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The Windjammer Restaurant
Hand-cut aged beef, fresh seafood and a 40-item salad bar 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 Tavern
Nightly specials, from $2 tacos on Tuesday to $3 sliders on Wednesday, keep the upscale pub accessible. Ingredients are locally sourced, and the tap list is 32 brews strong.
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.
ArtsRiot (Restaurant)
"Destroy apathy" is the motto and mission of the South End's community hub. Chef-partner George Lambertson's menu of bold comfort food changes nightly, and a fleet of food trucks parks out back on summer Fridays.
Barrio Bakery
The neighborhood bakery's sticky buns enjoy a voracious local following, but the croissants and hearty sandwiches are worthy of attention, too. Find Roman-style pizzas Wednesday through Saturday evenings in summer.
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. Sunday brunch.
Upper Deck Pub
Above the Windjammer Restaurant, this family-friendly sports bar is notable for its 12 flat-screen TVs and menu of traditional pub fare. The cocktails and craft beers are crowd-pleasers, too.
Shelburne Vineyard
Sample Ethan Joseph's award-winning ferments in the winery's airy tasting room, out on the patio or in the loft. Don't miss the summertime concert series — with food trucks! — and other events year-round.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lake Champlain Chocolates (Church Street)
Sip espresso or hot cocoa while browsing the chocolatier's gourmet truffles, bars and other treats.
East West Café
In a sunny corner storefront, chef-owner Samran Kaewkoet whips up affordable Isan cuisine to eat in or take out. Like it spicy? Try the super-fresh green papaya salad.
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.
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.
Stowe Bowl
A retro-style bowling alley strikes it big with burgers, sandwiches and flatbreads as well as shareable plates — think popcorn with Asiago, truffle oil and sea salt.
The Daily Planet
Since 1982, the Planet has carved out a hip space for modern food, local art and live music. In the kitchen, chef-partner Justin Bigelow parlays his fine-dining background into creative plates such caramelized sea scallops and French onion steak.
Natural Provisions Deli & Café
More than 10,000 square feet in size, this natural-foods market includes a salad bar, hot buffet and deli, all featuring local, organic eats. Entrée and soup specials change daily.
One Radish Eatery
The folks behind Burlington's Barrio Bakery bring their "rad-ish," seasonally inspired concept to Richmond. Family-friendly food includes buttermilk pancakes and focaccia sandwiches.
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.
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. Look for the baguette-carting Bread Bike in summer.
Michael's on the Hill
Elegant, ever-changing dishes such as vegetable gnocchi and poached Maine lobster with squash pay homage to Vermont farm ingredients and the chef-owner's European roots. Cooking classes available.
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.
The Lighthouse Restaurant and Lounge
A trip to the 60-item salad bar comes with every order of grilled steak tips — and all every other meat and fish dinner entrée. Sunday brunch.
The South End location of Burlington's grocery cooperative offers a robust selection of marinated meats and spit-roasted birds in addition to groceries and prepared foods.
Three Brothers Pizza & Grill
Pulled-pork and spicy Thai pies pair perfectly with pitchers of Switchback at this family-owned pizzeria, which puts an emphasis on local products.
Harvest Market
Salads, sandwiches, entrées and baked goods are made fresh daily at the gourmet takeout café, which also stocks cheeses, meats, pantry items and wines.

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