Restaurants in Vermont
A significant portion of Vermont's economy is tied into food. The state is the leading exporter of maple syrup and a major manufacturer of cheese—including the famous Cabot cheddar—and chocolate. Vermont is a beer lover's paradise, as well—there are more craft breweries opening up every day. And every town has a wonderful coffee shop, with freshly-roasted beans and fresh-baked goods.
Vermont restaurants offer a delicious selection drawn from the local cuisine. Hungry travelers can choose from bar settings to fine dining, all within easy distance of your accommodations (Vermont towns are very walkable). One thing all the best restaurants in Vermont have in common is the use of fresh, local ingredients.
No matter where you stay, Guild & Company is one Vermont restaurant that every visitor should try. This great steakhouse in Burlington gets all of its beef from the nearby farms. Afterward, if you have a sweet tooth, take a tour of the Ben and Jerry’s Factory, where you'll learn, among other things, how the company was started from a tiny gas station. Sample the flavor of the day and then head on over to the Scoop Shop to indulge in the many flavors that the ice cream giant is known for. It's not technically a restaurant in Vermont, but you won't want to pass it up!
Inside a classic white clapboard New England house with a wide, covered porch, the tiny, bright green, second-floor dining room of Pane e Salute seats around 20 snuggly at long, wooden farm tables or at poured concrete bar.
Pizza has always been the carb of choice for the Burton board set, and this groovy branch of a Sicilian family pizzeria chain earns black diamond status for its righteous pies. The young pie masters here can toss a round of dough as expertly as they carve runs on Mount Mansfield.
One of Vermont’s most dramatic views belongs to Stowe’s Cliff House.
The menu that features seasonal, locally grown ingredients—dishes like pork loin with rhubarb and maple.
This bamboo-walled hut beckons travelers with its oceanside setting: rickety woven chairs overlook colorful boats and yards of netting. Crack open a fresh-caught grilled lobster, lightly seasoned with chef Derby’s special blend of jerk spices.
Pizza toppings come almost secondary at American Flatbread. Instead, it’s the bread that receives the most care, baked according to old-world methods and recipes in earthen, wood-fired ovens.
Located in Middle Quarters at the turnoff for YS Falls, Howie’s is a casual roadside eatery housed in a long, low-slung cinderblock building.
Though located outside of Burlington’s historic center, Al’s French Frys remains an institution and veritable rite of passage for locals.
Chef Martin Maginley abides by the motto "Grow what you eat and eat what you grow." Fittingly, the theme of his weekly banquet is 100 percent local food.
Hang with locals over hearty breakfasts and French bistro fare, including cassoulet, at dinnertime.
Situated in Montego Bay, this casual outdoor eatery is widely considered the best place on the island for authentic jerk pork and chicken.