Restaurants in Putney, VT

Travelers with appetites heading up the Connecticut River have a choice of two fine Roadfood places as soon as they cross the border from Massachusetts into Vermont. The town is Putney, at Exit 4; and the Putney Diner is a locals’ favorite that has been around for decades. Delightfully dowdy dishes like macaroni and (Vermont cheddar) cheese and American chop suey are just what they should be; and every meal must end with a slice of Putney Diner blue-ribbon pie, topped with whipped cream or ice cream. The self-proclaimed “Ninth Wonder of the World,” Curtis’s Barbecue is a blue-colored school bus in a grove with large nearby grates where where chickens and ribs cook in a haze of smoke. Business hours are seasonal; all seating is at outdoor picnic tables.

Putney’s Most Famous Dishes

Bolw full of ground beef, tomato sauce, and elbow macaroni

American Chop Suey

Wedge of pie with tall yellow base and even taller meringue, flecked with toasted coconut


Macaroni & cheese, spangled with herbs, comes in a small cast-iron pot

Macaroni and Cheese

Well-dressed foot-long hot dog extends beyond its bun.

Foot Long Hot Dog

Putney’s Best Restaurants

Putney Diner


Spare ribs smoking on a grate
Curtis’s Barbecue


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