Burlington, Vermont, might be one of the highlights of New England’s quintessential mountain towns. Surrounded by lush green countryside, this city maintains the cozy feel of a small town while providing some fantastic culture and food. So take our advice and set aside some time (and appetite) for the best places to eat out in Burlington, VT.
You might have seen American Flatbreads in the frozen foods section, but have you had them straight from the wood-fired oven at one of the original Vermont hearths? After a full day of adventuring in the woods or perusing the shops downtown, one of these creative pizzas is sure to satisfy your hunger. Ingredients are sourced locally as much as possible, and the flour and tomatoes are all organic. You can feel good about this pizza on all levels.
Hen of the Wood
To taste the best of what Vermont grows in its lime-rich soils, Hen of the Wood is where you need to be. The founders have created a homey, comfortable atmosphere with excellent wines and a simple yet divine menu with locally sourced ingredients. They have partnerships with cheesemakers and farmers in the surrounding area, meaning your meal has never traveled very far and the menu rotates every day. Hen of the Wood takes “farm fresh” to a whole new level and is definitely one of the best places to eat out in Burlington, VT.
Situated right downtown in Burlington’s walking corridor, this French bistro is one of the longest continually operating restaurants in the city. Upon walking through the doors, you are greeted by a kind of bustle that might just have you wondering if you’re in France — and the treats are mighty convincing too. Now a full-service restaurant, you can enjoy a leisurely meal of some classic French dishes for lunch or dinner. Settle in for some live jazz on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, or make plans for a weekend brunch.
Penny Cluse Cafe
Breakfast lovers, your wish has been granted: come to Penny Cluse Cafe for breakfast all day. Or, at least until 3 pm. Biscuits and Gravy, French Toast many ways, and variations on egg dishes to make your breakfast-loving mouth water. This is a cozy spot to spend a slow morning in Burlington, VT. Or part of the afternoon. Or both…
Now for another foodie group: vegetarians, this is where to dine in Burlington, VT. The locally-sourced, delicious fare that is entirely vegetarian. Inspired by the flavors of Asian food, the chefs at Revolution Kitchen have been doing vegetarian well for twenty years and keep the menu seasonally-influenced and always interesting. They are vegan and gluten-free friendly too, right down to the dessert menu. Yum.
If you’re hungry for some good old-fashioned diner food, Henry’s will take good care of you, Complete with the neon sign and Henry’s Diner branded mugs this spot has been serving up pancakes and Americana since 1925 — and for over 90 years, people have kept coming back. That’s saying something.
If you’re looking for reasons to move to Vermont, we think the food culture — coupled with the beautiful landscapes and sweet downtown — will give you plenty to ponder!