The 10 Best Diners in Vermont!

It seems like anywhere you go in Vermont, everyone has their favorite diner. From the Northeast Kingdom to the Queen City to the southern-most parts, folks here love their old-time diners. Whether you’re craving Eggs Benedict, fluffy pancakes, or buttery French toast, you’ll find only the best at these 10 diners in Vermont. 

1. Chelsea Royal Diner, Brattleboro, VT

The sentinel of good eats greets visitors Vermont’s southern border, as they enter the state. Boasting a menu full of locally-sourced, home-style chow served inside of a vintage 1938 railroad-car diner, the Chelsea is known for generous portions and extremely friendly pricing. Plus, choose from a fiesta of foods with a Mexican flare and get homemade ice cream.

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2. The Blue Benn, Bennington, VT

This circa-1945 railcar with booths and 1950s jukeboxes, dishes up all-day breakfast and eclectic treats like the rueben omelet, and jalapeno-cornbread muffins. The Benn is a bit of an icon around, here, and, if you give the wait staff grief, you are likely to get it right back. With a huge menu and even bigger portions, there is no way not to go home satisfied.

3. Miss Lyndonville Diner, Lyndonville, VT

Some call it the best-kept secret in the Northeast Kingdom, but one thing is for sure: nothing says quintessential downhome 1950s diner like Miss Lyndonville. With heaping portions, locally sourced food, the hardest working crew in northern Vermont, and a sizzling hot grill, you will find standbys like maple cream pie, cinnamon roll French toast, meatloaf, fried fish, and turkey dinner with all the fixings.

4. Dot’s Diner, Wilmington, VT

This long-time has been serving classic American fare from all-day breakfast to dinner for 34 years. They have endured a hurricane and other hurdles to serve huge portions and famous breakfasts to happy travelers along Vermont Route 9, including eggs any way you like them, pancakes, waffles, French toast, and breakfast sandwiches.

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5. Henry’s Diner, Burlington, VT

Established in 1925, this down-home diner serves all-American eats (including all-day breakfast), Greek entrees, hot and cold sandwiches, breakfast skillets, and house-made corned beef hash. Slinging homemade eats for over 90 years, you will find gyros, Greek salad, spanakopita, Vermont turkey roasted in-house, and house-made gravy and soups.

6. Parkway Diner, So. Burlington, VT

This classic 1950s diner car dishes up fresh, local food all week. Get homemade corn beef hash, hot turkey sandwiches, meatloaf, and fried chicken.  You’ve never had a better Eggs Benedict and homefries, or a home-baked English muffin. On the lunch side, get wraps, sandwiches, salads, soups, burgers, and more. 

7. Athens Diner, Colchester, VT

This retro mom and pop establishment features American and Greek fare.  Family-owned and operated, breakfast is served all day, and all items are made from scratch, including the famous breakfast sandwiches and sausage gravy over homemade biscuits. On the lunch side, find clubs, wraps, burgers, and gyros.

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8. Handy’s Lunch, Burlington, VT

A staple since 1945, Handy’s is still family owned and operated, dishing out hearty, home-style breakfasts and lunches. Famous for their Texas chili dogs featuring a natural casing dog and homemade meat sauce, you can also check out the Big Daddy Breakfast, another specialty, which includes eggs, meat, and pancakes.

9. Birdseye Diner, Castleton, VT

The Birdseye Diner is a 1940s Silk City Dining Car that has been touched up over the years. It features all of you diner favorites, like Eggs Benedict, specialty burgers, meatloaf, roast beef, various malted cold drinks, and more, but what is really remarkable about the place is how much the locals love it. If you want to know about anything going on in Castleton, just hang out at the diner.

10. Bob’s Diner, Manchester Center, VT

This classic roadside diner feels like a rite of passage for anyone who lives in southwestern Vermont, especially skiers. Bob’s offers breakfast all day long and as much coffee as you can drink in one sitting, as well as classics like eggs benedict, light, fluffy pancakes, French toast, and breakfast skillets and sandwiches.

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