Vermont’s restaurant scene represents a panoply of regional and international flavors. It’s possible to take a tour of the world without leaving the state. To help you embark, we have gathered, in the next few pages, a small taste to whet your appetite. A Single Pebble — 133 Bank St., Burlington. Mention A Single Pebble to anyone who’s dined there, and Mock Eel will eventually com up. Made from crispy shiitake mushrooms glazed in a ginger-scallion soy sauce, it’s good enough to create longtime memories and encourage returning. It’s only one of a feast of options made from authentic ingredients, both Asian and local, in the extensive menu. Chef/ owner Chiuho Duval says a meal is like a journey back home to her native Taiwan. Each dish carries its own history, and each bite brings the essential flavors of China to the table. Meals are served family style, encouraging diners to share food and stories, re-creating the spirit of Chinese Dining. Open for lunch Monday through Saturday at 11:30 a.m.; Dinner seven days a week from 5 p.m.; Sundays for dim sum at 11:30 a.m. www.asinglepebble.com Pauline’s Café and Restaurant — 1834 Shelburne Road, South Burlington. Chef David Hoene is the creative energy behind one of the area’s best known chefowned restaurants. Pauline’s has been serving locals and tourists alike for over 30 years. Whether you’re seeking an intimate dinner for two or entertaining large groups of family, friends, or clients, the restaurant offers a fine-dining experience in a casual, comfortable environment. Menus feature many locally raised or foraged edibles from the Lake Champlain basin. Famous for its Maine crab cakes, Pauline’s also offers local free-range chicken, organic American beef, and farm-fresh vegetables in season. The wine list is carefully chosen to complement the food and features many biodynamic and organically produced wines from around the world. Dining options include a casual café; relaxed, elegant upstairs dining rooms; two private party rooms; an outdoor patio in season; and a cozy bar. All dining venues are wheelchair accessible. Reservations are recommended. (802) 862-1081; www.paulinescafe.com Starry Night Café — 5371 U.S. Route 7, North Ferrisburgh. Chef Josh Krechel and his wife, Amanda Seubert, run this newly renovated fine-dining restaurant midway between Middlebury and Burlington. Chef’s wholesome, classic menu features seasonal Vermont products, organically grown when available, and includes locally raised beef and carefully sourced fish. Offerings range from comfortable soups to elegant creations, and the bar menu embraces the eclectic to the familiar. Starry Night features a large, octagonal dining room, and a newly added full-season back porch, complete with a handcrafted stone fireplace and cathedral ceiling. Both have gorgeous views of the Vermont landscape. Reservations recommended. Open Wednesday through Sunday 5:30 to 9 p.m. (802) 877-6316; www.starrynightcafe.com Esperanza Restaurante — 180 Battery St., Burlington. Have you tried Esperanza yet? It opened in December 2016 offering an enticing fusion of Spanish cuisines from Mexico, El Salvador, and the Philippines. Dishes are made from authentic family recipes, with chips, salsa, and specialties prepared fresh daily. That includes home-made corn tortillas. Ceviche, made with shrimp or fish, is a lunch favorite, as is the shredded beef. Among the House Specialties are Puerco Adobado (marinated grilled pork rib-eye) and Adobo Pinoy Style (traditional Filipino chicken or pork). Lunch and dinner menus feature a make-your-own combo with a choice of two items. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday noon to 8 p.m. A Sunday brunch buffet is available through February from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (802) 657-3377; www.esperanzavt.com Leunig’s Bistro & Café — 115 Church St., on the Church Street Marketplace, Burlington. Experience Leunig’s and you’ll believe its motto: “The panache of Paris and the value of Vermont, right in the center of downtown Burlington.” It has charming decor, creative food, and a wellappointed bar, plus an art deco lounge upstairs and live music for dinner. The sidewalk patio at the corner of Church and College streets offers a prime spot for downtown people-watching (or for being seen). Serving lunch, dinner, and Saturday and Sunday brunch (firstcome, first-served), when the restaurant’s special-blend coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice make a great start. (802) 863-3759; www.leunigsbistro.com Morgan’s Tavern at the Middlebury Inn — In the heart of downtown Middlebury, this historic inn has been in continual operation