Must chow stops for LA hound on bike trip to Vermont
I will be flying to Boston and driving to east Burke for mountain biking and leaf peeping. Also, going to Montreal and returning thru Burlington. I would appreciate any recommendations for regional favorites or must haves. Thanks!
A Montreal must have is called Bejing located in China town. There are some absolutely amazing chinese dishes. If you wanted very upscale try Milo's. The specialize in seafood, and the octopus is one of the most amazing dishes you will ever eat. Expect to spend near $200 canadian for dinner for two though. There is also the classic Schwarz's which is a famous deli that specializes in smoke meat, definatley worth a try. The Burlington area also has a lot to offer I would recommend Koto for some cool Hibachi.
Right in East Burke is the Tamarack Grill up at the ski area. It's excellent. The bar area is a big hangout for locals and Kingdom Trails visitors.
In nearby St. Johnsbury, Elements is also excellent. Both Tamarack & elements use local ingredients whenever possible.
For a really good breakfast, the Miss Lyndonville Diner can't be beat.
My favorite place in Boston is Betty's Wok and Noodle. You can order from the menu or you can pick the different components of your meal (noodles, veggies, meat and sauce). The food was excellent and the atmosphere was fun.
We travel to Burlington every few months and we ALWAYS eat at Magnolia's Bistro for breakfast. They have great, creative food and are a part of Vermont Fresh Network, which is a group that advocates using locally sourced produce. The Vermont Pub and Brewery is a great place for an inexpensive meal with a casual atmosphere. If you are looking for a really nice dinner, try Trattoria Delia. It is a little pricy, but worth it. I also like the Skinny Pancake, a cute little crepe place right by Lake Champlain and Leunig's Bistro. If you like lasagna, you should try Bove's. They were even featured on Bobby Flay's Throwdown. If it is not too far out of your way, you should go to Cold Hollow Cider Mill. The cider doughnuts alone are worth the approx. 30 minute drive out of Burlington. Also, be sure to have some Vermont beer or cheese while you are there. There are many local providers in the area and all the ones I have tried are excellent. Magic Hat in South Burlington is worth a visit.