Vermont is all about mom and pop. There is something about the quaint New England charm of a local, family-owned restaurant that just can’t be replaced. Whether it is the local tavern or your favorite breakfast joint, check out the top 10 best mom and pop restaurants in Vermont.
Specializing in homemade country breakfasts and pies of all kinds, this husband and wife team doesn’t fool around when it comes to dough. Try homemade white bread, homemade biscuits, sticky buns, and, of course, a plethora of fresh-baked pies. Get it ala mode, for breakfast, with a slice of cheddar, or naked. But any way you slice it, Vermont law is rumors to require that proprietors of apple pie joints make a "good faith effort to serve it with ice cream, cold milk, or a slice of cheddar cheese weighing a minimum of 1/2 ounce.”
Ralph Liu and his family have been rolling out fresh fish since 2006. Get sushi, sashimi, seaweed salad, edamame, miso soup, complimentary hot tea, and more. Plus, eat in or eat out, and ask for the chef recommendation to watch Ralph go off menu and do some of his finest work. The Yellow Tail, Caterpillar, and Rock & Roll are favorites.
Perfect Wife owner and chef, Amy Chamberlain, offers delicious mom and pop food, impeccable service, and an impressive beer selection. Diners can sample the elegant fare in a rustic dining room and solarium downstairs or get pub items in the upstairs bar.
With roots as far back as 1967 and Athens, Greece, this story starts with Vasilios and Garifalia Alexiou. Now owned by the second-generation family member, Christos, the same dough recipe, and the passion that his parents brought now flows through every pizza and sandwich, and salad that crosses the counter.
This restaurant is located in an 1800 farmhouse associated with The Vermont Country Store, a family-run business since 1897. Needless to say, it oozes quintessential New England charm in addition to serving breakfast and lunch. Featuring classics like Yankee pot roast and chicken pie, everything's made to old-fashioned way: from scratch.
This Burlington institution has been around since 1945, dishing up classic, no-nonsense American fare, like hearty, home-style breakfasts and lunches. Try the Handy’s Big Daddy Breakfast or their famous Texas Chili dogs with a side of fries and an ice-cold Coke. Either way, you’ll be eating food from a third generation Handy, prepared the same way it was in 1945.
Since 1998, Penny Cluse has been serving up delicious breakfasts on Cherry Street, with gingerbread pancakes, chorizo-and-egg tacos, and garlicky kale quesadillas. Celebs such as Elijah Wood and Joe Biden have endorsed this little breakfast spot with their presence. And husband and wife team, Charles Reeves Holly Reeves, show no time stopping anytime soon.
Established in 2012, this husband and wife team focuses on fresh food and affordable prices. Featuring chicken enchiladas, bistro burgers, and a cold avocado and coconut soup that will knock your socks off. Choose from outdoor or fireside seating at this quaint bistro at the foot of the Green Mountains.
Nunyuns is a locally owned and operated cafe operated by husband and wife team, Kristine and Paul. You'll find a comfortable community gathering place offering breakfast, lunch, and various sweet treats. Each item is made from scratch using quality local ingredients, so don’t miss The Skeggs—potato skins stuffed with eggs and other fixings, or the hot pastrami.
This 1940s roadside institution has been slinging fast food burgers, fries, and shakes for almost 80 years. Still family-owned and operated, Al's fries are famous nationwide, so stop by and get an old-style milkshake, burger, or dog. Also, winner of the 2010 James Beard Foundation Award, Al’s is an institution and so are their fries.