorated with wagon wheels and saddles, and the aged beef is western, too. Want the farm-fresh salad bar with that? Five, flat-screen TVs lend the bar a sporty vibe. $$

Kedron Valley Inn Restaurant & Tavern 10671 South Rd., South Woodstock, 457-1473 n Closed: Tues., Wed.; Meals: B, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, D-32

seasonal, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, darts, tv n Enjoy hearty fare in a cozy colonial tavern or dining room. Faves include the Sunday “Burger and Brew” — a Cloudland Farm patty with a free draught beer — and filet mignon with red-wine-mushroom demi-glace. Call for hours. $$$

Tozier’s Restaurant 2678 River St., Bethel, 234-9400 n Meals: L, D; full bar n kid-friendly, seasonal, table service n A rustic dining room seats 120 at this lobster house. The Friday night seafood chowder is all the rage, and the whole clams, haddock dishes and fish ‘n’ chips are also popular. Tons of salads, too. Open April through October. $$

TRaDiTioNaL Barnard General Store & Café and Bakery

Junction House Buffet 39 S. Main St., White River Junction, 295-1778 n Meals: Bru, L, D; beer & wine n all-you-can-eat, table service, vegan-friendly n Few buffets are localvore or vegan-friendly, but this one is. ”Some people are turned off by the linen napkins,” says owner Lynn Caple. “But when you eat the food, you see they kind of go together.” $$

Mountain Creamery 33 Central St., Woodstock, 4571715 n Meals: B, L n cash/check only, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, seasonal, table service n The owners grow their own vegetables and raise beef cattle and pigs for their pulled ham and barbecued beef brisket. The apple pies, coleslaw, potato salad and ice cream are also made from scratch. $ 3657 Route 107, Stockbridge, 2349434 n Closed: Mon., Tues.; Meals: L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, live music, tv n They cater to children here, with toys and computer games. The steak tips are popular, and the pasta dishes are big sellers, too. There’s also a selection of reasonably priced “small plates.” $$

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Eaton’s Sugarhouse Restaurant and Gift Shop 5894 Route 14, South Royalton, 763-8809 n Meals: B, L n table service n The pancakes are huge, the maple-pecan pie is “killer” and the turkey for sandwiches is roasted and sliced in-house. Eaton’s also makes and sells syrup, Vermont jellies, salsas and homemade maple fudge and maple cream. Closed on Wednesday in winter. $

Fire Stones Restaurant Route 4, Waterman Place, Quechee, 295-1600 n Meals: Bru, L, D; full bar n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, live music n Find wood-fired flatbread at this rustic-elegant eatery. Also try pasta dishes, steaks and items cooked on the new rotisserie. Live entertainment Thursday and Saturday night. Brunch on Sunday only. $$

CHiNeSe Chan’s House 184 Main St., Bradford, 222-5474 n Meals: L, D; full bar n table service, tv n This fast ‘n’ friendly, family-run restaurant serves it up Szechuan-style. Try the General Gau’s chicken or the crab rangoon. $

China Moon 42 Sykes ave., White River Junction, 291-9088 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n all-you-can-eat, good for groups, kid-friendly, salad bar n Hot and sour soup, General Tso’s, house-made dumplings and crab legs draw diners to this buffet and take-out spot adjacent to the bus terminal. Prime rib featured on weekends. $

The Peavine

6134 Route 12, Barnard, 234-9688 n Meals: B, L n gluten-free options, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegfriendly, wi-fi n A 1950s ice cream counter and a wood stove give this general-store café a rustic appeal, but the edibles have modern sensibilities: The jam-packed breakfast — served all day — includes local chorizo and homemade corned beef hash. Cookies and pastries are made in-house. $ 3 elm St., Woodstock, 457-3232 n Meals: Bru, L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, dance floor, live music, tv n Serving comfort food in a Victorian-inspired dining room for more than 30 years. You can add chicken or shrimp to the “Bentley’s signature salad”: mixed greens topped with apples, cranberries, walnuts and Gorgonzola. Sunday brunch. $$$

open kitchen, the chef prepares fare to diners’ specifications. The owner calls the food “1000 percent fresh.” $

217 Maxham Meadow Way, Woodstock, 457-4066 n Meals: D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, tv n Bread and a house salad come with every entrée, and you can watch ‘em toss the greens in the open “garde manger” room. Get yours with the renowned “black & blue sirloin,” a Cajun steak garnished with blue cheese, bacon and scallions. $$

Your Place Restaurant Route 5, Fairlee, 333-9050 n Closed: Mon., Tues., Wed.; Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service n The mostly local crowd buys lots of Reubens and grilled turkey sandwiches. The fresh seafood dishes and weekend prime rib specials are hot, too. A surprise hit? Liver and onions. $

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CaMBoDiaN Ankor Wat 61 Pleasant St., Woodstock, 4579029 n Meals: L, D; BYoB n glutenfree options, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veganfriendly n Vermont’s only Cambodian restaurant serves Khmer cuisine, which combines Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian and French influences. In an

iNDiaN The Sunny Oasis 379 Lower Plain, Bradford, 2224467 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegfriendly, wi-fi n Fine Indian cuisine at the Bradford Motel, just off of exit 16 on I-91. Sample homestyle Indian dishes such as coconut shrimp curry and tandoori chicken, or American fare including a flame-broiled Delmonico with garlic butter and buffalo wings. $

BakeRieS Allechante (Two locations) Main St. and elm, Norwich, 649-2846 n 61 Central St., Woodstock, 457-3300 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: B, L, D n gluten-free options, outdoor seats, veganfriendly n This bakery, which also features a selection of prepared foods and gourmet goods, has two locations. Artisan treats include baguettes, brioche and croissant as well as lemon tarts, brownies and bread pudding. Norwich location closed on Sunday. $

King Arthur Flour Café (at the Baker’s Store) 135 Route 5, Norwich, 649-3361 n Meals: B, L n outdoor seats, veg-friendly, wi-fi n The café at King Arthur Flour serves up oodles of baked goods and more. Soups and sandwiches are made daily, and there are cappuccino and espresso drinks. Free samples, too. $


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Maple Grove Coffee House & LuLu Belles Treats 1 Quechee Main St. at Fat Hat Corner, Quechee, 296-0011 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: B, L n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n Owner and retail manager Christina Gorman recommends the apricot-ginger pound cake and chocolate espresso cake at her wholesale bakery and café. After enjoying a freshly made scone, bring home a take-and-bake quiche. $

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PuB The Hungry Bear Pub & Grill 776 Lower Plain, Bradford, 222-5288 n Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, tv n Get a buffalo chicken wrap, nachos or surf ‘n’ turf with fresh seafood and hand-cut steak. The local crowd digs the relaxed vibe and the six beers on tap, including local microbrews and Bud Lite. Cheesecake Factory slices are popular for dessert. $$

Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse 325 Main St., Norwich, 649-1143 n Meals: L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Located inside the Norwich Inn, this alehouse offers its own, award-winning beer as well as upscale pub food. It’s located near the Dartmouth campus, so the crowd includes lots of professors and alumni. The crab cakes are a big hit. No lunch on Monday. $$

Long Trail Brewing Company Visitors Center & Pub 5520 Route 4, Bridgewater Corners, 672-5011 n Meals: L; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegfriendly, wi-fi n Sit at rustic picnic tables while noshing on burgers, fries, wings and homemade onion rings. There are six-plus beers on draught at all times, including a seasonal offering. In summer, hang out on the riverside deck. $

Skunk Hollow Tavern 12 Brownsville Rd., Hartland Four Corners, 436-2139 n Closed: Mon., Tues.; Meals: D; full bar n kidfriendly, table service, live music n Eat in the elegant upstairs dining room or downstairs in the English pub. Either way, you can order casual favorites such as fish ‘n’ chips or fancier fare such as filet mignon or baked hamachi. The building dates back to the 1790s. $$

coffEE/tEa Three Bean Café 22 Pleasant St., Randolph, 7283533 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: B, L n cash/check only, gluten-free options, good for groups, kidfriendly, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Soup and sandwich specials — using local ingredients — change daily, and the croissant, muffins and other pastries are homemade. You’ll find the usual coffee drinks, including cappuccino and espresso, all with beans from Vermont Coffee Company. Dinner and live music Thursday. $

EclEctic The Prince & the Pauper 24 Elm St., Woodstock, 457-1818 n Meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly n An intimate, chef-owned restaurant in a converted 1822 carriage house. The prix-fixe dinner changes nightly, but the boneless rack of lamb wrapped in puff pastry — “Carre D’Agneau Royale” — is always on the menu. There’s an à la carte bistro menu, too. $$$$

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FRENCH Carpenter & Main 326 Main St., Norwich, 649-2922 n Closed: Tues., Wed.; Meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly n The menu changes regularly at this chef-owned restaurant, where the slogan is “fresh local ingredients cooked in the French tradition.” Accordingly, the eatery features a casual bistro menu — the Wood Creek burger is a best seller — as well as upscale fine dining. $$$

The Parker House Inn & Restaurant 1792 Quechee Main St., Quechee, 295-6077 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, outdoor seats, res. required, seasonal table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, live music n Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong play in the background while diners enjoy seasonal classic fare — such as bouillabaisse and steak frites — and modern comfort food. The dining room boasts French-gothic architecture and tablecloths from Provence. $$$$

italiaN/pizzEria Cockadoodle Pizza Café 269 Main St., Bethel, 234-9666 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n cash/ check only, good for groups, kidfriendly, outdoor seats, veganfriendly, wi-fi n The “Bethel Ranch” pizza — with chicken, broccoli, onions, bacon and ranch dressing — is a best seller, as is “Nell’s Tuna Melt,” made on a panini grill. A basket of toys keeps kids engaged while grownups relax with wi-fi in comfy chairs. $

Colatina Exit 164 Main St., Bradford, 222-9008 n Meals: L, D; full bar n delivery, kid-friendly, table service, wi-fi, live music n Here the country-style Italian food is made from scratch, and the family-friendly dining room is candlelit. There are hand-cut steaks, seafood entrées and fresh salads. Local musicians provide entertainment. $$

Main Street Pizza 174 Main St., Bradford, 222-4533 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: L, D n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, veganfriendly, wi-fi n It’s fast, friendly, and seats about 50. They sell lots of the standard pies, such as cheese and pepperoni, along with salads, subs, pasta dishes and calzones. $

Monacos NY Style Pizza Route 4, Quechee, 296-7700 n Meals: L, D n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly n This Quechee pizza joint “delivers everywhere” and offers “absolutely humongous” grinders and 18” pies in multiple varieties: Don’t miss the “chicken bacon ranch.” All of the toppings are made fresh, including the roasted peppers and the meats. Closed on Monday and Tuesday in winter. $

H Osteria Pane e Salute (See pg. 29) 61 Central St., Woodstock, 457-4882 n Closed: Mon., Tues., Wed.; Meals: D; beer & wine n gluten-free options, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly n There are only eight tables at this intimate, regional-Italian eatery, where the seasonal menu changes weekly and features some home-grown ingredients. An extensive, all-Italian wine cellar is stocked with many organic and sustainable offerings. After you dine, pick up a copy of the owners’ cookbook. $$$

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Randolph Village Pizza 1 S. Main St., Randolph, 728-9677 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n Everything is homemade at this 20-year-old pizza and pasta joint. The pizza comes in lots of varieties, such as vegetarian, “all-meat,” Greek and Hawaiian, but the “Village Special” is a best seller. It’s topped with peppers, onions, ‘shrooms, hamburg and sausage. $

Royalton Village Pizza 5789 Route 14, Royalton, 763-2800 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n kidfriendly, veg-friendly n Exceptional service is the hallmark of this pizza joint, where “customer requests are always honored.” There are lots of specialty pies, including Greek, Hawaiian and a loaded veggie version. According to one business partner, the steak ‘n’ cheese sub is “the best in the world.” $

markEt & café Woodstock Farmers’ Market 468 Woodstock Rd., Woodstock, 457-3658 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: L, D n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, salad bar, vegan-friendly n Hot and cold entrées, fresh soups and numerous salads change daily. But 25 signature sandwiches — prepared to order between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. — are menu standards. The market itself features specialty products such as chocolate and imported olive oil. $

South-of-thE BorDEr The Bare Mexican Restaurant 17 S. Main St., Randolph, 728-6579 n Closed: Mon., Tues., Wed., Sun.; Meals: L, D; beer & wine n glutenfree options, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly n Owner Gary Demara really knows south-of-theborder food: He lived in Mexico for five years, and uses family recipes for traditional specials such as carne asada, chile rellenos and turkey molé. Need more spice? Select one of the many condiments from the “wall of hot sauce.” No lunch in winter. $

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Black Sheep Bistro

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Black Olive Caesar Salad Lobster Ravioli, Tarragon Beurre Blanc Chicken & Mushroom Dumplings, Truffle Oil and Soy Demi Glace Venison Egg Rolls, Dijon Mustard Demi Glace Crab Pancakes, Lime Zest Emulsion

Waldorf Salad Creamy Vinaigrette, Bacon, Apples, Candied Walnuts, Sharp Cheddar

ENTREES Coriander Crusted Bistro Steak, Cracked Pepper Cream Broiled Haddock, Yellow Curry Coconut Sauce Bacon & Brie Stuffed Chicken Breast, Balsamic Cream

Venison Cigar Rolls Maple Horseraddish Dipping Sauces Seared Scallop Wilted Arugula, Marinated Red Peppers, Creamy Pesto

ENTREES Seared Red Snapper Chilled ASian Noodle Salad, Orange Cardamom Glaze Buttermilk Marinated Pork Chop Spicy Black Beans, Mango Salsa, Fried Plantains

Roasted Duck Breast, Maple Demi Glace

Grilled Filet Mignon Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Tarragon Mushroom Cream Sauce

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APPETIZERS Shiitake Ginger Miso Soup Cabbage Spring Roll Asparagus & Parmesan Frittata Tomato and Basil Salad Mini Mushroom Crepes Shredded Duck Confit Cherry Orange Compote ENTREES Creamy Tofu and Spinach Dip Stuffed Artichoke Grilled Red Onion Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce Coriander Crusted Leg of Lamb Curried Potato Cauliflower Stew Minted Pea Salad Open-Faced Moroccan Lentil Burger Pomegranate Watercress Salad 14 House Brewed Beers on Tap.

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McGrath’s Irish Pub at the Inn at the Long Trail 709 Route 4, Killington, 775-7181

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When bars advertise they’ve got “rock,” they’re usually talking about music. At McGrath’s Pub, in an inn on Pico Mountain, they mean it literally: The dining room and pub are built around a massive boulder. In addition to nature’s contribution to the decor, the bustling bar area is packed with Irish memorabilia, from gaudy Guinness ads to facsimiles of historical documents. On one blustery day, hungry patrons in ski clothes watch rugby on a massive, flat-screen TV and suck down pints of ale. In one corner, a digital clock counts down ’til the next St. Paddy’s Day. The fun, friendly vibe is enhanced by Irish music, from classic tunes to U2 hits. It’s no surprise that the cuisine skews the same way as the songs. A cornedbeef plate, bangers and beer-braised onions all grace the menu. And, of course, there’s a thick Irish stew, made with hunks of beef, potatoes, carrots and peas — and just a hint of beer. Not interested in eating Irish? There’s roasted duck with pear sauce, a vegetarian strudel and a very Vermont-y baked veal with maple ham and cheddar, too. Appetizers range from $2.94 for a bowl of soup to $6.50 for seafood-stuffed ’shrooms. Entrées max out at $22.95. After a day on the slopes, this cozy restaurant guarantees a rockin’ good time.


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Contemporary Choices Restaurant and Rotisserie 2820 Killington rd., Killington, 422-4030 n Closed: mon., tues.; meals: Bru, D, Late; full bar n kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n There’s an extensive menu — with lots of seafood, steak and homemade pasta — at this casually elegant eatery with an upscale bar and great mountain views. Try the rotisserie sampler of chicken, lamb and pork. Closed Monday and Tuesday in summer. Sunday brunch in winter. $$$

Heli’s at the Mountainview Lodge 78 route 4, mendon, 773-4311 n Closed: mon., tues.; meals: B, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Sample Eastern European and New American specialties near the stone fireplace or on the deck overlooking Pico Mountain. The chef is famous for his schnitzel, seafood risotto and warm chocolate lava cake. Want a “broken leg?” It’s a soothing blend of hot apple cider and rum. $$

Hemingway’s Restaurant 4988 route 4, Killington, 422-3886 n Closed: mon.; meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly n Co-owner Ted Fondulas is an award- winning chef. You can dine in the rustic wine cellar, under chandeliers in the elegant main room, or in a cozy back room with a fireplace. Multicourse and wine-tasting menus available. Sometimes closed on Tuesday. $$$$

Lilac Inn 53 park St., Brandon, 247-5463 n Closed: mon., tues., Sun.; meals: D; full bar n good for groups, outdoor seats, res. recommended, seasonal, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Tuscan steak salad is one example of the “upscale American” cuisine served at this elegant-butcomfortable country inn. Call for hours. $$$

Ovations Restaurant at the Killington Grand 228 east mountain rd., Killington, 422-6111 n meals: B, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, seasonal, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n The spacious dining room boasts white linens, but the casual fare ranges from burgers to filet mignon. $$$

Restaurant at the Birch Ridge Inn 37 Butler rd., Killington, 422-4293 n Closed: mon., tues.; meals: D; full bar n res. recommended, table service, wi-fi n The menu — which blends American and Continental cuisine — changes weekly, but the chef is well known for his venison and lamb dishes. Desserts are made in-house. The wine list offers around 120 selections from around the world. Hours change seasonally. $$$

The Vermont Inn 69 route 4, mendon, 775-0708 n Closed: tues., Wed.; meals: D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n Chef Hatch is at the helm of this cozy restaurant with a big stone fireplace and table linens. Diners clamor for his herbed rack of lamb and traditional turkey dinners. Hours vary, call first. $$$

Diner Birdseye Diner 590 main St., Castleton, 486-5817 n meals: B, L, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n John and Pam Rehlen’s fully restored 1940s Silk City diner mixes classic diner fare with more upscale dishes. $

Brandon Falls Diner 25 Center St., Brandon, 247-5203 n meals: B, L n good for groups, kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly n Biscuits, hash and sausage gravy are homemade at this rustic diner. You can get the homemade desserts by the slice, or order a whole pie. $

JR’s Eatery 4601 route 7, pittsford, 483-2348 n meals: B, L, D n cash/check only, table service n This 24-year-old traditional family diner serves everything from pancakes and French toast to BLTs and cheeseburgers. Breakfast is available all day, and the pies and muffins are homemade. $

Mary’s Café 458 main St., West rutland, 4382422 n meals: B, L n cash/check only, delivery, kid-friendly, table service, wi-fi n Look for daily specials at this country diner: chicken and biscuits on Monday; meatloaf on Wednesday. Berry-and-cream pie every day. $

Midway Diner 120 S. main St., rutland, 775-9901 n meals: B, L, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n Open since 1948, this old-time eatery serves steaks, seafood and traditional diner fare. $

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SnaCKBar/Cart Roxie’s Snack Bar 175 S. main St., rutland, 468-2800 n meals: L, D n cash/check only, delivery, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, seasonal, veg-friendly n This seasonal creemee stand has been in the family for around 50 years. The hand-cut French fries are a steady seller, and the homemade relish is popular, too. $

Village Snackbar 389 West St., rutland, 855-8781 n meals: L, D; ByoB n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, seasonal, veg-friendly n Choose from fresh seafood, freshpatted burgers or foot-long hotdogs at this seasonal snack bar and creemee stand. It’s a Rutland tradition! Open March through October. $

Soup & SanDWiCh Castleton Pizza Place & Deli 575 main St., Castleton, 468-2911 n meals: L, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n The pizza and sandwich offerings are classic, but the dough is made from scratch. Enjoy a meal in the stylish dining room or stop by for a shot of espresso. $

Constantino’s Italian Imports 10 terrill St., rutland, 747-0777 n Closed: Sun.; meals: L, D; beer & wine n wi-fi n This Italian grocery — which sells pasta, wine, cheese and a variety of deli meats — also offers Italian specialties for lunch and dinner. Get a substantial sandwich, one of many pasta salads, or try the killer chicken parm. $

Gill’s Delicatessen 68 Strongs ave., rutland, 773-7414 n Closed: Sun.; meals: L, D n cash/ check only, delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, vegan-friendly n A popular deli offering crabmeat grinders and other hefty sandwiches on homemade rolls. $

Sandwich Shoppe 62 merchants row, rutland, 7732580 n Closed: Sun.; meals: B, L n cash/check only, kid-friendly, veg-friendly n There are more than 160 items on the menu here. Try the turkey, Swiss and dill sandwich. $

Vermont Bagel Café 155 Woodstock ave., rutland, 775-1144 n meals: B, L n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n This café, where it’s “more than just a bagel,” cooks up homemade bagels, soups, salads and sandwiches. Pies and pastries are also homemade. $

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Vermont Sandwich Company of Brandon 11 Conant Square, Brandon, 247-9622 n meals: L, D n delivery, kid-friendly n This local sandwich company comes up with some interesting combos. Try the popular “Patriot,” with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. $

Yellow Submarine & Deli 24 terrill St., rutland, 747-4800 n meals: L, D n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, veg-friendly n Don’t miss the popular pork sandwich with hickory-flavored barbecue sauce and provolone cheese. Also awardwinning daily specials, soups and homemade desserts, too. $

SteaKhouSe/SeafooD Paynter’s Restaurant and the Centre Stage Lounge at Holiday Inn 476 route 7, rutland, 775-1911 n meals: B, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, dance floor, karaoke, live music, tv n You can get prime rib, broiled salmon, burgers and sandwiches at this steakhouse. On Fridays and some Saturdays, stay for karaoke and dancing at the Centre Stage Lounge next door. Lunch served Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. $$

The Saltwater Cowboy 209 n. main St., rutland, 773-6060 n Closed: mon., Sun.; meals: L, D n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service n The decor is reminiscent of Maine or the Cape, and fresh seafood is trucked up from Boston daily. Affordable faves include fish ‘n’ chips and clam chowder. Dinners come with fries and coleslaw. Wanna cook your own? They sell it raw, too. $

Sirloin Saloon 200 S. main St., rutland, 773-7900 n meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, salad bar, table service, veganfriendly n This Southwestern-themed steakhouse has a motto: “Serving you steak, seafood and smiles.” Try the house favorite — teriyaki sirloin with a side of sautéed mushrooms. $$$

South Station at Trolley Square 170 S. main St., rutland, 775-1736 n meals: Bru, L, D; full bar n good for groups, salad bar, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n A reasonablypriced, chef-owned restaurant located in a historic, turn-of-the century trolley barn. There’s a luncheon buffet as well as à la carte options. $$ american cont. »

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Grist Mill Restaurant & Lounge

2229 Killington Rd., Killington, 422-6171 n Meals: D, Late; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, salad bar, seasonal, table service, veg-friendly, dance floor, live music n Open from Halloween to Easter, this 44-year-old steakhouse is a Killington tradition. The “soup, salad and bread bar” comes with all entrées, including hand-cut Angus steaks and prime rib. Live entertainment nightly. $$$

Summit Pond, Killington, 422-3970 n Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, seasonal, table service, veg-friendly, dance floor, live music, pool, tv n The menu here is chock-full of comfort-food faves: French onion soup, Yankee pot roast and hot turkey over apple, raisin and herb dressing. Over 21? Try a Goombay smash — rum, fruit juice and coconut cream served in a mason jar. Ski magazine called it “the best après ski drink in the country.” Call for hours.

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The Inside Scoop

23 center St., Rutland, 775-9800 n closed: Sat., Sun.; Meals: L, D n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n Set in a rustic wooden building, this health-conscious restaurant is run by the spiritual Twelve Tribes community. Get homemade wraps, salads and soups in the dining room; a full maté and coffee bar is in the back. $$

22 Park St., brandon, 247-6600 n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, seasonal, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n This old-fashioned ice cream parlor and soda fountain serves sundaes, shakes, malts, smoothies and floats. Or buy antiques and retro candy bars such as Idaho Spud, Abba-zaba and Cherry Mash. Closed on Tuesday in winter. $

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Patricia’s Restaurant

158 Main St., Poultney, 287-4064 n closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: L, D; full bar n cash/check only, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, darts, pool n College students, families and the local blue-collar crowd choose from a selection of 20 beers on tap, including local microbrews and British ales. Dinner options range from burgers to prime rib and king crab. Lunch on Friday and Saturday. $$

18-20 center St., brandon, 2473223 n Meals: bru, L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegfriendly n From spaghetti to baked haddock, this restaurant has a varied menu and an outdoor theme. Duck decoys and taxidermy abound. Sunday brunch. $$

Blanche and Bill’s Pancake House 586 Route 4, bridgewater corners, 422-3816 n closed: tues., Wed.; Meals: bru, L n kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n Choose from 30 specials that combine homemade pancakes, waffles and French toast with eggs, potatoes and breakfast meats. A big seller is the “Anytime Special,” which comes with two flapjacks, two sausages and two eggs. $

Cattails Restaurant 2146 Route 7, brandon, 247-9300 n closed: Mon.; Meals: b, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly n This cozy eatery caters to couples, families and snowmobilers. Try the barbecued ribs, fish ‘n’ chips or eggplant Napoleon. Breakfast on weekends only. $$

Clem & Company 3 center St., Rutland, 747-3340 n Meals: b, L; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n This homestyle eatery cooks up quiche, omelettes, homemade corned-beef hash and sandwiches. Voted “Best Breakfast in Rutland” for the past nine years. $ E-38

Perry’s Main Street Eatery 253 Main St., Poultney, 287-5188 n Meals: b, L, D n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly n Owners Walt and Donna Perry strive to maintain a comfortable atmosphere showcasing home-cooked food. On Wednesday, there’s homemade chicken and biscuits. Saturday nights visit for the barbecued baby-back ribs. $$

Red Brick Grill 28 Depot St., Poultney, 287-2323 n closed: Mon., tues.; Meals: D; full bar n res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, live music n Chef Frank Rhodes — of Gotham Bar & Grill fame — turns out dishes featuring local meats, handmade pastas and woodfired pizzas using an Italian clay oven. $$$

Rutland Restaurant 55-57 Merchants Row, Rutland, 7757447 n closed: Sun.; Meals: b, L, D; full bar n cash/check only, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service n This restaurant hasn’t changed much in 90 years. Owner Stratton Anagnos serves “American food with a Mediterranean flair.” Try the Greek pastries and the pies, pot pies and quiche from Burnham Hollow. $$

Sugar and Spice Route 4, Mendon, 773-7832 n Meals: b, L n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly n Maple syrup is made on the premises at this gift shop and restaurant, styled to look like an old barn. Pumpkin pancakes keep ‘em coming, and waffles with ice cream are served as an entrée! $

Tapas Restaurant & Tavern

128 Merchants Row, Rutland, 775-1550 n closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: L, D; full bar n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, live music, other games, pub quiz/ trivia, tv n Check out the weekly live music at this Caribbean-themed restaurant. The portobello mushroom à la tapas is a house favorite. Live music, trivia nights and tarot card readings enliven the proceedings. $$

Watershed Tavern & Restaurant 31 center St., brandon, 247-0100 n closed: tues.; Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, darts, karaoke, live music, other games, tv n Take in local art and a view of the waterfall while dining on comfort food. Favorites include Maryland crab cakes with lime mayo, burritos, soups and salads with homemade dressings. Try the seasonal specials, too. Occasional live music and lots of games. Lunch only on winter weekends. $

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chiNeSe Li’s Chinese Restaurant 34 conant Square, brandon, 2478818 n Meals: L, D n Get your lo-mein to go, or eat it right here. The roast pork and “happy family” dishes are also popular. $

Number One Chinese Restaurant 159 S. Main St., Rutland, 775-9955 n Meals: L, D n The General Tso’s is a big hit here. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. $

Orient Taste Express Diamond Run Mall, Rutland, 7730622 n Meals: bru, L, D n veg-friendly n The boneless spareribs are a big seller at this mall restaurant. $

Rutland Buffet 26 Rutland Shopping Plaza, Rutland, 775-4717 n Meals: L, D n all-youcan-eat, table service n At this buffet-style Chinese restaurant, eat all you can for $7.20 at lunch, $10.50 for dinner. Chicken and seafood dishes are popular. $

JAPANeSe Tokyo House 106 West St., Rutland, 786-8080 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n A variety of Japanese dishes — including sushi and teriyaki — is available for dine-in or take-out. $$

PAN-ASiAN New Shanghai and Tokyo Restaurant 271 N. Main St., Rutland, 786-8088 n Meals: L, D n all-you-can-eat, kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly n The owners of this restaurant are from Shanghai, but they also serve sushi. The pork-fried rice and egg roll combination is popular. $

Sushi Yoshi 1807 Killington Rd., Killington, 422-4241 n Meals: L, D; full bar n delivery, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, seasonal, table service, vegan-friendly n The extensive menu is chock-full of Chinese and Japanese delights. There’s lots of maki, such as the “Phishfood Roll” with yellowtail, spicy mayo, avocado and roe and the “Let-it-Roll” made with eel, shrimp and cucumber. Closed in summer. $$

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Gourmet Provence 37 center St., brandon, 247-3002 n closed: Sun.; Meals: b, L n kidfriendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly, wi-fi n There are a few tables in this bakery, wine store and gift shop — an outgrowth of nearby Café Provence. The bread and pastries are homemade daily, as are the sandwiches, soups and salads. Closed on Sunday in winter. $

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bAR Center Street Saloon 58 center St., Rutland, 775-6994 n full bar, darts, pool, tv n This downtown neighborhood bar is run by the Shea family.

