I spent 8 ½ years living in Burlington, Vermont and it became not only my favorite town but my home. At anytime of the year Burlington is a fantastic spot to travel to. Skiing & snowboarding in the winter, hiking and leaf peeping in the fall, swimming and boating in the summer–Burlington has it all!
In more recent years Burlington has become an amazing place to discover local foods. The food scene in Burlington is rapidly expanding and now includes many street carts and food trucks, as well as restaurants that will satisfy all palates and budgets.
Because I love this town so much and want everyone to know what an amazing food scene Burlington has to offer I am writing a 6 part series of where to eat in Burlington, Vermont! I kicked things off with the best places to eat breakfast, moved onto the top spots for lunch, and now it is time for dinner!
The Farmhouse Tap & Grill
One of my favorite places in Burlington, the Farmhouse is a farm to table gastropub offering some seriously delicious burgers and some of the best beers around. The restaurant serves mostly Vermont grown and raised ingredients. They are known for their burgers, but also offer many cuts of meat that are tender and delicious.
The restaurant has three sections to it; the main dining area and bar, an outdoor beer garden and a beer parlor in the basement. The beer garden and downstairs parlor are great places to hang out and drink amazing beer while you wait for your table. In my opinion, they have the best list of craft beer in Burlington; 24 taps of some of the most lusted after beer around.
One thing I really love about the Farmhouse is their attention to detail. If someone has an allergy the waiters are really on their game making sure the meal is safe and pleasant.
What to eat: Vermont Heritage Grazers Pork Burger – A pork burger served with cabot cheddar cheese, a sunny side up egg and house made coleslaw
Where: 160 Bank St.
A Single Pebble
Consistently named the best Chinese Restaurant in Burlington, A Single Pebble was also crowned “The Best Restaurant in Vermont” in 2004, one of the top Chinese Restaurants in The US by Travel & Leisure, AND featured on the Food Network’s show, Best Thing I Ever Ate (Alton Brown gave them a shout-out!)
If all of these reasons don’t entice you to get to A Single Pebble, let me add that the food is fresh, unique and delicious, and service is on point. Everything here is family style and meant to share. The waiters are really knowledgeable about the food and make great suggestions on what to get for a nice mix of meat, veggies and fish (or whatever it is you are in the mood to eat!)
What to eat: Mock Eel: Thinly sliced mushrooms cooked to crunchy perfection in a salty ginger sauce.
Where: 133-35 Bank St.
Another Asian restaurant made my list of top dinner places, Asiana House is the best sushi in town. Located on the corner of North Winooski and Pearl St, this little restaurant has about 10 tables, a small bar and a few seats at the sushi bar. The sushi is made fresh, and the drinks are delicious. They have over 20 special maki rolls as well as full entrees and tons of appetizers. The rolls come pretty heavy on the rice, so ask for less rice if you want them a tad lighter. Get a couple of rolls to split and share a scorpion bowl as you watch the sushi chefs whip up their delicious creations!
What to eat: Volcano Maki: Spicy tuna roll with a huge mountain of scallop and crab salad piled high on top.
Where: 191 Pearl St.
The newest pizza place to make a home in Burlington, Pizzeria Verita came in with a bang and is now one of the most popular places to eat. The ambiance is perfect, like a busy Italian kitchen. You are able to watch all of the pizza being made as the owners circle the restaurant shmoozing and making you feel extremely welcome. It is very easy to sit here for hours drinking wine and eating pizza.
What to Eat: Salsiccia e Rapini Pizza: Tomatoes, housemade sausage, fior de latte, brocolli rabe, fresh basil
Where: 156 St. Paul St.
The Daily Planet is kind of hidden on a side street that parallels popular Church Street. This is not the place that tourists visiting often make their way to. For many years in college, the Daily Planet was my secret restaurant that I told know one about! I would eat there with only a few select people, as I wanted my secret to stay hidden! T
hey have three different rooms, a solarium filled with windows and plants, a dining room, and a bar that offer three different ambiances. My favorite place to sit is the bar, as there is often a band or singer performing. Like the Farmhouse, the Daily Planet serves many locally produced ingredients, and the menu is constantly changing. They also have nightly specials like $6 burgers on Mondays!
What to eat: Maura’s Salad: Mixed baby greens, grapes, candied pecan vinaigrette, bleu cheese croutons & balsamic reduction
Where: 15 Center St.