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The Essential Restaurants of Burlington, Vermont

Farm-to-table, crafty cocktails, and lots of cheese

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Despite its small size and the fact that it spends up to half the year covered in snow and ice, Vermont outshines much of the U.S. with a bounty of locally grown food. Year after year, the Green Mountain State has ranked number one for the availability of local food to its citizens, with multitudes of farmers markets, CSAs and public school districts with farm-to-school programs for children.

Little surprise then that farm-to-table dining abounds in the state’s largest city. In fact, it’s tough to find eateries not serving locally grown fare. Combine Vermont’s finest ingredients with talented chefs, stellar craft cocktails, locally brewed beer, cider and wine and it all reaches exceptional heights. Here are the best places to take in Vermont’s delicious harvest. All that, and it’s only a couple hours by car from Montreal.

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1. Farmers and Foragers Food Truck

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112 Lake St
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 238-0144
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The name speaks for this locally-sourced food truck and bar, which launched in 2015 but is now parked dockside along with a tent where bikers, boaters and the like can watch the sunset while enjoying everything from fresh Maine lobster in brown butter on brioche rolls to Boyden Farm cheesesteaks to Lake Champlain-caught perch tacos. The dishes at this new waterfront locale at Burlington Harbor Marina are seasonal and rotate weekly. (Farmers and Foragers is here May through October behind the Waterworks building, but check online for updates.)

2. Bleu Northeast Seafood

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25 Cherry St
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 864-8600
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Chefs Douglas Paine serves sustainably-caught New England seafood along with Vermont’s local crop. Lake Champlain perch sandwiches, Misty Knoll Farm chicken breast, mushroom risotto with sheep’s milk cheese, peas, black truffle, and pan seared scallops are all excellent reasons to visit this posh dining room.

3. Hen of the Wood

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55 Cherry St
Burlington, VT
(802) 540-0534
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The Burlington location of chef Eric Warnstedt’s acclaimed restaurant opened in the swanky Hotel Vermont in 2013, eight years after the original Waterbury location. And it impresses: the concise menu notes the farms from which most vegetables were sourced each week, and a second page is devoted entirely to Vermont cheeses. The food may be uncomplicated, but nibbling on Hen of the Wood’s mushroom toast with house bacon and poached farm egg, or rabbit leg with buttered celery root, parsnips and cranberries is nothing short of extraordinary. Meanwhile, its beverage program is a destination of its own too, offering locally sourced beer, wine and an impressive list of craft cocktails shaken, stirred, and poured by attentive and knowledgable bartenders.

4. Juniper

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41 Cherry St
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 651-5027
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Hotel Vermont undoubtedly has Burlington’s most stylish lodgings, so it comes as no surprise that its bar and restaurant, Juniper, is equally chic. Take a seat at the copper bar or opt for an Adirondack chair next to the fire pit on the patio with sunset views of Lake Champlain. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Juniper’s menu highlights local products. Start with Vermont Creamery’s St. Albans baked brie followed by Maple Wind Farm chicken with Fresno chili, maple ginger, baby greens and grains, and cherry toasted almond vinaigrette. It doesn’t get more local than fried Lake Champlain perch, caught from lake waters a few blocks from the hotel. The freshwater fish is served with frisée, malt vinegar, shallots, and hazelnut oil. In addition to an all-natural, locally-focused wine list, the drinks menu is comprised almost entirely of Vermont-made ciders, beers and spirits, including their very own lines of vodka, gin, and bourbon. Cocktails keep it seasonal with autumnal treats like the Golden Hour, chamomile-infused gin, yellow chartreuse, apple cider, lemon, and honey syrup.

5. Bistro de Margot

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126 College St
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 863-5200
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French chef Hervé Mahé brings his decades of cooking in some of Europe’s most celebrated kitchens to this Burlington favourite. Named after his grand-mère, Bistro Margot is an homage to French cooking with everything from Burgundy snails to moules frites, steak au poivre, and grilled lamb chops with ratatouille.