Friar’s Tavern 56 Strongs Ave., Rutland, 773-2901 n full bar n cash/check only, darts, karaoke, pool, tv n You’ll find karaoke and all the usual bar games at this local hangout.

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Magoo’s 52 Strongs Ave., Rutland, 773-9839 n Meals: Late; full bar n cash/check only, good for groups, outdoor seats, darts, other games, pool, tv n Locals unwind at this working man’s bar. It’s noted for sports, but there’s a jukebox, too.

Two Shea’s 34 Wales St., Rutland, 773-6668 n full bar n cash/check only, good for groups, outdoor seats, darts, pool, tv n This downtown neighborhood bar also has a deck.

NightcLub Pickle Barrel Nightclub 1741 Killington Rd., Killington, 422-3035 n full bar n good for groups, table service, all-ages shows, dance floor, live music, tv, cover n With four bars and weekend live shows, this club has kept Killington rocking for over 30 years. Skiers and ‘boarders are the main clientele, so summers shows are sporadic.

Side Lines 2 center St., Rutland, 773-4300 n closed: Mon., Sun.; full bar n cash/ check only, dance floor, darts, live music, pool, tv, sometimes cover n Drop in on weekends to hear a variety of rock bands — there’s no cover in the winter. An outdoor patio expands the warm-weather capacity. Blues nights on Tuesday. Open mic on Wednesday night.

Pub CJ Suds South 174 S. Main St., Rutland, 775-3775 n Meals: L, D, Late; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, dance floor, darts, pool, tv n Bikers are welcome at this local roadhouse serving ribeye steaks and, of course, lots of beer. $

Jax Food & Games 1667 Killington Rd., Killington, 422-5334 n Meals: D, Late; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veganfriendly, wi-fi, all-ages shows, dance floor, live music, other games, pool, tv, sometimes cover n The eatery bills itself as “local-friendly,” with some of the lowest food prices in the area. Kids’ meals are only $5. Parents can enjoy “Cali” chicken and avocado sandwiches or Jax burgers with handcut fries. $

Jilly’s Sports Bar 24 Merchants Row, Rutland, 775-6919 n Meals: L, D, Late; full bar n table service, dance floor, darts, karaoke, live music, pool, tv, sometimes cover n Local rock bands compete with televisions at this sports

bar that claims to have the cheapest drinks in town. Hungry? Try the “fat bitch” — a Philly cheese steak with mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, onion rings and French fries mixed in with the meat, topped with mayo and ketchup. $

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Pub at the Inn at the Long Trail (see pg. 35) 709 Route 4, Killington, 775-7181 Meals: L, D; full bar n kid-friendly, seasonal, table service, wi-fi, darts, live music, tv n Hearty Irish and American fare warms up skiers and hikers in a dining room built around a massive boulder. The Guinness stew and shepherd’s pie are popular. Veggie options, too. In winter, lunch is only served on weekends. Live music Friday and Saturday nights. $$ n

Out of Bounds Sports Bar & Night Club 148 State St., Rutland, 773-7979 n Meals: L, D; full bar n kid-friendly, table service, darts, live music, pool, tv n This sports bar takes pride in its pricing. Try the ribeye with fries for $11.95, or a traditional burger with fries for $6.95. $

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Clem’s Café 101-103 Merchants Row, Rutland, 775-3337 n Meals: b, L n kidfriendly n A staff member says coming to Clem’s is “like stepping into an upscale New York City coffee house.” The brews, fresh-baked muffins, turnovers and croissants are big draws. Soup, salads and chili are available until 5 p.m. on weekdays. $

Gene’s Beans Diamond Run Mall, Rutland, 7730409 n Meals: b, L, D n table service n Don’t let the mall kiosk fool you. Gene serves over 20 kinds of freshroasted coffee and his own custom blends. His beans are also distributed to lots of local restaurants. Pastries come from a local bakery. $

Java News 88 Merchants Row, Rutland, 7756225 n closed: Sat., Sun.; Meals: b, L n cash/check only, veg-friendly n This grab-and-go coffee shop serves nearly three dozen flavors of coffee — including blueberry — as well as sandwiches and salads. $

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Little Harry’s 121 West St., Rutland, 747-4848 n Meals: D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly n “An oasis for the passionate appetite” is the slogan at this open-minded restaurant in the heart of downtown

Rutland. It has everything from Thai to American cuisine, served in a casual, cozy atmosphere. $$

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The Countryman’s Pleasure 3 town Line Rd., Mendon, 773-7141 n closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: D; full bar n kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n Dine by candlelight in an 1824 colonial farmhouse setting. Fine food from Austria and Germany is supplemented by American offerings. Chef-owned and operated. $$$

FRENch Café Provence 11 center St., brandon, 247-9997 n Meals: bru, L, D; full bar n good for groups, kidfriendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegfriendly n This spacious French restaurant is run by former NECI chef Robert Barral. Try the seafood stew: scrod, shrimp and mussels served over saffron risotto with garlic and lobster broth. Closed on Monday in winter. $$$

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A Crust Above

215 Woodstock Ave., Rutland, 7474700 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n delivery, good for groups, kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly n Let the kids play while you enjoy one of 21 kinds of gourmet pizza. Wild Willy’s Red Potato Pie combines sour cream, sliced red potatoes, bacon, broccoli and cheddar. Special dinner entrées on weekends. $

Blue Cat Bistro 575 Main St., castleton, 468-2791 n closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, tv n There’s fresh clam zuppa and broccoli rabe on the menu, but diners seeking casual fare can also nosh on mozzarella sticks or pork chops with fries. Van Gogh would approve of the “fiber optic starry-night ceiling.” $$

Brandon House of Pizza (Two locations) 33 center St., brandon, 247-8177 n 144 grove St., Rutland, 747-6969 n Meals: L, D n good for groups, kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n This family-owned restaurant has kept mouths watering for more than 19 years. Try the Greek pizza. $

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The Garlic 1724 Killington Rd., Killington, 422-5055 n Meals: D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly, tv n Linguine with puttanesca sauce — chunks of tomato, capers and olives — is a signature dish. The bar draws an over-30 crowd for fancy ‘tinis and tapas. $$$

The Palms Restaurant 36 Strongs Ave., Rutland, 773-2367 n closed: Sun.; Meals: D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly n The Sabataso family runs this eatery — a Rutland tradition since 1933. Try the Neopolitan Pizza or the nightly gourmet specials. $$

Poultney House of Pizza 245 Main St., Poultney, 287-9439 n closed: Mon.; Meals: L, D n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly n The hot-wing pizza and barbecue chicken pizza are popular at this fast and friendly pizzeria. $

Ramunto’s Sicilian Pizza 102 Strongs Ave., Rutland, 7479980 n Meals: L, D n delivery, kidfriendly n This Sicilian pizzeria fires up a lot of garlic-knot pizza, named for its garlic and Parmesan dough. Pies are hand-tossed right in front of you. Bring coins for the jukebox. $

Sabby’s Pasta House & Sports Lounge 31/33 center St., Rutland, 7734342 n closed: Sun.; Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegfriendly, wi-fi n ”People just keep coming back” to this family-oriented, sports-themed restaurant, says the manager. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable, and the sauces and soups are homemade and fresh. $$

Sal’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria 148 West St., Rutland, 775-3360 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n delivery, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n This old-time Italian restaurant has a number of specialties, including shrimp and scallops in a spicy red clam sauce served over linguini. $$

Three Tomatoes Trattoria 88 Merchants Row, Rutland, 747-7747 n Meals: D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n This Tuscan-themed trattoria boasts an open kitchen. The sauce is homemade; the olive oil, cheese and pastas are imported from Italy. $$

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Two Brothers Tavern and Two Brothers Lounge & Stage 86 Main Street, Middlebury, 388-0002 Middlebury is a college town, but for years — since the drinking age went from 18 to 21 — it’s lacked for nightlife. Two Brothers Tavern changed that when it opened in 2008. A steep flight of stairs leads to the “lounge & stage,” which features big-screen TVs, a lengthy bar and leather couches. Townies and students alike come in to enjoy the bountiful musical acts, karaoke and trivia night. But there’s food here, too, and it’s not the freshman fare you might expect. For one thing, the eatery

is a member of the Vermont Fresh Network, which is code for “serious restaurant.” The menu features all kinds of area food producers, including Vermont Butter & Cheese Co., Misty Knoll and Boyden Farms. Happily, the local items get star treatment. A Boyden top sirloin is grilled to perfection, drizzled with a rosemary and blue cheese sauce and served with a mound of rustic, Cabot-cheddar-laced mashed potatoes. “Chicken & Dumplings” features a creamy, garlicky stew dotted with vegetables and chunks of

meat from Misty Knoll. The dish is homey yet flavorful. The chefs at Two Brothers are big on DIY. The meat used in the smoked-pork sandwich gets its hickory bath right at the restaurant. So does a rainbow trout filet, which comes as an appetizer with mounds of local chevre, baby spinach, lemon wedges and pieces of warmed, extra-puffy pita. The homemade chocolate porter cake? It’s one more reason to get off campus.


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LUNCH • DINNER • WEEKEND BRUNCH OUTDOOR DINING • CATERING Charismatic, charming and family-owned, Two Brothers Tavern is an essential Vermont dining experience – whether you’re seeking an elegant entree, casual cuisine or live entertainment. An affordable menu features homemade items made from farm-fresh produce and locally-raised meats. Visit us for lunch, dinner or our award-winning Saturday & Sunday Brunch - featuring our famous Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar!

LIVE MUSIC

Rock, Bluegrass, Groove, Americana, Jazz

EXTENSIVE MENU

Sandwiches, Salads, Small Plates, Pizza

FULL BAR

Including free pool and darts

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Contemporary Almost Home 28 north St., Bristol, 453-5775 n Closed: Sun.; meals: B, Bru, L, D n gluten-free options, kid-friendly, vegan-friendly n This restaurant and country-store market offers take-home meals, salads, soups and a wide assortment of pastries. There’s also an espresso bar. $

Basin Harbor Club: The Main Dining Room 4800 Basin Harbor rd., Vergennes, 475-2311 n meals: B, Bru, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, seasonal, table service, veganfriendly, wi-fi, dance floor, live music n Reservations and coats are required at this seasonal restaurant. Dinner dancing Friday and Saturday in summer. Sunday jazz brunch from mid-June to Labor Day. $$$$$

Black Sheep Bistro 253 main St., Vergennes, 8779991 n meals: D; full bar n good for groups, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n Seven Days readers voted this romantic bistro “the best place to have dinner outside Chittenden County if you’re paying.” Enjoy al fresco dining on the patio in summertime. $$$

Blueberry Hill Inn 1307 Goshen-ripton rd., Goshen, 247-6735 n meals: D; ByoB n res. required, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n The big stone fireplace and candlelit prix-fixe dinners are big draws at this elegant country inn. Chef Tim Cheevers changes the four-course menu nightly, and can accommodate dietary restrictions. Cheese and crackers start up at 6:30; dinner is served at 7 p.m. Closed in April and November. $$$$$

The Bobcat Café 5 main St., Bristol, 453-3311 n meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, vegan-friendly n This community-based café dishes out contemporary comfort food, much of which originates on Vermont farms. Sign up to join the new beer club. $$

Grapevine Grill 2369 route 7, middlebury, 3828646 n Closed: Sun.; meals: L, D; beer & wine n res. recommended, veg-friendly n Want a romantic meal at home without the hassle? Pick up a lobster tail and beef tenderloin dinner for $20 at this über-upscale take-out. Wine is a specialty, too, so you can

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Creek-side dining at this unique café set in a 19th-century mill building. In summer, dine on the deck. $$$

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Swift House Inn

1557 route 7, middlebury, 3882876 n meals: L, D n cash/check only, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, seasonal, table service, veg-friendly n The last car-hop stand in New England is a must-taste. Root-beer floats, rollerskates, cheeseburgers, hand-cut French fries and cheese curds add to the experience. Closes for the season in October. $

1868 route 116, Bristol, 453-2432 n Closed: mon., tues.; meals: B, D; full bar n kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, dance floor, live music, sometimes cover n A Vermont Fresh Net founder and long-time advocate of local products, chef-owner Doug Mack operates out of a 200-year-old farmhouse with an extensive kitchen garden. His garlic soup is renowned. Breakfast served on Sunday. $$$

The Middlebury Inn 14 Court Square, middlebury, 388-4961 n meals: B, L, D; full bar n kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Experience classic New England cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients. Come for breakfast, lunch, dinner or “afternoon tea.” Casual attire welcome. $$$

The Red Mill at Basin Harbor Club 4800 Basin Harbor rd., Vergennes, 475-2317 n meals: L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, seasonal, table service, veganfriendly, dance floor, darts, live music, tv n Originally a 19th-century sawmill, this historic building now hosts a seasonal full-service restaurant with an eclectic menu — try the grouper en papillote. There’s also live entertainment and a dance floor. $$

Roland’s Place 1796 House 3629 ethan allen Highway, new Haven, 453-6309 n Closed: mon., tues.; meals: Bru, D; full bar n kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly n Try the potato-crusted chicken at this scenic restaurant that doubles as a bed-andbreakfast. The owner’s son says it’s a great place to propose. Hours vary seasonally. $$$

Starry Night Café 5371 route 7, Ferrisburgh, 877-6316 n Closed: mon., tues.; meals: D; full bar n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, live music n The hand-crafted decor is as distinctive as the dining at this intimate café overlooking a pond. $$$

Storm Café 3 mill St., middlebury, 388-1063 n meals: L, D; beer & wine n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly n Enjoy Otter

25 Stewart Lane, middlebury, 388-9925 n Closed: mon., tues., Wed.; meals: D; full bar n res. recommended, table service, vegfriendly n The menu at this 190-year-old mansion ranges from Mediterranean to traditional Vermont. $$$

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Village Creemee Stand

7 Bakery Lane, middlebury, 388-4182 n meals: Bru, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly n This three-story, riverside restaurant has a New American menu and a noteworthy wine list. The pad Thai and burgers are bestsellers. A gluten-free menu is available. $$

41 West St., Bristol, 453-6034 n meals: L, D n cash/check only, kidfriendly, outdoor seats, seasonal, veg-friendly n You get a mountain view from picnic tables at this summer fast-food joint known for its generous portions of soft-serve ice cream. $

Waybury Inn

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457 east main St., east middlebury, 388-4015 n meals: B, Bru, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n Once the setting for “The Bob Newhart Show,” this charming New England inn has a pub and a traditional dining room. Try the steaks or rack of lamb.

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Diner Kinfolks Kuntry Restaurant 567 rockydale rd., Bristol, 4534422 n Closed: mon.; meals: B, L n cash/check only, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly n Homemade foods are the rule at this familyfriendly establishment with a country atmosphere. The chipped-beef gravy on toast sells out every Saturday. Sunday is eggs Benedict. $

Rosie’s Restaurant 886 route 7, middlebury, 388-7052 n meals: B, L, D; full bar n glutenfree options, good for groups, kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly n Families flock to this modern diner for big breakfasts, as well as for pork platters, chicken Parmesan and stir-fry. $

Steve’s Park Diner 66 merchants row, middlebury, 388-3297 n meals: B, L n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service n You can get breakfast all day — and maybe a glimpse of Middlebury writer Jay Parini — at this downtown diner where everybody knows each other. $

221 main St., Vergennes, 877-2772 n meals: B, L, D; beer & wine n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegan-friendly n This eatery offers a small selection of local products, coffee drinks, a deli and “creative-casual” food. Weekend eggs Benedict specials. Seasonal light-fare dinner menu. $

Middlebury Bagel & Delicatessen 11 Washington St., middlebury, 388-0859 n meals: B, L n cash/check only, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly n At this 30-year-old restaurant, everything’s made from scratch. Try the whole-wheat pancakes, a sandwich piled high with Boar’s Head meats or a bagel-egg-sausage concoction called the “J.J. Bagelegger.” $

Noonie’s Deli 137 maple St., marbleworks, middlebury, 388-0014 n meals: B, L, D n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly n The Addison Eagle singled it out for “the best and biggest sandwich in town.” The homemade bread is legendary. $

Park Squeeze 161 main St., Vergennes, 877-9996 n Closed: mon., Sun.; meals: Bru, L, D; beer & wine n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly n A neon sign designates this eco-friendly restaurant serving fresh salads, wraps, a DIY noodle bowl and stir-fry. Call for hours. A spacious, second-floor loft is available for private events. Sunday brunch. $ american cont. »

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SICILIAN PIZZA & JUMBO WINGS Real NY Hand Tossed Pies over 30 specialty choices Delicious Thick Crust Sicilians featuring a dozen vegetarian or chicken selections Daily Slice Specials from one of the finest slice cases in Vermont Jumbo Wings with your choice of 10 distinctive sauces

Fast & Friendly Service Just One Block off Route 7 TAKE OUT & DELIVERY DAILY 21 MACINTYRE LANE, MIDDLEBURY

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- since 1974 Fire & Ice Restaurant, home of The Big Moose Pub. Specializing in prime rib, steaks, live lobster and an extensive salad bar, including all you can eat shrimp.

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Our menus, unique dining rooms and cozy nooks offer something for everyone, whether you are a party of 4 or 40. • Pub menu pricing beginning at $8.00 • 40% off Happy Hour Apps & $2.99 Margaritas Always • Vegetarian Options • Extensive Wine List & Vermont Brews on Tap • Children’s Theatre – Families always welcome! • Souvenirs Available – Mugs, T-shirts & Stickers

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Taste of India

26 Seymour St., Middlebury, 388-7166 n Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, salad bar, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, darts, tv n This popular steakhouse has stood the test of time, with historic decor and a massive salad bar. Kids can relax in a separate room that offers movies and books. Lunch served Friday through Sunday.

1 Bakery Lane, Middlebury, 3884856 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n table service, veg-friendly n The only Indian restaurant in town overlooks Otter Creek. Meat is cooked to order in a clay oven. Bread is also made fresh. Try the vegetarian or nonvegetarian thali — each one comes with an array of dishes and condiments. Buffet on Sunday. $$

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trADitioNAL Hungry Bear on Main Street 193 Main St., Vergennes, 877-2131 n Meals: B, L, D; beer & wine n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n Serving America’s favorites: pizza, steak, pork chops, popcorn chicken and hand-cut fries. Look for Vergennes history all over the walls. No lunch on Monday. Weekend breakfast. $

Mister Up’s Restaurant 25 Bakery Lane, Middlebury, 3886724 n Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, salad bar, table service, vegan-friendly n Dig into “thumbs and toes” — a.k.a. boneless chicken wings — or “dirty steak” in the bar or on the porch overlooking Otter Creek. $$

Snaps Café 24 Main St., Bristol, 453-2525 n Meals: B, Bru, L, D; beer & wine n kid-friendly, table service, vegfriendly n Breakfast specials served until 2 p.m. daily. Try the popular eggs Benedict or homemade corned-beef hash with hint of Vermont maple. $

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ChiNESE Top Spice Asian Cuisine 99 Maple St., Middlebury, 3883101 n Meals: L, D n delivery, table service, veg-friendly n This is classic Chinese with a smattering of Malaysian specialties. Check out the lunchtime combos. $

Wokky’s Chinese 17 Main St., Bristol, 453-4888 n Meals: L, D n cash/check only, kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly n The owners recommend the Mongolian beef. $

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Bristol Bakery & Café 16 Main St., Bristol, 453-3280 n Meals: B, L; beer & wine n glutenfree options, good for groups, kid-friendly, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, all-ages shows, live music n This community-oriented eatery serves baked goods, homemade soups, sandwiches and salads. Vegan and gluten-free options upon request. Live music every Friday night. $

Dinky Donuts 1663 route 7, Middlebury, 8395099 n Closed: Mon., tues.; Meals: B, L n cash/check only, delivery, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegfriendly n The sweet, chewy donuts are a given, but even the sausage is homemade here. Build your own omelette sandwich on a fresh-baked croissant, brioche or onion bialy. At lunch, $5 buys you a savory croissant and soup. $

Good Companion Bakery 276 Burroughs Farm rd., Vergennes, 877-1396 n Closed: Mon., tues., Wed., Fri., Sat., Sun. n cash/check only, delivery, veg-friendly n “Members” are welcome to join at any time. Four dollars gets you a farm-to-table French sourdough loaf, croissant or pie. Thursday pickup is available in Vergennes, Bristol, Charlotte, Hinesburg, Middlebury and Burlington. $

Otter Creek Bakery 14 College St., Middlebury, 3883371 n Meals: B, Bru, L n cash/ check only, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegan-friendly n You can eat in or take out everything from hors d’oeuvres, soups and salads to full meals and baked goods, all made onsite. A local favorite. $

Vermont Cookie Love 6915 route 7, N. Ferrisburgh n Closed: Mon. n kid-friendly, vegfriendly, wi-fi n Swing by for a freshly baked cookie — they’ve always got seven flavors — or snack on breakfast pastries and coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Try the wholesome “true love,” which combines oatmeal and cranberries, or the decadent mochachocolate-chip “addicted to love.” $

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NightCLuB City Limits Nite Club 14 green St., Vergennes, 877-6919 n Closed: Mon., Sun.; full bar n cash/check only, dance floor, darts, karaoke, live music, pool, tv n The Champlain Valley’s hottest rock ‘n’ roll bands swing by this establishment, but there’s never a cover. Owner Brett Ward says the clientele ranges from barely legal up to age 75.

H Two Brothers Lounge & Stage (see pg. 41) 86 Main St., Middlebury, 388-0002 n Closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: D, Late; full bar n good for groups, table service, wi-fi, dance floor, darts, karaoke, live music, pool, tv, sometimes cover n Enjoy leather couches and a real pool table while dining on casual fare from the tavern upstairs. There’s live entertainment at least three nights per week, including local bands such as the Starline Rhythm Boys and Red Hot Juba. $

PuB The Big Moose Pub 26 Seymour St., Middlebury, 3887166 n Meals: D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, salad bar, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, darts, tv n Lots of places tout their burgers and selection of brewskis — this one has nine varieties on draught — but how many boast a copper bar, balcony seating and an 800-pound stuffed moose? Nightly pub specials come in under $10. $

Dan’s Place 31 Main St., Suite A1, Bristol, 453-2774 n Meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly, allages shows, live music, pool, tv n Owner Dan Palmer says his pub has a “spirited bar atmosphere.” The whole family can enjoy fresh meats from Full Belly and Misty Knoll farms. Nachos and homemade veggie burgers satisfy the meat-free. $

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86 Main St., Middlebury, 388-0002 n Meals: Bru, L, D, Late; full bar n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, pub quiz, tv n The food here ranges from white-linen fare to bar food. Don’t miss the weekend brunch with its “build-your-own-Bloody-Mary” bar. $$

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Carol’s Hungry Mind Café 24 Merchants row, Middlebury, 388-0101 n Meals: B, L; beer & wine n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, veg-friendly, wi-fi, live music n There’s more to this coffeeshop than java varieties: Try the muffins, pastries and desserts along with a monthly open-mic. Owner John Melanson recommends the quiche, lasagna and enchilada bake. $

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51 Main at the Bridge 51 Main St., Middlebury, 388-8209 n Meals: D, Late; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n It’s owned by Middlebury College, but this comfy lounge is far from a conventional student bar. Patrons mix it up with chess tournaments and rousing Jenga matches while snacking on “small plates” with global flavors. The Moroccan and Ethiopian dishes are popular. $

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BritiSh/gAStroPuB Shoreham Inn 51 inn rd., Shoreham, 897-5081 n Closed: tues., Wed.; Meals: D; full bar n kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n This 40-seat restaurant — in a 200-year-old inn — has the feel of a British pub. The food’s better, though. Try the slow-cooked beef and Guinness stew. $$

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Cubber’s 8 Main St., Bristol, 453-2400 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n delivery, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegfriendly n Come in for subs or pizza at this community-oriented restaurant with outside summer seating. $

Doria’s 22 Merchants row, Middlebury, 388-3624 n Meals: B, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly, tv n Family-owned and operated Doria’s features homemade Italian comfort food as well as steaks and seafood. Breakfast served on weekends. No dinner Sunday. $$

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Ramunto’s Sicilian Pizza Middlebury

10 Washington St., Middlebury, 388-3164 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n This two-decade-old restaurant creates custom-made salads, grinders and pasta from scratch, in addition to fresh-baked pizza. $

21 MacIntyre Lane, Middlebury, 3887755 n Meals: L, D n kid-friendly, veg-friendly n A slice case with a wide variety of Sicilian and New Yorkstyle pizzas lets diners mix ‘n’ match at this just-off-the-highway take-out place. The eight veggie Primavera pie showcases slow-roasted eggplant and caramelized onions. $

Luigi’s 141 Main St., Vergennes, 877-6873 n Meals: L, D n delivery, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegfriendly n Specialty pizzas and calzones sell well at this family-oriented eatery that has been a local hangout for more than 30 years. $

Neil & Otto’s Pizza 52 Merchants Row, Middlebury, 388-6776 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: D n delivery, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, live music n The carpet at this kid-friendly joint is decorated with pictures of pizzas. Try specialties like the “Phat Needham,” with barbecue sauce, pineapple, chicken and garlic. $

Rockydale Pizza 372 Rocky Dale Rd., Bristol, 4534545 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: L, D; beer & wine n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly n ”At most pizzerias, people leave the crust,” says General Manager Joe Paquette. “But not here.” He recommends “the works.” Tuesday and Wednesday are dinner only. $

American Flatbread at the Marble Works 137 Maple St., Middlebury, 388-3300 n Closed: Mon., Tues., Wed., Thur., Sun.; Meals: D; beer & wine n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly n Feast on wood-fired flatbreads made with local and organic ingredients on Friday and Saturday nights. $$

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Middlebury Market and Sama’s Café 54 College St., Middlebury, 3886408 n Meals: B, L, D n gluten-free options, good for groups, kidfriendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly, wi-fi n College students, professionals and construction workers dig the take-out meals, as well as fresh salads, sandwiches and wood-fired pizza. There’s also soft-serve ice cream. Enjoy the casual atmosphere and the cozy fireplace. No dinner Monday. $

Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op Café 1 Washington St., Middlebury, 388-7276 n Meals: B, L, D n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, salad bar, vegan-friendly n Specializing in local and organic sandwiches, wraps, hearty entrées and salad bar items. Fair Trade coffee bar and baked goods, too. Eat-in or “grab & go” options available. $

Mountain Greens Market 25 Mountain View St., Bristol, 4538538 n Meals: L, D n gluten-free options, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegan-friendly n Look for a healthy selection of antibiotic-free, local meat dishes and varied vegan and vegetarian options in this health-food store that also sells local organic produce and natural groceries. $

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Michael’s on the Hill 4182 Waterbury-Stowe Road, Waterbury Center, 244-7476

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Only a few Vermont restaurants consistently deliver exquisite food and gracious service. Michael’s on the Hill, located on a scenic stretch of Route 100 between Waterbury and Stowe, is one of them. There, in an intimate farmhouse setting, Michael and Laura Kloeti reign over the kitchen and dining room, respectively. When it’s warm enough, seating extends to an enclosed wrap-around porch with views of the surrounding countryside. When a chef is as good as Swisstrained Michael, it’s a shame not to take advantage of the multicourse tasting menu. The “Gold” version is reasonably priced and offers perfectly prepared comfort foods. For about $20 more per person, the “Platinum” edition brings luxe items, such as black truffles and lobster, to the table. The sun might be setting over the mountains while a server brings out an amuse bouche — literally “amuse the mouth” — to awaken the appetite. One night it’s a spoon topped with savory duck terrine, apple chutney and a single, crisp, blue-potato chip for crunch. The cocktails are no less creative: Try a martini made with cucumberscented Hendrick’s gin and garnished with blue-cheese-stuffed olives. Kloeti’s crab-cake appetizer captures the essence of the sweet yet briny seafood, and complements it with a slightly bitter endive slaw topped with miniature champagne grapes, which explode between the teeth like sweet caviar. He follows it up with a tender, butter-poached lobster atop an earthy mushroom risotto. Dessert is a playful variation on the kiddie favorite PB&J: a dense chocolate torte topped with a scoop of peanut butter ice cream, served with Concord grape sauce. Michael’s doesn’t take itself too seriously, but food lovers do.

