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ArtsRiot (Restaurant)
"Destroy apathy" is the motto and mission of this restaurant and event space. The menu of bold comfort food changes nightly, and a fleet of food trucks parks out back on summer Fridays.
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.
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.
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.
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 Daily Planet
Since 1982, the Planet 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.
From an open kitchen, chefs converse with guests as they build ambitious plates using local meats and produce from the on-site garden.
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.
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 or sandwiches. Look for the baguette-carting Bread Bike in 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.
Blue Paddle Bistro
Chef Phoebe Bright's award-winning food is inventive — think coffee-crusted pork tenderloin and crab ravioli. Monthly Sunday brunch; summer lunch.
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.
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.
Rí Rá Irish Pub & Whiskey Room
Here you'll find a friendly pub experience featuring a full menu, craft brews and single-malt Scotches. Live music and brunch on the weekend.
The Lighthouse Restaurant and Lounge
A trip to the 60-item salad bar comes with every order of grilled steak tips — and all of the other meat and seafood dinner plates. Sunday brunch.
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.
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.
Esperanza Restaurante
A Salvadoran man and Filipino woman opened this casual fusion restaurant. Their fare includes pupusas, tamales and fried-chicken lollipops.
Agave Taco and Tequila Casa
Traditional Tex-Mex dishes such as mole chicken and carnitas burritos mingle with modern American plates of avocado toast and fried green tomatoes. Check out the selection of fine tequilas.
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.
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.
French-inflected fare and great views of Church Street make for a memorable meal; the steak frites are an enduring classic. Head to the upstairs lounge for tapas and cocktails. Weekday lunch; Sunday brunch.
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.
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.
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.
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 sourced directly from the Dominican Republic.
Lake Champlain Chocolates (Church Street)
Sip espresso or hot cocoa while browsing the chocolatier's gourmet truffles, bars and other treats.
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.
Barrio Bakery
By day, the Old North End bakery turns out classic pastries, artisanal sandwiches and desserts. Tuesday through Saturday nights, the focus shifts to Roman-style pizzas by the slice.
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.
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.
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.


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