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Junction
At the Essex Culinary Resort & Spa's "interactive restaurant," chefs converse with guests as they create polished apps and entrées using local meats and produce from the on-site garden.
Lake Champlain Chocolates (Church Street)
Sip espresso or hot cocoa while browsing the chocolatier's gourmet truffles, bars and other treats.
Natural Provisions Deli & Café
More than 10,000 square feet in size, Taft Corners' natural-foods market includes a salad bar, hot buffet and deli stocked with local, organic eats.
Harvest Market
Salads, sandwiches and home-style entrées are made fresh at the gourmet takeout café and market. Entertaining? Head here first for local cheeses, meats, pantry items and wines.
Three Brothers Pizza & Grill
Pulled pork and spicy Thai pies pair perfectly with pitchers of Switchback at this family-owned pizzeria, which emphasizes local products.
Michael's on the Hill
Elegant, ever-changing plates such as vegetable gnocchi and poached Maine lobster make the most of New England ingredients and the chef-owner's European roots.
Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits
In a restored 1875 carriage barn on a fourth-generation family farm, visitors sample wines, ciders and distilled spirits. Pair your pour with a gourmet cheese and chocolate board — or try a Maple Crème liqueur milkshake cocktail. Free tours at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
City Market, Onion River Co-op (Downtown Burlington)
People of all stripes converge at Burlington's downtown grocery cooperative. Buy some kale, snag a fresh-made breakfast sandwich at the deli, or peruse the hot bar for vegan and gluten-free options.
Waterworks Food + Drink
Window seats are in high demand at this former textile mill overlooking the Winooski River. Pair seafood mac and cheese with an inspired cocktail. Sunday brunch.
Blue Paddle Bistro
Near the shores of Keeler Bay, chef Phoebe Bright devises award-winning plates such as coffee-crusted pork tenderloin and crab ravioli. Monthly Sunday brunch; summer lunch.
The Daily Planet
Since 1982, the Planet has carved out a hip space for food, local art and bar banter. The menu includes burgers, duck poutine, Parmesan herb fries and the beloved Maura's Salad.
August First Bakery & Café
Laptops and tablets are off-limits at this community-focused café — all the better to strike up a conversation over a fresh chocolate croissant, beet salad or the Vermonter sandwich.
Upper Deck Pub
The Windjammer Restaurant's family-friendly sports bar is notable for its 12 flat-screen TVs and pub-style menu. The locally-crafted beers are crowd-pleasers, too.
Istanbul Kebab House
When the weather is warm, diners skip the dining room and head to the rooftop for hot lavash bread, kebabs and savory casseroles. For dessert: maple baklava with Turkish coffee.
West Meadow Farm Bakery
The production bakery's gluten-free goodies include Outrageous Oatmeal Bread, maple glazed donut muffins, and classic sticky buns. Yes, all gluten-free!
The Tuckerbox
Early risers sip locally roasted coffee while tapping away on their laptops. At lunch, the menu shifts to kebabs, falafel and other Turkish specialties. No dinner on Monday.
Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café
Watch confectioners mold chocolate into truffles, bars and other treats, then get a sweet snack at the café counter. Tours Monday through Friday; free chocolate tastings on the weekend.
The Windjammer Restaurant
Hand-cut aged beef, fresh seafood and a 40-item salad "boat" have attracted diners since 1977. The bar is noted for its Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, extensive craft beer list and specialty cocktails.
East West Café
In a sunny corner storefront, chef-owner Samran Kaewkoet whips up affordable Northeastern Thai cuisine to eat in or take out. Order the papaya salad with spicy lime dressing.
Tiny Thai Restaurant
Tom kha, satay, stir-fries and curries take their cues from food carts and family tables across Thailand. Vermonters have voted this the best Thai restaurant in the state for five years straight.
Agave Taco and Tequila Casa
In a chic industrial-style space, Tex-Mex tacos and carnitas burritos meet modern marvels such as avocado toast. Check out the long list of fine tequilas. Sunday brunch.
The Lighthouse Restaurant and Lounge
A trip to the 60-item salad bar comes with every order of grilled steak tips — and all other meat and fish dinner entrées. Sunday brunch features eggs Benedict , frittatas, and omelets.
Bluebird Barbecue
The wood-fired smokers run 24-7 outside Burlington's only dedicated barbecue joint. Diners mix and match two dozen draft beers with brisket, ribs, beans and mac.
Rí Rá Irish Pub & Whiskey Room
Here you'll find a friendly pub experience featuring an Irish-inspired menu, craft brews and single-malt Scotches. Live music and brunch on the weekend.
Mandarin
A second-generation restaurateur runs Winooski's sleek Chinese lounge. Customers pair craft cocktails with dumplings, chow fun, and salt-and-pepper pork. DJs spin tunes 'til late on the weekend.
ArtsRiot (Restaurant)
"Destroy apathy" is the motto and mission of the South End's community hub. The menu of bold comfort food includes seasonal options and the 400 Burger, topped with American cheese and special sauce. Don’t miss summertime food truck Fridays.
Joyce's Noodle House
Owner Joyce Fong prepares Mandarin, Cantonese, and Sichuan homemade noodles and sauces. Regulars love the dim sum with scallion pancakes and can also choose low-fat dishes.

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