Thinking of heading to Vermont this weekend - destination likely based on dining. Any recommendations in the Burlington/Stowe area? Thanks.
It depends on your style and price range...
I've never eaten in or around Stowe, but some great Burlington restaurants are:
Authentic, rustic Italian: Trattoria Delia, L'Amante (both pricey, but worth every penny).
Bistro: Leunigs, Smokejacks or Pauline's (moderately priced).
Penny Cluse makes a wonderful breakfast.
I haven't been to Stone Soup in years (I no longer work downtown) but at one time they had fantastic vegetarian/vegan fare... a good place for lunch.
Asian: A Single Pebble (Chinese) and Sakura (Japanese). Single Pebble is pricey, and the service isn't always great at Sakura, but the food is wonderful.
Pub food: Halverson's.
Hopefully others will chime in soon!
Michael's on The Hill is an excellent spot (just outside Waterbury on the way to Stowe). The Mist Grill (now callled Hen of the Woods I think) in Waterbury is also a nice spot. For Burlington, Katiepie hit all the highlights. I have also heard some good reviews on Taste in Burlington and The Kitchen Table (Richmond) is between Stowe and Burlington just off exit 11. I believe their website is the kitchentablebistro.com. If you choose Stowe, you may want to make reservations if it snows as the resorts may bring a lot of traffic to that area.
Katiepie did hit all the highlights (all my faves!), although Asiana House is also another good place for Asian/sushi. Also The Green Room is really nice. I went there in the fall and have stopped back a couple of times and they've changed the menu due to the season, but everything looks fantastic! I'd give a thumbs down to Halversons, just because of the wait staff. Perhaps things have changed, but I walked out twice when I was unable to even get someone to come to our table. For cheap, good food, I'd go to the Rusty Scuffer on Church St.
Have heard wonderful things about Sonoma Station, haven't made it there yet!
I usually travel for beer ;-) So make sure to stop in before or after dinner for VT's best beer maker - The Alchemist in Waterbury - great food too if you are looking for something casual - unfortunately not open for lunch.
The Shed is not doing a bad job either - hopefully they can keep up the quality since their brewer just quit recently.
In Burlington a good beer or two along with pretty decent pizza can be had at American Flatbread - across the street from the mediocre VT pub & brewery.
I would plan on making reservations at all restaurants listed with the exception of Sakura and Halverson's... most are in and around the Church Street area, which is busy around the holiday time.
I have also heard the Green Room is great. I went when it was the Iron Wolf. The food was fabulous but I couldn't get past the Less than Zero-like "I just stepped back into the mid-1980's" decor, lol. I haven't been back since, although I think they've remodeled since then!