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RESTAURANTS in CENTRAL VERMONT

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If you are seeking dinner on your way to Pie in the Sky (& you may find you are reluctant to return to town once you've started to relax into being here!)   then:
pay special attention to the * starred* restaurants below. Others, while perfectly fine, or even excellent, may have limited hours. We can make more refined recommendations to suit your taste once you have arrived, or if you call us ahead of arrival.
List partially updated April 2017
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Light Fair/Cafes and Diners/ Lunch/Snack/Coffee


Cafe at Gatto Nero Press
Eastern Ave/Portland street in St Johnsbury
lattes, etc. cup cakes made by local bakery
weekdays & open only until 1:00 on Saturdays

Maple Valley Cafe , Rt 2, Plainfield little store & cafe indoor and porch seating. Simple menu including wraps and other. Good cookies, coffee & iced coffee, chocolate cake, lunch and snacks. Now open year round! but closing early in the day
Asian Gourmet, Main Street, Barre. Easy to locate. Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Sushi -- good for lunch and dinner
Bagitos -- Main Street next to Savoy, Montpelier. Wraps, tacos, burritos, bagels, occasional music. Local food: take out or eat in. Internet Cafe. Usually open until 8 pm, 2 pm on Sundays
Big Picture , Rt 100, if you happen to venture down toward Waitsfield- movie theater, bar, bakery, and occassional music or theater venue - drinks, great burgers, some pastries, changing entrees, soups, very cool atmosphere
Capitol Grounds , State Street (best Montpelier coffee, some pastry, soup); art gallery
Coffee Corner , 83 Main Street, Montpelier 229-9060 (tofu, local beef burgers, and eggs in a real diner setting)
Fiddleheads Cafe 18 Worcester Village Rd, Worcester
raw foods, everything prepared fresh, 100% vegan, in a charming cafe space

Hilltopper Restaurant LUNCH ONLY 1216 Main Street, St. Johnsbury (Cooking School of St. Johnsbury Academy)
Tue - Wed- Thur Reservations are accepted by calling 748-8964
Kismet , lunch, dinner, way beyond vegetarian nowadays, 52 State Street, Montpelier, 7:30 am - 7:30 pm,  
* La Puerta Negra Montpelier across from City Hall -- Mexican influenced food, drinks, music many nights
North Branch Wine and Tea Bar ,small plates, Tapenade, gluten free pastries, salads, etc, State Street, next to Asiana House, Montpelier
La Brioche , City Center, Montpelier - Cooking school staff, often art displays (closes by late afternoon)
" face="comic sans ms, Verdana, times new roman"> Mad Taco , Main Street, Montpelier - Great flavor prepared by chefs who care about where the food comes from, deliver on quality at a reasonable price. 802-454-1000
Maynard's Snack Bar in the ski valley - Moretown, Rt 100B - Cheeseburgers!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maynards-Snack-Bar/143408885694433

Peacham Cafe - lunch and early afternoon snacks, Peacham 6:00 am to 2:00 pm, Tues - Sunday - re-opening June 7
Saturday June 11, a grand re-opening celebration, with music and fun.

Prohibition Pig -- lunch, Vermont beers and snacks, classic cocktails, good barbecue, late night dining. Not recommended for veggies, some gluton free items, & may have a wait line
Waterbury, VT

* Rickie's Indian Restaurant coming off the in South Barre and near the Hannaford's supermarket
authenic Punjabi cuisine in a deli/gas station ambience -- very cheap and yummy -- would be a good choice to bring back to Pie in the Sky to eat

Simply Delicious Wine Bar, coffee bar, and deli Main Street, Barre. Easy to locate at entrance to downtown Barre summer hours: Wednesday - Friday noon -9 Monday & Tuesday 12- 5 for Wine Bar, deli open during store hours and sometimes later: 9 - 5. good for lunch. Light diners with wine, music on Fridays, take out sandwiches, deli
Rainbow Sweets , Marshfield Village 426-3531
famous desserts, light dinners weekend nights,     10 - 6, Friday and Saturday dinner 5 - 9, Closed Tuesdays, and for mud season   M - W - Thur 10-6
Skinny Pancake , Main Street, Monpelier. Crepes and more; music Wednesdays, Sundays 802) 262-CAKE
Down Home Kitchen Main Street, Montpelier, open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Southern US comfort food, well prepared, mostly communal tables, and usually full, short lines, small amount of outdoor seating
Tulsi Tea Room , 34 Elm Street, Monpelier. Teas, "grab & Go lunch" and snacks, "menu of healing cuisine"; light fare, popular with some of our guests Tue - Sats, 10- 6 pm
* Wayside Restaurant, Barre-Montpelier Road, Berlin -- old fashioned diner-like decor, some local food, inexpensive -- 223-6611
* Sambels (only in warm seasons) West Danville, at intersection of Rt 15 & Rt 2 on Joe's Pond
It's now a food truck! excellent fast food from people who really know how to cook! Ipswich fried clams, rib eye steak, burgers, fried sea food with steak, possibly no veggie option

