Restaurants in Vermont

It is rare to find a café in Vermont that does not serve genuine maple syrup with pancakes or French toast. The importance of maple syrup plus a large population of vintage diners means that breakfast is a big deal in this state. That good syrup also is the flavor foundation for creemees, the Green Mountain State’s version of custard, as well as for maple cream pie, maple donuts, and maple ice cream. As a matter of fact, Vermont just may be the nation’s #1 ice cream state, with small-batch farms and parlors producing pints of the creamiest anywhere. It also is a place where traditional hidebound Yankee fare still can be found in the form of red flannel hash, Indian pudding, and American chop suey.

Vermont’s Most Famous Dishes

Stack of 5 pancakes with pitchers of syrup and melted butter

Pancakes

Rough-hewn corned beef hash contains big hunks of potato

Corned Beef Hash

Freshly baked assorted bagels for sale, hung on wall pegs

Bagels

BBQ-sauced beans in a blue bowl

BBQ Beans

Vermont’s Best Restaurants

Gillingham & Sons - Exterior
Gillingham & Sons

WOODSTOCK, VT

Bryant House - Crackers And Milk
Bryant House

WESTON, VT

Green Mountain Smokehouse - Road Sign
Green Mountain Smokehouse

WINDSOR, VT

Chelsea Royal Diner - Pancakes
Chelsea Royal Diner

WEST BRATTLEBORO, VT

Blue Benn Diner

BENNINGTON, VT

Big Fatty’s BBQ

HARTFORD, VT

Depot 62

VT

Onyx Tonics

BURLINGTON, VT

Cold Hollow Cider Mill

WATERBURY CENTER, VT

Dot’s

WILMINGTON, VT

Bunned hot dog topped
Papa Pete’s Snack Bar

NORTH HERO, VT

Wayside Restaurant & Bakery

MONTPELIER, VT

White Cottage

WOODSTOCK, VT

Al’s French Frys

SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT

Putney Diner

PUTNEY, VT

Chubby Muffin

BURLINGTON, VT

Gravy spills across a pile of just-carved turkey in an open-face fandwich, with sides of mashed potatoes and cole slaw.
Parkway Diner

SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT

P&H Truck Stop

NEWBURY, VT

Bagel sandwiches smoked salmon, onion, tomato, capers ... Montreal-style bagels
Myer’s Bagels | Montreal-Style Bagels in Vermont

BURLINGTON, VT

Up For Breakfast | Vermont in the Morning at its Best

VT

Simon Pearce Restaurant - Shepherd's Pie
Simon Pearce Restaurant

HARTFORD, VT

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