6. ArtsRiot

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400 Pine St
Burlington, VT
(802) 540-0406
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This quintessential live music and community art space changed ownership in 2020 but continues to draw crowds to Burlington’s South End arts district. Event-goers, hungry locals, and even the farmers themselves enjoy casual fare from the venue’s new chef Sean Richard. Richards, a native Vermonter, was previously executive chef at the Inn at Round Barn Farm in Waitsfield, Vermont and before that spent time at acclaimed Blackberry Farm in Tennessee. It shows up in his southern-inspired brunch menu with items like shrimp and grits with poached eggs. His otherwise “international street food with a farm-to-table twist” menu includes such delicacies as saag paneer poutine — a popular dish in Burlington, given its proximity to Quebec. But here the fries get drenched in Maplebrook Farm’s cheddar cheese curds and a saag paneer sauce.

7. American Flatbread Burlington Hearth and Zero Gravity Brewpub

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115 Saint Paul St
Burlington, VT
(802) 861-2999
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Organically-grown wheat is used to make fresh dough daily at this popular pizzeria and brewpub. American Flatbread’s Burlington location at City Hall Park is one of the company’s eleven locations. Thin wood-fired crusts are topped with organic tomato sauce, locally-made cheeses, and meats like house-made maple-fennel local pork sausage.

8. Pizzeria Verità

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156 St Paul St
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 489-5644
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Antipasti like house-made beef and pork meatballs and wood-fired thin-crusted Neapolitan pizza are topped with locally-sourced ingredients like Vermont fennel sausage. Wash it all down with a classic negroni and save room for cannoli and tiramisu.

9. The Farmhouse Tap & Grill

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160 Bank St
Burlington, VT
(802) 859-0888
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Though this casual, family-friendly grill is known for burgers and a long craft beer list, it has a full menu of hearty seasonal dishes. In colder months, warm up with a bowl of Vermont cheddar ale soup. In summer, enjoy salads like Jericho Settlers Farm cucumbers with Butterworks Farm yogurt, shaved fennel, and olive tapenade. Underneath this Burlington favourite lies one of the city’s best drinking dens. Communal seating, a roaring fireplace and over 30 draft beers makes this subterranean bar a charming place to warm up with a libation in winter. In the warmer months, Farmhouse’s above-ground beer garden is a happening outdoor patio with occasional live music.

10. Leunig's Bistro

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115 Church St
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 863-3759
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A Burlington institution, Leunig’s has been serving French bistro fare since 1980. Chef owner Donnell Collins sources local ingredients for crowd-pleasing seasonal menus, including an elegant France-meets-Vermont brunch on weekends. This impressive spread offers everything from duck confit poutine to classic French omelettes, plus local cheese and charcuterie. A waffled Croque Madame comes with Vermont’s North Country Smoke House ham, Gruyere on a Belgian waffle with béchamel and a sunny-side-up egg. It’s a fancy affair: here, “steak and eggs” means filet mignon with béarnaise and asparagus.

11. Istanbul Kebab House

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175 Church St
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 857-5091
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Istanbul Kebab House began in the basement of an apartment complex in Essex Junction and moved to its current location on lower Church Street in Burlington in 2015 where it now thrives. Owners Hasan, Vural, and Jackie Oktay import ingredients from Turkey for chef Chef Veli Cetin’s kebab-centric menu. Turkish wine is available by the bottle or glass.

12. Honey Road

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156 Church St
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 497-2145
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Honey Road deserves all the praise it gets: Middle Eastern flavours meet Vermont produce with flair at this busy Mediterranean mezze restaurant. Expect a vegetable-focused menu, house-made pita served with whipped feta and tahini hummus, and some heartier fare like lamb and red pepper kofta and grilled octopus.

13. Penny Cluse Café

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169 Cherry St
Burlington, VT
(802) 651-8834
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Breakfast and lunch are the draw at this twenty three-year-old crowd-pleaser. The extensive menu includes everything from nutty house-baked granola with maple syrup to gingerbread pancakes, biscuits and gravy, huevos rancheros, omelettes and beyond. As Burlington’s ultimate breakfast institution, Penny Cause seems to be the go-to for visiting and local politician including Joe Biden, to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders.

14. Misery Loves C.

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46 Main St
Winooski, VT
(802) 497-3989
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If you ask a local where to drink in Burlington, they will tell you to head to neighbouring Winooski for some of the Champlain Valley’s hippest haunts. One of which is Misery Loves Co., an acclaimed farm-to-table bar and eatery whose strong relationships with local farmers are reflected in the quality of its food and seasonal cocktail program. Hearty brunch offerings are also on the table (with $5 mimosas on Saturdays): the menu shines with creative snacks like cheddar beignets with honey butter, small plates like tater tots with smoked fish, trout roe and crème fraîche, or 18-hour smoked brisket hash with fried eggs and salsa verde. Misery Loves Co., re-configured in the pandemic-era, transforming its dining room to a marketplace with takeout and picnic tables set up outside. Check online for updates.

