Recommendations for road trip eats: HWY 2 between Boston & Greenfield, VT + I-91 btw Greenfield and Burlington
Canadian taking a road trip with friends in June: starting in Boston, driving the 2 (George W Stanton Highway, I think it's called) to Greenfield/Shelburne Falls area; continuing on the I-91 through Brattleboro to Burlington.
Any places we shouldn't miss? Can be anything from a roadside stand, a market, or a mom & pop's to a hip gastropub. Lunch, breakfast, dinner, whatever - we'll need all kinds of meals. One condition: we're not interested in places with $30 mains. Bonus points for places on interesting, walkable strips, places with excellent patios, places that brew their own beer, or places that have cool things to do or see nearby!
Thanks in advance - looking forward to suggestions. And sorry. Sorry. Ugh, sorry. I can't stop apologizing, being Canadian and all.
Any particular reason you're taking Route 2? It is certainly not the fastest route up to Burlington. Most people either take I-93 to I-89 or Route 3 to 93 to 89 to get to Burlington. It will take you through Manchester NH and Concord NH which have some tasty food options. In Manchester, Republic has some very tasty food. In Concord, Sunny's Table is really good. In Waterbury VT, you can stop at the Alchemist for some good beer and food. Have a good trip.
Route 2 is a lovely drive. I say go for it. For lunch, stop at the Wagon Wheel in Gill, maybe 5 miles before you hit 91. Not much to look at from the outside, but really fresh, delicious food. Also Burrito Rojo and Holy Smokes BBQ deli, just off 2 in Turners Falls, lots of good food in Greenfield too, but that would be taking you a bit more off the highway.
Shelburne Falls is a lovely place to stop with requisite cool things to see, quaint, small town, a few good restaurants; but that would be taking yourself about 20 minutes in the wrong direction.