Restaurants in Hartford, VT

In Hartford, Vermont, you can plow into a piggy sampler plate at Big Fatty’s BBQ, where sauce-slathered ribs are delivered in baskets lined with red-checked paper. To accompany the meal, there are 20 craft beers on tap. Or you can make a reservation for a meal at Dining at the Mill over in Quechee. Originally known as the Glassblower’s Cafe when Simon Pearce opened his adjoining glassmaking factory by the Ottauquechee River waterfalls, Dining at the Mill offers customers a worldly menu that includes a few local tastes such as Vermont Cheddar soup and maple creme brulee. It’s a romantic setting and the sophisticated wine list is nearly infinite. Branching out from Hartford beyond White River Junction, there’s a great Roadfood eatery across the Connecticut River in Lebanon, New Hampshire: Four Aces Diner — a vintage Worcester dining car that delivers hash house fare with a Yankee twist. Among its specialties are popovers with maple cream, red flannel hash, and picture-perfect Yankee boiled dinner.

Hartford’s Most Famous Dishes

Bakery-fresh loaf of Italian bread, resting on the bag it was sold in

Bread & Rolls

Deep oval casserole is piled high with mashed potatoes on top

Shepherd’s Pie

Apple pie is topped with a crust ribboned with streaks of caramel

Apple Pie

Picked lobster meat is piled high in a long bun that has been butter-grilled on its sides ... Maine lobster roll

Lobster Roll

Hartford’s Best Restaurants

Big Fatty’s BBQ


Simon Pearce Restaurant - Shepherd's Pie
Simon Pearce Restaurant


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