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 a few weeks ago with the best places to eat breakfast. Now onto my favorite spots for lunch!
Though technically in Winooski (just down the hill from Burlington) Tiny Thai is a place you want to go for the best and most authentic Thai food in the area. A tiny, no pun intended, restaurant, they move people in and out of here pretty quickly. Lunch is a great time to come because they have a lunch special: $7.95 for a drink, appetizer, and curry entrée. You can’t go wrong here. I love all of the curries (though beware they are spicy) and the Som Tam Salad is my favorite.
Cost: $7.95 (drink + appetizer + meal)
Where: 24 Main St. Winooski, Vermont
A newcomer to the Sandwich scene in Burlington, only a couple of years old, this tiny cafe is run by the same owners as August First Bakery (which I mentioned as a favorite breakfast place). When I splurge and eat bread, Stacks Sandwiches is the bread I want to eat. They have 10-12 signature sandwiches, with the option to make your own, and a rotating special. Classic hoagies as well as unique and amazingly savory creations. They also have a few different seasonings they like to sprinkle on the tops of sandwiches which adds just another element to the already flavorful sandwiches. I have two favorites, Indian Chickpea and Cuban Missile.
Chickpea Mash, cilantro aioli, homemade sweet pickles, sweet roasted green peppers, and tomato with fennel coriander seasoning.
slow roasted cuban pork, chipotle mayo, pepperjack cheese, hot cherry peppers, lettuce.tomato, onion.house chipotle seasoning
Cost: ~$6.29- $7.99 for small/ $8.99-$11.99 for a large
Where: 2 North Winooski Ave.
Love sandwiches? Red Onion should be on your list. You can get any classic sandwich here, but the best thing to get is The Red Onion Sandwich: Two thick (and by thick I mean seriously thick) pieces of homemade bread with: Turkey, Bacon, Granny Smith Apples, Red Onion, Sun Dried Tomato Mayo, and Maple-Smoked Cheddar. All of this goes through the toaster oven to give it a crisp on the outside, soft and melty on the inside. So good.
Cost: ~$8.00 for a sandwich
Where: 140 1/2 Church Street
This taco and tequila bar sits pretty in an historic building in Burlington. It is a classic 1950’s style streamline diner. It is a tiny space with 6 booths and a counter top bar. You will often find a crowd of people outside, even at lunchtime, but they move in and out quite quickly, so don’t worry! Tacos are the way to go, make a plate with three tacos, rice and beans. You will be stuffed and satisfied.
Cost: $4.50-$4.95 for a taco;
Where: 189 Bank St.
These guys have been running Burlington for the last 15 years, and with good reason. They were once a teeny-tiny little shop right downtown, but due to popularity, they expanded and are now in a much bigger establishment in the up-and coming South End of Burlington. Ten combinations of meat, veggies and beans that you can get as a burrito, rice plate, salad or flat wrap. A locally owned, favorite Burlington establishment. My favorite is the Thai Chicken Rice Plate: chicken marinated in a spicy peanut sauce topped with ginger slaw.
Where: 696 Pine Street
Gotta give a shoutout to my friends over at the Bagel Place. If you want a bagel in Burlington, this is where you need to come. I am an expertise on bagels, having grown up in NJ, and it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that there was finally a decent bagel shop in Burlington. I, personally, love bagels for lunch, and the Bagel Place offers some sweet lunch time options. Ever had a bagel cooked with cheddar cheese and one of the best double IPA’s in the world? No? Come to the bagel place. I lucked out that the owners are very close friends of mine, so bagels in my belly are a no-brainer.
Cost: ~$4.50-$7.50 for a bagel sandwich
Where: 1166 Williston Rd.
If you are lucky enough to be visiting during the months of May-October, you will be fortunate enough to experience the Burlington Farmers Market. Growing each year, every Saturday morning City Hall Park fills up with food and drink vendors, farm stores, and artisans all selling their wares. Dogs are everywhere and a band is usually playing on the green where kids frolic. Its pretty much right out of an advertisement. You can waste hours roaming the aisles, and get full while doing it. You could fill up on samples alone, but if you are looking for a meal I would check out Samosa Man, BBQ tent and Dumplings.
Cost: ~$1-$8 depending on what you get
Where: City Hall Park (Corner of College St. & St. Paul St.)