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Mandarin
A second-generation restaurateur runs Winooski's sleek Chinese lounge, where customers pair craft cocktails with dumplings, chow fun, and salt-and-pepper pork. DJs spin tunes 'til late on the weekend.
Three Brothers Pizza & Grill
Pulled pork and spicy Thai pies pair perfectly with pitchers of Switchback at this family-owned pizzeria, which emphasizes local products.
ArtsRiot (Restaurant)
"Destroy apathy" is the motto and mission of the South End's community hub. The menu of bold comfort food includes the house burger topped with American cheese and special sauce, popcorn chicken, and a rice bowl with kimchi and broccoli. A fleet of food trucks parks out back on Friday nights in the summer.
Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café
Watch confectioners mold chocolate into truffles, bars and other treats, then get a sweet snack at the café counter. Tours Monday through Friday; free chocolate tastings on the weekend.
City Market, Onion River Co-op (Downtown Burlington)
People of all stripes converge at Burlington's downtown grocery cooperative. Buy some kale, get a sandwich fresh-made at the deli or peruse the hot bar.
Michael's on the Hill
Elegant, ever-changing plates such as vegetable gnocchi and poached Maine lobster make the most of New England ingredients and the chef-owner's European roots.
Lake Champlain Chocolates (Church Street)
Sip espresso or hot cocoa while browsing the chocolatier's gourmet truffles, bars and other treats.
Natural Provisions Deli & Café
More than 10,000 square feet in size, Taft Corners' natural-foods market includes a salad bar, hot buffet and deli stocked with local, organic eats.
Rí Rá Irish Pub & Whiskey Room
Here you'll find a friendly pub experience featuring an Irish-inspired menu, craft brews and single-malt Scotches. Live music and brunch on the weekend.
Joyce's Noodle House
Owner Joyce Fong traces her culinary roots back to the Shang Dynasty, and all of her noodles and sauces are homemade. Regulars love the dim sum with scallion pancakes.
West Meadow Farm Bakery
The production bakery's gluten-free goodies include Outrageous Oatmeal Bread, Bodacious Brownies and Feelin' Groovy Granola. Just waking up? Breakfast features bagels, scones and quiche.
Waterworks Food + Drink
Window seats are in high demand at this former textile mill overlooking the Winooski River. Pair seafood mac and cheese with an inspired cocktail. Sunday brunch.
The Windjammer Restaurant
Hand-cut aged beef, fresh seafood and a 40-item salad "boat" have attracted diners since 1977. The bar is noteworthy for its Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, extensive craft beer list and specialty cocktail menu.
The Tuckerbox
Early risers sip locally roasted coffee while tapping away on their laptops. At lunch, the menu shifts to kebabs, falafel and other Turkish specialties. No dinner on Monday.
Bluebird Barbecue
The wood-fired smokers run 24-7 outside Burlington's only dedicated barbecue joint. In the dining room, visitors mix and match two dozen draft beers with brisket, ribs, beans and mac. Cold outside? Try the pitmaster ramen.
Blue Paddle Bistro
Near the shores of Keeler Bay, chef Phoebe Bright devises award-winning plates such as coffee-crusted pork tenderloin and crab ravioli. Monthly Sunday brunch; summer lunch.
August First Bakery & Café
Laptops and tablets are off-limits at this community-focused café — all the better to strike up a conversation over fresh croissants, soups, garden salads and sandwiches.
Agave Taco and Tequila Casa
In a chic industrial-style space, Tex-Mex tacos and carnitas burritos meet modern marvels such as avocado toast. Check out the long list of fine tequilas.
East West Café
In a sunny corner storefront, chef-owner Samran Kaewkoet whips up affordable Isan cuisine to eat in or take out. Order the spicy green papaya salad.
The Lighthouse Restaurant and Lounge
A trip to the 60-item salad bar comes with every order of grilled steak tips — and all other meat and fish dinner entrées. Sunday brunch.
The Tavern
Nightly specials, from Tuesday flatbreads to Wednesday sliders, keep the upscale pub accessible. Ingredients are locally sourced, and the tap list is 32 brews strong.
Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits
In a restored 1875 carriage barn on a fourth-generation family farm, visitors sample wines, ciders and distilled spirits. Pair your pour with a gourmet cheese and chocolate board — or try a Maple Crème liqueur milkshake cocktail. Free tours at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Upper Deck Pub
The Windjammer Restaurant's family-friendly sports bar is notable for its 12 flat-screen TVs and pub-style menu. The stiff cocktails and craft beers are crowd-pleasers, too.
Harvest Market
Salads, sandwiches and home-style entrées are made fresh daily at the gourmet takeout café and market. Entertaining? Head here first for local cheeses, meats, pantry items and wines.
The Daily Planet
Since 1982, the Planet has carved out a hip space for modern food, local art and live music. Chef-partner Justin Bigelow parlays his fine-dining background into creative plates such as caramelized sea scallops and French onion steak.
Istanbul Kebab House
When the weather is warm, diners skip the dining room and head to the rooftop for hot lavash bread, kebabs and savory casseroles. For dessert: maple baklava with Turkish coffee.
Junction
At the Essex Culinary Resort & Spa's "interactive restaurant," chefs converse with guests as they build polished apps and entrées using local meats and produce from the on-site garden.
Tiny Thai Restaurant
Tom kha, satay, stir-fries and curries take their cues from food carts and family tables across Thailand. Vermonters have voted this the best Thai restaurant in the state for five years straight. No lunch on Sunday.

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