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East West Café
Thailand native Samran Kaewkoet prepares authentic Isan cuisine to go. Try a noodle soup, chicken satay or traditional sticky rice dish.
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 offerings.
The Gryphon
An elegant space in the Historic Vermont House — constructed in 1911 — brings back old-fashioned glamour with Southern-inflected farm-to-table dishes and classic cocktails. Weekend brunch.
Colchester's Mead Hall
Dry craft meads and boozy honey wines from Groennfell Meadery, Havoc Mead and Lord Colchester's flow through the draft lines. Pair a flight with a locally made mead brat, pickled herring or Nordic pulled-pork sandwich.
Waterworks Food + Drink
Window seats are in high demand at this former textile mill overlooking the Winooski River. Pair a wood-fired flatbread with an inspired cocktail. Weekday lunch; weekend brunch.
ArtsRiot (Restaurant)
"Destroy apathy" is the motto and mission of this bar-restaurant and performing arts space. The nightly-changing menu features bold renditions of comfort foods such as burgers, fried chicken sandwiches and pork belly ramen. On summer Fridays, a fleet of food trucks parks out back.
Harvest Market
Salads, sandwiches, entrées and baked goods are made fresh daily at the gourmet takeout café, which also offers a selection of cheeses, meats and wines.
Three Brothers Pizza & Grill
Pulled-pork and spicy Thai pies pair perfectly with pitchers of Switchback at a family-owned pizzeria that emphasizes local products.
August First Bakery & Café
Laptops and tablets are off-limits at a screen-free café — all the better to strike up a conversation over fresh croissants, soups, garden salads or sandwiches. Grab a baguette to take home.
Apple Core Luncheonette & Brew
Before sampling cider doughnuts at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill next door, the lunch crowd heads here for wraps, salads, and sandwiches on homemade white or sweet-potato-wheat bread. Get yours with a glass of Barn Dance hard cider.
Idletyme Brewing Company
Specializing in seasonal comfort food and small-batch craft beer, this dog- and family-friendly brewpub comes with awesome perks, including an outdoor biergarten, lawn games and a fireside lounge.
Istanbul Kebab House
The chef prepares his native cuisine: Specialties include steaming lavash bread, kebabs, earthenware casseroles and maple baklava, served with Turkish coffee or wine. Dine on the rooftop dining when the weather is warm!
The Tavern at the Essex Resort & Spa
Reimagined pub fare meets local ingredients here. Pair your meal with a brew from the 32-tap draft list, or enjoy a specialty cocktail on the seasonal outdoor garden patio while listening to live music.
Barrio Bakery
By day, this neighborhood bakery in the heart of the Old North End turns out classic pastries and desserts, gluten-free baked goods, and artisanal sandwiches. Stop in for Roman-style pizza by the slice Tuesday through Saturday.
Michael's on the Hill
Elegant, ever-changing dishes highlight Vermont farms and the award-winning chef-owner's European roots.
Bluebird Barbecue
Above Salmon Hole's swirling eddy on the Winooski River, diners "meat here" for smoked brisket, pulled pork, ribs and 24 beers on tap. Sunday lunch.
Blue Paddle Bistro
The artsy décor here includes a wooden canoe suspended over the bar. Food is inventive — think coffee-crusted pork tenderloin.
The Daily Planet
Since 1982, the downtown standby has been a hip place to eat and enjoy local art and music. The menu ranges from cemita sliders to pan-roasted lamb lollipops.
Happy Belly Deli & Grill (Winooski)
Close to the Winooski Riverwalk, customers fill their bellies with panini, wraps, burgers, poutine and — in summer — scooped ice cream.
Upper Deck Pub
Above the Windjammer Restaurant, a relaxed, family-friendly sports bar offers 12 flat-screen TVs and a menu of traditional pub fare, plus hand-cut steaks and fresh seafoods. The specialty cocktails and craft beer selection are crowd-pleasers, too.
Ardelia's
Lakeside dining begins with a breakfast buffet and concludes with three-course dinners and award-winning wine lists. Dressy-casual attire requested. Open June through October.
One Radish Eatery
In the morning, find breakfasts such as buttermilk pancakes and wood-fired pizzas topped with eggs and chorizo. Lunchtime brings kale Caesars and focaccia sandwiches stuffed with curried chicken, meatballs or roasted veggies.
A retro-style bowling alley strikes it big with shareable plates — such as popcorn with Asiago, truffle oil and sea salt — as well as burgers, sandwiches and flatbreads.
Asiana Noodle Shop
The subterranean spot serves noodles, dumplings and sushi from across Asia. Assemble a custom cup of soup with your choice of broth, noodles and protein. Kitchen open 'til 11 Friday and Saturday.
Esperanza Restaurante
A Salvadoran man and Filipino woman teamed up to open this casual restaurant, where the fare includes pupusas, tamales, egg rolls and fried-chicken lollipops.
Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits
In a restored 1875 carriage barn, visitors sample distilled spirits and liqueurs as well as ice and traditional wines and ciders crafted in the old-world manner. Tour the tank and barrel room, then order a gourmet cheese plate.
Sherpa Kitchen
Cozy up in a window booth for classic Himalayan dishes including momos, curries, thali platters and stews, best enjoyed with a mango lassi. Sunday is brunch only.
Joyce's Noodle House
The style of cuisine here traces its roots back to the Shang Dynasty, and all noodles and sauces are homemade. Regulars love the dim sum with scallion pancakes.
Tiny Thai Restaurant
Tom kha, satay, stir-fries and curries take their cues from food carts and family tables across Thailand. The Talay Thai features mussels, shrimp, scallops, calamari and tilapia stir-fried with veggies in a spicy chile-basil sauce. No lunch on Sunday.
Hall Home Place
The Hall family has tended a historic orchard since the 1700s. Sample estate-grown ice ciders in the tasting room, or head to the seasonal South End Café for baked goods, sandwiches and heartier fare.

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