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BarBecue The Cider House Barbecue and Pub 1675 N. Main St., Waterbury, 244-8400 n closed: Mon.; Meals: L, D; full bar n kid-friendly, table service, live music, other games, pool, tv n Sit in old church pews or comfy booths while you sample Louisiana-style seafood gumbo, house-smoked meats and other traditional or unique Southern specialties. After eating, visit the game room. Lunch served on Friday and Saturday only. $$

Tanglewood’s Restaurant

92 Stowe St., Waterbury, 244-7300 n closed: Sun.; Meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly n Votive candles and an ever-changing menu give this restaurant a “fine-dining” feel, but its rustic old-mill setting is down-to-earth. Chef-owner Eric Warnstedt serves local meats, greens and cheeses. Extensive boutique American wine list. $$$$

179 Guptil rd., Waterbury center, 244-7855 n closed: Mon.; Meals: D; full bar n table service n The menu changes seasonally in this converted 1940s-style Vermont barn, but the sesame-crusted tuna steak is a constant. $$$

The Huntington House

9 route 17, Waitsfield, 496-5623 n closed: Sun.; Meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, live music, other games, pool, tv n This casual, kid-friendly spot specializes in hickorysmoked barbecue. But you can also get Tex-Mex, burgers and other pubfood fare. After dinner, check out the pool tables and video games in the next room. $$

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1824 House Inn & Restaurant 2150 Main St., Waitsfield, 496-7555 n closed: tues., Wed.; Meals: D; full bar n good for groups, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n This intimate eatery offers à la carte dining, ranging from crab cakes to rack of lamb and homemade ice cream. $$$$

The Common Man 3209 German Flats rd., Warren, 583-2800 n closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service n Located in a 19thcentury barn, this restaurant serves fresh, made-from-scratch New England cuisine under crystal chandeliers. In the summertime, most food is sourced from the Mad River Valley. $$$

Easy Street Café 6163 Main St., Waitsfield, 496-7234 n Meals: B, L, D; full bar n glutenfree options, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly n This restaurant serves both tourists and locals with vegetarian spring rolls, coconut shrimp salad, rack of lamb and nightly fresh seafood specials. No dinner on Monday. $$$

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Hen of the Wood at the Grist Mill

19 Huntington place, rochester, 767-9140 n Meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n At this inn, sandwiched between Killington and Sugarbush, Chef Daniel Wallace values “the lost art” of honoring every part of the animal. Alongside wild-caught fish, local filet mignon and a diverse selection of game, the menu offers sweetbreads, marrow and liver dishes. For more casual fare, Doc’s Tavern provides a “convivial atmosphere.” $$$$

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533 Millbrook rd., route 17, Waitsfield, 496-2405 n Meals: D; beer & wine n gluten-free options, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n This old-time Vermont inn has been in business for 30 years. Chef Thom Gorman presides over the intimate, eight-table dining room with homemade recipes that incorporate local ingredients. He makes a mean, slowcooked lamb rogan josh. The restaurant closes for the spring and on Tuesday in summer. $$$

Pitcher Inn 275 Main St., Warren, 496-6350 n closed: tues.; Meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n This elegant, Relais-and-Chateauxapproved inn is open to the public for dinner only. The menu changes daily, and a sommelier assists with the 28-page wine list. Parties from two to six can indulge in a five-course tasting menu in the wine cellar. $$$$

Sweetwood Grill and Bar 203 powderhound rd., Warren, 496-4552 n closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: D; full bar n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Chef-owner Jeff Lynn serves up highly acclaimed, bistro-style creations in a casual atmosphere. $$$

Timbers Lincoln peak Village, Warren, 583-6800 n Meals: B, L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, tv n Located in a round barn at the foot of the ski slope, this Sugarbush eatery features familiar food made with local ingredients. Outdoor attire is welcomed. Hours change seasonally. $$$

The Village Porch 13 School St., rochester, 767-3126 n closed: Mon., tues., Wed.; Meals: D; full bar n good for groups, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service n Candles in the windows and on the porch usher diners into this cozy restaurant, located in an old Victorian house. Order from the pub menu for casual food like burgers and cilantro-lime-chicken quesadillas, or try one of Chef Luke Stone’s everchanging weekly specials. $$

SNackBar/cart Kellee’s Creemee & Grill at South Main Sunoco 150 S. Main St., Waterbury, 2448700 n Meals: B, L, D n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly n Open year round — there are even creemees in the winter — this newly renovated fast-food joint serves up hot lunch specials, subs, soup and chili. $

Village Country Creemee 509 Village Square, Waitsfield, 496-6003 n Meals: L, D n cash/check only, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, seasonal, veganfriendly n Mexican lime shrimp and chimichangas at a snack bar? Yup. Burgers and fries are also available on weekends through the winter and all day March to November. $

Soup & SaNDWicH Green Cup Café & Bakery 40 Bridge St., Waitsfield, 496-4963 n closed: Wed., thur.; Meals: B, L, D; beer & wine n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n The sandwich specials at this 20-seat café are a cut above. Also serving soup, salads, quiche, coffee drinks and European-style

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pastries. Food writer Mark Bittman called the dinner — served Saturday, Sunday and Monday — “exemplary.” $

Hogan’s Pub 1091 Golf course rd., Warren, 583-6723 n Meals: L; full bar n kidfriendly, outdoor seats, seasonal, table service n Serving classic American sandwiches and aprés-golf fare in season. The outdoor deck and bar overlook the 18th hole. $

Paradise Deli and Market 2367 Sugarbush access rd., Warren, 583-2757 n Meals: B, L, D; beer & wine n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly n This small grocer and deli specializes in Philly cheese steaks made fresh. $

Park Row Café 7 park row, Waterbury, 244-5111 n closed: Sun.; Meals: B, L n delivery, table service n Famous for its homemade bread, soups, over-stuffed sandwiches and huge cookies. No lunch on Saturday. $

traDitioNaL Arvad’s Grill and Pub 3 S. Main St., Waterbury, 244-8973 n Meals: L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n A lively restaurant with a small-town pub atmosphere specializing in burgers, steaks, seafood and pasta. Choose from 108 beers at the bar. $$

Big Picture Theater and Café 48 carroll rd. (off rt. 100), Waitsfield, 496-8994 n closed: Mon., tues.; Meals: Bru, L, D; full bar n kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, all-ages shows, dance floor, live music, sometimes cover n ”Dinner and a movie” takes on a new meaning when the restaurant and theater are in the same building. Relax in the café with some tapas and a drink from the bar — or bring them into the theater with you. Specials include maple donuts, jalapeño poppers and garlic shrimp. There are dance classes, family game nights and sushi nights, too. $$

The Grill at the Sugarbush Inn 1840 Sugarbush access rd., Warren, 583-6311 n closed: Mon., tues.; Meals: D; full bar n kid-friendly, seasonal, table service n Satisfying American cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere — it’s where all the locals meet. Three local brews on tap. Nightly pizzetta, pasta and seafood specials. The New York strip and tenderloin are favorites. Winter only. $$ american cont. »

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The Hearth at the Sugarbush Inn 1840 Sugarbush Access Rd., Warren, 583-6100 ■ Meals: breakfast; ■ allyou-can-eat, kid-friendly, seasonal, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi ■ This cozy inn offers a continental breakfast bar with fresh pastries made daily. The full menu includes typical egg dishes, along with French toast and pancakes, served up fast so you can hit the slopes quicker. $

Hyde Away Inn and Restaurant 1428 Millbrook Rd., Route 17, Fayston, 496-2322 ■ Meals: D; full bar ■ kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, pool, tv ■ This family-friendly Mad River Valley inn serves American comfort food. $$

Juniper’s Fare 23 Commerce Dr., Waterbury, 4965504 ■ Meals: B, L ■ kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegfriendly, wi-fi ■ The Church of the Crucified One runs this upscale deli and diner. Produce comes from the church’s greenhouse — even the tea is grown there. Try the shepherd’s pie chapati — corn soufflé, mashed potatoes and beef rolled in flat bread. $

Maxi’s Restaurant 47 N. Main St., Waterbury, 2440910 ■ Closed: Mon.; Meals: B, L, D; full bar ■ kid-friendly, table service ■ There’s nothing fancy about this family-friendly eatery — just good, homestyle food. Breakfast all day. Dinner Wednesday through Sunday. $$

Old Hancock Hotel 3 Route 125 at Route 100, Hancock, 767-4976 ■ Meals: B, Bru, L, D; beer & wine ■ cash/check only, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly ■ This small diner-hotel is “every tourist’s vision of Vermont,” says chef-owner Diane Isaacson. She recommends the homemade venison sausage. $

The Spotted Cow 4403 Bridge St., Waitsfield, 496-5151 ■ Closed: Mon., Tues.; Meals: B, L, D; beer & wine ■ good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, ■ You’ll love the hearty portions at this cozy and quaint American-style restaurant. Dinner served on Friday and Saturday. $$

The Wandering Moose Café & Grill at the Best Western Waterbury-Stowe 45 Blush Hill Rd., Waterbury, 2447822 ■ Closed: Sun.; Meals: D; full bar ■ gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi ■ Former NECI instructor Duane Alberico serves traditional American fare at this restaurant, decorated with beautiful murals of the surrounding area. The menu changes seasonally.

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CHINESE China Fun 5081 Main St., Waitsfield, 4967889 ■ Meals: L, D ■ take-out, vegfriendly ■ Eggrolls to go? This small and informal take-out restaurant serves traditional Chinese-American food to the Mad River Valley. $

China Star Chinese Restaurant 76 S. Main St., Waterbury, 2441968 ■ Meals: L, D ■ table service, veg-friendly ■ The spring rolls sell well, and so does the General Tso’s chicken. Trying to slim down? Try the “diet” steamed vegetables. $

THAI Ocha Thai 6 N. Main St., Waterbury, 2447642 ■ Closed: Tue.; Meals: L, D; beer & wine ■ gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly ■ Blown-glass lamps and red walls set an exotic mood for a dinner of soft-shell crab in garlic sauce, finished with black sticky rice with Thai custard. Lunch specials like pad thai and pad kee mao run from $7 to $9.25. $$

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The Center Bakery and General Store 2007 Guptil Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-7500 ■ Closed: Sun.; Meals: B, L ■ gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, veg-friendly ■ Located in a general store that offers a line of all-natural products, this elegant and cozy bakery serves hearty lunch specials such as chili and mac ‘n’ cheese. The specialty pastries are a big draw, too. $

KC’s Bagel Café 17-19 Stowe St., Waterbury, 2441740 ■ Meals: B, L ■ cash/check only, good for groups, kid-friendly, veg-friendly ■ The only bagel place in the area caters to health-conscious locals. Most customers opt for classic New York-style bagel sandwiches with cream cheese. $

Red Hen Bakery & Café 961B Route 2, Middlesex, 223-5200 ■ Meals: B, L ■ good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seating, veg-friendly, wi-fi ■ Watch the bakers at work while snacking on croissant and Danish or shopping for local cheese and wine. Sandwiches are made in-house, but soups come from Sugarsnap in Burlington. Live music most Sunday afternoons. $


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Pub Akes’ Den 5351 Main St., Waitsfield, 496-9000 n Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, tv n Hungry folks drop by après ski, hike or bike for hearty fare. The 10 oz. Boyden burger hits the spot. Ditto the homemade chili and mac ‘n’ cheese. The flat-panel TVs have all the sports packages, so you can take in a game while you eat. $

The Alchemist Pub & Brewery 23 S. Main St., Waterbury, 244-4120 n Meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, table service, vegan-friendly, pool n This restaurant combines an old-pub feel with modern, local art. Try the housesmoked sausages and award-winning homebrews on tap. $

Purple Moon Pub Route 100, Waitsfield, 496-3422 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: D; full bar n table service, all-ages shows, live music, tv, sometimes cover n Enjoy great appetizers, burgers and steaks at this casual pub. On Thursday evening the raw bar features oysters, clams and shrimp cocktail. Comfy couches, a fireplace and live music are big draws, too. $$

Slide Brook Lodge & Tavern 3180 German Slides Rd., Warren, 583-2202 n Closed: Tues.; Meals: D, Late; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegfriendly, wi-fi, dance floor, live music, tv n Choose from a selection of wine, spirits and six beers on tap while sitting at the mahogany, art-deco bar from the 1930s. Food includes munchies and burgers, both carnivore and veggie. Hot tub available for lodge guests only. $

Waterbury Wings 1 S. Main St., Waterbury, 244-7827 n Meals: L, D, Late; full bar n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, wi-fi, live music, pool, tv n You can snack on wings while unwinding at this watering hole. Plus there are ribs, burgers, subs or quesadillas. Also features a pool table and 22 beers on tap. $

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Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center & Café 1 Rotarian Place, Waterbury, 882-2700 n Meals: b, L n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seating, veg-friendly, wi-fi n There’s an

extensive coffee and specialty drink menu at this café, located in a refurbished train station. This spring, look for breakfast and lunch items from Chef Michael Kloeti of Michael’s on the Hill. Multisensory exhibits and displays allow visitors to experience the coffee bean’s journey from “tree to cup.” $

Three Mountain Café 107 Mad River Green, Waitsfield, 496-5470 n Meals: b, L n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n The original café-outlet for Green Mountain Coffee doubles as a social hub at the Mad River Green Shopping Center. Serving light lunch fare. You can buy antiques here, too. $

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John Egan’s Big World Pub and Grille 8 Route 17, Waitsfield, 496-3033 n Meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly n This restaurant, “where it feels like home no matter where you’re from,” caters to athletes and fans, but owner Bernie Isabelle says it’s really about the food: The tubes are on “mute” for dinner. Try the chicken, rack of lamb, and other specials cooked in their wood-burning rotisserie. $$$

Michael’s Good to Go 2 Village Square, Waitsfield, 496-3832 n Closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: L, D; bYOb n cash/check only, gluten-free options, kid-friendly, seasonal, vegan-friendly n Chef Michael Flanagan, former owner of Michael’s at the Powderhound, traveled all over the world before he opened this funky and modern take-out restaurant. Try the Baja fish tacos or California-style burritos. The meats are all local. Seasonal hours; call first. $

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H Michael’s on the Hill (See pg. 49) 4182 Waterbury-Stowe Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-7476 n Closed: Tues.; Meals: D; full bar n kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly n This elegant, fine-dining restaurant has alpine roots. Swiss-trained chef-owner Michael Kloeti runs the kitchen. $$$$$

FRENCh Chez Henri Restaurant and Bistro Sugarbush Village, Warren, 5832600 n Meals: L, D; full bar n gluten-

free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly n This seasonal, authentic Parisian bistro has been a local landmark since 1964. Ski down Sugarbush for French fondue or onion soup in the less expensive bistro. The dining room offers an upscale menu, including foie gras and caviar. Got cold on the slopes? Warm up near the fireplace. $$$$

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American Flatbread — Waitsfield 46 Lareau Rd., Waitsfield, 496-8856 n Closed: Mon., Tues., Wed., Thur., Sun.; Meals: D; beer & wine n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, live music n All-natural, wood-fired pizzas with a social conscience. George Schenk’s recipe is nationally acclaimed. Emphasis is on organic and locally farmed ingredients. There’s always a line, but it’s worth the wait. $$

Bongiorno’s 675 Millbrook Rd., Route 17, Fayston, 496-6265 n Closed: Tues.; Meals: D; beer & wine n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n Try the signature pesto pizza or the barbecue pie at this family-friendly Italian restaurant. $

The Hub Pizzeria and Pub 21 Lower Main St., Johnson, 6357626 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: L, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, live music, pool, tv n Metallic red walls and a 22-foot-long oval bar get guests in the mood at this “rustic chic,” eclectic pizzeria. Two slices and a drink for $5 keeps the lunch crowd coming. $

Jay’s Restaurant and Pizzeria Mad River Green, Route 100, Waitsfield, 496-8282 n Meals: b, bru, L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n This family-style Italian restaurant attracts locals and tourists hungry for Italian entrées, steaks and spare ribs. $$

Jimmz Pizza 70 McNeil Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-7911 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: L, D; beer & wine n delivery, vegfriendly, wi-fi n Owner James Roy serves hand-tossed New York-style pizza, with pesto, tomato, Alfredo and olive-oil bases. “We’ve got every topping in the book,” Roy says. Also stromboli, soups and hot and cold sandwiches. $

Perellie’s Pizzeria 4752 Main St., Waitsfield, 496-9200 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n kid-

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friendly, veg-friendly n This popular pizzeria in the heart of the Mad River Valley goes way beyond pepperoni and cheese. Favorite pies include the “blonde chicken,” with grilled chicken, bacon bits and diced tomatoes. $

Terra Rossa Ristorante 527 Sugarbush Access Rd., Warren, 583-7676 n Meals: D; beer & wine n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service n The brick oven warms the room, and wood-fired gourmet pizza and pasta warms bellies. The rest of the menu ranges from spaghetti and meatballs to veal short ribs. $$$

Zachary’s Pizza - Waterbury 2 butler St., Waterbury, 244-5650 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n delivery, kid-friendly, table service, wi-fi n This family pizzeria makes a kid-sanctioned, “red dog” pizza topped with hot dogs. Local favorites include the Zachary’s special and weekly salad, toasted grinder and pasta specials. $

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Spirit Café at Sweet Pea Natural Foods Village Square Route 100, Waitsfield, 496-7763 n Meals: L, D n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, salad bar, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n A seasonally rotating menu of local and organic options graces the salad and hot-food bars at this market and café. Check out the raw flatbreads in the “Living Food” section. The vanillabean macaroons fly off the shelves. $

The Warren Store 284 Main St., Warren, 496-3864 n Meals: b, bru, L, D n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, seasonal, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n This country store encompasses a bakery, wine shop and clothing boutique as well as a deli. The sandwiches are creative — try the “Pestopalooza.” You can buy artisan cheeses and local meats, too. $

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Marsala Salsa 15 Stowe St., Waterbury, 2441150 n Closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly, live music n This Mexican-Caribbean restaurant serves unique and flavorful dishes in a dining room with cross-cultural decor. They’re famous for their curry chicken, shrimp shahag, baja rellenos and burritos. $$

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concoction, only to be replaced the next day with a spicy Creole stew and a refined French bisque. But on Fridays you can always get pho — a street-food staple in Vietnam. The fragrant, flavorful beef broth, replete with noodles and thin strips of meat, comes topped with slivers of caramelized shallot. A dish of hot sauce and a lime wedge arrive on the side. Prefer solid food? That’s Life also has “French Grille” sandwiches and seasonal salads. Variety is encouraged here. That means the fresh lemonade can be served

up sweet or puckeringly tart. Certain sandwiches are stuffed with cured meats, while others feature avocado slices or portabello mushrooms. There’s always at least one vegetarian potage, and both vegan and glutenfree items are clearly labeled. The ridiculously rich corn chowder is none of the above. Its creamy broth is thick with cheddar, packed with potato hunks and topped with bacon crumbles. When it comes to surviving winter in Vermont, Root’s hearty selections are essential, along with warm socks.

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barbecue Ed’s Barrr-B-Q 248 N. Main St., barre, 476-8227 n closed: Tues.; Meals: L, D; beer & wine n table service, tv n The windows have bars and the waitresses are ready to “protect and serve” at this prison-themed family restaurant. Brisket and pulled pork are smoked for eight hours. On the side, try baked beans or corn bread, both sweetened with local maple syrup. Wanna take it with you? Get a bottle of Ed’s Manslaughter Barrr-B-Q Sauce on your way out. $

River Run Restaurant 58 Main St., Plainfield, 454-1246 n closed: Mon., Tues.; Meals: b, L, D; full bar n cash/check only, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, live music n Owner Jimmy Kennedy runs this Southern-themed restaurant famous for pulled pork, catfish gumbo and, for breakfast, smoked chicken omelettes and fried oysters. In winter, dinner is served Wednesday through Saturday. $

coNTeMPorary Ariel’s Restaurant 29 Stone rd., brookfield, 276-3939 n closed: Mon.; Meals: D; full bar n res. recommended, seasonal, table service n The owners have been serving “sophisticated, healthy food” at this destination restaurant for more than 10 years. Many ingredients come from the Brookfield area. Call for hours. $$$

Black Door Bar & Bistro 44 Main St., Montpelier, 223-7070 n closed: Sun.; Meals: D; full bar n table service, veg-friendly, all-ages shows, dance floor, live music, sometimes cover n A second-floor bistro serving New York strip steak, pan-seared tuna and Misty Knoll chicken in a New Orleans noir, ‘30s atmosphere. Live jazz and funk on Friday and Saturday nights. $$

Main Street Grill & Bar 118 Main St., Montpelier, 223-3188 n closed: Mon.; Meals: bru, L, D; full bar n kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly, all-ages shows, live music, tv n This restaurant, lounge and pub run by the New England Culinary Institute showcases “contemporary American fare in a casual atmosphere.” Try the grilled New York steak or the beer-battered fish and chips. $$

Restaurant Phoebe 52 State St., Montpelier, 262-3500 n closed: Sun.; Meals: L, D; full bar n res. recommended, table service n Located just steps from the capitol building, Restaurant Phoebe serves “simple, honest food” complemented by a thoughtful wine list. Chef Aaron Millon describes the cuisine, made with fresh, local ingredients, as “New American with Italian roots.” Lunch on weekdays. $$$

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one or two Weight Watchers points. Any wrap can be made into a “Bag Lady Bucket” salad, instead. Ironically, the healthy takeout counter is located inside the Simply Delicious candy and gourmet foods store. $

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7 S. Main St., Northfield, 485-4700 n closed: Sat., Sun.; Meals: b, L n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veganfriendly n Try the salads or specialty sandwiches such as “Ham With a Plan.” Kelly Defelice, the owner’s wife, describes the decor as “early-American yard sale.” $

Coffee Corner

La Brioche

83 Main St., Montpelier, 229-9060 n Meals: b, L n delivery, gluten-free options, kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n This old-fashioned diner is owned by Bryan Mitofsky, a co-founder of the Vermont Fresh Network. Try the Eggs O’Bryan with homemade corned-beef hash. Separate grill used for vegetarian dishes. Named “Best Diner of the Year” in ‘06 and ‘07 by The Best Independent Restaurant Association. $

Common Café 12 Depot Square, Northfield, 485-4011 n Meals: b, L n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n Look for the classics here — eggs, hamburgers, biscuits and gravy — as well as weekend specials such as crabmeat omelettes. Breakfast ‘til 3 p.m. on weekdays. $

Pit Stop Diner 240 N. Main St., barre, 4790404 n closed: Mon.; Meals: b, L n kid-friendly, table service, tv, veg-friendly n Black-and-white decor and model cars abound at this NASCAR-themed diner. Don’t miss the omelettes, including a create-yourown version. There’s a TV, so you can cheer on your favorite driver while you eat. $

SNackbar/carT River’s Edge Snackbar route 2, Starch Factory, Marshfield, n Meals: b, L n cash/check only, kid-friendly, outdoor seats n The back deck of this quick stop overlooks the Winooski River. Order the fresh-cut fries. $

SouP & SaNDwich Bag Ladies Express at Simply Delicious 160 N. Main St., barre, 479-1498 n closed: Sat., Sun.; Meals: b, L n cash/check only, delivery, glutenfree options, good for groups, kid-friendly, vegan-friendly n Owner Lorraine Abraham designed her slimming and flavorful soups to cost only

89 Main St., Montpelier, 229-0443 n Meals: b, L n delivery, good for groups, kidfriendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly, wi-fi n NECI’s European-style café has a window looking into the kitchen so you can watch the preparation of pastries, artisan breads and cakes. Try the bagged lunches, which include a sandwich, salad or soup, and a cookie. $

Pinky’s 14 State St., Montpelier, 223-1300 n closed: Sun.; Meals: L n delivery, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, vegan-friendly n Seventeen special sandwiches and panini, from “Sweet Lady Jane” to “The Cowboy,” are on the menu at this sassy deli and gift shop. Or you can build your own. You can also buy everything from cards to unusual candy and creemees. $

Simply Subs Pizza 70 N. Main St., barre, 479-2423 n Meals: L, D n delivery, kid-friendly, vegan-friendly, veg-friendly n For 17 years, this sub shop has served generous portions of pizza, sandwiches and desserts to local workers. Try the house special — a ham, turkey and bacon combo. $

H That’s Life Soup (See pg. 55) 41 elm St., Montpelier, 223-5333 n closed: Sat., Sun.; Meals: L, D; beer & wine n cash/check only, delivery, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly n Chefowner Pam Root uses local ingredients to create traditional, global flavors in an arts-and-crafts-style dining room. Sweet treats include carrot cake, mocha macaroons and cheesecake. Dining room available for private parties. $

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STeakhouSe/SeaFooD J. Morgan’s Steakhouse 100 State St., Montpelier, 223-5222 n Meals: b, bru, L, D; full bar n all-you-can-eat, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, tv n This lively steakhouse, in the Capital Plaza Hotel, caters to meat and seafood lovers with aged and slow-roasted prime rib, bacon-wrapped filet mignon and fresh Maine lobster. Exciting pasta dishes, too. Kids and adults will love the model train. $$$

Sambel’s Restaurant & Catering 1 airport rd., barre, 223-6776 n closed: Mon.; Meals: L, D; full bar n kid-friendly, table service n This quaint restaurant with nice mountain views serves dinners with a bottomless bowl of salad and an entrée with one side and sherbet. “Magic hour” from 4:30 to 5:30 comes with comfort-food specials for either $7.95 or $9.95. Lunch on weekdays. $$

Steakhouse Restaurant 1239 barre-Montpelier rd., barre, 479-9181 n Meals: bru, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, salad bar, table service, veg-friendly, tv n The same family has served steak and seafood at this rustic restaurant since 1972. Includes a salad bar and a dessert bar. The teriyaki steak is popular. Catch Marko the Magician here on Friday nights. $$

TraDiTioNaL George’s Place 14 Don camp Dr., South barre, 476-1196 n closed: Mon., Tues.; Meals: b n cash/check only, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service n Formerly a ceramics studio, this café now “throws” omelettes and French toast. Open only for breakfast. $

Maple Valley Café & Gift Shop route 2, Plainfield, 454-8626 n closed: wed.; Meals: b, bru, L n seasonal, table service n It’s a café and gift shop under one roof. People come in for the fun array of cards and presents. Popular foods include homemade bread and baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and fruit-topped waffles. Smoothies are big, too. Open from May through December. $

8 State St., Montpelier, 229-6788 n closed: Sun.; Meals: L n good for groups, kid-friendly, veg-friendly n This lunch spot near the corner of State and Maine streets keeps legislators in wraps, French Roll sandwiches, soups and cookies. Daily specials, too. $ american cont. »

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173 S. Main St., Barre, 476-6678 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: B n table service, wi-fi n This intimate eatery within Barre’s Days Inn serves breakfast every day except Mondays. $

Ming Moon Buffet Chinese Restaurant

Soup ’n’ Greens 325 N. Main St., Barre, 479-9862 n Meals: B, L, D; full bar n kid-friendly, salad bar, table service, veganfriendly n A family-style restaurant with a full menu and salad bar. The chicken cacciatore is a specialty. $

Suzanna’s Restaurant 3470 Airport Rd., Berlin, 229-6164 n Meals: B, L, D; full bar n good for groups, table service n This restaurant satisfies diners with comfort-food favorites such as baked haddock and tenderloin tips. There’s no lunch on Saturday, and breakfast is the only meal served on Sunday. $$

Wayside Restaurant & Bakery 1873 Route 302, Berlin, 223-6611 n Meals: B, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly n Established in 1918, this in-house restaurant and full-service bakery has a menu that reflects its age. It’s the place for old-fashioned comfort food. $

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ChiNESE Bamboo Gardens 115 S. Main St., Barre, 476-9400 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: L, D n takeout, veg-friendly n No surprises here — just hot-and-sour soup and other popular Chinese dishes, such as General Tso’s chicken, pu pu platter and sizzling beef or shrimp. $

China Star Chinese Restaurant (Two locations) 15 Main St., Montpelier, 223-0808 n 15 N. Main St., Northfield, 4859433 n Meals: L, D n table service n Get your sesame chicken to sit down or take out. $

China Town Restaurant 306 N. Main St., Barre, 479-1999 n Meals: L, D n kid-friendly n Dishing out General Tso’s to Central Vermont for more than 15 years. Owner John Yeung says, “We know what we’re doing.” $

House of Tang 114 River St., Montpelier, 223-6020 n Meals: L, D; full bar n all-you-caneat, delivery, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n You can sample “Diamond Head Fantasia” and “Seven Stars Around the Moon,” or stick with

1400 Route 302, Barre, 476-8880 n Meals: L, D; full bar n all-youcan-eat n According to the owners, “Everyone who comes here always comes back.” $

ThAi Royal Orchid Restaurant 38 Elm St., Montpelier, 223-0436 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly n Chefowner Ornon Jilandhari grew up in Thailand, where his mother taught him how to cook. No lunch on Sunday. $

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Birchgrove Baking 279 Elm St., Montpelier, 223-0200 n Meals: B, L n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, vegfriendly n Owner John Belding promises “the best coffee in Montpelier” at this eclectic bakery/café. Pair your artisan roast with “Monkey Bread” or a sandwich on a freshly baked croissant, and finish with a slice of PB&J linzertorte or S’Mores cake. $

floor, darts, karaoke, pool, tv n There’s more here than “the oldest bar in town.” Thursday is karaoke. A professional DJ takes over on Friday and Saturday nights.