1. Farmers and Foragers Food Truck

112 Lake St, Burlington, VT 05401

The name speaks for this locally-sourced food truck and bar, which launched in 2015 but is now parked dockside along with a tent where bikers, boaters and the like can watch the sunset while enjoying everything from fresh Maine lobster in brown butter on brioche rolls to Boyden Farm cheesesteaks to Lake Champlain-caught perch tacos. The dishes at this new waterfront locale at Burlington Harbor Marina are seasonal and rotate weekly. (Farmers and Foragers is here May through October behind the Waterworks building, but check online for updates.)

112 Lake St
Burlington, VT 05401

2. Bleu Northeast Seafood

25 Cherry St, Burlington, VT 05401

Chefs Douglas Paine serves sustainably-caught New England seafood along with Vermont’s local crop. Lake Champlain perch sandwiches, Misty Knoll Farm chicken breast, mushroom risotto with sheep’s milk cheese, peas, black truffle, and pan seared scallops are all excellent reasons to visit this posh dining room.

25 Cherry St
Burlington, VT 05401

3. Hen of the Wood

55 Cherry St, Burlington, VT

The Burlington location of chef Eric Warnstedt’s acclaimed restaurant opened in the swanky Hotel Vermont in 2013, eight years after the original Waterbury location. And it impresses: the concise menu notes the farms from which most vegetables were sourced each week, and a second page is devoted entirely to Vermont cheeses. The food may be uncomplicated, but nibbling on Hen of the Wood’s mushroom toast with house bacon and poached farm egg, or rabbit leg with buttered celery root, parsnips and cranberries is nothing short of extraordinary. Meanwhile, its beverage program is a destination of its own too, offering locally sourced beer, wine and an impressive list of craft cocktails shaken, stirred, and poured by attentive and knowledgable bartenders.

55 Cherry St
Burlington, VT

4. Juniper

41 Cherry St, Burlington, VT 05401

Hotel Vermont undoubtedly has Burlington’s most stylish lodgings, so it comes as no surprise that its bar and restaurant, Juniper, is equally chic. Take a seat at the copper bar or opt for an Adirondack chair next to the fire pit on the patio with sunset views of Lake Champlain. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Juniper’s menu highlights local products. Start with Vermont Creamery’s St. Albans baked brie followed by Maple Wind Farm chicken with Fresno chili, maple ginger, baby greens and grains, and cherry toasted almond vinaigrette. It doesn’t get more local than fried Lake Champlain perch, caught from lake waters a few blocks from the hotel. The freshwater fish is served with frisée, malt vinegar, shallots, and hazelnut oil. In addition to an all-natural, locally-focused wine list, the drinks menu is comprised almost entirely of Vermont-made ciders, beers and spirits, including their very own lines of vodka, gin, and bourbon. Cocktails keep it seasonal with autumnal treats like the Golden Hour, chamomile-infused gin, yellow chartreuse, apple cider, lemon, and honey syrup.

41 Cherry St
Burlington, VT 05401

5. Bistro de Margot

126 College St, Burlington, VT 05401

French chef Hervé Mahé brings his decades of cooking in some of Europe’s most celebrated kitchens to this Burlington favourite. Named after his grand-mère, Bistro Margot is an homage to French cooking with everything from Burgundy snails to moules frites, steak au poivre, and grilled lamb chops with ratatouille.

126 College St
Burlington, VT 05401

6. ArtsRiot

400 Pine St, Burlington, VT

This quintessential live music and community art space changed ownership in 2020 but continues to draw crowds to Burlington’s South End arts district. Event-goers, hungry locals, and even the farmers themselves enjoy casual fare from the venue’s new chef Sean Richard. Richards, a native Vermonter, was previously executive chef at the Inn at Round Barn Farm in Waitsfield, Vermont and before that spent time at acclaimed Blackberry Farm in Tennessee. It shows up in his southern-inspired brunch menu with items like shrimp and grits with poached eggs. His otherwise “international street food with a farm-to-table twist” menu includes such delicacies as saag paneer poutine — a popular dish in Burlington, given its proximity to Quebec. But here the fries get drenched in Maplebrook Farm’s cheddar cheese curds and a saag paneer sauce.