Chinese

Bamboo Gardens 115 S Main St Barre 476-9400
* China Star Chinese Restaurant, 15 Main Street, Montpelier 223-0808
China Star II, 1 Depot Square, St Johnsbury 748-0878
Golden City Chinese Restaurant 52 Railroad St St Johnsbury 748-5081

Continental

Ariel's New American Restaurant . Brookfield. On the Floating Bridge.802- 276-3939. Wednesday - Sundays. Check website for menu and      restaurant's shorter week in winter. Worth a small trip.(about 45 min)
* Bailiwicks on Mill St Johnsbury, VT easy to find - but call for directions and reservation
* Creamery Restaurant, Hill St, 1 block off Route 2, Danville (fancy well prepared New England cuisine) 684-3616
* Main Street Grill & Bar 118 Main St Montpelier. Cooking school restaurant, closed Mondays. Dinner until 9 pm most days
    223-3188

* Ake's Den Rt 100,edge of Waitsfield, (5 minutes from Sugarbush)
a simple pres ski place -- rustic European fare: charcuterie, risotto---     496-9000

Hen of the Woods
Waterbury, Vt Season cuisine, local game and meats, reservations recommended: 802.244.7300
Michaels Waterbury -Rt 100. Reservations. Live music occassionally  see menus at Pie in the Sky

        ON THE WAY TO PIE IN THE SKY:

* Sambels West Danville, at intersection of Rt 15 & Rt 2 on Joe's Pond
It's now a food truck!
excellent fast food from people who really know how to cook! Ipswich fried clams, rib eye steak, burgers, fried sea food with steak, possibly no veggie option

* Rickie's Indian Restaurant coming off the in South Barre and near the Hannaford's supermarket
Punjabi cuisine in a deli/gas station ambience -- very cheap - would be a good choice to bring back to Pie in the Sky to eat

Ariel's New American Restaurant . Brookfield. On the Floating Bridge.802- 276-3939. Wednesday - Sundays. Check website for menu and      restaurant's shorter week in winter. Worth a small detour on the way to Pie.

Positive Pie IV Main Street, Barre next to The Studio Place Arts Gallery. 802-
Get off Rt 89 at Exit 6 if you want to try this (or the Asian Gourmet in Barre or the new Indian place - in - a - gas - station - Rickie's).

The Perfect Pear -- vegetarian, seafood, and meat, lunch and dinner. Main Street, Bradford, VT 802-222-5912      (Convenient if coming in from Hanover, Thetford area)
Rabbit Hill Inn , fanciest of all. 45 minutes from Pie. Good stop if coming in from the North on Rt 91. Otherwise: For Celebrations type place. Reservations nec: 802-748-5168 or 1-800-762-8669
Roots the Restaurant Rutland. Roots' mission is to create delicious food from fresh, local ingredients. Chef Donald Billings is committed to providing affordable meals from minimally processed, locally grown food, including organic crops and humanely raised livestock     no Mondays.   Open till 9 pm, 10 pm on weekends
* Tokoyo West Street, Rutland. Reasonalbly priced - very good Japanese food, strong choice for vegetarians. Easy to find in old downtown. See reviews on Yelp
Farrah's Middle Eastern Foods Johnson, Vermont (north west of Pie in the Sky)   802 - 635-1788 Take outonly at this time. Dolmas, Falafel, sandwiches, lasagna Beal House, Littleton, New Hampshire (hour north east of Pie in the Sky)   Reasonablly - very good higher end full service restaurant
Himalaya Restaurant
Himalayan/Nepalese 78 Margaret St Plattsburgh, NY
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Italian

* Rainbow Sweets Angeleno's Pizza 15 Barre St Montpelier - Calzones, salads, 229-5721
* Sarducci's 3 Main St Montpelier 223-0229 Open all week plus Sun & Monday
Take out, but not between 6 pm and 9 pm . Serving dinner until 9 pm     Reservations advisable or just join a short line
* Angeleno's Pizza 15 Barre St Montpelier 229-5721