Gusto’s 28 Prospect St., Barre, 476-7919 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: Late; full bar, karaoke, live music, pool, tv, sometimes cover n There’s DJ Karaoke on Thursday, and classic rock bands shake it up Friday and Saturday nights; outdoor ping pong, pool and backyard horseshoes entertain local devotees the rest of the week. Inside, you’ll find multiple TVs, a Nintendo Wii and an XBox. $

Southside Tavern 107 S. Main St., Barre, 476-3637 n full bar n good for groups, outdoor seats, wi-fi, dance floor, darts, karaoke, other games, pool, tv n There are nine TVs with sports packages and dancing and DJs every Saturday night. Light snacks are available along with 10 beers on draft.

NighTCLuB Planet Rock 129 N. Main St., Barre, 661-0073 n Closed: Mon., Sun.; full bar n cash/ check only, good for groups, pool, tv, cover n ”Exotic dancers” are the attraction here at bachelor-party central.

Delicate Decadence Pastry Shop and Café

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15 Cottage St., Suite 5, Barre, 4797948 n Closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: B n gluten-free options, seasonal, vegan-friendly n Pastry chef Michelle Lunde stocks the display case at this bakery-café that also has an espresso bar. Find breakfast pastries, cakes and confections. Custom-designed wedding cakes are also available. $

14 Langdon St., Montpelier, 223-2721 n Meals: L, D; full bar n delivery, table service, pool, tv n Pool tables, nine TVs and a popular beer-marinated burger recommend this Irish pub in the heart of the Capital City. $$

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BAR The Backstretch 30 Summer St., Barre, 479-9712 n full bar n good for groups, pool, tv n Owner Chuck Bradley describes this as a “blue-collar bar.” There’s a USA Race Game and plenty of popcorn. Watch racing on the big-screen TVs every Sunday, or play pool. $

Charlie O’s 70 Main St., Montpelier, 223-6820 n full bar n cash/check only, dance floor, darts, karaoke, live music, pool, tv n This local hangout has live music at least four nights a week — from jazz, blues and funk to alternative, rockabilly and bluegrass. Karaoke on Tuesday night.

Danny’s Pub 10 Keith Ave., Barre, 479-5664 n full bar n cash/check only, dance

McGillicuddy’s Irish Pub

Mulligan’s 9 Maple Ave., Barre City, 479-5545 n Meals: L, D, Late; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, all-ages shows, dance floor, karaoke, live music, other games, pool, pub quiz/trivia, tv n This rustic pub serves lunch and dinner. In addition to the 10 TVs with sports packages, there’s also pool, a jukebox and video games. Trivia night on Tuesday from 8 to 10 p.m. DJs and live music Friday night. $

Rustic Restaurant Motel and Sports Bar 451 Route 12, Northfield Falls, 485-6363 n Meals: D, Late; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, other games, pool, tv n The pub menu in this sports bar is “meat and potatoes,” says owner Mark Ruel. Try the rustic fried mushrooms or the made-to-order potato chips. $

Three Penny Taproom 108 Main St., Montpelier, 223-8277 n Meals: Late; full bar n gluten-free options, veg-friendly, wi-fi n This cozy, downtown Montpelier bar keeps patrons happy with 16 craft brews on tap and homemade, Spanish-style snacks. The owners make their own pickled eggs and serve only artisan Vermont cheeses. Just don’t expect to eat ‘em with forks: Silverware is verboten. $

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Capitol Grounds Café 27 State St., Montpelier, 223-7800 n Meals: B, L n wi-fi n Roasters of fine coffee since 1998, Capitol Grounds is located in the heart of Montpelier. In addition to coffee, espresso and tea, they serve soups, sandwiches, pastries and light fare. Local art hangs on the walls. Their philosophy: “If coffee is a basic need, Capitol Grounds is an essential visit.” $

Espresso Bueno 136 N. Main St., Barre, 479-0896 n n take-out, wi-fi n Carefully brewed, single-origin coffees are the name of the game at this comfy, barista-owned business. Pastries are baked daily, and the mocha is a decadent blend of coffee and homemade chocolate ganache. Opens at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sunday. $

Langdon Street Café 4 Langdon St., Montpelier, 223-8667 n Meals: B, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, all-ages shows, dance floor, live music n This community coffeeshop is an all-ages gathering spot. Some come for food — hot sandwiches, soup, coffee, beer and hot cider. Others appreciate the live entertainment, which ranges from puppetry to slam poetry and jazz, folk and rock music. $

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The Farmhouse Café & Catering Co. 3689 Route 14, East Calais, 456-9900 n beer & wine n res. required, table service n In this casual farmhouse setting, the global menu of upscale comfort food changes with the season, and can be customized for special events. Catering services are available year round. Dining is by advance reservation only. $$$

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Kismet 207 Barre St., Montpelier, 223-8646 n Closed: Mon., Tues.; Meals: B, Bru, L n cash/check only, gluten-free options, kidfriendly, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n Find cuisine with a conscience at Kismet, where carefully sourced local and sustainable food is on the menu. DIY options abound — anything can be made vegetarian and plenty of gluten-free meals and treats are available. Don’t miss the organic, fair-trade chocolates. $

Rhapsody Café 28 Main St., Montpelier, 229-6112 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: L, D; beer & wine n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, salad bar, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n This vegetarian emporium offers more than 50 hot and cold dishes, including sushi, salads, soups and stews, served up buffet style. Many items are vegan; most are organic and local. $

The Skinny Pancake — Montpelier 89 Main St., Montpelier, 262-2253 n Meals: B, Bru, L, D, Late; beer & wine n gluten-free options, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veganfriendly, wi-fi n At this crêperie, you can get yours with a sweet or savory filling. Try the “lovemaker,” which combines strawberries and Nutella. Also offering salads, soups and an espresso bar. The owners are committed localvores and opt for eco-friendly products whenever possible. $

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Rainbow Sweets 1689 Route 2, Marshfield, 4263531 n Closed: Tues.; Meals: Bru, L, D; beer & wine n seasonal, table service, veg-friendly n A popular hangout for local writers and poets, this rural café promotes handmade, European-style pastries. There’s pizza on Friday and Saturday nights. Closed from March through mid-May each year. $

MEDiTERRANEAN Ariel’s Riverside Café and Bar 188 River St., Montpelier, 229-2295 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: L, D; full bar n gluten-freeoptions, table service, veg-friendly n Enjoy tapas and a cocktail in the comfy lounge or dine in the elegant dining room with a river view. Specializing in Mediterranean cuisine, with a smattering of dishes from Northern Africa, Spain and the Middle East. Vegetarian and seafood options abound. $$

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Angeleno’s Pizza 15 Barre St., Montpelier, 229-5721 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n glutenfree options, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n Conveniently located across from the Savoy cinema, this small, laid-back pizzeria is popular among the dinner-and-a-movie crowd. $

Depot Square Pizza 40 Depot Square, Northfield, 4855500 n Closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: L, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Why head to this traditional pizzeria? According to owner Andrew Pedley, they toss the world’s best. Settle in front of the big-screen TV for a game and enjoy chicken-bacon-ranch pizza, pasta, subs or salad. $

Hilltop Restaurant 241 Quarry Hill Rd., Barre, 4792129 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: L, D; full bar n delivery, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, salad bar, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n The half-century-old Italian pasta house has become a local landmark. How about that chicken scallopini? Banquet facilities for up to 140 people. $$

Lucia’s Italian Restaurant & Bar 276 N. Main St., Barre, 476-7722 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: Bru, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly n Like the northern Italian specialties at Richmond’s Toscano? Owners Jon and Lucie Fath have headed south with “red sauce” classics like manicotti Florentine, meat lasagna and chicken parmigiana. Sunday brunch. $$

Mister Z’s Italian Restaurant 379 N. Main St., Barre, 479-3259 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n kidfriendly, table service n Traditional, affordable Italian-American cuisine featuring family recipes and locally made pasta. The pizzas come in varieties such as “Triple Z” and “Italian Stallion.” $

Montpelier Village Pizza 89 Main St., Montpelier, 229-4333 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, vegfriendly, pool, tv n The “white” pizza wows ‘em at this family restaurant. The jukebox is well used, and there’s a pool table, too. Dining, carry-out and delivery since 1994. Sunday is dinner only. $

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275 S. View Rd., Northfield, 485-4336 n Meals: L, D; BYOB n kidfriendly, table service n At this drivein diner, snowmobiles, motorcycles, classic cars and bikers pull up for pot roast, beer-battered fish, ice cream shakes and sundaes. $

159 N. Main St., Barre, 476-4276 n Meals: B, L n all-you-can-eat, good for groups, kid-friendly, veg-friendly, wi-fi, live music n Everything is fresh, local and seasonal at Ariel Zevon’s Vermont-focused café and grocery store. Grab ‘n’ go or relax on a couch with a sandwich, salad or bottomless bowl of soup. All-you-caneat dinner on Friday and brunch on Sunday. There’s a kids play area, too. $

Positive Pie 69 Main St., Plainfield, 454-0133 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: L, D n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, sometimes cover n Fresh ingredients and daily-made dough add authenticity to the New York-style pizzas served here. Bob Marley tunes and Fair Trade posters impart a mellow atmosphere. $

Positive Pie 2 22 State St., Montpelier, 229-0453 n Meals: L, D; full bar n all-you-caneat, delivery, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, dance floor, live music, tv, sometimes cover n This city cousin of the original Plainfield restaurant has an urban lounge feel and free delivery. Serving New York-style hand-tossed pizza, housemade Sicilian pastas, special martinis and more. Music Friday and Saturday. $$

Sarducci’s 3 Main St., Montpelier, 223-0229 n Meals: L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly n A custom-built wood-burning oven cranks out authentic Italian fare such as pizzas and “pollo al forno.” The busy dining room is a popular gathering place. No lunch on Sunday. $$

Uncle Joe’s Pizza & Pasta 136 N. Main St., Barre, 479-9299 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: L, D n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n Everything in this old-fashioned restaurant was trucked up from Manhattan’s Little Italy, including the stone oven. The crust is organic and contains no animal products. Monday night is all-you-can-eat pasta night; on Tuesday, buy one meal and get one for half-price. $

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Hunger Mountain Co-op 623 Stone Cutters Way, Montpelier, 223-8000 n Meals: B, Bru, L, D n outdoor seats, salad bar, veg-friendly n Eat outside, or enjoy the river view through a 25-foot-long window. Check out the veggie-friendly prepared foods, hot bar and salad bar. $

The Uncommon Market 1 School St., Montpelier, 223-7051 n Meals: B, L, D n A grocery store and deli offering fresh seafood, house-cut steaks and some all-natural and local products. The sandwiches are made with Boar’s Head meats. Other faves include the turkey enchiladas, lasagna and homemade swordfish gumbo. $

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El Sol Mexican Grill 210 N. Main St., Barre, 476-6444 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, dance floor, darts, karaoke, live music, other games, pool, tv n In a new, two-story location in downtown Barre, this Mexican restaurant makes everything fresh, with Cabot cheese. The enchiladas and fajita dinners are customer favorites, as are the sangria and margaritas. The granite bar is localvore, too. $

Julio’s Cantina Mexican Cuisine & Margarita Bar 54 State St., Montpelier, 2299348 n Meals: L, D, Late; full bar n kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, other games, tv n Locals flock to this festive, family-friendly Mexican restaurant for the authentic cuisine and the drink specials. Don’t miss the organic margaritas. No lunch on Sunday. $

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Tiny Thai 24 Main Street, Winooski, 655-4888 Over the past few years, Asian restaurants have blossomed all over Chittenden County like lotus flowers on a pond. The Queen City recently gained a pan-Asian noodle bar, and another is on the way. Where once there was a single source of Vietnamese pho in the Greater Burlington area, now there are seven. There’s no better example of the area’s Far Eastern obsession than the mile-square city of Winooski, where five Asian eateries serve a population of 6300. While all of them are popular, one, Tiny Thai, is almost always packed. At lunchtime, it’s not unusual

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to see a line snaking out the restaurant’s door, perhaps a result of the filling, ridiculously inexpensive prix-fixe lunch special: Diners get a beverage and two courses for just $7.95. The sweet and hot ginger iced tea is a perfect starter. Follow it up with a bowl of fragrant tom yam chicken soup or moo ping — grilled, marinated pork on a stick. Choosing among 11 possible entrées isn’t easy, but the “curry of the day” and the spicy pad kee maow, also known as “drunken noodles,” are highly recommended. The à la carte dinner menu is more extensive

but not expensive — plus, the restaurant is BYOB, so there’s no booze on the bill. Like all of Tiny Thai’s dishes, the pad prik khing combines brightly colored, crisply cooked vegetables and a puddle of rich, complex sauce. The gentler massaman curry with potatoes and roasted peanuts amounts to Thai comfort food. “Rose’s tofu” is a flavorful, meat-free choice. There’s only one problem with Winooski’s favorite Asian place. Getting a parking place and a table. Luckily, there’s a second Tiny Thai, in the Essex Shoppes & Cinema complex, just a short drive away.


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Contemporary The Bearded Frog 5247 Shelburne rd., Shelburne, 985-9877 n meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly n Chef Michel Mahe offers eclectic American fare at this upscale bistro. In winter, warm up at the two-sided fireplace in the elegantly appointed dining room. Patio seating available in the summer. $$$

The Belted Cow 4 park St., essex Jct., 878-3309 n Closed: mon., Sun.; meals: D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, vegfriendly n Co-owner Caitlin Bilodeau was an Olympic fencer and her partner, John Delpha, is an award-winning chef. Together, they’ve transformed a former coffee shop at the Lincoln Inn into an upscale eatery with a local focus. En garde! $$$

Bistro Sauce 97 Falls rd., Shelburne, 985-2830 n meals: Bru, L, D; full bar n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly n This bistro, which features seasonal outdoor dining, is both romantic and family-friendly. The menu changes regularly, with creative takes on farm-fresh products. Have a three-course meal or grab a snack at the bar. $$$

Butler’s at The Essex 70 essex Way, essex Junction, 764-1413 n meals: Bru, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Students master classic and contemporary culinary techniques at this restaurant run by the New England Culinary Institute. The menu changes daily to showcase local ingredients. Check out the awardwinning wine list. $$$$

Clover House Restaurant 42 Church rd., Colchester, 860-3631 n meals: Bru, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, tv n Fine dining comes to this pub via NECI alum Levi Carter. Seafood risotto is a hit on the ethnically influenced New American menu. Theme weeks abound, from Chinese to authentic Mexican. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Brunch Sunday. $$

G’s Restaurant Sheraton Hotel, South Burlington, 865-6602 n meals: B, Bru, L; full bar n all-you-can-eat, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Vermont’s only Certified Master Chef works his magic

in the Sheraton Hotel’s palm-filled atrium. In-the-know locals drop by weekly for the $20 Sunday brunch buffet, featuring omelette and waffle stations, carved meats and a large selection of desserts. $$

The Inn at Shelburne Farms 1611 Harbor rd., Shelburne, 985-8498 n meals: B, Bru, D; full bar n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, seasonal, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n The fine-dining menu changes seasonally at this top-rated restaurantinn, one of Gourmet’s top farm-to-table restaurants in 2007. The house-cured charcuterie, handmade pasta and composed “market garden” salad are must-haves. Open from May 9 until October 19. $$$$$

Jack’s on the Green at the Vermont National Country Club 1227 Dorset St., South Burlington, 264-9415 n Closed: mon.; meals: Bru, L, D; full bar n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, seasonal, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n You don’t need to play golf to enjoy lunch, brunch or dinner in the elegant dining room or on the deck. At lunch, choose from the “burger menu.” At dinner, nosh on upscale comfort food. Shirts with collars are required. $$

The Kitchen Table Bistro 1840 West main St., richmond, 434-8686 n Closed: mon., Sun.; meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Chef-owners Steve and Lara Atkins serve haute cuisine and bistro favorites in a historic, 1795 brick home. Try the decadent, made-from-scratch desserts, including homemade ice cream. The seasonal menu changes frequently. Open on select Sundays. $$$

Pauline’s Café 1834 Shelburne rd., South Burlington, 862-1081 n meals: Bru, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly n A local landmark, this café-restaurant satisfies customers with Maine crab cakes, rack of lamb, Vermont meats and local foods in season. Sunday brunch. $$

Sonoma Station 99 Bridge St., richmond, 434-5949 n Closed: mon., Sun.; meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly n Formerly of Leunig’s, chef-owner Monica Lamay cooks New American

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cuisine at this unique eatery in the historic Blue Seal Feeds building. Try the crab-and-avocado napoleon with cilantro vinaigrette. $$$

The Tavern at The Essex 70 essex Way, essex Junction, 764-1489 n meals: B, Bru, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, tv n This casual, local favorite at The Essex boasts outstanding comfort food in a warm environment. Offerings include classics such as braised lamb shank, vegetable pot pie and butternut squash soup. Reasonably priced nightly specials. $$

Two Friends Bistro & Lounge 1210 Williston rd., South Burlington, 658-4810 n Closed: mon.; meals: L, D, Late; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, dance floor, live music, other games, tv n Want some pub grub? Start out with chicken fingers or shrimp cocktail, then choose a chicken quesadilla or a burger. Dancing with a DJ Friday and Saturday. $$

Diner AJ’s Kitchen 35 main St., essex Junction, 2888182 n meals: B, L, D n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly n Burgers are big at this friendly local diner. Try the AJ’s Burger, with two kinds of cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo. Breakfast served Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. $

Arcadia Diner 1696 Williston rd., South Burlington, 651-9080 n meals: B, Bru, L, D n kid-friendly, table service n Open since 1955, this vintage diner has a stainless-steel retro interior and a menu that fuses American and Greek cuisine: Think spanakopita, gyros, rice pudding and avgolemono. Breakfast served all day long. Open for dinner in the summer. $

Libby’s Diner 46 High point Center, Colchester, 655-0343 n meals: B, Bru, L, D; beer & wine n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n This family diner has a vintage theme and freshly baked strawberry-rhubarb pie. It’s a great source of New England comfort food. $

The Milton Diner 514 route 7, milton, 893-1743 n meals: B, L, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly n This workingman’s diner serves breakfast all day long. Try the fried haddock, baked

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Sneakers Bistro 36 main St., Winooski, 655-9081 n meals: B, Bru, L; beer & wine n table service, vegfriendly n Locals have frequented this Art-Deco café for more than 25 years. Serving breakfast, brunch and lunch. Try the daily specials. $

SnaCkBar/Cart Joe’s Snack Bar 45 route 15, Jericho, 899-3934 n meals: L, D n cash/check only, kidfriendly, seasonal n Open since 1950, this locally owned fast-food quick stop is popular amongst local hikers and passersby. Hand-cut fries and cookedto-order burgers available in summer Creemees, too. $

Soup & SanDWiCH Alex’s Restaurant — Home of the Vermont Soup Company 1636 Williston rd., South Burlington, 862-5678 n meals: B, Bru, L, D; beer & wine n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veganfriendly n Visit for the classic comfort food. A collection of toys and original artwork adds to the down-to-earth atmosphere. Brunch on Sundays. Call for hours. $

Bagel Market 30 Susie Wilson Dr., essex Junction, 872-2616 n meals: B, L n kid-friendly, veg-friendly n The home-roasted coffee goes with any of 25 bagel varieties. For lunch, try one of the grilled sandwiches or wraps. End with one of their sweet treats: They offer muffins, brownies, cookies and Danish. $

Bagels Plus 16 taft Corners Shopping Center, Williston, 878-3131 n meals: B, L n kid-friendly, veg-friendly n Here the bagels, bread, cookies and muffins are made fresh daily. Come at 6 a.m. to grab a breakfast sandwich and coffee to go, or relax in the cheerful dining room. Specialty bagels include maple wheat and a colorful version made with Fruity Pebbles. $

Bayside Triple M Deli 49 Heineberg Dr., Colchester, 6511009 n meals: B, L, D n good for groups, kid-friendly, vegan-friendly n This strip-mall deli pulls in patrons with a full sandwich menu. Like eggrolls? Pre-order them by the dozen for pick-up on Sunday. $

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Belle’s Café 121 Connor Way, Maple Tree Place, Williston, 872-2802 n Meals: B, Bru, L n delivery, table service n This locally owned artisan café has a “unique Vermont flair with all the comforts of home.” Check out the creative flatbread and sandwich specials, as well as a build-your-own sandwich option. Bread baked fresh every day. $

The Bolton Deli 4302 Bolton Access Rd., Bolton Valley, 434-6817 n Meals: B, L n kid-friendly, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n Featuring hot and cold sandwiches — including a “mean” egg salad — as well as fresh soups and other madefrom-scratch items. Basic groceries and sundries, too. $

Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery 2989 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-3183 n Meals: B, L n good for groups, kid-friendly, veg-friendly, wi-fi n This Shelburne eatery offers hot and cold sandwiches on bagels and fresh-baked breads. Also serving signature soup and tossed salads. $

Burlington Bagel Bakery 992 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 864-0236 n Meals: B, L n Burlington’s original bagel shop cooks up more than 15 types of bagels, including asiago and roasted red pepper. Local products are featured. $

Café Demeter 38 Eastwood Dr., South Burlington, 864-3536 n Closed: Sat., Sun.; Meals: B, L n delivery, wi-fi n Local businesspeople flock here for the homemade soups, Vietnamese rolls and specialty sandwiches — some of which are named after mythological characters. The Neptune comes with tuna, capers, Swiss cheese, red onions and sprouts. $

Café Window 97 Blakely Rd., Suite 5, Colchester, 598-5348 n Meals: B, L, D; beer & wine n delivery, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Want some pho with your bacon, egg and cheese? Tom Nguyen, owner of M-Saigon, serves up his soups, eggrolls, noodle dishes and banh mi alongside western sandwiches. Look for bubble tea and both Vietnamese and Speeder and Earl’s coffee. Ice cream is available year-round from the take-out window. $

The Garden of Eatin’ Café 472 Marshall Ave., Williston, 8781042 n Meals: L n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegfriendly n A lush, tropical conservatory doubles as a dining room in winter. When it’s warm out, enjoy a freshly prepared meal on the outdoor patio. The menu changes daily. $

Harrington’s of Vermont 5597 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-2000 n Meals: B, L n take-out, veg-friendly n Located across the street from the Shelburne Museum, this eatery and specialty-foods store makes killer sandwiches — including smoked ham, smoked turkey and a BLT — using their own meats and condiments. $

M.T. Bellies Deli 340 Dorset St., South Burlington, 863-8058 n Meals: B, L, D; beer & wine n delivery, kid-friendly, vegfriendly n This deli boasts generous portions of comfort food at reasonable prices. Try a spicy chicken Caesar wrap or the chicken salad. It’s all homemade. $

Paisley Hippo Sandwich Shop 22 Commerce St. #7, Hinesburg, 482-2345 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: L, D n kid-friendly n At this funky, 20-seat eatery, you can order up a “Beast” made with roast beef, pepperoni and sharp cheddar. The “killer” cheese steaks, sweet potato fries, wings and soups are big, too. $

PK Cafe 186 College Parkway, Colchester, 655-6565 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: B, L n kid-friendly, veg-friendly n Pizzas have left the building at the former Purple Knight’s. The deluxe hot sandwiches, homemade soups and baked goods remain. Try the Vermonster — turkey and apples with cheddar and cranberry mayo on fresh focaccia. $

Teddy Bear Café 6655 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-1346 n Meals: B, L n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly n Fresh homemade soups and huge made-toorder sandwiches are on the menu at this fun and family-friendly café, housed in the Vermont Teddy Bear factory. The music is from the ‘80s and the pricing is, too; two people can eat for less than $15. Open weekends in summer only. $

Underhill Country Store 1 Pleasant Valley Rd., Underhill, 899-4056 n Meals: B, L, D n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly n Outdoor enthusiasts love this combo gear shop and restaurant for pizza, soup, sandwiches, high-energy snacks and even snowshoe rentals. Favorite dishes include the “rock garden” reuben and Renée’s chili. The friendly, small-town ambiance is a big draw, too. $

Vermont Sandwich Co. (Three locations) 365 N. Williston Rd., Williston, 878-6963 n 150 Dorset St., South

Burlington, 660-8872 n 41 IDX Dr., South Burlington, 846-2092 n Meals: L, D n kid-friendly, veg-friendly n This local sandwich company comes up with some interesting combos. Try the popular “Patriot,” with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Shelburne Road location closed Sunday. $

res. required, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n The snow is unpredictable but the price is fixed at this mountaintop inn. Twenty-seven dollars buys you a three-course meal served in the candlelit dining room. à la carte is now available. $$

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30 Bridge St., Richmond, 434-2233 n Meals: B, Bru, L, D; beer & wine n kid-friendly, table service n This family-owned café “makes you feel like a friend,” says manager Wesley Carpenter. Check out the Philly cheesesteaks, pizza, wraps and hoppin’ Sunday brunch. $$

165 East Allen St., Winooski, 6550290 n Closed: Sat., Sun.; Meals: L, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly, tv n This deli has a rock ‘n’ roll theme and Vermont brews on tap. Pick up Mediterranean and Middle Eastern sandwiches, or try a hot steak-and-cheese sandwich. $

STEAkHoUSE/SEAFooD Ray’s Seafood Market 7 Pinecrest Dr., Essex Junction, 879-3611 n Meals: L, D n good for groups, kid-friendly n This lighthouse-themed seafood spot offers fried and baked haddock, whole-belly clams and “about anything you can imagine,” says manager Janice Clark. $

Rotisserie Restaurant 1355 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 658-1838 n Meals: Bru, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, tv n Try the prime rib at this friendly neighborhood sports bar and steakhouse, an area staple for 40 years. Now located in a brand-new building. $$

Windjammer Restaurant & Upper Deck Pub 1076 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 862-6585 n Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, salad bar, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, live music, tv n Hand-cut steaks, juicy prime rib and fresh seafood keep ‘em coming back. Check out the unique, boat-shaped salad bar. The Upper Deck offers lighter pub fare, microbrews and an extensive selection of wines in a sports-bar atmosphere. $$$

