Brunch, a combination of breakfast and lunch, originated in England in the late 19th century and Vermont knows a thing or two about a hearty breakfast spin off. While brunch was traditionally served between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., some restaurants now make it a point to serve the meal exclusively on the weekend or even devise an exclusive menu. Whatever the case, though, you are sure to find a great place for brunch at these 10 great eateries in Vermont.
By now you have already heard of Penny Cluse and the long lines that form for their gingerbread pancakes. But what you may not know about this Vermont breakfast icon is that they serve and exclusive brunch menu all day long, which includes a breakfast club, a braised beef sandwich, and a smoked salmon club sandwich, as well as freshly squeezed juice, fruit smoothies, and more “grown up” drinks.
You can get breakfast and lunch all week at Alice’s Table in the Tram Haus Lodge at Jay Peak Resort. However, on Sun Alice’s serves a proper brunch with all of the fixing, including eggs benedict and smoked cod cakes, as well as a carving station featuring smoked ham and prime rib.
Rustic Roots is a chef-owned full-service restaurant that features made-from-scratch breakfast and lunch. Featuring Brunch service on Wednesdays and Sundays, you can enjoy dishes like Rustic Breakfast (two eggs, coffee maple sausage, Canadian ham, popover), grilled squash & watermelon salad, or chicken liver mousse.
Often with lines down the street, waiting for their famous brunch, Sneakers offers their specials menu and popular breakfast dishes on the weekend. Get crab cake benedict or chicken and waffles with homemade sausage gravy. Specials include the Sneakers Jumpstart items, like pan-fried cod cakes with creamy coleslaw over baked beans.
The Copper Grouse prides itself on its use of local ingredients, like Grafton Village cave-aged cheddar and WhistlePig rye whiskey. Get breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a special brunch menu, featuring lemon ricotta pancakes with homemade blueberry maple syrup, eggs benedict, or a breakfast burger.
Offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Pour House is not fancy dining—just good old American-style, stick-to-your-ribs-eats here. Featuring dishes like prime rib hash and eggs, and French toast Pour House-style (that is batter dipped and fried if you are wondering) there is no way that you are going home hungry.
Running restaurants in both Denver, Colorado, and Vermont with the mantra, “we are only as strong as our city, town, and community,” this passion for food and community is seen in their relationship with 30 food partners in Vermont alone. And brunch? Well, we are talking about ciabatta French toast strawberry rhubarb compote and cider glazed pork benedict, to name a few items.
Chef Robert Barral puts on a mean Sunday Brunch. And as a member of the Vermont Fresh Network, the restaurant makes every effort to support local farms and ensure the use the freshest food it can get. Check out the brioche French toast with bananas, strawberries, and whipped cinnamon cream.
At Bob’s it is brunch all day every day. Get breakfast and lunch anytime you want it. Bob’s is kind of like a rite of passage in the Northshire area. The booths are almost always full, and you will never have to ask for a refill on your coffee. Find skillets, homemade corned beef hash, eggs benedict, buttermilk pancakes, and more at this classic roadside diner.
At Dana’s by the Gorge, it is brunch all day, every day. For breakfast, try the Green Mountain Special or the maple walnut French toast, and then graduate to lunch and have Dana’s famous gazpacho, based on what is fresh and in-season. Or maybe you should try an angus burger and finish it all off with lemon mousse with raspberry coulis.