Dining

Breakfast, Lunch, Coffeehouses

 

The Bagel
Baggy Knees Center
Lower Mountain Road
Why we like it? Max the owner is a darn great guy and “The Traditional” breakfast sandwich on Asiago with extra cheddar is just a great breakfast sandwich!

 

Stowe Bee Bakery & Cafe
Middle Mountain Road
Why we like it? It’s a traditionally serious bakery, has ample seating, and their fresh popovers with honey-cinnamon butter can’t be beat.

 

Cafe on Main
The Depot Building
Main Street Downtown
Why we like it? The staff is super friendly, the curry chicken salad sandwich, butternut squash bisque, and cinnamon twist pastries are topnotch. Yum!

 

PK Coffee
Gale Farm Center
Middle Mountain Road
Why we like it? They have serious small lot coffees with great stories, a proper maple latte with local organic milk, and a fantastic blueberry crumb bar.

 

Green Goddess Cafe
Stowe Ware Building
Lower Village / Rt 100
Why we like it? Custom built salads tossed in antique wooden bowls and the best line-up of breakfast and lunch sandwiches in town like the veggie pesto wrap.

Fine Dining

 

Michael’s on the Hill
Route 100 Waterbury Center
Why we like it? Chef Michael and wife / partner Laura happen to be among the most talented and committed restauranteurs in the Green Mountains. Set in an intimate, contemporary farmhouse, we recommend the crispy calamari salad, wild mushroom tart, and the tenderloin of beef.

 

Harrison’s Restaurant
Main Street Downtown

Why we like it? Small and intimate, the setting of this mother-son village restaurant is warm and inviting and the food some of the best in town. Server Seth is one of the best around, and the griller beef tip entrée is our go-to menu item.

 

Lunch and Dinner

 

Idletyme Brewing Company
Middle Mountain Road
Why we like it? On the site of the historic Shed ski-bum hangout, this really cozy and cool tavern/brewery is not just a tourist trap. The locals gather here for beer brewed on site, Vermont cheddar fritters, and one of the best grass-fed burgers around. Seasonally the back bar and patio, complete with games for kids, is a utopian escape all to itself.

 

Whip Bar and Grill
Main Street Downtown
Why we like it? The Whip at the Green Mountain Inn pays homage to the glory days of Stowe and does not rest on its laurels. If you could go back in time to imagine Stowe from a bygone era, the Whip is it. The pulled pork bbq and VT goat cheese egg rolls are unreal, as is the classic roasted turkey (aka thanksgiving) dinner, which is available year-round.

 

Doc Ponds
Lower Mountain Road
Why we like it? This is NOT your average mountain tavern. The service team at Doc Ponds is the best in town, which is one of the reasons it feels so real and so cool. And don’t be fooled by the expansive beer and cocktail list – the creative menu is not your average bar food. Plus get the best everyday price on Heady Topper in town and the blue cheese balls will blow you away.

 

Cork
School Street Downtown
Why we like it? Danielle and her sisters Morgan and Katie offer a really fresh alternative to grass fed burgers and tart hoppy beer. This sweet, minimalist bistro, bar, and wine shop offers a hand picked organic and bio-dynamic wines form around the world. The appetizer-focused menu complements the diverse selection of killer vino offered and every sip feels adventurous.

 

The Bench
Lower Mountain Road
Why we like it? Likely the best Vermont craft beer list around, with multiple Hill Farmstead selections at all times. The wood-fired pizza, like the “Moss Glen” is simply the best in town, and the poutine wins the best-of award as well. And don’t forget about the wood-fired nachos drizzled with spiced honey. Wow! (lunch, weekends only)

 

Sushi Yoshi
Middle Mountain Road
Why we like it? They do an incredible job of balancing fun, exhibition-style hibachi dinners with a great sushi bar. The sushi is authentic and very fresh while the Shrimp Pad Thai and Spicy Mansfield sushi roll end up being our go-to most of the time. And, if you happen to be around on Tuesday’s it is $5 (Heady) Topper Tuesday all day.

 

Dinner

 

Tres Amigos
Middle Mountain Road
Why we like it? One of the best young restaurant groups, responsible for The Bench in Stowe and The Reservoir in Waterbury, have taken on the legendary home of The Rusty Nail in the newest dining option in town. The renovated dining space feels authentic and lively, with a smaller live music venue separated from the restaurant. The Queso Fundido is real cheesy goodness and the fried fish taco is just one of many delectable choices on the tasty menu.

 

Picnic Social
Lower Mountain Road
Field Guide Hotel

Why we like it? It’s got a great covered and heated outdoor space and an outdoor fire pit for patrons to enjoy. The bar and lobby are uniquely contemporary – a fun, funky, Dwell magazine spin on a local tavern. The special Apple Toast appetizer is one-of-a-kind and the Fried Chicken Sandwich is a winner. (brunch, Saturday-Sunday)

 

Zen Barn
Guptil Road Waterbury Center
Why we like it? This place is just cool and speaks to the spirited culture of our area, offering globally-inspired local fare, a great bar, live music, and even fun yoga classes in the hayloft. Worth the drive if you’re staying in Stowe, the Tempura Mushrooms is light, crispy, and melt-in-your-mouth, while the kimchee burger is a nice departure from the normal burger.