Local

Back Road BBQ - Occasional Pop-Up Pig roast event Keep an eye on Facebook for updates! We are just over the hill in Cabot, 1806 Ducharme Road See FB: https://www.facebook.com/backroadbbqvt/

Maple Valley Cafe , Rt 2, Plainfield little store & cafe indoor and porch seating. Simple, cuisine new menu. Good cookies, coffee & iced coffee, chocolate cake, lunch and snacks; closes somewhat early. Now open year round!
Hesta's Expresso , Main Street, Plainfield - small coffee shop/bakery next to Blinking Light Gallary and the beer supplies store. Mornings, weekdays only.
Likely mid - afternoon closing hour
* Positive Pie (the original) Plainfield Village across from Bookstore occasional music --- New expanded menu beyond pizza, in expanded space, full bar. pizza: Gluton Free & whole wheat options, eggplant, artichoke, white pizza a menu choices, 454-0133

* Rainbow Sweets , Marshfield Village. famous for pastries, sometimes homemade bread -- limited evening hours centered on weekends   closed Tues and more days during late winter (March) --- pizza and usually one other entree on weekend evenings (desserts anytime), call ahead to check if serving 802-426-3531    
* Wayside Restaurant Barre-Montpelier Road, Berlin 223-6611 -- local diner food, very popular with all groups of people
     (Good if coming in from North or South, at exit 7 off I. 89

Maple Corner Cafe And Whammy Bar -- organic bar food, local beers, homemade pizza, salads, sandwiches, music some weekends - only 20 minutes from Pie but only for the happy-to-tackle-back-roads visitor

To the North of Pie

* Creamery Restaurant, Hill St, 1 block off Route 2, Danville (fancy well prepared New England cuisine) 684-3616
Bayside Pavilion fish, fish and chips, burgers, tacos. Has deck with view of Lake Champlain ( 802) 524-0909 St. Albans, VT
Bee's Knees Morrisville, VT. Also a music venue. Well prepared New England, local; and Sushi night on Mondays.   Music at 7:30. Reservations a great idea. Cash for Monday nights only (Sushi night), otherwise credit accepted, music free or by donation to the musicians
Goodfella's Tavern , Danville, VT (on Route 2) Burgers, fish, steak (pub menu)
Dylan's Cafe next to movie theaters Saint Johnsbury, 751-6116. Lunches all week and (& breakfast)
* East Side Restaurant & Pub , 47 Landing Street, Newport (right on the water) 334-2340
Tamarack Grill American bistro, some local foods, international wines, Vermont breweries on tap, children's menu, Dinner till 10 pm Wed - Sunday Reservations appreciated: 802-626-7390
The Burger Barn  Jeffersonville, Rt 15, "only snack shack that sautes their mushroooms in wine" Organic local beef patties with 15 varieties of cheese + prosciutto, peppers, artichoke, aioli etc.  802-730-3441   vegetarian option
Parker Pie Company West Glover (near Bread and Puppet Theater - (thin crust pizza), 11 am - 10 pm except Mondays
Music many nights especially likely Thursday & weekends -- pretty far from Pie, closer to Bread & Puppet Theater

Pizza

* Angeleno's Pizza 15 Barre St Montpelier 229-5721
Domino's Pizza 407 N Main St Barre 479-2222
* Positive Pie (the original) Plainfield Village across from Bookstore occasional music --- 802) 454-0133. Gluton Free & whole wheat options, eggplant, artichoke, white pizza a menu choices, full bar
* Positive Pie II Montpelier location on State Street -- "authenic Italian cuisine" -- live music, full bar, fine pizza
Positive Pie III
-- Main Street, Hardwick ---- Italian with localvore toppings -----Positive Pie IV in Downtown Barre next to Studio Place Arts on Main Street-----(four Positive Pies vary considerably from each other)
St Johnsbury House Of Pizza 58 Portland St St Johnsbury 748-5144
* Rainbow Sweets , Marshfield Village. famous for pastries, sometimes homemade bread -- limited evening hours centered on weekends   closed Tues and more days during winter pizza and usually one other entree on weekend evenings (desserts anytime), call ahead to check if Bill is serving 802-426-3531     http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rainbow-Sweets-Bakery/118669924836893
Parker Pie Company West Glover (near Bread and Puppet Theater - (thin crust pizza), 11 am - 10 pm except Mondays
Music many nights especially likely weekends -- pretty far from Pie