TRADITIoNAL Al’s French Frys 1251 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 862-9203 n Meals: L, D n cash/check only, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats n Locally owned Al’s French Frys is like a scene out of “Happy Days.” Even the handcut fries are a throw-back to the ‘50s. They also sell corn dogs, cheeseburgers and seasonal creemees. $

Black Bear Inn 4010 Bolton Access Rd., Bolton, 434-2126 n Closed: Wed., Sun.; Meals: B, D; full bar n kid-friendly,

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The Busy Chef and Café 26 Susie Wilson Rd., Essex, 8780770 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: B, L, D n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, veg-friendly, wi-fi n What’s for dinner? The Busy Chef’s meals-to-go take the stress out of “home” cooking. For about what you’d pay for pizza, you can have a full meal. Now serving breakfast and lunch, too. The individual quiches and homemade soups are big sellers. $

Chicken Charlie’s 1160 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 862-1211 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n delivery, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly, tv n Looking for homemade food quick? This casual eatery specializes in rotisserie chicken, baby-back ribs, wings, sandwiches and made-to-order salads. $

City Sports Grille 215 Lower Mountain View, Colchester, 655-2720 n Meals: L, D, Late; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegfriendly, all-ages shows, live music, other games, pool, tv n Now you can have raspberry chicken salad or wild mushroom pasta inside the SpareTime bowling alley. $

The Cone Artist 73 Prim Rd., Unit 6, Colchester, 660-2663 n Meals: L, D n cash/check only, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, seasonal, veganfriendly, other games n Play a computerized trivia game while enjoying a cone, dish or shake made from Grand Isle’s all-natural Island Ice Cream. $

Dragonfly Café and Woody’s Pub 18 Severance Green, Colchester, 878-6100 n Meals: B, L, D; full bar n good for groups, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Owner Ginny St. John promises that all of her comfort food is homemade. Classic meatloaf, rotisserie chicken and macaroni and cheese are big hits. Sandwich meat is sliced from turkey and beef roasted on site. Sit in the pub to watch a game while you eat. $$ american cont. »

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4309 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-3568 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: B, L; beer & wine n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly n This homey restaurant is famous for its historic windmill and Vermont comfort food. You can get breakfast all day. Closed Monday and Tuesday in winter. $

Flour Shop 419 Route 15, Underhill, 899-1399 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: B, L n cash/ check only, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n Along with a complete line of homemade breads and pastries, this bakery-café cooks up a full breakfast every day: omelettes, pancakes, French toast and more. $

Good Times Café

10805 Main St., Hinesburg, 482-4444 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: L, D; beer & wine n cash/check only, live music n This diverse café features Italian, Cajun and American cuisine. Look for nightly dinner specials such as the homemade crab and shrimp ravioli and burritos. Acoustic-style performers add to the ambiance on Wednesday night. $

Ground Round 1633 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 862-1122 n Meals: L, D, Late; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, wi-fi, tv n The only local franchise to become a member of the Vermont Fresh Network, this casual eatery showcases some local products on the menu. $$

Harper’s Restaurant at the Holiday Inn 1068 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 863-6200 n Meals: B, Bru, L, D; full bar n all-you-can-eat, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, tv n This quiet hideaway is a relaxed and discreet bar and eatery during the week. Brunch served on Sunday. Special buffets on major holidays. Banquet rooms available for rent. $$

The Hideaway 10 Kellogg Rd., Essex Junction, 288-1530 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, res. recommended, table service, vegfriendly, live music, other games, tv n Pics by world-class artists are on display at this two-story, atrium-style eatery. Burgers and salads comfort, while chimichurri pork loin and pan-fried catfish in creamy crab sauce satisfy eclectic palates. $$

Hoagie Hut Bellwood Shopping Center, Colchester, 863-6655 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n cash/check only, good for groups, kid-friendly, veg-friendly

n This 30-year-old fast-food restaurant cooks up a mean Philly cheese steak. No dinner on Sunday. $

JP’s Restaurant and Deli 39 River Rd., Essex Junction, 288-8099 n Meals: B, Bru, L; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n Choose between two dining rooms, one of which is jungle-themed. Try the openface hot sandwiches, including a Philly cheese steak or roasted turkey. There’s also a deli. Dining room available for banquets and parties. $

Lake-View Restaurant 1710 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 865-3900 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly, live music, tv n Chef David Hugo — of Starry Night Café fame — takes a more casual approach with this Shelburne Road restaurant. $$

MJ’s Sports Café 800 Athletic Dr., Shelburne, 3439585 n Meals: D, Late; beer & wine n cash/check only, good for groups, kid-friendly, veg-friendly, wi-fi, tv n Athletes young and retired enjoy homemade pizza, salads, wraps and wings. Watch sports on the big-screen TV, or listen to music. Family-friendly. $

Monty’s Old Brick Tavern

Route 15, Jericho, 899-1116 n Closed: Mon., Tues.; Meals: D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veganfriendly, all-ages shows, live music, tv n There’s “something for everybody” at this rustic restaurant with an eclectic menu. The salmon dishes, chicken wings and brownie sundae are big hits. Occasional live music. $$

One Flight Up at the Airport 1200 Airport Dr., South Burlington, 862-6410 n Meals: B, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Burlington International Airport’s only restaurant serves sandwiches and light dinner items until 7 p.m. And you can keep your shoes on. $$

Open Arms Café 52 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, 985-9844 n Closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: B, L n cash/check only, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Everything is organic at this localvore spot, open from 7 a.m. on weekdays. The Yoda’s Jedi Master juice has garlic, lemon, ginger, greens and cayenne to keep early risers on their toes. The Good Morning Tortilla and breakfast sandwiches are favorites. $

Rozzi’s Lakeshore Tavern

7921 Williston Rd., Williston, 316-4262 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: Bru, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, tv n This cozy, neighborhood eatery located in a historic building offers TVs in the pub, and casual fare such as burgers and pesto-chicken sandwiches. Both cooks used to work at Shelburne Farms and they prepare upscale entrées, too. $$

1022 West Lakeshore Dr., Colchester, 863-2342 n Meals: B, Bru, L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, dance floor, darts, live music, other games, pool, tv n The prime rib here is renowned. Catch any game during the major league season and enjoy free happy-hour food daily. Weekend brunch. $

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135 East Allen St., Winooski, 6553663 n Meals: L, D, Late n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, vegfriendly n Here the wings are smokin’ and almost everything is made fresh. Homemade sauces run from “gravy “to “spicy Bbyaki” to “lava.” Hot sandwiches, subs and Flavorburst ice cream are also popular. $

The Old Brick Store 290 Ferry Rd., Charlotte, 425-2421 n Meals: B, L n kid-friendly, vegfriendly n A Charlotte landmark, the store has been reborn as a communitysupported market with a mix of conventional and organic products. The kitchen offers freshly baked pastries, breakfast sandwiches and deli items. There’s an espresso bar, too. $

38 Lower Mountain View Dr., Colchester, 654-8008 n Meals: L, D, Late; full bar n kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, live music, tv n From the decor to the microbrews, this family-friendly restaurant exudes “Vermont-ness,” says owner Tim Brockmyre. The menu features a wide variety of seafood, chicken, steak and pasta dishes. In summer, try dining on the deck. Jazz piano every Friday and Saturday. $$

digging into the daily special, or take it home for the family. Tuesday brings pot roast; Saturday is franks-andbeans night. $

Trader Duke’s 1117 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 660-7523 n Meals: B, L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n This country-style restaurant is famous for New England cuisine and a doublesided fieldstone fireplace. Try the homemade meatloaf. $$

Wings Over Burlington 150 Dorset St., South Burlington, 863-9464 n Meals: L, D, Late; BYOB n delivery, kid-friendly, tv n The wings — made with fresh chicken — come in 24 flavors, from “wimpy” to “afterburner” to the best-selling “honey BBQ.” Wraps, ribs and sandwiches, too. Lunch served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. $

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CHiNESE Chef Leu’s House 3761 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-5258 n Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, table service, vegfriendly n Specializing in Szechuan, Hunan, Mandarin and Vietnamese cuisines, this crowd-pleasing restaurant offers take-out service as well as sit-down dining and a cocktail lounge. $$

Chopstick House II 127 Porters Point Rd., Colchester, 862-3600 n Meals: L, D n vegfriendly n Serving Szechuan, Hunan, Mandarin and Cantonese fare with no MSG. Order family-dinner combinations for up to six people. $

Dragon House 22 Commerce St., Hinesburg, 4826888 n Meals: Bru, L, D n You can eat lunch early at this Chinese restaurant on the fringes of Chittenden County; it opens at 10:30 a.m. Eat there or make it take-out. $

East Orchid 2033 Essex Rd., Williston, 878-1288 n Meals: L, D; full bar n all-you-caneat, good for groups, table service, veg-friendly n The chef at this formal buffet-style restaurant recommends the Phoenix — shrimp and chicken stir-fried with vegetables. $

TNL’s 216 Route 7 S., Milton, 893-0005 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: B, L, D; beer & wine n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegfriendly, wi-fi, other games, pool, tv n A large pizza made from scratch is just $8.99 at this family restaurant. Watch an NBA or NHL game while

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with 8 slices of bacon, 4 slices of cheese, all on a Mini Boule Roll! Devour this burger in one hour and get a Free T-shirt and your name on our “Doz” wall of fame!

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Local VT Brews on Tap as well as our own “House” blend! Prime Rib and Seafood Specials • NASCAR Sundays and all MLB games! Call ahead and we’ll have your favorite game(s) on for you when you come in! Sunday Brunch 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. • Open for lunch 7 days a week 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Winter Dinner - 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Summer Dinner: 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. 1022 West Lakeshore Drive, Malletts Bay, VT • 802.863.2342

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Full House

Oriental Wok

Asian Cuisine

Vietnam Restaurant

90 Center Rd., Essex Junction, 879-8989 n Meals: L, D n table service n Even the salad dressing is homemade at this store-front takeout. Three-course Japanese hibachi meals — featuring steak, chicken and seafood — ring up between $4.95 and $7.25. Curries share menu space with the usual Chinese choices. $

21 Essex Way, Essex, 878-6688 n Meals: L, D n take-out n Come in for the fragrant lemon chicken before a night at the Essex Outlet Cinema. Specials are served with pork-fried rice. $

118 Pearl St., Essex, 288-9996 n Meals: L, D n kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n Thai and Vietnamese dishes make up the bulk of the menu, but there are Korean specialties, too. Try the “Seoul-ful” beef bulgogi, served with cucumber salad and kimchi, or shrimp cakes. Sip an avocado smoothie while you eat. $

137 Pearl St., Essex Junction, 872-9998 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: L, D n take-out, veg-friendly n This cozy café is a welcome break from the Route 15 strip, with tile floors, silk flowers and doilies. Specialty milkshakes incorporate avocado, durian, jackfruit, coconut or pineapple. $

Hong Kong Kitchen 1900 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 862-4622 n Meals: L, D n takeout n The workers claim to have “the best General Tso in town.” Sunday is dinner only. $

Joyce’s Noodle House 5 Carmichael St., Essex, 288-9828 n Meals: L, D; full bar n table service n This Chinese restaurant, with contemporary Asian decor, prepares authentic cuisine that can be traced back to the Shang Dynasty. Try the mustard greens with smoked tofu. The noodle dishes are very popular. $

Kwan’s Chinese Restaurant 65 Patchen Rd., South Burlington, 862-0475 n Meals: L, D n delivery, table service n Serving all the Chinese classics, from vegetarian Hunan bean curd to Kung Pao pork. $

Lee’s Chinese Restaurant 360 Dorset St., South Burlington, 657-3218 n Meals: Bru, L, D n delivery, table service n College meal cards are accepted at this small Asian eatery. Try the Mongolian beef or the shrimp with ginger and scallions. $

Lucky Wok Chinese Restaurant 170 Route 7, Midtown Plaza, Milton, 893-0078 n Meals: L, D n take-out n This small restaurant is known for its speedy service — and all the Chinese classics. $

Men at Wok 3 Taft Corners Shopping Center, Williston, 878-2850 n Meals: L, D n table service n An open kitchen lets you watch chefs assemble your crab rangoon or chicken teriyaki. $

Ming’s Restaurant Colchester 88 Heineberg Rd., Colchester, 8602828 n Meals: L, D n take-out, vegfriendly n Purchase discount phone cards to Asia or Zodiac figurines along with your beef and broccoli. $

Orchid Chinese Cuisine 5 Market St., South Burlington, 658-3626 n Meals: L, D; full bar n all-you-can-eat, delivery, good for groups, table service, veg-friendly n A 100-item buffet has been attracting customers for more than 20 years. Open 365 days a year. $

Peking Duck House 79 West Canal St., Winooski, 6557475 n Meals: L, D; full bar n table service, veg-friendly n This two-story restaurant offers take-out as well as formal dining and a cocktail lounge. The chef recommends the sizzling tsair tsair beef. $$

Silver Palace 1216 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 864-0125 n Meals: L, D; full bar n delivery, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly n Chinese food with an American twist is served from banquet trays to your plate. Try the orange beef or crispy pork. No lunch on Sunday. $$

Zen Gardens 7 Fayette Dr., South Burlington, 862-8885 n Meals: L, D; full bar n delivery, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly n Authentic Szechuan, Cantonese and Taiwanese-style dishes are served at this Chinese restaurant on Shelburne Road. There’s also a private room that’s perfect for corporate meetings. Dim sum on Sunday. $$

JAPANESE Koto Restaurant 792 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 660-8976 n Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly n At this Japanese steakhouse, the chefs put on a tableside show if you opt for the hibachi. Also offering a full assortment of sushi and sashimi. $$$

Sakura Sushi & Kitchen 19 Taft Corners Shopping Center, Williston, 288-8052 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: L, D; beer & wine n take-out n Sit down for lunch or dinner, or take out packaged bean cakes, sushi and assorted Asian groceries. $

PAN-ASiAN Asian Bistro (Two locations) 121 Corner Way, Williston, 8788878 n 25 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, 655-9800 n Meals: L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly n Chefs prepare dishes from China, Thailand, Malaysia and Japan. Try the creaky chicken — deepfried white meat with hot peppers and brown sauce. No lunch on weekends in Williston, but in Winooski, there is lunch on Saturday. $$

Naru Asian Cuisine 202 Cornerstone Dr., Williston, 8788868 n Meals: L, D n table service, veg-friendly n Try the “Hot Stone Bibimbob” — a variety of vegetables, egg and seasoned beef over rice, with spicy paste on the side. No lunch on Sunday. $

THAi Drunken Noodle House 9 Park St., Essex Junction, 2889499 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n delivery, gluten-free options, kidfriendly, table service, vegan-friendly n They focus on noodles at this Thai eatery right near busy Five Corners. There’s pad Thai, pad kee mao and lots of seafood dishes. Want curry? They’ve got that, too. $

Food 88 28 Main St., Winooski, 654-8888 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n delivery, table service n Dollar sushi attracts college students and families to this comfy Thai and Japanese café. Pad Thai and curry bowls starting at $5.95. Yaki soba and katsu don also make the cut. $

H Tiny Thai Restaurant (see pg. 63) 21 Essex Way #210, Essex, 8782788 n 24 Main St., Winooski, 6554888 n Meals: L, D; BYOB n table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Popular dishes include papaya salad, tom kha, ginger chicken and krapow stir-fry with loads of fresh basil. The owners say their noodle bowls are “perfect for a cold night in Vermont.” Think pad Thai or spicy “drunken noodles.” The Winooski location is closed Sunday. $

ViETNAMESE Pho Dang Vietnamese Café 215 Main St., Winooski, 655-0707 n Meals: Bru, L, D; BYOB n delivery, gluten-free options, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly n Slurp up Vietnamese soup — and other noodle and rice dishes — just seconds from downtown Winooski. Try the classic pho tai, which comes with a plate of flavorful mix-ins, and the hot ‘n’ sweet coffee mixed with condensed milk. $

BakEriES Backdoor Bakery 315 Bridge St., Huntington, 434-3422 n Closed: Mon., Wed., Thur., Fri., Sun. n cash/check only, kid-friendly, vegan-friendly n Bakerowner Dean Menke invites diners to enjoy pastries on his riverfront porch. Croissants, pineapple turnovers and scones are all home-crafted with local and organic ingredients. $

Klinger’s Bread Company 10 Farrell St., South Burlington, 860-6322 n Meals: B, L; beer & wine n delivery, kid-friendly n At this small, in-bakery café, you can grab a coffee and croissant, or order soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch. $

Koval’s Coffee 22 Commerce St., Hinesburg, 482-5192 n Meals: B, L n good for groups, kid-friendly, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n ”We try to do the simple stuff right,” co-owner Gary Koval says of his restaurant’s custom-made sandwiches on homemade bread. Soups are homemade, too. $

Quality Bake Shop 91 Pearl St., Essex Junction, 8783798 n Meals: B, L n cash/check only n This small-counter diner and full-service bakery is famous for burgers, sandwiches and inexpensive baked goods. Cookies start at 59 cents. $

The Village Cup 30 Route 15, Jericho, 899-1730 n Meals: B, L n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n This rustic café is located in a renovated barn. Pair the panini with a bowl of homemade soup, or try a freshly baked pastry and a cup of coffee. Occasional open-mic nights. $

West Meadow Farm Bakery 34 Park St., Essex Junction, 8781646 n Closed: Mon., Tues., Wed., Thur., Fri., Sun.; Meals: B, L n gluten-free options, kid-friendly, veg-friendly n Celiac suffers swing by for gluten-free goodies including almond-coconut biscotti, maplewalnut scones and even éclairs. Got a birthday? Call for a decorated cake. $

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Serving Marvelous Food, Drinks …and Sunsets!

open memorial day to columbus day! 658-2244

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BAr 38 Main Street Pub 38 Main St., Winooski, 655-0072 n full bar, darts, karaoke, live music, pool, tv n A mix of college students, local folk and travelers frequent this relaxed sports bar that hosts occasional live music. Don’t miss the creative, weekly drink specials.

Night Crawlers 127 Porters Point rd., Colchester, 310-4067 n full bar n dance floor, karaoke, live music, pool, tv n Foosball, buffalo wings and the “JJ Burger” — a beef patty topped with lettuce, tomato, bacon, egg and cheese — keep the students and the locals coming back. You’ll find brand-name beer and Vermont brews on tap. $

NightCluB Franny O’s 733 Queen City Park rd., South Burlington, 863-2909 n Meals: l; full bar n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, dance floor, darts, karaoke, live music, pool, tv n Blue- and white-collar workers flock to this sports bar for the live music and pub food. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday nights feature karaoke; local rock bands play on Friday. $

Higher Ground 1214 Williston rd., South Burlington, 652-0777 n Meals: D, late; full bar n table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, all-ages shows, dance floor, live music, cover n The region’s premier live-music venue showcases national and local music acts. Pub fare available until 11 p.m. $

The Monkey House 30 Main St., Winooski, 655-4563 n Meals: late; full bar n table service, wi-fi, dance floor, live music, pool, tv, sometimes cover n This local live music venue features an eclectic blend of regional and local acts most nights of the week. Plug in with your own MP3 player or Ipod when there’s no live music.

PuB B. U. Emporium 164 Porters Point rd., Colchester, 658-4292 n Meals: D, late; full bar, darts, pool, tv n Burgers and wings are big on the pub menu at this local family bar. $

Backstage Pub 60 Pearl St., Essex Junction, 8785494 n Meals: D; full bar n table service, wi-fi, dance floor, darts, karaoke, live music, pool, tv n Local bands liven up this homey bar on Fri-

day and Saturday. Sunday night brings in the karaoke crowd. The full dinner menu features wings, burgers, prime rib and steaks. Special seafood dinners once a month. $

Banana Winds Café and Pub 1 towne Marketplace, Essex Junction, 879-0752 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: l, D; full bar n table service, darts, karaoke, live music, tv n This pub-deli with live music and karaoke features open mic the first Saturday of every month. Try the homemade clam chowder and chili. $

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friendly, table service, darts, pool, tv n This typical Irish pub serves burgers and all kinds of sandwiches. $

Old Shed Bar & Grill 80 Shelburne Shopping Plaza, Shelburne, 985-9800 n Meals: l, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, wi-fi, darts, karaoke, live music, pool, tv n This local pub keeps customers coming back for its Texas dogs and chicken wings. Karaoke every Saturday night. $

The Pour House

4 Carmichael St., Essex, 878-1543 n Meals: l, D; full bar n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, darts, pool, tv n This place has pool tables, seven TVs, and cheeseburgers marinated in Guinness — plus, it’s close to the movie theater. $

1930 Williston rd., South Burlington, 862-3653 n Meals: Bru, l, D; full bar n kid-friendly, table service, tv n This sports bar is also a neighborhood pub that draws customers with $1.50 pints on Sunday and Monday. They also have chicken wings, Philly-cheese-steak sandwiches and burgers. One of the 12 TVs has a 7-foot screen. $

Hooters

Spanked Puppy Pub

Cody’s Irish Pub & Grille

1705 Williston rd., South Burlington, 660-8658 n Meals: l, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, darts, karaoke, other games, trivia, tv n Watch sports on 21 TVs while you chow down on wings, quesadillas and half-pound burgers. Trivia night on Tuesday and karaoke on Thursday. And of course, “friendly Hooters girls.” $

James Moore Tavern 4302 Bolton Access rd., Bolton Valley, 434-6826 n Meals: l, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, seasonal, table service, veganfriendly, wi-fi, live music, tv n This seasonal spot near the ski slopes serves soups, burgers, sandwiches and great views. Catch live entertainment Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. $$

Alexander’s Pub at the Lincoln Inn 4 Park St., Essex Junction, 8783309 n Meals: B, l, D; full bar n kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, dance floor, darts, live music, pool, tv n American classics are served at this pub & grill with live music seven nights a week. $$

McKee’s Pub & Grill 19 East Allen St., Winooski, 6550048 n Meals: Bru, l, D; full bar n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, dance floor, darts, live music, pool, tv n This local hangout has gone upscale, serving salads, wraps, seafood platters, burgers, steak and chicken dishes. Eggs Benedict — one of many special items on the brunch menu — comes in several varieties. $

Murray’s Tavern 4 lincoln Place, Essex Junction, 878-4901 n Meals: l; full bar n kid-

116 Main St., Colchester, 878-6440 n Meals: Bru, l; full bar n outdoor seats, table service n Seafood is a specialty at this local pub. Try the seafood bisque for lunch or the seafood omelette for brunch on weekends. $

Tuckaway’s Pub Sheraton hotel, South Burlington, 865-6620 n Meals: l, D; full bar n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, wi-fi n This cozy English pub “feels like home,” says the Sheraton’s Alan Hebert. But does your home offer a selection of local microbrews on tap, build-your-own burgers and UVM sports memorabilia on the walls? $$

Unwinders 831 College Parkway, Colchester, 654-8080 n Meals: l, D, late; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, wi-fi, dance floor, karaoke, other games, tv n Foosball, buffalo wings and the “JJ Burger” — a beef patty topped with lettuce, tomato, bacon, egg and cheese — keep the students and the locals coming back. You’ll find brand-name beer and Vermont brews on tap. $

coffEE/tEa Mojo’s Café 34 Park St., Essex Junction, 879-4475 n good for groups, kidfriendly, wi-fi n Featuring Speeder & Earl’s coffee and an espresso bar, plus pastries. The “Clockwork Orange,” a combo of espresso, chocolate, orange and almond, is very popular. $

Village Wine and Coffee 5288 Shelburne rd., Shelburne, 985-8922 n Closed: Sun. n good for groups, kid-friendly, veg-friendly, wi-fi n This European-style café and

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wine shop features shade-grown, fairtrade organic espresso, fresh pastries and local gourmet chocolates. You can shop for wines, too, from hundreds of small, family-run wineries. $

EclEctic Nothing But Noodles 150 Dorset St., South Burlington, 318-4855 n Meals: l, D; beer & wine n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n Despite the name, it’s not just about noodles at this casual, family-friendly eatery. In addition to pasta dishes from around the globe — think beef stroganoff, pad Thai and farfalle with pesto — the menu features noodle-free ethnic items such as Thai lettuce wraps, Greek salad and General Tso’s chicken. $

On The Rise Bakery 39 Esplanade, richmond, 434-7787 n Meals: B, Bru, l, D; beer & wine n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, all-ages shows, dance floor, live music n Enjoy coffee drinks, smoothies and traditional, vegan or gluten-free sweets at this popular Richmond bakery. Also check out the homemade bagels and woodfired pizza, made with veggies from an on-site garden. Evenings offer live music, poetry readings and craft nights. Brunch on Sunday. $

Euro Café Mediterano 17 Park St., Essex Junction, 878-9333 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: l, D; beer & wine n table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, tv n Bosnian-born Emnan Crnalic serves up Greek gyros, panini sandwiches, Turkish-style kebabs and cevapi sausages. $

Chef’s Corner Café & Bakery 2121 Essex rd., Williston, 8785524 n Meals: B, Bru, l; beer & wine n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly n This international café has European roots and a wide selection of pastries, hot dishes and salads priced by the pound. Hungry patrons line up on Sundays for the eggs Benedict specials. $

Euro Restaurant 1 towne Marketplace, Essex Junction, 878-9299 n Closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: l, D; BYOB n table service, live music n Two master chefs from Bosnia prepare dishes like vitelo Vienna and zuppa di pesce. Occasional live music on the weekend. $$

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Black Sheep Bistro

A casual yet romantic bistro decorated with prints from France. Seven Days readers voted it “the best place to have dinner outside Chittenden County if you’re paying.”

ENTREES Coriander Crusted Bistro Steak Cracked Pepper Cream Broiled Haddock Yellow Curry Coconut Sauce

Enjoy al fresco dining on the patio in summertime.

253 Main Street, Vergennes 877-9991

Upscale eclectic american fare with a full wine list in a cozy setting inside the recently renovated Shelburne Inn.

SEARED RED SNAPPER

Daily special grilled flatbread.

BUTTERMILK MARINATED PORK CHOP

Patio, fireside and bar seating.

Chilled Asian Noodle Salad, Orange Cardamom Glaze

Spicy Black Beans, Mango Salsa, Fried Plantains

5247 Shelburne Road Shelburne Village, 985-9877

This community-based café dishes out contemporary comfort food, much of which originates on Vermont farms. Sign up to join the new beer club. 14 House Brewed Beers on Tap.

