Where to Eat Local in Vermont
No matter where you choose to eat in Vermont you will find most restaurants have a food philosophy that incorporates a myriad of local products into their menus. Farm-to-table isn’t just a movement in Vermont, it is a way of life.
For a state that is small in size and population, Vermont produces an abundance of food. More than just maple syrup and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, the state has award-winning cheesemakers, craft brewers, distillers, chocolatiers, and farm fresh produce.
There are several organizations that are dedicated to helping chefs, restaurants and local food producers work together. The Vermont Fresh Network connects farmers and chefs. Organizations such as Dig In Vermont help visitors and locals find great food and farm experiences such as farmers’ markets, agricultural events, farm stays, craft brew festivals and more.
Rest assured wherever you eat in Vermont, there will be locally sourced products on your plate or in your glass. These are a few of the best places to enjoy local food when you eat in Vermont.
Where to Eat in Burlington
Dedalus Wine Bar
Located on Pine Street, in Burlington’s burgeoning south end, you will find the Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar. What started as a little wine shop with just a few bottles has now grown to include a market and wine bar.
Enjoy a glass of wine or a small plate on the porch of this restaurant or indoors at their wine bar. The menu boasts world-class cheeses, pâtés, charcuterie, and conserva (tinned fish) from Spain and Portugal.
Whether you purchase provisions from the shop or enjoy a meal there, you will find that Dedalus integrates plenty of local items into their menu selections and in the products for sale in the market. Before you go, check their calendar as they regularly hold weekly events with free wine and cheese tastings.
Magic Hat Brewing Company
You can pop into the Magic Hat Artifactory seven days a week for a tour of the brewery and a tasting of their craft brews. There is always a selection of fifteen different rotating beers on tap. They may include their famous #9 Not Quite Pale Ale, Circus Boy or a rare lager or ale.
In addition to their craft brews, Magic Hat now has a small menu of nibbles and bites. The menu includes local cheeses and grilled sandwiches that pair perfectly with each of their tasty brews. Don’t hesitate to ask their knowledgeable staff for suggestions.
Where to Eat in Shelburne
Inn at Shelburne Farms
Situated directly on the shores of Lake Champlain, sits the Inn at Shelburne Farms. The former home of Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb, it is only open seasonally from May to October. In addition to 24 guest rooms, there is a dining room that is open to the public for breakfast, dinner and Sunday Brunch.
The chef builds their menu from what they harvest right on the farm. Shelburne Farms makes their own cheddar cheese from their heard of Brown Swiss Cows. They also source their lamb, beef, veal, and pork from the pasture-raised animals on their property.
Where to Eat in Vergennes
There is no better spot for a cup of coffee and a sweet treat than at Vergennes Laundry. Award-winning Chef Christian Kruse uses plenty of local ingredients at his espresso bar and wood-fired bakery.
While they are open for brunch and specialty wine dinners, the sweet spot of this bakery is their pastries. The cider donut, sticky buns, cinnamon rolls, and scones rival some of the best in the state. Sit on their front steps and enjoy the views of historic downtown Vergennes or in their beautiful little dining room.
Red Mill at Basin Harbor
The Red Mill is another fantstic place to eat in Vermont. This casual restaurant is located within the Basin Harbor Resort. It a great spot for a bite even if you are not staying on property.
Like most restaurants in Vermont, the Red Mill also sources local products to use in their menu items that feature dishes like sandwiches, burgers, salads and other pub style food. This is a great place for families as well. They have an outdoor play structure and are located adjacent to an airstrip where you are sure to see small planes take off and land during your meal!
Where to Eat in Stowe
Von Trapp Brewery & Bierhall
What started in 2010 as a small brewery in the basement of a bakery has now grown to become one of the best-known craft breweries in Vermont. Johannes von Trapp, the youngest child of Maria and the Baron von Trapp, has stayed true to his roots by brewing an array of Austrian lagers that range from hoppy to sweet and light to dark.
At the Bierhall Restaurant, you can enjoy a pint or a flight of the von Trapp lagers. What is on tap rotates with those at are brewed year-round like the Helles and Vienna with others that are only available seasonally.
Serving lunch and dinner, the Bierhall menu has a wonderful selection of Austrian style dishes. You will find traditional Bavarian pretzels, bratwurst, and chicken schnitzel along with sides of braised red cabbage and sauerkraut. There are platters of Austrian style curred sausages and local cheeses as well.
Another great option for dining in Stowe is Charlie B’s Pub at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and are members of the Vermont Fresh Network.
In a state where farm-to-table is not a trend, it is just a given you will enjoy the freshest local food if you choose to dine in any of these Vermont restaurants.
Disclosure: Complimentary meals were provided by each restaurant. No other compensation was received for this review. This post reflects the honest opinion of my experience without outside influence.