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Chef-owner David Hoene's seasonal menus serve up plates such as escargots with pesto, pork schnitzel, and, during brunch, French toast or crab cakes Benedict.
One Radish Eatery
Breakfasts include buttermilk pancakes and wood-fired pizzas with eggs and chorizo. At lunch, snack on kale Caesar or a focaccia sandwich stuffed with curried chicken, meatballs or roasted veggies. Dinner available Thursday through Saturday.
Blue Paddle Bistro
The artsy décor at the longtime local stand-by includes a wooden canoe suspended over the bar. The food is inventive — think coffee-crusted pork tenderloin and crab ravioli.
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.
East West Café
Thailand native Samran Kaewkoet prepares authentic, affordable Isan cuisine to eat in or take out. Try the noodle soup, spicy green papaya salad or a 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.
At the chocolatier's Church Street outpost, you can sip espresso or hot cocoa while browsing the gourmet chocolate, ice cream and hand-whipped fudge.
Istanbul Kebab House
Specialties include steaming lavash bread, kebabs, and casseroles served in earthenware dishes. For dessert: maple baklava, served with Turkish coffee or wine. Dine on the rooftop when the weather is warm!
Two Brothers Tavern
More than 15 Vermont farms provide ingredients for the pub's upscale comfort food, and a new pizza oven fires up Neapolitan-style pies to snack alongside the local and imported draft brews. Live entertainment in the downstairs lounge most nights.
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.
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.
Joyce's Noodle House
Owner Joyce Fong traces her culinary roots back to the Shang Dynasty, and all of the noodles and sauces are homemade. Regulars love the dim sum with scallion pancakes.
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.
Climb the stairs to the lounge for tapas and cocktails, or sup on beef Bourguignon, steak frites or curried cauliflower "steak" on the bistro's Church Street patio. Lunch Monday- Saturdays. Sunday brunch.
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.
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 and sandwiches.
Harvest Market
Salads, sandwiches, entrées and baked goods are made fresh daily at the Mountain Road's gourmet takeout café, which also stocks cheeses, meats, pantry items 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.
ArtsRiot (Restaurant)
"Destroy apathy" is the motto and mission of this restaurant and event space. Bold comfort food is on the menu, and a fleet of food trucks parks out back on summer Fridays.
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.
Esperanza Restaurante
A Salvadoran man and Filipino woman opened this casual restaurant; their fusion fare includes pupusas, tamales, egg rolls and fried-chicken lollipops.
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, this downtown standby has been a hip place to eat and enjoy local art and music. Plates such as confit duck poutine and pan-roasted lamb lollipops are on the modern farm-to-table menu.
Sherpa Kitchen
The classic Himalayan eats include momos, curries, thali platters and stews, best enjoyed with a mango lassi. Sunday is brunch only.
The Gryphon
An elegant space in the Historic Vermont House brings back old-fashioned glamour with classic cocktails and Southern-inflected dishes such as seafood and grits. Weekend brunch.
Apple Core Luncheonette & Brew
After snacking on cider doughnuts at next-door Cold Hollow Cider Mill, the lunch crowd heads inside for wraps, salads, and sandwiches on homemade white or sweet-potato wheat bread. Take the edge off with a glass of Barn Dance hard cider.
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.
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.
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.
Chef-owner Matt Birong melds international flavors with local ingredients in his "creative-casual" food. Look for eggs Benedict specials on Sunday and bean-to-bar chocolate with organic cacao directly sourced from the Dominican Republic.
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.
Try the Shirt Sleeve, a wrap stuffed with corn-flake-and-almond-crusted chicken, local bacon and Swiss cheese at one of Church Street's longest-standing restaurants.
The Tavern at the Essex Resort & Spa
$2 taco Tuesdays, $3 slider Wednesdays and other nightly specials keep the price point reasonable at the upscale pub. The burgers, produce and pastas are all sourced locally. Sip a brew from the 32-tap draft list, or enjoy a craft cocktail and live music on the summer garden patio.


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