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May 23, 2012 02:38 PM

Shelburne, VT

My wife and I are going a little weekend getaway in June for our anniversary and we are staying at a B&B in Shelburne. We likely will be going into Burlington, but I'm pretty familiar with the restaurant scene there. Since I never stop in Shelburne on my way into Burlington, I've never eaten in Shelburne and thought it might be fun to check it out.

I'd appreciate any recommendations, etc., about places that I should think about trying. I know that Cafe Shelburne has been around for a long time and that the Inn at Shelburne Farms has some fans.


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  1. Have you been to Starry Night Cafe in Ferrisburg? About 15 minutes south of Shelburne. Highly recommend if you have not.
    A really cool place to go is Pizza On Earth - though they are only open Fridays but that may change when summer season kicks in. Pizzas are yummy and they make their on gelato. BYOB and enjoy your pizza on the property. It is in Charlotte, about 10 minutes from Shelburne.
    We really like Cucina Antica. Really popular with locals. I never ever hear about it here or in any type of touristy info. Really nice staff, owner/chef is awesome. He always steps out of the kitchen to say hi and to see how you like your food.
    Folino's Pizza at Fiddlehead Brewery is really new. We haven't tried it yet but hope to soon.
    Enjoy your trip and please post a review when you get back!

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    1. re: bm_vt

      Thanks. My buddy who is notoriously pickly loves Starry Night but I haven't been there. Cucina Antica also looks good.

      1. re: Shann

        There is also Barkeaters. I NEVER hear anything about it.

        AND. How could I forget The Bearded Frog??
        Good solid food. We really like it there.

        1. re: bm_vt

          Re: Barkeaters (never been there, never eaten in that area of the state at all)...

          The website proclaims them to be "Vermont Cuisine" but looking at the menu... four of the five apps are mussels, calamari, crab cakes, and coconut shrimp with mango sauce. They have vermont beef for the burger, and vermont chevre in some raviolis, but other than those things, the rest of the menu seems to be off the back of the Sysco truck (which is NOT me saying "and therefore must be awful"). It just struck me as odd and would give me pause if someone here hadn't recommended.

          Are there specific items on the menu that are good there?

          1. re: Morganna

            Morganna - I haven't been...just threw it out there because its smack dab in the middle of Shelburne. We've been meaning to try it but we have so many other faves in the area that we just keep skipping over it.
            I'd like to hear some reviews myself.

      2. re: bm_vt

        I second Starry Night Cafe. Always go out of y want to eat there when I am in the Burlington area. Have never had a bad meal there and the service is great. Sitting outside is nice.

      3. Not restaurants, but 2 other places that you may want to check out are:
        1. Village Wine & Coffee, in Shelburne, which is a specialty food shop with an excellent selection of wines. (Not tried the coffee so I cannot comment on it.)
        2. The Ferrisburg Bakery has very good sandwiches and other lunch offerings to go. (There is also a small area inside and picnic tables outside, if you want to eat there, but the atmosphere is minimal.)

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        1. re: masha

          the Farmer's Market is fantastic too. On Saturdays. Right in town. You can't miss it.

        2. Thanks everybody. We are really looking forward to it. There are several good choices here--too many for a short weekend, so we will have to pick based upon what mood we are in--do I want french cuisine or do I want a pizza that night!

          I will post a review after we go.

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          1. re: Shann

            Shelburne thoughts and recs:

            *If you are staying at Heart of the Village Inn, the staff is very friendly (Zoe is very nice)

            *Harrington's has some great picnic items and Arabesque is a real nice shop (Tracy the owner is great )

            * Inn at Shelburne Farms is worth a visit even if just for cocktails and a walk around the property

            * Barkeaters is good for lunch

            * Cucina Antica does a great job and is reasonable and casual

            * Bearded Frog is very good, nice bar and outdoor seating

            *Cafe Shelburne is Country French, well executed and about as formal as it gets in Vermont

            * Pizza on Earth is good but I found it really overpriced

            * Haven't tried Fiddlehead Brewing or Folino's Pizza but have heard good things about both (and Shelburne Vineyards is right across the street

            Thanks for Visting !

          2. This may be too late for you, but for later browsers, a fantastic French restaurant just south of Shelburne in New Haven (VT) is Tourterelle. The chef-owners moved to VT from NYC where they had a successful restaurant, but wanted to live here and be closer to the food sources.
            Exquisite, really.

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            1. re: KellJ

              I've heard really good things about it. My sister raves about it. We may check it out if we feel like driving a bit out of town.


              1. re: Shann

                It's about 30 minutes, and an absolutely gorgeous drive on a summer evening, with the lake to the west, and the Greens to the East. But staying in Shelburne is lovely, too.... Enjoy!