since 1827 and offers an exceptional dining experience to guests and the public. The menu features food prepared with the freshest, locally sourced ingredients from small farms, artisan cheesemakers, and specialty meat suppliers in the Vermont Fresh Network Partnership. It’s an ideal place for a quick drop-in client lunch or dinner — a perfect example of casual elegance to impress even your most demanding clients. Serving breakfast daily, 7 to 10 a.m.; lunch Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Space available for private dining, larger corporate meetings, and events. (802) 388-4961; www.middleburyinn.com McCarthy’s Restaurant — 454 Mountain Road, Stowe. McCarthy’s is a Stowe institution since 1974. One look at the menu — breakfast or lunch — conjures up memories of places your parents took you as a kid, but with a modern, Farm-to-Table twist. For breakfast, you’ll find freshly baked goods like cinnamon rolls and sticky buns, and local eggs cooked just about every way imaginable. Think eggs McCarthy on an English muffin, or scrambled with broccoli and Cabot cheddar on pita. Or try huevos rancheros or a breakfast burrito or quesadilla. Lunches feature wraps with funky names like Chicken with the Blues (cheese, that is). A lineup of panini includes a Tuscan with grilled marinated chicken, roasted red peppers, mozzarella, red onions, and spinach and walnut pesto. Burgers, homemade soups, smoothies, Speeder & Earl’s coffee. Makes you want to go now, doesn’t it? (802) 253-8686; www.mccarthysrestaurantstowe.com The Windjammer — 1076 Williston Road, South Burlington. Locally owned and operated since 1978, The Windjammer describes itself as Burlington’s original steak and seafood restaurant. In addition to classic American fare, the menu offers vegetarian and glutenfree options, and an extensive salad bar. Creative cocktails, craft beers, and a Wine Spectator wine list complement both the restaurant and pub menus. The restaurant has supported Vermont farms, producers, and businesses since 1978. (802) 862-6585; www.WindjammerRestaurant.com The Upper Deck Pub — South Burlington. Located above the Windjammer Restaurant is a familyfriendly, sports-themed pub that offers its own extensive menu featuring steak and seafood plus a great selection of burgers, sandwiches, and appetizers. Complementing the menu are the Upper Deck’s broad wine list, creative cocktail menu, and a variety of craft beers on draft. (802) 862-6585. Leonardo’s Pizza — 83 Pearl St., Burlington; 1160 Williston Road, South Burlington. This year marks the 28th year for Burlington’s own Leonardo’s Pizza. Founded in 1990, Leonardo’s offers traditional, gourmet, and vegetarian pizzas, as well as salads, breadsticks, and wings. Leonardo’s makes its own dough daily using King Arthur Flour and and offers over 20 specialty pizzas, both carry-out and delivery. Business charge accounts, mobile app, and online ordering at www.leonardosonline.com. Open seven days a week: Burlington, (802) 862-7700; South Burlington and Winooski, (802) 951-9000. Joyce’s Noodle House — 5 Carmichael St., Essex Junction. For dining in or takeout, Joyce Fong, the chef-owner of Joyce’s Noodle House, creates lip-smackingly authentic Chinese dishes generous with vegetables. Joyce’s will make any menu item a vegetarian one on request. Specialties are dim sum Mandarinstyle, Cantonese meat, spicy Szechuan and Hunan dishes, and noodles — soft, crispy, fried, in soups — delicious noodles. The menu includes several Thai dishes, and combination dinners are served all day. Full bar. No MSG is used, and Joyce’s cooks with only 100% vegetable oil. Prices are reasonable, and credit cards are accepted. (802) 288-9828. Natural Provisions Market and Deli — 329 Harvest Lane, Suite 100, Williston. There might be no better way to enjoy a nutritious and tasty lunch than sitting at a cafÃ© table suffused with daylight at Natural Provisions market. Natural Provisions is a health food store, owned and operated by Vermonters, whose goal is to be large enough to satisfy all, yet small enough to know the customers by name. The cafÃ© is a place to sit and chat with friends over a cup of coffee or tea, a sandwich, or a bowl of homemade soup. Every Friday in summer, rain or shine, there’s a lunchtime outdoor barbecue serving vegans and meatlovers alike. Or pick up food for dinner at the deli, which prepares family-style dinner entrÃ©es. The market also offers catering packages or will customize a menu for your special event. (802) 876-1400; www.naturalprovisions.com To make your restaurant part of the next Dining Out, call (802) 862‑4109.
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