5 Main Street, Bristol 453-3311

Creamy Tofu and Spinach Dip Stuffed Artichoke Grilled Red Onion Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce Coriander Crusted Leg of Lamb Curried Potato Cauliflower Stew Minted Pea Salad


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chicken Lenora, veal scallopine, pasta and fresh seafood. Everything is fresh and made to order. $$

$ $12 and under $$$$ $26-$32 $$$$$ price is $$ $13 to $18 no object $$$ $19 to $25

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Café Shelburne

Fireside Flatbread at Bolton Valley Resort

MEDitErrANEAN

Above the Base Lodge at Bolton Valley resort, Bolton, 434-6820 n closed: Mon., tues.; Meals: L, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, seasonal, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n The flatbreads “come out quick” at Bolton Valley’s pizza joint. Tourists and locals alike come by for the pesto pie and the Switchback on tap. Closed April through December. $

Toscano Café Bistro

570 Shelburne rd., South Burlington, 864-6427 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n delivery, good for groups, kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly n Mama Mia’s makes specialty pizzas and a large variety of Italian dishes, such as baked pastas and calzones. Desserts include cannoli, spumoni and triplechocolate truffle cakes. $

Foodee’s Pizza

Marco’s Pizza

5573 Shelburne rd., Shelburne, 985-3939 n closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: D; full bar n res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly n This special-occasion restaurant, located across from the Shelburne Museum, serves gourmet French fare. $$$$

27 Bridge St., richmond, 434-3148 n closed: Mon.; Meals: Bru, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly n Romantic dining in a casual atmosphere — in the heart of Richmond. Try the butternut squash ravioli, prosciutto-wrapped shrimp or the maple, onion and pecan-crusted salmon. Chef-owned-and-operated since 2003. $$$

italiaN/PizzEria Bailey’s Restaurant at Bolton Valley 4302 Bolton Valley Access rd., Bolton, 434-6821 n closed: Mon., tues., Wed., Sun.; Meals: D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, seasonal, table service, vegfriendly, wi-fi n This intimate Italian eatery offers a view of beautiful sunsets over Bolton Mountain as well as casual comfort food. $$

Buono Appetito 3182 Shelburne rd., Shelburne, 985-2232 n Meals: D; full bar n kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly n A family-oriented restaurant with loyal customers and a mean chicken Parmesan. Not in the mood for pasta? Try a homemade pizza. $$

Cucina Antica 43 Shelburne Shopping Park, Shelburne, 985-1117 n closed: Mon.; Meals: D; beer & wine n kidfriendly, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, other games, tv n Families and couples come to this Mediterranean-flavored bistro for coffee, pizza, pasta and sandwiches. Try the homemade soups, shrimp scampi and lobster ravioli. Dinner specials every night. $$

Donny’s NY Pizza 22 Main St., Winooski, 655-7888 n Meals: L, D; full bar n delivery, kidfriendly, outdoor seats, table service n Memorabilia from the Big Apple accents the walls, while customers indulge in the famous chicken-pesto pizza pie. $

21 Essex Way, Essex, 878-3834 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly n With 35 different kinds of pizza and 55 beers, this eatery is all about choice. You can also get a sandwich made on homemade pizza dough bread. $

Hoagie’s Pizza & Pasta 112 center rd., Essex, 879-4934 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n Fresh, homemade Italian-inspired food runs from calzones, subs and pasta to pizza with 18 toppings. $

Junior’s Italian 85 S. Park Dr., colchester, 655-5555 n Meals: L, D; full bar n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, tv n Italophiles flock to this all-purpose eatery, with a pizza parlor, fine-dining restaurant and in-house bakery. “Don’t miss” pastries include sfogliatelli and pasticciotti, which are hard to find outside the big city. $$

La Villa Mediterranean Bistro & Pizzeria 3762 Shelburne rd., Shelburne, 985-2596 n Meals: L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n This Mediterranean bistro boasts everything from made-to-order pasta dishes to free-range poultry and organic local burgers. It’s known for friendly service and the wine list, too. $$

Leonardo’s Pizza 1160 Williston rd., South Burlington, 951-9000 n Meals: L, D, Late n delivery, veg-friendly n Burlington’s award-winning pizzeria is now serving the suburbs. Try the “Gourmet Gorgonzola.” Take-out and delivery only. $

Loretta’s Fine Italian Cuisine 44 Park St., Essex Junction, 879-7777 n closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly n Co-owner Linda Pratt designates this Italian restaurant “Essex Junction’s only fine dining.” Try the

Mama Mia’s Pizzeria

from America, Italy and Greece. Try the chicken souvlaki or the gyros. $$

Pastabilities 4735 Williston rd., Williston, 5985513 n Meals: L, D n All-natural pizzas from this factory-restaurant can be made at home or in-store, as can the ravioli, chicken parm and spaghetti pie. Homemade pastas come in a variety of flavors. There are sandwiches and slices on weekdays. $

Pizza on Earth

1301 Williston rd., South Burlington, 658-5858 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n delivery n Hand-tossed pizza and homemade ciabatta bread are specialties at this quaint pizza parlor. At lunch or dinner, get two slices and a fountain soda with free refills for $4.75. Try the cheese pie. $

1510 hinesburg rd., charlotte, 425-2152 n closed: Mon., Sat., Sun.; Meals: D n cash/check only, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, seasonal, veg- friendly n This farm-based pizzeria and bakery cooks up thin-crust pies in an outdoor wood oven. Artisan-style breads and homemade pastries are made fresh each day. Take-out only. Call for details. $

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Pizza Putt

4066 Shelburne rd., Shelburne, 985-9895 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n delivery, kid-friendly n Comfy booths and sandwiches on homemade bread draw in the customers. There are 14 different kinds of slices, plus calzone and pasta specials. $

1205 Airport Parkway, South Burlington, 862-7888 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegfriendly n Come in for the homemade pizza — with or without the laser tag. Everything’s cooked fresh daily in this 150-seat family restaurant. $

Mimmo’s Pizzeria 4 carmichael St., Essex, 288-9494 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly n Mimmo’s promises fresh Italian food served by enthusiastic waitstaff. “Our guests are family,” says owner Domenic Spano. Try the pizza and pasta dishes or the special balsamic chicken salad. $

Mountain High Pizza 249 route 15, Jericho, 899-3718 n Meals: L, D n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegan-friendly n What do Mount Olympus, Mauna Loa and the Swiss Alps have in common? They’re all specialty pies at this small pizzeria. $

New York Pizza Oven 794 West Lakeshore Dr., colchester, 658-0925 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n delivery n Pair the “margarita de casa” with the chicken Parmesan pie at this New York-themed pizzeria. Local high school sports memorabilia adds to the ambiance. $

Papa Frank’s 13 West center St., Winooski, 6552423 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n This low-key, homey restaurant features photos of the owner’s Italian grandparents. The calzones are crowd-pleasers. $

Papa Nick’s Family Restaurant 10997 route 116, hinesburg, 482-6050 n Meals: B, L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n This familystyle restaurant serves up delicacies

Pulcinella’s 100 Dorset St., South Burlington, 863-1000 n Meals: L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly n Authentic Italian dishes, such as gnocchi, braciole and “wedding soup,” reign at this airy, Dorset Street ristorante. Chef Palmisano’s family recipes figure prominently on the extensive menu. No lunch on Monday. $$

Rocky’s NY Pizza 201 cornerstone Dr., taft Farm Shopping center, Williston, 8785556 n 39 Park St., Essex Junction, 878-4441 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, tv n New York native and owner Rocky Leary has gained a reputation for his stuffed pizza. Check out the ice cream bar in the summer. $

Three Tomatoes Trattoria — Williston 192 Boxwood St., Williston, 857-2200 n Meals: D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly, tv n Try the Neopolitan pizzas and antipasti at this rustic Italian restaurant, located right next to the movie theater at Maple Tree Place. The wine list includes dozens of Italian wines available by the glass. $$

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20 Susie Wilson Rd., Essex, 8784770 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: L, D n delivery, good for groups, kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly n This restaurant offers plenty of Italian choices — from Parmesan dishes to pasta with your choice of toppings. They also cook up bacon cheeseburger and hot turkey sandwiches. $

Zachary’s Pizza (Four locations) 197 Route 7, Hannaford Plaza, Milton, 893-6111 n 133 Heineberg Dr., Colchester, 862-7900 n 38 Main St., Richmond, 434-4002 n 1250 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 864-9817 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegfriendly n This family pizzeria makes a kid-sanctioned “red dog” pie topped with hot dogs. Local favorites include the Zachary’s special and weekly salad, grinder and entrée specials. The Colchester location has a full bar. $

MarkET & Café Healthy Living Café 222 Dorset St., South Burlington, 863-2569 n Meals:

B, Bru, L, D n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, salad bar, veganfriendly, wi-fi n This extensive café, buffet and salad bar uses organic ingredients to fuse European, Asian and American cuisines. Fresh-baked breads and pastries are available, too. $

Little Garden Market 86 Ferry Rd., Charlotte, 425-5336 n Meals: B, L, D n kid-friendly n Choose from a selection of grocery items, or get a sandwich or entrée to go. In the summer, there’s fresh produce, too. $

Martone’s Market & Café 16 Main St., Essex Junction, 8788163 n Meals: B, L n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly n This deli-market is popular for its “Vermonter” sandwich — maple turkey, ham, cheddar and honey mustard on homemade bread. Coffee and homemade baked goods for breakfast. $

Natural Provisions Deli & Café 329 Harvest Lane Suite 100, Williston, 876-1400 n Meals: B, Bru, L, D n delivery, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, salad bar, vegan-friendly n You

Shelburne Supermarket 20 Shelburne Shopping Park, Shelburne, 985-8520 n Meals: L, D n gluten-free options, outdoor seating, vegan-friendly n On Thursday, the hot lunch dish is buttermilk fried chicken; on Friday, it’s shrimp risotto. Or bring home duck salad, homemade crab cakes and fresh baguettes — all made with local ingredients when available. $

Sweet Clover Market 21 Essex Way, Essex, 872-8288 n Meals: Bru, L, D n gluten-free options, kid-friendly, vegan-friendly n All cold cuts are gluten-free and the roast beef is made on site at this natural food store. Celiac-friendly breads are available, too. In winter, grab a cup of beef stew or clam chowder. $

SouTH-of-THE BorDEr Mexicali Authentic Mexican Grill 28 Walnut St., Suite 180, Maple Tree Place, Williston, 879-9492 n Meals: L, D; full bar n glutenfree options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly n Here the fajitas and burritos come with homemade salsas, which range from mild to extra hot. The margaritas and daily specials are popular, too. $

Moe’s Southwest Grill 1150 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 660-4900 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, veg-friendly, wi-fi n There’s no table service at this “fast-casual” Tex-Mex restaurant on Williston Road. But you can eat your “Home Wrecker” burrito on the premises. $

Tommy’s City Grill 580 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 652-0111 n Closed: Mon.; Meals: B, Bru, L, D; beer & wine n veg-friendly n This is Mexican-American fusion cuisine in an upscale, fast-food setting. Try the spicy chicken burrito. $

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The bacon cheeseburger isn’t exactly kosher — and neither is the owner, Glenn Walter — but for Jews in the Burlington area, Sadie Katz Delicatessen is a godsend. With specialty items shipped in regularly from New York City, the dinerturned-deli supplies the Queen City with whitefish salad and lox, H&H bagels and Dr. Brown’s sodas. That said, you’ll find plenty of goyim noshing on the allbeef dogs, egg creams and mouth-stretching “N.Y.C. Huge” sandwiches in the Art Deco diner car, which is decorated in shades of pastel green and pink. Want the pastrami fatty and the coleslaw on top? No problem. For an extra buck, you can add a liver “schmear.” Slide into a booth or sit at the counter. There’s also an active takeout area, where DIY sandwich makers stand in line for pounds of roasted brisket, tongue and chopped chicken liver. Folks fixing brunch at home can pick up bagels and smoked salmon. Even while dishing up crisp, onion-studded latkes, the Bank Street eatery acknowledges its predecessor: the Oasis Diner. There’s a Greek omelette on the menu, for example, as well as buttermilk pancakes and breakfast sandwiches. Disparate traditions playfully combine in a pastrami Benedict on rye, served with a latke. One omelette comes stuffed with corned beef, mushrooms and Swiss cheese. The service can be a little brusque when the place is slammed, but that’s New York, too: nothing to kvetch about.

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BArBEcuE Big Fatty’s BBQ 55 Main St., Burlington, 864-5513 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n all-youcan-eat, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, live music n The slogan at this BBQ joint is “Put some South in your mouth.” It’s the only place in Vermont that lets you eat from an honest-to-goodness pig trough. Check out the Texas brisket, cooked for over 24 hours, and the “biblical portions” of pulled pork. All sauces and rubs are homemade. $

coNtEMPorAry Battery Street Grill at the Hilton Hotel 60 Battery St., Burlington, 6586500 n Meals: B, L, D, Late; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Inside the Hilton Hotel, this casual restaurant serves meals until 10 p.m. Late-night snacks available. $$

The Daily Planet

wi-fi n This subterranean café offers nontraditional takes on traditional food. The eco-friendly owners focus on fairtrade, local and sustainable products. Go for the oatmeal pancakes, garbanzo burger and local steak sandwich. $

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Sweetwaters

Cobblestone Deli and Café

120 church St., Burlington, 864-9800 n Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, tv n This eclectic bistro has been a Church Street Marketplace cornerstone, literally, for more than 27 years. Try the savory Kobe beef burger, bison burger or the vegetarian “harvest tortellini.” $$

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The Green Room

Handy’s Lunch

360 Main St., Burlington, 652-2500 n closed: All but Sun.; Meals: Bru n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, seasonal, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n Open to the public from November 1 to Easter, this Victorian house seats only 16. Dill and onion popovers, and spiced pecan waffles, are some of the choices on the rotating menu. $$

Magnolia Bistro 1 Lawson Lane, Suite 10, Burlington, 846-7446 n Meals: B, Bru, L; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly,

Cheese ’N Crust Souperstar 116A church St., Burlington, 8657687 n Meals: L n kid-friendly, vegfriendly n A build-your-own-grilledcheese bar and soup spot located in a kiosk on Church Street. The Long Trail cheddar ale soup is a big seller. For every bowl of soup sold, a bowl is donated to a local food shelf. Closed Sunday in winter. $

85 Pearl St., Burlington, 658-1425 n closed: Mon.; Meals: B, L n kidfriendly, table service, veg-friendly n This neighborhood diner serves up comfort food Tuesday through Sunday. The adjoining bakery sells homemade doughnuts, pies and pastries by the dozen. $

Lang House

downtown eatery offers quick coffee, soups and sandwiches on bagels baked fresh all day. Also serving wraps, ciabattas and panini. College cards accepted. $

169 cherry St., Burlington, 651-8834 n Meals: B, L; beer & wine n kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n The long lines are a testament to the popularity of this breakfast-and-lunch place. Try the Zydeco breakfast — two eggs any style, black beans, corn muffins and andouille sausage. $

15 center St., Burlington, 862-9647 n Meals: D, Late; full bar n glutenfree options, good for groups, kidfriendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly n The seasonal fare at this high-energy bar and restaurant ranges from cheeseburgers to Moroccan lamb tagine. There are always 12 beers on tap. $$ 86 St. Paul St., Burlington, 6519669 n closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: D, Late; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veganfriendly, live music n Experience urban ambiance and creative cuisine at the bar, in the dining room or in the lounge, where big, comfy chairs are part of the deal. Mix it up with seasonal small, medium and large plates, or try one of the nightly entrée specials. $$$

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74 Maple St., Burlington, 864-5963 n Meals: B, L n kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n Family-owned since 1945, this neighborhood diner serves “big daddy pancakes and eggs” and Texas cheeseburgers with chili. Shorter hours on weekends. $

Henry’s Diner 155 Bank St., Burlington, 862-9010 n Meals: B, L, D n kid-friendly, table service n This historic Queen City diner still serves breakfast all day and offers home-cooked dishes in a cozy, retro atmosphere. Try their Greek specialties, too. Opens at 6 a.m. $

152 Battery St., Burlington, 865-3354 n closed: Sun.; Meals: B, L; beer & wine n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly, wi-fi n This specialty sandwich shop has the only dog-parking area in town. Drop in for a sandwich, salad or to sample the baked goods. Also featuring local microbrews and wines. $

Four Corners of the Earth 310 Pine St., Burlington, 657-3869 n Meals: L, D; ByoB n cash/check only, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, veg-friendly n Owner Ladislav Pancisin draws inspiration from all over the globe to invent unique sandwiches. Try the Jamaican avocado, Cuban pork, Lebanese lamb or Japanese tuna. Daily specials available at lunch and dinner. $

Kountry Kart Deli 155 Main St., Burlington, 864-4408 n Meals: B, L, D, Late n veg-friendly n In the mood for a wee-hours Philly cheese steak? This famous Queen City deli serves its full menu until 3 a.m., all year round. Early birds stop by at 7 a.m. for the “Morning Riser” or “Riseand-Shiner” sandwiches. $

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179 Bank St., Burlington, 864-4500 n closed: Sun.; Meals: B, L, D n delivery, veg-friendly n Eaters on the go can pick up a bagged lunch, including a sandwich or chef salad, drink and a cookie for just $6.99 with tax. Try the Italian combo: a Boar’s Head capicola, ham, salami and bologna sandwich. $

Bagel Café & Deli

New Moon

1127 North Ave. #29, Burlington, 660-9693 n Meals: B, L n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly n The New North End’s local bagel bakery is also a great place to hang out. $

Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery 93 church St., Burlington, 860-1995 n Meals: B, L, D n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly, wi-fi n This

150 cherry St., Burlington, 383-1505 n closed: Sat.; Meals: B, L n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, salad bar, veg-friendly, wi-fi n A warm interior and awesome chandelier lend this breakfast-andlunch spot a funky elegance. Munch on house-made sandwiches, salads and baked goods. Or build your own, drawing from more than 60 ingredients. Full espresso bar, too. $

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Outer Space 208 Flynn Ave., Burlington, 6608526 n closed: Sat., Sun.; Meals: B, L; ByoB n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, dance floor, karaoke, live music n Selfdescribed “fresh, fun and fantastic” Outer Space serves soups, grilled sandwiches and baked goods. $

The Pine Street Deli 316 Flynn Ave., Burlington, 862-9614 n Meals: B, L, D; beer & wine n wi-fi n It’s a corner store, a deli and a source for Greek specialties such as gyro, baklava and spanakopita. The sausage and egg burritos are popular in the a.m. At lunch, George’s meatloaf and the “Big Papi burger” fly out the door. $

Radio Deli 77 Pearl St., Burlington, 865-2288 n Meals: B, L, D n kid-friendly, vegfriendly n Co-owner Pam Scanlon serves a diverse clientele at her neighborhood grocery and deli. The meatball sandwich is famous and the homemade soups have a fan base of their own. $

Red Onion 140 1/2 church St., Burlington, 865-2563 n Meals: B, L, D n delivery, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veganfriendly n Home of the legendary Red Onion Sandwich — a combo of turkey, bacon, Granny Smith apples, red onion, sundried-tomato mayo and smoked Gruyere. Try it on their homemade honey oat bread. $

Rooney’s Café & Deli 173 college St., Burlington, 8647547 n Meals: L; ByoB n delivery, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, salad bar, veg-friendly n Homemade soups such as Long Trail cheddar ale and seafood bisque sell out fast at this café and deli. They also offer hot pasta dishes, freshly made salads and big gourmet sandwiches — try the pulled pork. $

H Sadie Katz Delicatessen (See pg. 79) 189 Bank St., Burlington, 864-5308 Meals: B, Bru, L, D; beer & wine n kid-friendly, table service, veganfriendly n Sample Jewish deli faves — including mounds of pastrami on rye; foot-long, all-beef dogs with kraut and matzoh ball soup — without leaving Vermont. Grab some Dr. Brown’s soda to swig on the side. They even have the sweet ‘n’ vegetal “Cel Ray.” $ n

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Stone Soup 211 College St., Burlington, 862-7616 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: B, L, D; beer & wine n cash/check only, gluten-free options, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, salad bar, vegan-friendly n This veganfriendly, cafeteria-style café-eatery has a killer salad bar, gluten-free baked goods and Saturday brunch. Also soup, pizza, sandwiches and daily hot dishes. Tuesday through Friday you can get dinner — with beer and wine — until 9. $

Sugarsnap 505 Riverside Ave., Burlington, 652-5922 n Closed: Sat., Sun.; Meals: B, L, D n gluten-free options, kid-friendly, vegan-friendly n This deli and specialty take-out shop reaps the advantages of being close to the Burlington Intervale. Choose from freshly prepared salads, sandwiches and homemade soups. Ready-made, take-home dinners are also available. Daily lunch and dinner specials. $

Think! Café at Echo 1 College St., Burlington, 864-1848 n Meals: L n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, trivia n An eco-friendly lunch spot located inside ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. Soups and sandwiches are crafted from local, seasonal ingredients, and there’s a big emphasis on composting and recycling. Admission not required to eat. $

Top of the Block Sandwich Shoppe 2 Church St., Burlington, 660-0667 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: B, L n delivery, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegfriendly n The proprietors roast their own lunch meats at this to-go spot; the pastries, muffins, cookies, soups and wintertime hot dishes are also homemade. $

Vermont Sandwich Company Inc. 2 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 951-1652 n Meals: L, D n kidfriendly, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n This local sandwich company comes up with some interesting combos. Try the popular “Patriot,” with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. $

StEAkhouSE/SEAFooD Blue Cat Café and Wine Bar 1 Lawson Lane at St. Paul and College, Burlington, 363-3639 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: D; full bar n outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly n A cool wine bar in a hip space, the Blue Cat features high-end steakhouse fare with locally sourced side dishes — along with more than 300 wines by the bottle. Check it out between 4:30 p.m. and midnight. $$$

Ice House Restaurant & Bar 171 Battery St., Burlington, 864-1800 n Meals: Bru, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly n Located in a 200-year-old ice house, this casual yet classy waterfront steak and seafood restaurant has two large decks. Brunch served from Mother’s Day through midOctober. $$$

Scuffer Steak & Ale House 148 Church St., Burlington, 8649451 n Meals: L, D, Late; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, tv n With 15 beers on tap and an extensive menu featuring bone-in meats, pasta and seafood, this casual restaurant has something for everyone. Prime rib is on special Friday and Saturday. Dinner menu available until 11 p.m. in summer. $$

Shanty on the Shore

181 Battery St., Burlington, 8640238 n Meals: L, D; full bar n kidfriendly, table service n Burlington’s only raw bar is considered a historic landmark — it was built in 1833. Enjoy quality seafood while enjoying great views of Lake Champlain. $$

Tilley’s Café 161 Church St., Burlington, 658-4553 n Meals: L, D, Late; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n Find a “tropical oasis” with tanks of beautiful salt-water fish at this restaurant, around the corner from the Flynn Center. The mostly gluten-free menu features a variety of fresh seafood dishes as well as steak and vegetarian fare. Dinnertime valet parking available Thursday through Saturday. Call for hours. $$$

tRADitioNAL Halvorson’s Upstreet Café 16 Church St., Burlington, 658-0278 n Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, live music, tv n Have a burger on Church Street, inside, or on the back patio of this pub-style café. Live music Thursday night. $$

Nectar’s 188 Main St., Burlington, 658-4771 n Meals: D, Late; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, all-ages shows, dance floor, live music, pool, pub

quiz/trivia, tv, sometimes cover n The birthplace of Phish, this Burlington landmark hosts local, regional and national music acts of all genres. The dining room serves up house-smoked local meats and Nectar’s world-famous gravy fries. $

QTees 237 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 658-3668 n Meals: L, D n cash/check only, good for groups, kid-friendly, seasonal n It’s been open since 1945 and in the same family since 1959. Try the charbroiled, “third-alarm burger”— two beef patties topped with chipotle mayo, jalapeño pepper bacon and pepper jack. Or the “yum-o dog,” otherwise known as a Michigan. Sundays are ice cream only. $

Splash at the Boathouse 0 College St. floating in the lake, Burlington, 658-2244 n Meals: L, D; full bar n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, seasonal, table service n This floating eatery offers spectacular views of Lake Champlain. Its slogan is “Serving marvelous food, drinks and sunsets.” ATM available. Open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. $$

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ChiNESE A Single Pebble 133 Bank St., Burlington, 865-5200 n Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly n This authentic Chinese restaurant cooks up a mean mock eel and encourages sharing numerous dishes in traditional banquet style. Lunch is served Monday through Saturday. Dinner nightly. $$

China Express 295 Shelburne Rd., Burlington, 8652155 n Meals: L, D, Late n delivery n Located on Shelburne Road, this take-out restaurant sells a lot of fried dumplings and General Tso’s. $

China Express — Old North End 30 North St., Burlington, 8628008 n Meals: D, Late n delivery, veg-friendly n Serving all the popular Chinese dishes in the heart of the Old North End. Choose from over 200, or create your own vegetarian tofu concoction. Entrées come with a choice of white or brown rice. Eat in, take out, or get it delivered. They cater, too. $

Fu Da Chinese Restaurant 187 Pearl St., Burlington, 864-3883 n Meals: L, D n delivery, veg-friendly n The restaurant formerly known as No. 1 Chinese has moved a few doors down. You can’t beat the hours — it’s

open every night until late. Vegetarians can create their own meat-free combos. No lunch on Sunday. $

iNDiAN India House Restaurant 207 Colchester Ave., Burlington, 862-7800 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n delivery, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n This North Indian restaurant cooks everything over charcoal in a traditional clay oven. Try the vegetarian or nonvegetarian thali platters, or the tandoori chicken. $$

Shalimar of India 16 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 864-5693 n Meals: Bru, L, D; beer & wine n delivery, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly n Serving North Indian cuisine for 13 years. The Sunday brunch is a deal, for $7.95. Try the lamb shahi korma or the chicken tikka masala. $

JAPANESE Asiana House 191 Pearl St., Burlington, 651-0818 n Meals: L, D; full bar n delivery, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly n At this fusion-style Japanese restaurant, the fish options are plentiful and superfresh. The vegetarian maki and sushi bar are especially popular. $$

Sakura Bana Japanese Restaurant 2 Church St., Burlington, 863-1988 n Meals: L, D; full bar n outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly n This authentic Japanese sushi and sashimi spot keeps ‘em coming for its ocean-fresh fish. Customers can enjoy a more intimate setting in the “tatami” room, where pillows replace the chairs. $$

PAN-ASiAN Asiana Noodle Shop 88 Church St., Burlington, 862-8828 n Meals: L, D; BYoB n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly n Want to warm up with some Asian comfort food? Here you’ll find versions from Malaysia and Korea as well as Japan, Vietnam and Thailand. Start with ginger tea, then pick your own broth, noodles and meat to create a gigantic bowl of soup. Not up for slurping? There are plenty of dumplings and curries. $

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Himalayan Food Market 28 North St., Burlington, 735-9081 n Meals: L, D n delivery, gluten-free options, kid-friendly, vegan-friendly n In a hurry? On Friday, Saturday and Sunday pick up prepared vegetables and lentil curries over basmati rice, punjabi samosas and spicy masala tea. You can also buy Nepalese, Bhutanese, Tibetan and Indian specialties like mango pickles and naan bread. $

Pacific Rim 111 St. Paul St., Burlington, 6513000 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly n Tastes of Asia spice up this small café. How about some ginger lemonade and Korean shrimp cakes? In the mood for Vietnamese? Grab pho and egg rolls. $$

ThAi Bangkok Bistro 144 Church St., Burlington, 951-5888 n Meals: L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly n Try the happy boat or shrimp green curry at this authentic Thai restaurant with sushi and martini bars. $$

Parima Restaurant 185 Pearl St., Burlington, 864-7917 n Meals: L, D; full bar n delivery, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, live music n Serving traditional Thai cuisine for more than 13 years, Parima draws diners and music lovers alike. Favorite dishes include salmon choo chee, pineapple cashew stir-fry and all your favorite Thai curries. There’s a noodlebar menu, too. The “Acoustic Lounge Culture Cafe” offers live music in an intimate setting. $$

ViETNAMESE M-Saigon Vietnamese Noodle House 370 Shelburne Rd., Burlington, 8658383 n Meals: L, D; BYOB n delivery, gluten-free options, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly n Slurp up pho or try a rice platter with grilled lemongrass chicken. It’s one of the area’s only sources of bubble tea, in flavors such as taro, honeydew, coconut and durian. $

Pho Hong 325 North Winooski Ave., Burlington, 865-8031 n Meals: L, D; BYOB n table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n You’ll find Vietnamese curries and soups, plus a few Thai offerings, in

this colorful Old North End restaurant. Try the beef pho or the “happy pancakes” — Vietnamese crêpes stuffed with shrimp, pork and onions. Vegetarians can get ‘em with tofu. $

Phuong’s Kitchen 1130 North Ave., Burlington, 658-4148 n Meals: L, D n delivery, gluten-free options, kid-friendly, vegan-friendly n A selection of Asian bites, from pho to pad Thai, are available at this convenience-store eatery. The Vietnamese eggroll sampler scores big points with customers. Burgers and wings keep the less adventurous full, too. $

Vietnam Restaurant II 169 Church St., Burlington, 8599998 n Meals: Bru, L, D; BYOB n gluten-free options, good for groups, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly n There’s more than Vietnamese at this pan-Asian spot. There are Chinese hot pots, and a Thai chef is in the kitchen preparing his country’s specialities. Dim sum served Friday, Saturday and Sunday. $$

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Great Harvest Bread Co. 382 Pine St., Burlington, 660-2733 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: B, L n kidfriendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly n Choose from breakfast pastries and eight varieties of bread made with fresh-milled, whole-grain flour. Lunch options include soup and panini. $

Mirabelles 198 Main St., Burlington, 658-3074 n Meals: B, Bru, L n delivery, table service, veg-friendly n Daily lunch specials and homemade pastries distinguish this Burlington bakery-café run by two NECI grads. Try the French toast or egg-and-cheese sandwich for breakfast. $

Nunyuns 139 N. Champlain St., Burlington, 861-2067 n Meals: B, Bru, L n cash/check only, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veganfriendly n Pick a window seat in this bright, roomy café, where breads and pastries go straight from oven to plate. The “Skeggs” — potato skins stuffed with eggs and topped with all the fixings — are a hit at breakfast. Hot pastrami and barbecue beef or seitan satisfy a diverse lunch crowd. $

Panadero 203 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 863-8278 n Closed: Mon., Sun.; Meals: B, L n cash/check only, vegfriendly n Carbs are king at this neighborhood bakery that turns out breads, pastries, muffins and scones — and, for lunch, savory, stuffed croissants. The tarts are a Burlington Farmers’ Market favorite. Open until 5. $

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BAR Akes’ Place 134 Church St., Burlington, 8648111 n full bar n cash/check only, outdoor seats, darts, pool, tv n This bar’s got all the staples — plus dart leagues and six major sports packages on the 42” HD plasma TVs.

