Vermont is a small state, but who says size matters- especially when it comes to dining! These tiny restaurants in VT serve up some of the most delicious dishes around. Fresh, flavorful and friendly, these 12 restaurants are not to be missed.
1. El Cortijo Taqueria Y Cantina - 189 Bank St., Burlington
One of the highlights at this Mexican joint is the farm-to-table focus, so you'll always get great local ingredients. They have margaritas that are delightfully dangerous and brownies that are sinfully sweet.
2. Rainbow Sweets Bakery - 1689 US Rt. 2, Marshfield
Rainbow Sweets is an experience that is totally worth the detour to get here. The owner and baker, Bill, runs the show. He is funny, engaging and is the icing on the cake of the whole experience here. He takes the time to deliciously describe his freshly baked goodies and has proudly been running this place for 41 years... so he must be doing something right!
3. Miso Hungry - 1045 VT Route 242, Jay
With a name like Miso Hungry, it's inciting enough to check it out. But this food truck with a few stools for outside seating serves up some incredible dishes. You'll get authentic, healthy, and hearty Japanese style Ramen noodles located near Jay Peak Resort.
4. Silver Fork - 4201 Main Street, Manchester
Reservations are necessary at this fine dining place that has 6 tables and 5 bar stools. You'll be chatting with the owners (the hostess and chef) as they prepare some of the most sought after meals in Vermont.
5. TJ Buckleys - 132 Elliot Street, Brattleboro
Sit back in the small, restored street car and look into the kitchen and talk to the chef while he prepares your meal. The salads are works of art and everything here is fresh and delicious.
6. Three Stones - 105 Canal Street, Brattleboro
Yucatecan food in Vermont? Yup! If you're looking to try something superb and spicy, this is a place you shouldn't miss.
7. Blue Benn - 132 Elliot Street, Bennington
Don't miss this fantastic, old school diner if you are in the area! Housed in what looks like an old train car, seating is minimal so be sure to snag a seat.
8. Cilantro Taco - 5036 Main Street, Manchester Center
This place is simply delicious, filling, spicy and satisfying. After your first visit, you'll wonder what took you so long!
9. Roots the Restaurant - 51 Wales Street, Rutland
Roots’ mission is to create delicious food from fresh, local ingredients, and boy do they nail it every time. You can expect exciting dishes here like this duck confit and quinoa stuffed peppers over spinach and parmesan risotto.
10. Pingala Cafe - 1 Mill Street, Burlington
This all vegetarian and vegan restaurant is definitely a hip place. Don't miss Mac & Cheese Mondays. Also, half off their breakfast sandwiches for the entire month of October!
11. Pho Dang - 215 Main Street, Winooski
If there is a line to dine in at Pho Dang, it's worth the wait. The portions are huge and the service is fast and the food is delicious. Possibly the best Vietnamese food in all of Vermont!
12. East West Cafe - 2 N Winooski Avenue, Burlington
The East West Cafe is one of the best Thai restaurants around. It's quaint, authentic and delicious. Everything here has fresh and vibrant vegetables and sauces full of flavors. There are only a handful of tables in the restaurant and counter seating along the perimeter so try to time your visit right. The prices are great, too - pictured is the Gyoza with sweet ginger soy, 4 for just $5!
Planning a drive through Vermont to check out the foliage? Try one (or all) of these great restaurants on this
3 day restaurant road trip adventure!