thanks Wallhd. I went to carl and cora’s south of the ferry. Great Michigans, and eating in a building that looks as if it will fall over before you finish has a certain charm. I can’t wait till the next visit.
Thanks everybody. Definitely going to try Carl and Cora’s and one or two of the burlington places.
I live in Burlington so I guess I can comment…
There aren’t a lot of decent "roadfood"-type options here; the few diners are all fairly mediocre and a bit expensive IMHO — the exception is Libby’s Blue Line Diner, not necessarily fantastic but offering an exceptional view on a clear day of the mountains and busy enough that the food is always super-fresh — pretty typical diner stuff, maybe slightly on the high end, breakfast & lunch.
Al’s French Frys (correct spelling) is about a mile east of downtown on US 2/Williston Road. Awesome greasy, chewy fries and somewhat mediocre hot dog/hamburger joint food, but its a local institution and might be worth a stop.
For more upscale breakfast/lunch you should do Penny Cluse which is right downtown; expect a wait almost anytime you go (no reservations). I’ve usually just gone for breakfast, which is fantastic…lots of creative turns on typical omelets, pancakes (try the gingerbread if they have them), etc. Other choices:
American Flatbread (downtown) has the best pizza in Vermont, chewy thin-crust with mostly local ingredients; they also brew their own generally good beer and have an extensive selection of other quality brews from near and far.
Five Spice (south end of downtown) is my favorite restaurant in town, eclectic Malaysian/Indonesian/Thai cuisine. Very small and intimate, often has waits.
A Single Pebble (downtown) offers the best Chinese food in the state, imaginative and subtle with lots of local/organic ingredients and several plate sizes so you can share or try lots of items. Always a wait; don’t know if open for lunch.
Smokejacks (downtown) has American bistro/local cuisine with the only really good cheese plate in town; had perhaps the best tuna I’ve ever eaten there. Also quite small, you could have quite a wait on a weekend.
Good burgers can be had at Vermont Pub and Brew and Halvorsons, both downtown. Walk up and down Church Street for a nice sense of what Burlington is today; the lady with the Chinese dumplings may be selling her wares by now, they are worth a try for sure, very cheap and filing and surprisingly good.
I haven’t been to the Sirloin Salloon (a mile south of downtown) but by all accounts they have the best steaks in town.
Hope this helps.
We stopped at B&J’s in Waterbury last Fall. What a lot of crap that place is. Don’t waste your time. It’s nothing but a big tourist trap which happens to be attached to an operating ice cream plant. And on top of that, the B&J plant in St. Albans, VT is a much larger operation in terms of volume of product produced, but they won’t tell you this unless you ask some probing questions.
Sorry, but that’s my opinion.
Not really roadfood, but the Ben & Jerry’s factory is about 30 miles east of Burlington and is a lot of fun!
Michigan Red Hots at Clare & Carl’s in Plattsburgh.
Not a Coney, not a Chili Dog, similar but not the same. Nothing like them anywhere!
Plan on coming down Rt 190 a.k.a. Military Turnpike to Plattsurgh and then take the Grand Isle Ferry from Cumberland Head (NY Rt 314) to South Hero (VT Rt 314). Both Clare & Carl’s locations are just about on your way.
Heading out next weekend across northern NY to the lake champlain islands in vermont and will also be spending some time in Burlington. What food should I absolutely not miss?
ogdensburg NY to Grand Isle Vermont
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