Drink 135 St. Paul St., Burlington, 8609463 n Closed: Sun. n full bar n table service, live music, other games, tv n This classy, full-service bar specializes in creative drinks of all kinds. Try the house-infused vodkas: One’s flavored with tea; another with Jolly Rancher candy. There are nightly specials and board games, too.

Esox 194 Main St., Burlington, 862-7314 n full bar, darts, pool, tv n Catch all the Red Sox and Yankees action at this sports bar — it’s got the “baseball package.” There are 10 beers on draft and plenty of video games.

Finnigan’s Pub 205 College St., Burlington, 864-8209 n full bar n cash/check only, darts, pool, tv n This friendly, frill-free sports bar has an Irish accent. Check out the sports packages for baseball, football, hockey and basketball on six TVs.

JP’s Pub 139 Main St., Burlington, 658-6389 n full bar, dance floor, darts, karaoke, live music, pool, tv n Karaoke is Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; there’s a rock band every other Thursday. Pool tournaments are held on Sunday. Also offering foosball, pool and video games.

Olde Northender Pub 23 North St., Burlington, 864-9888 n Meals: Late; full bar n cash/check only, dance floor, darts, karaoke, pool, tv n Owner Bob Beauvais describes this neighborhood watering hole as “the best damn make-you-feelat-home bar.”

The Other Place 4 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 863-5803 n full bar n good for groups, pool, tv n The front wall of this friendly neighborhood bar opens up in the summer — it’s a garage door. Listen to tunes and grab snacks and a beer without breaking the bank.

T. Rugg’s Tavern 149 Elmwood Ave., Burlington, 6580456 n full bar n cash/check only, darts, live music, pool, tv n Imagine a downscale “Cheers” with darts, pool and a jukebox. You can smoke, too, on the deck out back.

Three Needs 207 College St., Burlington, 6580889 n Meals: Late; full bar n wi-fi, pool, tv n Stop in for some serious pool and “The Simpsons” twice a day at this bar and brewery. Open from 4 p.m. until 2:30 in the morning. Chill out or play arcade games to an eclectic mix of tunes.

What Ale’s You 152 St. Paul St., Burlington, 8621364 n full bar n cash/check only, table service, tv n This popular college hangout features drink specials Sunday to Wednesday and two-dollar drafts on Thursday.

NighTCLuB 242 Main 242 Main St., Burlington, 862-2244 n cash/check only, all-ages shows, live music, tv, sometimes cover n Local teens come to this youthoriented community forum, managed by Burlington Parks & Rec, for movie nights, political discussions and live, alcohol-free entertainment.

Club Metronome at Nectar’s 188 Main St., Burlington, 865-4563 n full bar n wi-fi, all-ages shows, dance floor, live music, tv, sometimes cover n Located above Nectar’s, this venue sees touring artists and international DJs as well as local indie, hip-hop, jam and reggae acts. Saturday night is “Retronome.” It’s also a local art space and a popular place to hold private parties.

Rasputin’s 163 Church St., Burlington, 8649324 n Closed: Mon., Sun.; full bar n cash/check only, dance floor, live music, pool, tv, sometimes cover n This popular college haunt shakes things up with DJs five nights a week. Pool and foosball entertain anyone who doesn’t feel like dancing.

Red Square 136 Church St., Burlington, 8598909 n full bar n cash/check only, outdoor seats, wi-fi, dance floor, live music, tv, sometimes cover n This artsy downtown bar hosts DJs and local groups on weeknights. Weekends showcase touring bands. They do private parties, too. Wanna check your coat? Now you can!

Second Floor 165 Church St., Burlington, 6602088 n Closed: Mon., Tues., Sun.; full bar n cash/check only, all-ages shows, dance floor, karaoke, live music, pool, tv, sometimes cover n DJs spin hip-hop, reggae and pop at this diverse nightclub. Sometimes live classic rock bands play on Saturday.

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Breakwater Café King St. Dock, burlington, 658-6276 n Meals: b, L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, seasonal, table service, veg-friendly, live music n Nightly live entertainment and a close-up view of Lake Champlain add to the appeal of this seasonal eatery. Dock your boat free of charge while you dig into al fresco pub food from June through September. $

Church Street Tavern 103 Church St., burlington, 6581309 n Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly n This sports tavern has a huge following of college students and professionals. Have a burger with your baseball. $$

Rí Rá Irish Pub 123 Church St., burlington, 8609401 n Meals: bru, L, D, Late; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, dance floor, live music, pub quiz/trivia, tv n Looking for a taste of the Emerald Isle? This authentic pub serves up a full menu, plus live music Wednesday through Saturday. Irish music on Sunday. Pub Quiz every Tuesday night. High-def TVs for sporting events. $$

Ruben James 159 Main St., burlington, 864-0744 n Meals: L, D, Late; full bar n delivery, good for groups, table service, vegfriendly, dance floor, pool, tv n Rock out to dance, hip-hop and R&B DJs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The TVs broadcast satellite sports packages. Snag the free, award-winning wings at happy hour on Friday and Saturday, or try the famous burger. $

Vermont Pub & Brewery 144 College St., burlington, 8650500 n Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, darts, live music, tv n Wash down the country meatloaf — or juicy Black Angus burger — with one of 10 home-brewed ales and lagers on tap. $

SPeaKeaSy 1/2 Lounge 136 1/2 Church St., burlington, 865-0012 n Meals: Late; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, live music n A modern speakeasy offering eclectic live music and high-quality adult libations, including numerous boutique wines. Downstairs, the cave-like cellar has been transformed into a private, intimate lounge. Try the organic panini, the local artisan cheeses or the Guinness chocolate cake. $

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Dobrá Tea 80 Church St., entrance on bank St., burlington, 951-2424 n glutenfree options, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n Enjoy more than 90 varieties of directsourced, international loose-leaf tea — served according to tradition — in this bohemian tearoom. Need a snack? Try the locally made pastries or eclectic light fare. $

Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café 750 Pine St., burlington, 8641807 n take-out n Sip specialty hot chocolates as well as coffee and tea at this café, located inside the Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory Store. On the way out, buy some factory seconds at deep discounts, or have a box of truffles wrapped up. $

Muddy Waters 184 Main St., burlington, 658-0466 n beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, vegan-friendly n This funky coffee house strives for a “rich aesthetic atmosphere that encourages community and interaction,” says owner Mark MacKillop. There’s also a range of organic and Fair Trade coffee roasts, creative seasonal cocktails, allfruit smoothies and baked goods. $

Radio Bean Coffeehouse 8 N. Winooski ave., burlington, 660-9346 n full bar n gluten-free options, outdoor seats, veganfriendly, wi-fi, all-ages shows, dance floor, live music n Nightly live music and a light menu of bagels, panini and baked goods keep this hip local hangout hopping. Monday is open mic, Wednesday is Irish Sessions, jazz on Thursday; the rest of the week offers a variety of local bands and performers. $

Sapa’s Coffee and Tea 9 Center St., burlington, 318-4888 n good for groups, kid-friendly, veg-friendly, wi-fi n Sip small cups of rich Vietnamese coffee and loose-leaf tea, as well as fruit juices, smoothies and bubble tea. Hungry? There are chocolate truffles from Birnn, pastries, and Vietnamese sandwiches and spring rolls, too. $

Speeder & Earl’s — Church Street 104 Church St., burlington, 860-6630 n cash/check only, outdoor seats n The “clockwork orange” — a specialty mocha with orange zest and almonds — is a big seller at this squeezed-in downtown java joint. Also offering muffins and pastries from Mirabelles. Outdoor seating in summer. $

Speeder & Earl’s — Pine Street 412 Pine St., burlington, 658-6016 n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, veg-friendly, wi-fi n As many as 700 caffeine-dependent patrons pass through this coffee shop every day. The beans are roasted inhouse, and can also be bought in bulk. Don’t miss the specialty drinks in any flavor you can dream up. $

Uncommon Grounds 42 Church St., burlington, 865-6227 n cash/check only, outdoor seats, wi-fi n The in-house roaster, speedy service and outdoor café set this coffeehouse apart — not to mention the selection of organic and exotic teas, chai lattes, and various baked goods to sweeten the sipping. Don’t miss the local art on the walls. $

Viva Espresso 197 N. Winooski, burlington, 660-8482 n kid- friendly, outdoor seats, veg- friendly, wi-fi n A neighborhood coffee shop serving local, organic and Fair Trade goods. Grownups nibble on baked goods and sandwiches, while tots enjoy the sunny play area. $

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Leunig’s Bistro 115 Church St., burlington, 863-3759 n Meals: bru, L, D, Late; full bar n gluten-free options, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, live music n The owners boast this bistro’s got “the panache of Paris and the value of Vermont.” Good location, too. Live music Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights and weekend brunch. $$$

britiSh/GaStroPub Bluebird Tavern 317 riverside ave., burlington, 4284696 n Meals: bru, D, Late; beer & wine n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, all-ages shows, live music, tv n Opening summer 2009! Dedicated to local and sustainable cuisine, this gastropub takes advantage of its location just down the road from the Intervale. Expect pub food with a contemporary twist and 12 regional beers on tap. $$

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1127 North ave., burlington, 652-9999 n Meals: bru, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, live music n Euro- and Asianinfluenced food spice up one of the only sit-down restaurants in the New North End. Try the green curry mussels with coconut milk and the chicken roulade special, which features a new filling each day. $$

163 Main St., burlington, 862-5752 n Meals: L, D, Late n gluten-free options, kid-friendly, vegan-friendly n You can get gyros, pitas, falafel and sweet potato fries at this Middle Eastern spot next to the Flynn Center. The window tables are perfect for people-watching. $

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61 Main St., burlington, 865-3876 n Meals: L, D n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi n This Bosnian market and café has homemade bread, pies and cakes. Paninis and sandwiches are made with European specialty meats. $

10 N. Winooski ave., burlington, 660-9346 n Meals: L, D, Late; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n A theatrical theme pervades this international street food spot – open ‘til 2 a.m. on weekends. Expect dishes from shawarma to poutine; crêpes to fried plantains. Servers dress for weekly themes like fantasy or airplanes. $

The Skinny Pancake 60 Lake St., burlington, 540-0188 n Meals: b, bru, L, D, Late; beer & wine n gluten-free options, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, all-ages shows, live music n At this crêperie, you can get yours with a sweet or savory filling. Try the “lovemaker,” which combines strawberries and Nutella. Also offering salads, soups, fondue and an espresso bar. The owners are committed localvores who opt for eco-friendly products whenever possible. $

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American Flatbread — Burlington Hearth 115 St. Paul St., burlington, 861-2999 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly n Flatbread topped with gourmet local and organic ingredients cooks before your eyes in an open, wood-fired oven. Wash it down with an authentic Belgian or German-style beer from the in-house brewery. $$

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Stone Soup 211 College St., Burlington, 862-7616 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: B, L, D; beer & wine n cash/check only, gluten-free options, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, salad bar, vegan-friendly n This veganfriendly, cafeteria-style café-eatery has a killer salad bar, gluten-free baked goods and Saturday brunch. Also soup, pizza, sandwiches and daily hot dishes. Tuesday through Friday you can get dinner — with beer and wine — until 9. $

Sugarsnap 505 Riverside Ave., Burlington, 652-5922 n Closed: Sat., Sun.; Meals: B, L, D n gluten-free options, kid-friendly, vegan-friendly n This deli and specialty take-out shop reaps the advantages of being close to the Burlington Intervale. Choose from freshly prepared salads, sandwiches and homemade soups. Ready-made, take-home dinners are also available. Daily lunch and dinner specials. $

Think! Café at Echo 1 College St., Burlington, 864-1848 n Meals: L n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegan-friendly, wi-fi, trivia n An eco-friendly lunch spot located inside ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. Soups and sandwiches are crafted from local, seasonal ingredients, and there’s a big emphasis on composting and recycling. Admission not required to eat. $

Top of the Block Sandwich Shoppe 2 Church St., Burlington, 660-0667 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: B, L n delivery, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, vegfriendly n The proprietors roast their own lunch meats at this to-go spot; the pastries, muffins, cookies, soups and wintertime hot dishes are also homemade. $

Vermont Sandwich Company Inc. 2 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 951-1652 n Meals: L, D n kidfriendly, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n This local sandwich company comes up with some interesting combos. Try the popular “Patriot,” with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. $

StEAkhouSE/SEAFooD Blue Cat Café and Wine Bar 1 Lawson Lane at St. Paul and College, Burlington, 363-3639 n Closed: Sun.; Meals: D; full bar n outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly n A cool wine bar in a hip space, the Blue Cat features high-end steakhouse fare with locally sourced side dishes — along with more than 300 wines by the bottle. Check it out between 4:30 p.m. and midnight. $$$

Ice House Restaurant & Bar 171 Battery St., Burlington, 864-1800 n Meals: Bru, L, D; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly n Located in a 200-year-old ice house, this casual yet classy waterfront steak and seafood restaurant has two large decks. Brunch served from Mother’s Day through midOctober. $$$

Scuffer Steak & Ale House 148 Church St., Burlington, 8649451 n Meals: L, D, Late; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, tv n With 15 beers on tap and an extensive menu featuring bone-in meats, pasta and seafood, this casual restaurant has something for everyone. Prime rib is on special Friday and Saturday. Dinner menu available until 11 p.m. in summer. $$

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181 Battery St., Burlington, 8640238 n Meals: L, D; full bar n kidfriendly, table service n Burlington’s only raw bar is considered a historic landmark — it was built in 1833. Enjoy quality seafood while enjoying great views of Lake Champlain. $$

Tilley’s Café 161 Church St., Burlington, 658-4553 n Meals: L, D, Late; full bar n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly, wi-fi n Find a “tropical oasis” with tanks of beautiful salt-water fish at this restaurant, around the corner from the Flynn Center. The mostly gluten-free menu features a variety of fresh seafood dishes as well as steak and vegetarian fare. Dinnertime valet parking available Thursday through Saturday. Call for hours. $$$

tRADitioNAL Halvorson’s Upstreet Café 16 Church St., Burlington, 658-0278 n Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, live music, tv n Have a burger on Church Street, inside, or on the back patio of this pub-style café. Live music Thursday night. $$

Nectar’s 188 Main St., Burlington, 658-4771 n Meals: D, Late; full bar n good for groups, kid-friendly, outdoor seats, table service, veg-friendly, wi-fi, all-ages shows, dance floor, live music, pool, pub

quiz/trivia, tv, sometimes cover n The birthplace of Phish, this Burlington landmark hosts local, regional and national music acts of all genres. The dining room serves up house-smoked local meats and Nectar’s world-famous gravy fries. $

QTees 237 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 658-3668 n Meals: L, D n cash/check only, good for groups, kid-friendly, seasonal n It’s been open since 1945 and in the same family since 1959. Try the charbroiled, “third-alarm burger”— two beef patties topped with chipotle mayo, jalapeño pepper bacon and pepper jack. Or the “yum-o dog,” otherwise known as a Michigan. Sundays are ice cream only. $

Splash at the Boathouse 0 College St. floating in the lake, Burlington, 658-2244 n Meals: L, D; full bar n kid-friendly, outdoor seats, seasonal, table service n This floating eatery offers spectacular views of Lake Champlain. Its slogan is “Serving marvelous food, drinks and sunsets.” ATM available. Open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. $$

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ChiNESE A Single Pebble 133 Bank St., Burlington, 865-5200 n Meals: L, D; full bar n good for groups, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly n This authentic Chinese restaurant cooks up a mean mock eel and encourages sharing numerous dishes in traditional banquet style. Lunch is served Monday through Saturday. Dinner nightly. $$

China Express 295 Shelburne Rd., Burlington, 8652155 n Meals: L, D, Late n delivery n Located on Shelburne Road, this take-out restaurant sells a lot of fried dumplings and General Tso’s. $

China Express — Old North End 30 North St., Burlington, 8628008 n Meals: D, Late n delivery, veg-friendly n Serving all the popular Chinese dishes in the heart of the Old North End. Choose from over 200, or create your own vegetarian tofu concoction. Entrées come with a choice of white or brown rice. Eat in, take out, or get it delivered. They cater, too. $

Fu Da Chinese Restaurant 187 Pearl St., Burlington, 864-3883 n Meals: L, D n delivery, veg-friendly n The restaurant formerly known as No. 1 Chinese has moved a few doors down. You can’t beat the hours — it’s

open every night until late. Vegetarians can create their own meat-free combos. No lunch on Sunday. $

iNDiAN India House Restaurant 207 Colchester Ave., Burlington, 862-7800 n Meals: L, D; beer & wine n delivery, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, veg-friendly n This North Indian restaurant cooks everything over charcoal in a traditional clay oven. Try the vegetarian or nonvegetarian thali platters, or the tandoori chicken. $$

Shalimar of India 16 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 864-5693 n Meals: Bru, L, D; beer & wine n delivery, gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, table service, vegan-friendly n Serving North Indian cuisine for 13 years. The Sunday brunch is a deal, for $7.95. Try the lamb shahi korma or the chicken tikka masala. $

JAPANESE Asiana House 191 Pearl St., Burlington, 651-0818 n Meals: L, D; full bar n delivery, outdoor seats, res. recommended, table service, veg-friendly n At this fusion-style Japanese restaurant, the fish options are plentiful and superfresh. The vegetarian maki and sushi bar are especially popular. $$

Sakura Bana Japanese Restaurant 2 Church St., Burlington, 863-1988 n Meals: L, D; full bar n outdoor seats, table service, vegan-friendly n This authentic Japanese sushi and sashimi spot keeps ‘em coming for its ocean-fresh fish. Customers can enjoy a more intimate setting in the “tatami” room, where pillows replace the chairs. $$

PAN-ASiAN Asiana Noodle Shop 88 Church St., Burlington, 862-8828 n Meals: L, D; BYoB n gluten-free options, good for groups, kid-friendly, res. recommended, table service, vegan-friendly n Want to warm up with some Asian comfort food? Here you’ll find versions from Malaysia and Korea as well as Japan, Vietnam and Thailand. Start with ginger tea, then pick your own broth, noodles and meat to create a gigantic bowl of soup. Not up for slurping? There are plenty of dumplings and curries. $

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vineyards & breweries... A Vermont Booze “Cruise” Tiny Vermont is renowned for its award-winning artisan cheddars and chèvres, many of which grace the tables at the world’s finest restaurants. Now the wine is flowing, too. Vineyards are cropping up all over a state that already boasts the largest number of microbreweries per capita. Since nothing goes with good eats like good drinks, area bartenders proudly pour vino, beer, mead and even liquor and liqueur made in Vermont’s verdant hills and valleys. Here’s a list of the companies that concoct our fine libations. Please note: While several have tasting rooms — Shelburne Vineyards in Shelburne and Lincoln Peak Vineyard in New Haven, for example — not all are prepared for visitors. As a courtesy, be sure to call first. And bring a designated driver.

breweries Harpoon brewery 336 Ruth Carney Drive, Windsor 802-674-5491 www.harpoonbrewery.com lawson’s Finest liquids Warren 802-272-8436 www.lawsonsfinest.com long trail brewing company Junction of Route 4 & 100A, Bridgewater Corners 802-672-5011, www.longtrail.com Magic Hat brewing co. 5 Bartlett Bay Road, South Burlington 802-658-2739 www.magichat.net Mcneill’s brewery 90 Eliot Street, Brattleboro 802-254-2553 otter creek brewing, inc./wolaver’s certified organic ales 793 Exchange Street, Middlebury 802-388-0727 www.ottercreekbrewing.com rock art brewery 254 Wilkins Street, Morrisville 802-888-9400 www.rockartbrewery.com switchback brewery 160 Flynn Avenue, Burlington 802-651-4114 trout river brewing company 58 Broad Street, Route 5, Lyndonville 802-626-9396 www.troutriverbrewing.com For bars and pubs that brew their own, see our regular listings

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wineries, cideries and Meaderies boyden valley winery 70 Route 104 at Route 15, Cambridge 802-644-8151 www.boydenvalley.com charlotte village winery 3968 Greenbush Road, Charlotte 802-425-4599 www.charlottevillagewinery.com east shore vineyard 69 East Shore North, Grand Isle 877-378-8466 www.eastshorevineyard.com eden ice cider company 1023 Sanderson Hill Road, West Charleston 802-895-2838 www.edenicecider.com

Flag Hill Farm 135 Ewing Road, Vershire 802-685-7724 www.flaghillfarm.com

north branch vineyards 82 Trillium Hill, Montpelier 802-229-6169 www.northbranchvineyards.com

Fresh tracks Farm vineyard & winery 4373 Route 12, Berlin 802-279-6471 www.freshtracksfarm.com

putney Mountain winery 71 Holland Hill Road, Putney 802-387-4610 www.putneywine.com

galloping Hill Farm & vineyard 344 Moody Road, Huntington 802-434-3332 www.gallopinghillfarm.com grand view winery 2113 Max Gray Road, East Calais 802-456-7012 www.grandviewwinery.com green Mountain cidery 153 Pond Lane, Middlebury 802-388-0700 ext. 101 Hillis’ sugarbush Farm and vineyards 206 Sugarbush Farm Road, Colchester 802-893-2928 www.hillisfarm.com Honey gardens apiaries 2777 Route 7, Ferrisburgh 802-877-6766 www.honeygardens.com Honora winery & vineyard 1950 Collins Road, West Halifax 802-368-2930 lincoln peak vineyard 142 River Road, New Haven 802-388-7368 www.lincolnpeakvineyard.com neshobe river winery 79 Stone Mill Dam Road, Brandon 802-247-8002 www.neshoberiverwinery.com

shelburne vineyard 6308 Shelburne Road, Shelburne 802-985-8222 www.shelburnevineyard.com snow Farm vineyard & winery 190 West Shore Road, South Hero 802-372-9463 www.snowfarm.com vermont vineyards 168 Tarbox Hill Road, Orleans 802-754-6667 www.vermontvineyards.us

distilleries Flag Hill Farm 135 Ewing Road, Vershire 802-685-7724 www.flaghillfarm.com green Mountain distillers 192 Thomas Lane, Stowe 802-253-0064 www.greenmountaindistillers.com saxton’s river distillery 940 Saxton’s River Road, Saxton’s River 802-659-4903 www.saplingliqueur.com vermont spirits 622 Keyser Hill Road, St. Johnsbury 802-748-6545 www.vermontspirits.com


Dining Destinations

Eat your heart out,

Will Drive for Food... The circulation area of 7 Nights boasts an enormous number of fine restaurants, but the truth is, there’s good food all around us. Neighboring states — and the big country to the north — offer dining destinations too numerous to list. So we’ve selected a few that are well worth the road trip.

Montréal

Au Pied du Cochon 536 Duluth Est, Montréal, QC, 514-281-1114 www.restaurantaupieddecochon.ca The restaurant is famous for its decadent charcuterie, including everything from marinated smoked sausages to pickled tongue. Want foie gras with that? Fattened poultry liver shows up in numerous forms, including on the poutine. The less adventurous can snack on French onion soup and maple syrup pie.

MONTREAL

restaurant. The bistro-style brasserie menu offers French classics such as duck confit with chestnut ragout and sole meunière. Feeling casual? Snack on steak frites.

new York

Artisans at Lake Placid Lodge 144 Lodge Way, Lake Placid, N.Y. 877-523-2700 www.lakeplacidlodge.com Get away in style at this Relais & Chateauxapproved resort restaurant. The menu — which has both à la carte and prix-fixe options — changes seasonally. According to the inn’s website, the fare is “New American in tradition, but voyages wonderfully and mysteriously into the world beyond.” It all happens in the Adirondacks. LAKE PLACID LODGE

Raza 114 Laurier Ouest, Montréal, QC, 514-227-8712 www.restaurantraza.com The options are ever changing, but you can always get ceviche “inspired by the moment” at this up-tempo Latin eatery. The menu is petite and minimalist: Each dish is described in just a few words. For example: “soup, wild mushrooms, smoke.”

Toqué! Restaurant 900 Jean-Paul Riopelle Place, Montréal, QC, 514-499-2084 www.restaurant-toque.com It’s très cher, even in Canadian dollars, but impassioned diners keep coming back for more. And how could they resist, when the menu includes delicacies such as Tasmanian trout with miso cream, cucumber and green oignon oil, and black-truffle ice cream?

new HaMpsHire

L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates and Restaurant 47 Main Street, Walpole, N.H., 603-756-9058 www.burdickchocolate.com L.A. Burdick’s French-style handmade chocolates are world-renowned, but there’s more than just dessert at this destination

Vermont!

The best food and restaurant coverage in Vermont is served up every day by...

Whet your appetite with food features, news and reviews every week in our free newspaper. Award-winning food writer Suzanne Podhaizer fills the five-page section. soutHern VerMont

The Equinox Resort & Spa 3567 Main Street Route 7A, Manchester Village, VT, 800-362-4747 www.equinoxresort.com The property boasts an upscale tavern, a bar serving single-malts and chocolates, and a bona fide steakhouse — the New York strip is $48. But the big-ticket items come with a side of luxury: Guests can indulge in falconry or archery lessons, or lounge at the spa.

The Old Tavern at Grafton 92 Main Street, Grafton, VT, 800-843-1801 www.oldtavern.com Located inside one of the oldest operating inns in the U.S., the Old Tavern offers creative takes on the best local ingredients. The cider-brined pork chop with squash is pure New England. Another bonus: Awardwinning Grafton cheddars — made nearby — are featured in numerous dishes.

Tell us about your eating adventures on 7 Nights: our constantly updated, searchable database of Vermont restaurants. Browse customer comments, ratings, coupons and map directions. Dish on our food forum. When you review restaurants online, you become a member of our Bite Club. You’ll receive a weekly email newsletter with special offers, invitations to exclusive tastings and our fun weekly poll. There’s a sneak peek of food stories from the upcoming Seven Days, too. Also, enjoy videos on Bite Club TV.

