Best Restaurants in Burlington, Vermont

The Farmhouse Tap and Grill: (160 Bank St.) This trendy gastropub offers a huge selection of craft beers guaranteed to add a pleasurable twist to any meal. Utilizing local ingredients wherever possible, the emphasis here is on farm to table and creating every dish to be as fresh and flavorful as possible. The bleu cheese garlic toast with wildflower honey is an amazing start to any meal, and the entrée selection is vast indeed, featuring seafood, steaks, salads and vegetarian options. If you have a sweet tooth, the salted caramel apple pie is absolutely to die for, particularly paired with a glass of Eden ice cider.

The Gryphon: (131 Main St.) Located in what was once the American House, this historic building once served as a combination of stage house catering to the railroads along with a popular, elegant hotel. Destroyed by a fire and re-built in 1911 as a grand hotel, today the building houses residential and commercial units, along with this spectacular eatery! An ideal spot for lunch or dinner, the menu includes delicious lighter items like the signature Cuban sandwich or a crock of the flavor-packed vineyard chowder along with numerous salads and a delightful green tomato BLT. If you are looking for a heartier dish, the seafood grits combines scallops and shrimp with creamy, lobster-butter grits for a taste you won’t soon forget!

Best Food in Burlington VermontHen of the Wood: (55 Cherry St.) Operated by childhood friends Eric Warnstedt and William McNeil, Hen of the Wood opened their original location in the nearby town of Waterbury. The response to their locally sourced, delicious food paired with casual yet impeccable service enabled them to branch out into this Burlington location. The menu selections are subject to change, as this place only uses what is fresh and local whenever possible. Make a point to go there between four and five pm, where you can get dollar oysters paired with craft beer and cocktail selections.

Leunig’s Bistro: (115 Church Street) Located on the hippest street in downtown Burlington, this French-style bistro is also one of the oldest restaurants in the area! Join friends for their decadent Sunday brunch, featuring a revolving omelet selection as well as classics like eggs benedict paired with a mimosa or two. If you are in the area during lunchtime, a crock of French onion soup or pumpkin chowder paired with a classic coffee cocktail is the perfect thing to warm your soul. Dinner here is a wonderful experience; not only can you choose from an impressive meat and cheese selection, there are smaller platters available that are perfect for sharing, such as fresh raw oysters or a white truffle beef tartare. Larger dishes range from chai glazed scallops and filet mignon to curried spaghetti squash paired with roasted pears and cashews.

Zabby and Elf’s Stone Soup: (211 College Street) Since this place first opened its doors just over ten years ago, it has been a hit amongst locals and tourists alike. Offering selections that emphasize locally sourced ingredients made with impeccable care, this is a spot where the people preparing your food truly have a passion for what they do. The menu here has a strong focus on vegetarian cuisine, offering an ever-evolving plethora of delicious dishes, such as a tofu and smoked tempeh club sandwich or a signature turkey, tuna or tofu melt for those with more carnivorous inclinations.

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