Pubs

Sweet Melissa's
Not just a good local restaurant & pub, but venue that provides a performance space to the supportive community of artists in Central Vermont. Night club atmosphere, a little urban space in Montpelier

Positive Pie II State Street, Montpelier. Expanded menu beyond good pizza; music. Night club atmosphere, popular late-night eatery, until 9 or maybe later in summer

Maple Corner Cafe And Whammy Bar W County Rd hours are: Mon- Closed Tue- Closed Wed- 4-9:00pm Thurs 4-9:00pm Fri-4-10:00pm Sat-4-10:00pm Sun-2-7:00pm We may at some point be open for breakfast and lunch We have six craft beers on tap, and an extensive wine selection, - organic wings, other standard bar food done well, food and desserts, pretty space.. "friend" Whammy Bar on Facebook for updates and entertainment schedule. Positive Pie II State Street, Montpelier. Expanded menu beyond good pizza; music. Closest thing we have to a night club atmosphere, until 9 or maybe later in summer
Three Penny Taproom , Main Street, Montpelier. Now doubled it's small size, Bar with local food including: Turreens, calf's breast or heart, kidney, duck heart in stout.... Sometimes live music....223-2721
McGillicuddy's Irish Pub , 14 Langdon Street, Montpelier 223-2721
Goodfella's Tavern , Danville, VT (on Route 2) Burgers, fish, steak
The Lounge 118 Main Street, Montpelier. Basement level of Main Street Grill and Chef's Table. Open 3 - 9:30 pm, and serving dinner until 9:30 - check to see if this is still current
Prohibition Pig , Waterbury, smoked meat, local beers, gluton free choices, ok for kids. Open 7 days but check web site for times - lunch not always served,

Thai and South Asian

* Asiana House Asian Fusion --- State Street, Montpelier 223-0436 (no Sundays) Dinner until 9 pm occasionaly 9:30
getting consistently high ratings from us and our guests

* Rickie's Indian Restaurant coming off the in South Barre and near the Hannaford's supermarket on Rt 14
authentic Punjabi cuisine in a deli/gas station ambience -- very cheap - would be a good choice to bring back to Pie in the Sky to eat
* Royal Orchid
38 Elm Street, Montpelier 223-0436 (ncluding Mondays) Dinner until 9 pm
getting consistently high ratings from us and our guests

Wilaiwan's Kitchen Main Street, Montpelier Midday: approx 11 - 3 pm.   or until the day's specialities run out
menu varies daily. Lunch!

* Asia Gourmet Asian Fusion --- from pad thai to sashimi -- Main Street, Barre -- -477-7828 (seven days a week) Dinner until 10 pm and later most nights
getting consistently high ratings from us and our guests

* Kham's Thai Cuisine 1112 Memorial Drive St Johnsbury Dinner until 9 pm, Sunday till 8:00. Open 7 days a week.
      802-751-8424 <

Vegetarian

     Nearly all Vermont restaurants have more than one vegetarian option

*Kismet , bakery and luncheon, 52 State Street, Montpelier, Breakfast and Brunch 7:30 am - 7:30 pm,   Dinners: Thur- Sunday till 11 pm res 223-8646; Closed Monday.
*Hunger Mountain Food Coop , Stonecutters Way, Montpelier 223-8000 Groceries and Cafe w healthy cafeteria menu
Other good bets for Veggies: the Thai restaurants above; Rickie's Indian , Julio's , Skinny Pancake , That's Life Soup , Mad Taco ; Bagitos ; Asian Gourmet
* Tokoyo West Street, Rutland. Reasonalbly - very good Japanese food, strong choice for vegetarians. Easy to find in old downtown. See reviews on Yelp

Other Posibilities

McGillicuddy's Pub (Sports Bar), Rt 14 (where Main Street & Rt 14 intersect) just off the highway entrance (exit 6 or 7) into Barre

Burlington

Gryphon new American Cooking, well done, affordable, in dining room with views out onto downtown Burlington
music some weekend nights. eat in   

Vietnam II on lower Church Street at Main (Vietnamese & Thai Cuisine) dinner -- dine-in or carry-out

Several Bosnian Restaurants
Single Pebble - special Chinese homecooking/gourmet -- people travel from great distances for. eat in   802- 865-5200