400 Pine St
Burlington, VT

7. American Flatbread Burlington Hearth and Zero Gravity Brewpub

115 Saint Paul St, Burlington, VT

Organically-grown wheat is used to make fresh dough daily at this popular pizzeria and brewpub. American Flatbread’s Burlington location at City Hall Park is one of the company’s eleven locations. Thin wood-fired crusts are topped with organic tomato sauce, locally-made cheeses, and meats like house-made maple-fennel local pork sausage.

115 Saint Paul St
Burlington, VT

8. Pizzeria Verità

156 St Paul St, Burlington, VT 05401

Antipasti like house-made beef and pork meatballs and wood-fired thin-crusted Neapolitan pizza are topped with locally-sourced ingredients like Vermont fennel sausage. Wash it all down with a classic negroni and save room for cannoli and tiramisu.

156 St Paul St
Burlington, VT 05401

9. The Farmhouse Tap & Grill

160 Bank St, Burlington, VT

Though this casual, family-friendly grill is known for burgers and a long craft beer list, it has a full menu of hearty seasonal dishes. In colder months, warm up with a bowl of Vermont cheddar ale soup. In summer, enjoy salads like Jericho Settlers Farm cucumbers with Butterworks Farm yogurt, shaved fennel, and olive tapenade. Underneath this Burlington favourite lies one of the city’s best drinking dens. Communal seating, a roaring fireplace and over 30 draft beers makes this subterranean bar a charming place to warm up with a libation in winter. In the warmer months, Farmhouse’s above-ground beer garden is a happening outdoor patio with occasional live music.

160 Bank St
Burlington, VT

10. Leunig's Bistro

115 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401

A Burlington institution, Leunig’s has been serving French bistro fare since 1980. Chef owner Donnell Collins sources local ingredients for crowd-pleasing seasonal menus, including an elegant France-meets-Vermont brunch on weekends. This impressive spread offers everything from duck confit poutine to classic French omelettes, plus local cheese and charcuterie. A waffled Croque Madame comes with Vermont’s North Country Smoke House ham, Gruyere on a Belgian waffle with béchamel and a sunny-side-up egg. It’s a fancy affair: here, “steak and eggs” means filet mignon with béarnaise and asparagus.

115 Church St
Burlington, VT 05401

11. Istanbul Kebab House

175 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401

Istanbul Kebab House began in the basement of an apartment complex in Essex Junction and moved to its current location on lower Church Street in Burlington in 2015 where it now thrives. Owners Hasan, Vural, and Jackie Oktay import ingredients from Turkey for chef Chef Veli Cetin’s kebab-centric menu. Turkish wine is available by the bottle or glass.

175 Church St
Burlington, VT 05401

12. Honey Road

156 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401

Honey Road deserves all the praise it gets: Middle Eastern flavours meet Vermont produce with flair at this busy Mediterranean mezze restaurant. Expect a vegetable-focused menu, house-made pita served with whipped feta and tahini hummus, and some heartier fare like lamb and red pepper kofta and grilled octopus.

156 Church St
Burlington, VT 05401

13. Penny Cluse Café

169 Cherry St, Burlington, VT

Breakfast and lunch are the draw at this twenty three-year-old crowd-pleaser. The extensive menu includes everything from nutty house-baked granola with maple syrup to gingerbread pancakes, biscuits and gravy, huevos rancheros, omelettes and beyond. As Burlington’s ultimate breakfast institution, Penny Cause seems to be the go-to for visiting and local politician including Joe Biden, to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders.

169 Cherry St
Burlington, VT

14. Misery Loves C.

46 Main St, Winooski, VT

If you ask a local where to drink in Burlington, they will tell you to head to neighbouring Winooski for some of the Champlain Valley’s hippest haunts. One of which is Misery Loves Co., an acclaimed farm-to-table bar and eatery whose strong relationships with local farmers are reflected in the quality of its food and seasonal cocktail program. Hearty brunch offerings are also on the table (with $5 mimosas on Saturdays): the menu shines with creative snacks like cheddar beignets with honey butter, small plates like tater tots with smoked fish, trout roe and crème fraîche, or 18-hour smoked brisket hash with fried eggs and salsa verde. Misery Loves Co., re-configured in the pandemic-era, transforming its dining room to a marketplace with takeout and picnic tables set up outside. Check online for updates.

46 Main St
Winooski, VT

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