Find it all online at sevendaysvt.com

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INDEx # 1/2 Lounge.....................................86 3 Squares Café.................................43 38 Main Street Pub .........................73 51 Main at the Bridge ......................45 158 Main ........................................19 242 Main ........................................85 1824 House Inn & Restaurant ...........51

A A Crust Above .................................39 A Single Pebble ...............................83 Abbey Restaurant and Pub ................11 Ahli Baba’s Kabob Shop ....................86 A.J.’s Country Pantry Restaurant.........11 AJ’s Kitchen....................................65 Akes’ Den .......................................53 Akes’ Place .....................................85 Alchemist Pub & Brewery, The ...........53 Alexander’s Pub at the Lincoln Inn .....73 Alex’s Restaurant — Home of the Vermont Soup Company ..65 Allechante ......................................32 Almost Home ..................................43 Alpine Cottage/Golf Cottage..............17 Alpine Room at Jay Peak Resort, The ..26 Al’s French Frys ...............................67 American Flatbread at the Marble Works ..................................47 American Flatbread — Burlington Hearth............................86 American Flatbread — Waitsfield .......53 Angeleno’s Pizza ..............................61 Angelina’s Restaurant .......................23 Ankor Wat ......................................32 Anthony’s Diner ...............................26 Arcadia Diner ..................................65 Ariel’s Restaurant.............................57 Ariel’s Riverside Café and Bar ............61 Artisans at Lake Placid Lodge ............89 Arvad’s Grill and Pub ........................51 Asian Bistro ....................................71 Asian Cuisine ..................................71 Asiana House ..................................83 Asiana Noodle Shop .........................83 Au Pied du Cochon...........................89 Avenue Bistro .................................86 A&W Drive-In ..................................43

B Back Home Again ............................38 Back to Vermont Pub........................38 Backdoor Bakery ..............................71 Backstage Pub ................................73 Backstretch, The..............................59 Backyard Tavern, The .......................21 Bag Ladies Express at Simply Delicious ..........................57 Bagel Café & Deli.............................81 Bagel Market ...................................65 Bagels Plus .....................................65 Bagel, The ......................................17 Bailey’s & Burke Café .......................26 Bailey’s Restaurant at Bolton Valley ...75 Bamboo Gardens..............................59 Banana Winds Café and Pub ..............73 Bangkok Bistro ................................85 Bare Mexican Restaurant, The ............33 Barnard General Store & Café and Bakery ...........................32 Barnard Inn Restaurant and Max’s Tavern............................................31 Basin Harbor Club: The Main Dining Room .....................43 Battery Street Grill at the Hilton Hotel ..........................81 Bayside Pavilion ..............................11 Bayside Triple M Deli ........................65 Bearded Frog, The ...........................65 Bee’s Knees, The..............................17 Belle’s Café .....................................67 Belted Cow, The...............................65 Bentley’s Restaurant ........................32 Bernie’s Restaurant ..........................11 Big Daddy’s Delivery.........................87 Big Fatty’s BBQ ..............................31 Big Fatty’s BBQ ...............................81 Big Moose Pub, The .........................45

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Big Picture Theater and Café .............51 Big Wok .........................................13 Birchgrove Baking ...........................59 Birdseye Diner.................................37 Bistro Sauce....................................65 Bite Me Organic Pizza.......................87 Black Bear Inn ................................67 Black Door Bar & Bistro ....................57 Black Sheep Bistro ...........................43 Blanche and Bill’s Pancake House.......38 Bliss Village Store & Deli ..................32 Blueberry Hill Inn ............................43 Bluebird Tavern ...............................86 Blue Cat Bistro ................................39 Blue Cat Café and Wine Bar ...............83 Blue Moon Café, The ........................17 Blue Paddle Bistro ...........................11 Bobcat Café, The .............................43 Boloco ...........................................87 Bolton Deli, The ..............................67 Bongiorno’s ....................................53 Bostock’s Black Angus Steakhouse .....32 Bove’s Restaurant ............................87 Bradford Mini Mart & Diner ...............31 Brandon Falls Diner ..........................37 Brandon House of Pizza ....................39 Breakwater Café ..............................86 Brewski at the Notch........................21 Bridge Street Café ............................67 Bristol Bakery & Café .......................45 Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery ...................67 Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery ...................81 B. U. Emporium ...............................73 Bueno Y Sano..................................87 Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op Café .....27 Buono Appetito ...............................75 Burlington Bagel Bakery ...................67 Burlington Bay Market & Café............87 Burt’s Irish Pub ...............................19 Busy Bee ........................................26 Busy Chef and Café, The ...................67 Butler’s at The Essex ........................65 Buttertub at Topnotch Resort, The .....17

C Cactus Café of Stowe ........................23 Café Demeter ..................................67 Café Mediterano ..............................73 Café Provence .................................39 Café Shelburne ................................75 Café Sweet Basil ..............................26 Café Window ...................................67 Candlepin Restaurant .......................26 Capitol Grounds Café ........................59 Caribbean Buffet .............................87 Carol’s Hungry Mind Café ..................45 Carpenter & Main.............................33 Carriage Room Restaurant at the Town and Country...................19 Castleton Pizza Place & Deli ..............37 Cattails Restaurant ..........................38 Center Bakery and General Store, The .52 Center Street Saloon ........................38 Chan’s House ..................................32 Charlie B’s Pub & Restaurant at Stoweflake ...............17 Charlie O’s ......................................59 Cheese ’N Crust Souperstar ................81 Cheese Outlet/Fresh Market ...............87 Chef Leu’s House .............................69 Chef’s Corner Café & Bakery...............73 Chelsea Diner, The ...........................31 Chester’s Bakery ..............................11 Chez Henri Restaurant and Bistro .......53 Chicken Charlie’s..............................67 China Express ..................................83 China Express — Old North End .........83 China Fun .......................................52 China Moon ...................................32 China Star Chinese Restaurant ...........52 China Star Chinese Restaurant ...........59 China Town Restaurant .....................59 China Wok Buffet .............................13 Choices Restaurant and Rotisserie .....37 Chopstick House II ..........................69 Chow! Bella ....................................13 Church Street Tavern ........................86 Cider House Barbecue and Pub, The....51 City Limits Nite Club ........................45 City Market of Onion River Co-op .......87

City Sports Grille .............................67 CJ Suds South .................................39 Claire’s Restaurant & Bar...................26 Clem & Company .............................38 Clem’s Café .....................................39 Cliff House at Stowe Mtn. Resort .......17 Clover House Restaurant ...................65 Club Metronome at Nectar’s ...............85 Cobblestone Deli and Café.................81 Cockadoodle Pizza Café.....................33 Cody’s Irish Pub & Grille ...................73 Coffee Corner ..................................57 Colatina Exit ...................................33 Colonial Café at the Golden Eagle, The ............................19 Common Café ..................................57 Common Man, The ...........................51 Cone Artist, The ..............................67 Constantino’s Italian Imports ............37 Corner Pocket ..................................21 Coslin’s Pub at Stowehof...................21 Cosmic Bakery & Café .......................11 Countryman’s Pleasure, The ...............39 Creamery Restaurant, The..................26 Creek House Diner, The .....................31 Cubber’s .........................................45 Cucina Antica ..................................75 Cupboard Deli .................................17

D Daily Planet, The .............................81 Danny’s Pub ....................................59 Dan’s Place .....................................45 Danville Restaurant & Inn.................26 DeBanville’s General Store.................26 Defelice’s........................................57 Delibakery at The Trapp Family Lodge ..................................17 Delicate Decadence Pastry Shop and Café.........................................59 Depot Square Pizza ..........................61 Depot Street Malt Shop.....................17 Derby Cow Palace, The ......................26 The Dining Room at the Trapp Family Lodge ..........................21 Dining at Quimby Country .................26 Dinky Donuts ..................................45 Dino’s Pizza and Family Restaurant.....87 Dino’s Pizza North and Family Restaurant ......................87 Dixie’s Country Kitchen.....................31 Dixies II .........................................31 Dobrá Tea .......................................86 Donny’s NY Pizza .............................75 Doria’s ..........................................45 Dough Boy’s Bakery & Coffee Shop ....81 Dragonfly Café and Woody’s Pub ........67 Dragon House .................................69 Drifter’s Deli ...................................17 Drink .............................................85 Drunken Noodle House .....................71 ¡Duino! (Duende) ............................86 Dutch Mill Family Restaurant .............69 Dutch Pancake Café..........................19

E East Orchid .....................................69 Eastern Dragon ...............................13 Eastside Restaurant, The ...................27 Easy Street Café ..............................51 Eaton’s Sugarhouse Restaurant and Gift Shop..................................32 Ed’s Barrr-B-Q .................................57 Edelweiss Bakery & Café ...................21 Edelweiss Mtn. Deli ..........................23 Eden Mini Mart and Deli ...................26 El Sol Mexican Grill ..........................61 Elements .......................................26 Emily’s at Stowehof..........................17 Equinox Resort & Spa, The ................89 Esox ..............................................85 Espresso Bueno ...............................59 Euro Corner .....................................86 Euro Restaurant ...............................73

f Farmers Diner, The ...........................32 Farmhouse Café & Catering Co., The ...59

Finnigan’s Pub ................................85 Fire & Ice Restaurant .......................45 Fire Stones Restaurant......................32 Fireside Flatbread at Bolton Valley Resort .....................75 Fireside Tavern at Stowe Mountain Resort ..............................21 Flour Shop ......................................69 Food 88 .........................................71 Foodee’s Pizza .................................75 Foothills Bakery ..............................13 Four Corners of the Earth ..................81 Foxfire Inn & Italian Restaurant.........23 Franny O’s.......................................73 Friar’s Tavern...................................38 Fu Da Chinese Restaurant..................83 Full House ......................................71

G Gables Inn ......................................19 Garden of Eatin’ Café, The .................67 Garlic, The ......................................39 Gene’s Beans...................................39 Geoff’s at the Smugglers’ Notch Inn ...19 George’s Place .................................57 Gill’s Delicatessen ............................37 Good Companion Bakery ...................45 Goodfella’s Restaurant and Tavern ......27 Good Times Café ..............................69 Gourmet Provence............................38 Gracie’s Restaurant and Gourmutt Shop ..........................19 Grapevine Grill ................................43 Great Harvest Bread Co. ...................85 Great Room Grill ..............................19 Green Cup Café & Bakery...................51 Green Dragon ..................................19 Green Goddess.................................19 Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center and Café.........................................53 Green Room, The .............................81 Grill at the Sugarbush Inn, The .........................................51 Green Peppers Restaurant .................47 Grist Mill Restaurant & Lounge ..........38 Ground Round .................................69 G’s Restaurant .................................65 Gusto’s ...........................................59

h Halvorson’s Upstreet Café .................83 Halvy’s Cafe ....................................11 Hana Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse ...21 Handy’s Lunch .................................81 Hardwick House of Pizza ...................27 Hardwick Village Restaurant, The .......27 Harley D’s .......................................11 Harper’s Restaurant at the Holiday Inn ...........................69 Harrington’s of Vermont....................67 Harrison’s Restaurant and Bar............19 Harvest Market ................................23 Healthy Living Café ..........................77 Hearth & Candle ..............................17 Hearth at the Sugarbush Inn, The ......52 Heli’s at the Mountainview Lodge.......37 Hemingway’s Restaurant ..................37 Hen of the Wood at the Grist Mill.......51 Henry’s Diner ..................................81 Hero’s Welcome ...............................11 Hideaway, The .................................69 Higher Ground.................................73 Highland Lodge Restaurant ...............26 Hilltop Restaurant ...........................61 Himalayan Food Market ....................85 Hoagie Hut .....................................69 Hoagie’s Pizza & Pasta......................75 Hob Knob Inn & Restaurant ..............19 Hogan’s Pub....................................51 Hong Kong Kitchen ..........................71 Hooters ..........................................73 House of Tang .................................59 Hub Pizzeria and Pub, The.................53 Hunger Mountain Co-op ....................61 Hungry Bear on Main Street ..............45 Hungry Bear Pub & Grill, The .............33 Huntington House, The.....................51 Hyde Away Inn and Restaurant ..........52

I Ice House Restaurant & Bar ..............83 Idlewood the Restaurant...................31 India House Restaurant ....................83 Inn at Shelburne Farms, The..............65 Inn at Weathersfield, The..................31 Inside Scoop, The ............................38

J Jack’s on the Green at the Vermont National Country Club ..........65 Jackson House Inn and Restaurant, The .........................31 Jacob’s Restaurant ...........................11 James Moore Tavern .........................73 Jamie’s on Main ..............................19 Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse ................33 Java News ......................................39 Jax Food & Games ..........................39 Jay Village Inn & Restaurant, The ......27 Jay’s Restaurant and Pizzeria.............53 Jeffersonville Pizza Depot .................23 Jeff’s Maine Seafood ........................11 Jennifer’s of Island Pond ..................26 Jilly’s Sports Bar..............................39 Jimmz Pizza....................................53 J. Morgan’s Steakhouse ....................57 Joe’s Snack Bar ...............................65 Joey’s Junction Bakery and Café ........11 John Egan’s Big World Pub and Grille .53 Jose’s Cantina .................................23 Joyce’s Noodle House .......................71 JP’s Pub .........................................85 JP’s Restaurant and Deli ...................69 JR’s Eatery ......................................37 Julio’s Cantina Mexican Cuisine & Margarita Bar ...............................61 Junction House Buffet......................32 Junior’s Downtown ..........................87 Junior’s Italian ................................75 Juniper’s at the Wildflower Inn..........27 Juniper’s Fare..................................52

K KC’s Bagel Café ................................52 Kedron Valley Inn Restaurant & Tavern .........................32 Keeper’s: A Country Café ...................31 Kellee’s Creemee & Grill at South Main Sunoco ......................51 Ken’s Pizza and Pub .........................87 Ketner’s Second Cup Café ..................32 Kham’s Thai Cuisine .........................27 Kinfolks Kuntry Restaurant ................43 King Arthur Flour Café (at the Baker’s Store) .......................32 Kirkwood’s Pub at Stowe Mountain Resort ..............................21 Kismet ...........................................61 Kitchen Table Bistro, The ..................65 Klinger’s Bread Company...................71 Koto Restaurant ..............................71 Kountry Kart Deli .............................81 Koval’s Coffee..................................71 Kwan’s Chinese Restaurant ................71

L L’Amante.........................................87 L’Atrium at the Craftsbury Inn............27 L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates and Restaurant ................................89 La Brioche ......................................57 La Villa Mediterranean Bistro & Pizzeria ..............................75 L.A.C.E.’s Farm Fresh Market & Café.....61 Ladies Invited .................................21 Lago Trattoria .................................27 Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café ........................86 Lake-View Restaurant .......................69 Langdon Street Café .........................59 Lang House.....................................81 Laughing Moon Chocolates ...............21 Lee’s Chinese Restaurant ..................71 Leonardo’s Pizza ..............................75 Leonardo’s Pizza ..............................87 Leunig’s Bistro ................................86


Libby’s Diner ...................................65 Lilac Inn ........................................37 Li’s Chinese Restaurant .....................38 Little Garden Market.........................77 Little Harry’s ...................................39 Liu Lin’s Asian Cuisine ......................21 Localfolk Smokehouse ......................51 Long Trail Brewing Company Visitors Center & Pub .......................33 Long Trail Tavern .............................21 Loretta’s Fine Italian Cuisine .............75 Lounge at the Trapp Family Lodge ......23 Lovin’ Cup, The................................19 Lucia’s Italian Restaurant & Bar .........61 Lucky King Restaurant ......................21 Lucky Wok Chinese Restaurant ...........71 Luigi’s ............................................47 Lyndon Freighthouse ........................27 Lyndonville House of Pizza................27

M Mad Hatter .....................................81 Madera’s Restaurante Mexicano Cantina ............................87 Magnolia Bistro ...............................81 Magoo’s..........................................39 Main Street Dining Room ..................19 Main Street Grill & Bar .....................57 Main Street Pizza .............................33 Mama Mia’s Pizzeria .........................75 Mangowood Restaurant at the Lincoln Inn ...........................31 Manhattan Pizza & Pub ....................87 Maple Grove Coffee House & LuLu Belles Treats.........................33 Maple Valley Café & Gift Shop............57 Marco’s Pizza...................................75 Marco’s Pizza & Grill .........................75 Marsala Salsa ..................................53 Martone’s Market & Café ...................77 Mary’s Café .....................................37 Mary’s Restaurant at The Inn at Baldwin Creek .............................43 Matterhorn Restaurant......................21 Maxi’s Restaurant.............................52 McCarthy’s Restaurant ......................17 McGillicuddy’s Irish Pub ....................59 McGrath’s Irish Pub at the Inn at the Long Trail ..............................39 McKee’s Island Pub & Pizza ...............13 McKee’s Pub & Grill ..........................73 Melben’s Restaurant .........................23 Men at Wok.....................................71 Mexicali Authentic Mexican Grill ........77 Michael’s Good to Go........................53 Michael’s on the Hill ........................53 Middlebury Bagel & Delicatessen........43 Middlebury Inn, The .........................43 Middlebury Market and Sama’s Café ....47 Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op Café ..47 Midway Diner ..................................37 Miguel’s Stowe Away Mexican Restaurant and Cantina at Sugarbush .................23 Millbrook Inn & Restaurant ...............51 Milton Diner, The .............................65 Mimmo’s Pizzeria .............................75 Mimmo’s Pizzeria Restaurant .............13 Ming Moon Buffet Chinese Restaurant 59 Ming’s Restaurant Colchester .............71 Mirabelles .......................................85 Miss Lyndonville Diner......................26 Mister Up’s Restaurant......................45 Mister Z’s Italian Restaurant ..............61 MJ’s Sports Café ..............................69 Moe’s Southwest Grill .......................77 Mojo’s Café .....................................73 Monacos NY Style Pizza ....................33 Monkey House, The ..........................73 Montpelier Village Pizza....................61 Monty’s Old Brick Tavern ...................69 Mooselook Restaurant ......................27 Morrisville House of Pizza .................23 Morse Mountain Grill ........................19 Mountain Creamery ..........................32 Mountain Greens Market ...................47 Mountain High Pizza ........................75 Mr. Mike’s .......................................87 Mr. Pickwick’s at Ye Olde England Inne ..................................23 M-Saigon Vietnamese Noodle House ...85

M.T. Bellies Deli...............................67 Muddy Waters..................................86 Mulligan’s .......................................59 Murray’s Tavern................................73 My-T-Fine .......................................11

N Nana’s Restaurant ............................11 Naru Asian Cuisine ...........................71 Natural Provisions Deli & Café ...........77 Nectar’s ..........................................83 Neil & Otto’s Pizza ...........................47 New England Wings..........................69 New Moon ......................................81 New Shanghai and Tokyo Restaurant ..38 New World Tortilla............................87 New York Pizza Oven ........................75 Newport Natural Foods Café & Montgomery’s Café........................27 Night Crawlers .................................73 Noonie’s Deli...................................43 Norma’s Restaurant at Topnotch Resort ..........................17 North Hero House Inn & Restaurant ...11 Northfield Village Pizza.....................61 Norwich Inn: Main Dining Room ........31 Nothing But Noodles ........................73 Number One Chinese Restaurant ........38 Nunyuns .........................................85

O Ocha Thai .......................................52 Old Brick Store, The .........................69 Old Hancock Hotel ...........................52 Old Shed Bar & Grill .........................73 Old Tavern at Grafton, The ................89 Olde Northender Pub ........................85 Olde Yankee Restaurant ....................69 One Federal ....................................11 One Flight Up at the Airport..............69 On The Rise Bakery ..........................73 Open Arms Café ...............................69 Orchid Chinese Cuisine .....................71 Oriental Wok ...................................71 Orient Taste Express .........................38 Osteria Pane e Salute .......................33 Other Place, The ..............................85 Otter Creek Bakery ...........................45 Out of Bounds Sports Bar & Night Club ...................................39 Outer Space ....................................81 Ovations Restaurant at the Killington Grand .....................37 Overtime Saloon ..............................13

P P&H Truck Stop ...............................26 Pacific Rim .....................................85 Paddington’s Restaurant ...................13 Paisley Hippo Sandwich Shop ............67 Palms Restaurant, The ......................39 Panadero ........................................85 Panda China ....................................13 Papa Frank’s ....................................75 Papa Nick’s Family Restaurant............75 Paradise Deli and Market...................51 Parima Restaurant............................85 Park Café ........................................11 Park Row Café .................................51 Park Squeeze...................................43 Parker House Inn & Restaurant, The ...33 Parker Pie Company, The ...................27 Pastabilities ....................................75 Patricia’s Restaurant.........................38 Partridge Inn Seafood Restaurant, The ...............................19 Pauline’s Café .................................65 Paynter’s Restaurant and the Centre Stage Lounge at Holiday Inn ...37 Peavine, The ...................................32 Peking Duck House ..........................71 Penny Cluse Café .............................81 Perellie’s Pizzeria ............................53 Perfect Pear Café, The ......................31 Perry’s Main Street Eatery .................38 Pho Dang Vietnamese Café ................71 Pho Hong .......................................85 Phuong’s Kitchen .............................85 Pickle Barrel Nightclub .....................39

Pie in the Sky .................................13 Pie in the Sky .................................23 Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge ...............23 Pine Street Deli, The ........................81 Pinky’s ...........................................57 Pit Stop Diner .................................57 Pitcher Inn .....................................51 Pizza Joint, The...............................23 Pizza on Earth .................................75 Pizza Putt.......................................75 PK Cafe ..........................................67 Planet Rock ....................................59 Plum & Main Restaurant ...................17 Polka Dot Diner ...............................32 Positive Pie.....................................61 Positive Pie 2 ..................................61 Poultney House of Pizza ...................39 Pour House, The ..............................73 Prince & the Pauper, The ..................33 Pub at the Grey Fox Inn, The .............21 Pulcinella’s .....................................75 Purple Moon Pub .............................53

Q QTees .............................................83 Quality Bake Shop ...........................71 Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm.........31

R Rabbit Hill Inn ................................26 Radio Bean Coffeehouse ...................86 Radio Deli.......................................81 Rainbow Sweets ..............................61 Ramunto’s Brick Oven.......................27 Ramunto’s Sicilian Pizza ...................39 Ramunto’s Sicilian Pizza Middlebury ...47 Randolph Village Pizza .....................33 Rasputin’s.......................................85 Ray’s Seafood Market........................67 Raza ..............................................89 Red Basil Thai Cuisine ......................21 Red Brick Grill ................................38 Red Hen Bakery & Café .....................52 Red Mill at Basin Harbor Club, The .....43 Red Onion ......................................81 Red Rooster ....................................31 Red Square .....................................85 Restaurant at the Birch Ridge Inn ......37 Restaurant Phoebe...........................57 Rhapsody Café.................................61 Rí Rá Irish Pub ................................86 Rimrock’s Mountain Tavern ................19 River Garden Café ............................26 River Run Restaurant........................57 River’s Edge Snackbar .......................57 River Tavern at the Hawk Inn & Mountain Inn and Resort ...............31 Roaster’s Deli and Café .....................27 Robbie’s Wildlife Refuge ...................21 Rockydale Pizza ...............................47 Rocky’s NY Pizza ..............................75 Roland’s Place 1796 House................43 Rooney’s Café & Deli ........................81 Rosario’s American Eatery .................13 Rosie’s Restaurant............................43 Rotisserie Restaurant .......................67 Round Table at Days Inn ...................59 Roxie’s Snack Bar.............................37 Royal Orchid Restaurant ...................59 Royalton Village Pizza ......................33 Rozzi’s Lakeshore Tavern ...................69 Ruben James ..................................86 Rustic Restaurant Motel and Sports Bar ................................59 Rusty Nail Bar & Grille ......................21 Ruthcliffe Lodge and Restaurant ........11 Rutland Buffet ................................38 Rutland Restaurant ..........................38

S Sabby’s Pasta House & Sports Lounge .39 Sadie Katz Delicatessen ....................81 Sakura Bana Japanese Restaurant ......83 Sakura Sushi & Kitchen.....................71 Sal’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria ......39 Saltwater Cowboy, The......................37 Sambel’s Restaurant & Catering .........57 Sandwich Shoppe.............................37 Sapa’s Coffee and Tea .......................86

Sarducci’s .......................................61 Scuffer Steak & Ale House.................83 Second Floor ...................................85 Shaggy’s Snack Bar ..........................11 Shalimar of India .............................83 Shanty on the Shore ........................83 Shed Restaurant and Brewery, The......19 Shelburne Supermarket ....................77 Shooters Saloon ..............................13 Shore Acres Inn and Restaurant .........11 Shoreham Inn .................................45 Side Lines .......................................39 Silver Palace ...................................71 Simon Pearce Restaurant ..................31 Simply Subs Pizza ............................57 Sirloin Saloon .................................37 Skinny Pancake, The.........................86 Skinny Pancake, The — Montpelier.....61 Skunk Hollow Tavern ........................33 Slide Brook Lodge & Tavern ...............53 Snaps Café ......................................45 Sneakers Bistro ...............................65 Solstice at Stowe Mountain Lodge......17 Sonoma Station ...............................65 Soup ’n’ Greens................................59 South Station at Trolley Square..........37 Southside Tavern .............................59 Souza’s Brazilian Steakhouse .............87 Spanked Puppy Pub .........................73 Speeder & Earl’s — Church Street.......86 Speeder & Earl’s — Pine Street ..........86 Spirit Café at Sweet Pea Natural Foods..................................53 Splash at the Boathouse ...................83 Spooner’s .......................................32 Spotted Cow, The.............................52 St. Albans Go Go .............................11 Starry Night Café .............................43 Steakhouse Restaurant .....................57 Stella Notte ....................................23 Steve’s Park Diner ............................43 St. Johnsbury House of Pizza ............27 Stone Soup .....................................83 Stonegrill Restaurant and Pub, The.....19 Storm Café......................................43 Stowe Coffee House .........................21 Stowe Dogs.....................................17 Stowe Inn and Tavern ......................17 Sugar and Spice...............................38 Sugarsnap ......................................83 Sunset Grille & Tap Room..................17 Sunny Oasis ....................................32 Sushi Yoshi .....................................38 Suzanna’s Restaurant .......................59 Swanton House of Pizza....................13 Sweet Clover Market .........................77 Sweetwaters ...................................81 Sweetwood Grill and Bar ..................51 Swift House Inn ..............................43

T T Bones Restaurant and Bar ..............69 T. Rugg’s Tavern ..............................85 Tamarack Grill .................................26 Tanglewood’s Restaurant...................51 Tapas Restaurant & Tavern ................38 Taste of India..................................45 Tavern at The Essex, The ...................65 Teddy Bear Café ...............................67 Terra Rossa Ristorante ......................53 Thai House .....................................13 That’s Life Soup...............................57 Think! Café at Echo..........................83 Thompson’s Flour Shop .....................21 Three Bean Café ..............................33 Three Mountain Café ........................53 Three Mountain Lodge Restaurant ......19 Three Needs ....................................85 Three Penny Taproom .......................59 Three Stallion Inn & Restaurant .........31 Three Tomatoes Trattoria — Rutland ..........................................39 Three Tomatoes Trattoria — Burlington ......................................87 Three Tomatoes Trattoria — Williston ........................................75 Tilley’s Café ....................................83 Timbers .........................................51 Tiny Thai Restaurant ........................71 Tip Top Café ....................................31

TNL’s ..............................................69 Tokyo House ...................................38 Tommy’s City Grill ............................77 Top of the Block Sandwich Shoppe .....83 Top Spice Asian Cuisine ....................45 Toqué! Restaurant............................89 Toscano Café Bistro..........................75 Tozier’s Restaurant ...........................32 Trader Duke’s...................................69 Trattoria Delia .................................87 Trattoria La Festa Ristorante .............23 Trellis at Inn on the Common ...........26 Tuckaway’s Pub................................73 Tully & Marie’s .................................43 Two Brothers Lounge & Stage ............45 Two Brothers Tavern .........................45 Two Friends Bistro & Lounge .............65 Two Shea’s ......................................39

U Uncle Joe’s Pizza & Pasta..................61 Uncle Mike’s Deli .............................57 Uncommon Grounds .........................86 Uncommon Market, The ....................61 Underhill Country Store ....................67 Unwinders ......................................73 Upper Valley Grill & General Store ......27

V Valhalla Restaurant and Pub at the Inglenook Lodge ....................27 Vermont Bagel Café..........................37 Vermont Cookie Love ........................45 Vermont Inn, The ............................37 Vermont Pub & Brewery ....................86 Vermont Sandwich Co. ......................67 Vermont Sandwich Company Inc. .......83 Vermont Sandwich Company of Brandon ....................................37 Vietnam Restaurant..........................71 Vietnam Restaurant II ......................85 Village Country Creemee ...................51 Village Creemee Stand ......................43 Village Cup, The ..............................71 Village Porch, The ............................51 Village Snackbar ..............................37 Village Tavern .................................21 Village Wine and Coffee ....................73 Vittles............................................77 Viva Espresso ..................................86

W Waf’s West Side Deli .........................67 Wandering Moose Café & Grill at the Best Western Waterbury-Stowe .52 Warner’s Gallery ...............................27 Warner’s Snack Bar ...........................11 Warren Store, The ............................53 Waterbury Wings..............................53 Watershed Tavern & Restaurant..........38 Waybury Inn ...................................43 Wayside Restaurant & Bakery.............59 West Meadow Farm Bakery ................71 What Ale’s You ................................85 Whip Bar & Grill ..............................17 WilloughVale Inn Restaurant, The ......26 Winding Brook Bistro .......................17 Windjammer Restaurant & Upper Deck Pub............................67 Winfield’s Bistro at Stoweflake...........19 Wings Over Burlington......................69 Wobbly Barn Steakhouse, The ............38 Wok N House...................................21 Wok N Roll ......................................21 Wokky’s Chinese ..............................45 Woodstock Farmers’ Market ...............33

Y Yacht Club Restaurant at the Commodores Inn ....................19 Yellow Submarine & Deli ...................37 Your Place Restaurant.......................32

Z Zachary’s Pizza ...............................77 Zachary’s Pizza - Waterbury ...............53

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