The 10 Best Lunch Spots in Vermont!

Got lunch? Vermont knows a thing or two about this noshing hour between breakfast and dinner. Many restaurants are now open for lunch, serving pizza, sandwiches, fried chicken, meatloaf, and more. The Green Mountain State does lunch right, so just read on to find out where to go and what to order!   

1. Pork & Pickles BBQ, Essex Junction, VT

Pork & Pickles BBQ boasts an open-kitchen dining room so that guests can watch the cooking first-hand. And the smoked-meat sandwiches—beef brisket, pulled pork, or fried chicken—come out surprisingly fast. Don’t miss the surprisingly scrumptious appetizers either, including fried pickles and smoked trout hushpuppies.  

2. American Flatbread, Burlington, VT

Featuring stone-ground, organic wheat flatbread pizzas that are prepared with care, American Flatbread offers lunch that is nutritious, light, crisp, flavorful and features local produce. Get pies like Dancing Heart, featuring garlic oil, Italian cheese, toasted sesame seeds, and cracked black pepper. Or tackle the Vermont sausage pizza, with house-made nitrate-free maple-fennel sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, caramelized onions, and mushrooms.  

3. Handy’s Lunch, Burlington, VT

Home of the famous Handy’s Texas Chili Dog, offered with a side of fries and an ice-cold Coke, Handy's most famous dish features an all-beef, slow-cooked hot dog served with a house-made meat sauce and any other fixings you like. Handy’s has been doing lunch right for over 60 years, but you don’t have to get a dog. Try a sub or sandwich featuring a full array of quality Boar’s Head meats and cheeses.

4. Vermont Pub and Brewery, Burlington, VT

Grab the best burger in town for lunch at the Vermont Pub and Brewery. Featuring La Platte River Farms local angus ground beef, you can nosh on the spicy jalapeno burger, featuring chipotle aioli, guacamole, jalapenos, and Cabot cheddar cheese. Try the Vermont Maple BBQ Burger with handmade onion rings, house maple barbecue sauce, and Cabot cheddar cheese. All burgers come with fries and greens.

5. Roots, Rutland, VT

Roots’ mission is to "create delicious food from fresh, local ingredients." The menu reflects this commitment to freshness and features a pork sandwich with slow-roasted shoulder meat, blueberry barbecue sauce, house-made coleslaw, and Cabot cheddar cheese. You'll also find a Vermont Beef Burger, featuring local beef and an emu & pork sausage sandwich.

6. Loretta’s Good Food Deli, North Clarendon, VT

New owners Dennis and Loretta Clark have renovated this small grocery store and deli that now offers made-to-order cold cut sandwiches on fresh baked rolls and bread. By all accounts, the sandwiches are “huge” and delicious, and the store is clean and friendly. If you get there early enough, you have got to try the famous breakfast sandwiches, served at 7 a.m. until they run out. Also, the local tip is not to miss the broccoli bacon soup.       

7. Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier, VT

With 24 taps full of craft beer, Three Penny offers Rodenbach Alexander, Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #8, Dogfish Head 2010 Olde School, and more.  Lunch dishes include house-made pork sausage, sweet corn fritters, local beef burgers, and sandwiches like the Merguez pressed sandwich, with house-made lamb sausage, onions, roasted peppers, and feta cheese.

8. Piecasso, Stowe, VT

Pizza makes a for a great lunch, and Piecasso’s owner, Eduardo Rovetto, knows pizza. He learned the business from his Sicilian parents in upstate New York.  Pizza and family have been cemented together in his mind since Eduardo was a child. In 2000, he opened his own shop and has been serving traditional, hand-tossed, New York-style thin-crust pies ever since. Don't miss out on The Positive Pie (white base, spinach, mozzarella, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, and Vermont butter & cheese chevre).

9. Storm Cafe, Middlebury, VT

The Storm Café offers American cuisine that changes seasonally to utilize fresh local ingredients. Summer dining can be taken on the deck along Otter Creek, and some specialties include roasted garlic & potato soup, house-made southwestern black bean cakes, or spicy steamed mussels, featuring PEI mussels, white wine, garlic, lime, chili paste, and cilantro. Try the combos if you can't decide and get and any two soups, salads, or sandwiches offerings.  

10. Ladder 1 Grill, Barre, VT

Owner Valerie White-Beaudet invites guests to her refurbished firehouse to enjoy prime rib, Black Diamond steaks, and New York sirloin served with garlic mashed potatoes and veggies. And don’t forget about the half-pound juicy burgers, the gigantic hero sandwiches, the soups & salads, and the brick oven pizzas & calzones. Oh, wait. We forgot to mention the over 25 appetizers. Eat like a hero and go home a hero at Ladder 1.

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