The restaurant scene in Vermont is known for its sustainable, farm-fresh outlook on food, a direct reflection of the state’s beautiful scenery and friendly locals. If you’re from out of state you may think most places would focus on maple syrup centered dishes, yet the eclectic choice of dining the state has to offer ranges from town to town, with every establishment bringing something different to the table. Here are ten of the best restaurants in Vermont, along with where they are located within the state.
10. Peasant – Waitsfield
The charming and rustic restaurant Peasant, located in Waitsfield, is open from Thursday night to Monday night. A father-son team pair up to make European dishes like Sicilian shrimp, white bean cassoulet, spaetzle with squash, kale, and goat cheese, Vermont beef and pork meatballs.
9. Hen of the Wood – Waterbury
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Waterbury’s cozy little restaurant Hen of the Wood focuses on sustainable and delicious food, with a menu that changes daily, featuring the likes of goat’s milk dumplings, braised rabbit, lobster risotto, fried brussels sprouts, duck sausage, and homemade ice cream.
8. Pizzeria Verità – Burlington
Pizzeria Verità in Burlington is known for their wood-fired pizza, with toppings like smoked salmon, wild mushrooms, fire-roasted sweet corn, artichokes, and house-made sausage. Other menu items include burrata with arugula and fig jam, caesar salad with white anchovies, and tiramisu.
7. Worthy Burger – South Royalton
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Worthy Burger in South Royalton features farm-to-table wood-fired burgers and craft beers, served over the counter. The ‘Turducky’ is made with raised turkey and duck confit. Their ‘Veg-Out’ veggie burger changes seasonally. Not to mention house-made pickles, parmesan truffle fries, and salads made with locally-sourced greens.
6. The Common Man Restaurant – Warren
Located in Warren, The Common Man Restaurant is serving up delicious food in a chic setting. Their menu includes a grapefruit salad, roast chicken with kale, halibut with spaghetti squash, vegetable ramen, and shiitake mushroom soup with goat cheese and arugula pesto.
5. Osteria Pane e Salute – Woodstock
Woodstock’s Osteria Pane e Salute is a restaurant as well as a farm and winery. Their seasonal menu changes often, but always utilizes local ingredients. Dishes include an oven-baked frittata with homegrown greens, risotto with spring peas and fresh mint, pasta with carrot and aged cheese sauce, and an apple tart.
4. Silver Fork – Manchester
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The Silver Fork in Manchester has a menu that changes with the seasons, and also with what is currently inspiring the chef. The restaurant itself is intimate and cozy. The food packs a punch, showcasing international dishes like turnip gratin with béchamel sauce, tuna ceviche, pecan and maple-glazed duck breast, and saffron risotto.
3. The Mad Taco – Waitsfield
Mexican restaurant The Mad Taco, located in Waitsfield, knows a thing or two about good food and craft beer. Taco toppings include smoked pork with kimchi, roasted yams with black beans, pork belly with pico de gallo, and fresh fish with avocado. Their menu also features burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, tostadas, tortilla soup, and tamales.
2. Michael’s on the Hill – Waterbury Center
Located in an old farmhouse in Waterbury Center, Michael’s on the Hill is serving locally sourced upscale fare like pasture-raised beef tenderloin, organic garden salad, Provençal fish stew, and poached Maine lobster with sunchoke gnocchi. Everything on their menu tastes as though it was made just for you.
1. Misery Loves Company – Winooski
The dishes at Winooski’s popular restaurant Misery Loves Company are as beautiful as they are delicious. Their menu features black cod, scallop crudo with buttermilk, squid spaghetti, Alaskan king crab leg, pork shoulder, fresh cheeses with lilac honey and marmalade, bacon beignets, and fried cauliflower with chillies, lime, and fish sauce. Their food is an experience you need to have.