Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Business Travel Guide

Dining Out

Vermont’s restaurant scene represents a panoply of regional and international flavors. It’s possible to take a tour of the world without leaving the state. To help you embark, we have gathered, in the next few pages, a small taste to whet your appetite.

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Koto Japanese Steakhouse — Shelburne Road, U.S. 7, South Burlington, just south of I-189. Koto has a true Japanese-style Tatami room with hibachi cooking, where steaks, lobster, scallops, and filets are prepared right at your table. Or sit in the dining room and order from the menu — a broad array of sushi options and fresh fish, traditional tempura and teriyaki dishes, and vegetarian plates. There’s a full bar and a charming koi pond provides Asian ambiance. Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week. Catering and takeout. Reservations recommended. (802) 660-8976; www.kotovt.com.

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Leunig’s Bistro & Café — 115 Church St., on the Church Street Marketplace, Burlington. Experience Leunig’s and you’ll believe its motto: “The panache of Paris and the value of Vermont, right in the center of downtown Burlington.” It has charming decor, creative food, and a well-appointed bar, plus an art deco lounge upstairs and live music for dinner. The sidewalk patio at the corner of Church and College streets offers a prime spot for downtown people-watching (or for being seen). Serving lunch, dinner, and Saturday and Sunday brunch (first-come, first-served), when the restaurant’s special-blend coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice make a great start. (802) 863-3759; www.leunigsbistro.com.

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Starry Night Café — 5371 U.S. Route 7, North Ferrisburgh. Chef Josh Krechel and his wife, Amanda Seubert, run this newly renovated fine-dining restaurant midway between Middlebury and Burlington. Chef’s wholesome, classic menu features seasonal Vermont products, organically grown when available, and includes locally raised beef and carefully sourced fish. Offerings range from comfortable soups to elegant creations, and the bar menu embraces the eclectic to the familiar. Starry Night features a large, octagonal dining room, and a newly added full-season back porch, complete with a handcrafted stone fireplace and cathedral ceiling. Both have gorgeous views of the Vermont landscape. Reservations recommended. Open Wednesday through Sunday 5:30 to 9 p.m. (802) 877-6316; www.starrynightcafe.com.

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The Windjammer — 1076 Williston Road, South Burlington. Locally owned and operated since 1978, The Windjammer describes itself as Burlington’s original steak and seafood restaurant. In addition to classic American fare, the menu offers vegetarian and gluten-free options, and an extensive salad bar. Creative cocktails, craft beers, and a Wine Spectator wine list complement both the restaurant and pub menus. The restaurant has supported Vermont farms, producers, and businesses since 1978. (802) 862-6585; www.WindjammerRestaurant.com.

The Upper Deck Pub — South Burlington. Located above the Windjammer Restaurant is a family-friendly, sports-themed pub that offers its own extensive menu featuring steak and seafood plus a great selection of burgers, sandwiches, and appetizers. Complementing the menu are the Upper Deck’s broad wine list, creative cocktail menu, and a variety of craft beers on draft. (802) 862-6585.

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Ramunto’s Brick Oven Pizza — 18 Taft Corners Shopping Plaza, Williston. Ramunto’s makes genuine, hand-tossed, NY-style and Sicilian pizzas with a large slice selection each day. Hearty diners enjoy the 5-pound calzone and Calzone Challenge, Cal-Mungo, and smaller ones are also available. The garlic knots and cinnamon knots are favorites. Or try a home-made sub or salad. Ramunto’s Williston hosts Top Hat Entertainment and Trivia each Tuesday. A selection of micro-brews is a great accompaniment to Ramunto’s wings. Deliveries within a 10-mile radius. And Ramunto’s does catering for events large and small. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. (802) 879-1000; www.ramuntos.com.

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Natural Provisions Market and Deli — 329 Harvest Lane, Suite 100, Williston. There might be no better way to enjoy a nutritious and tasty lunch than sitting at a café table suffused with daylight at Natural Provisions market. Natural Provisions is a health food store, owned and operated by Vermonters, whose goal is to be large enough to satisfy all, yet small enough to know the customers by name. The café is a place to sit and chat with friends over a cup of coffee or tea, a sandwich, or a bowl of homemade soup. Every Friday in summer, rain or shine, there’s a lunchtime outdoor barbecue serving vegans and meat-lovers alike. Or pick up food for dinner at the deli, which prepares family-style dinner entrées. The market also offers catering packages or will customize a menu for your special event. (802) 876-1400; www.naturalprovisions.com

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Pauline’s Café and Restaurant — 1834 Shelburne Road, South Burlington. Chef David Hoene is the creative energy behind one of the area’s best known chef-owned restaurants. Pauline’s has been serving locals and tourists alike for over 30 years. Whether you’re seeking an intimate dinner for two or entertaining large groups of family, friends, or clients, the restaurant offers a fine-dining experience in a casual, comfortable environment. Menus feature many locally raised or foraged edibles from the Lake Champlain basin. Famous for its Maine crab cakes, Pauline’s also offers local free-range chicken, organic American beef, and farm-fresh vegetables in season. The wine list is carefully chosen to complement the food and features many biodynamic and organically produced wines from around the world. Dining options include a casual café; relaxed, elegant upstairs dining rooms; two private party rooms; an outdoor patio in season; and a cozy bar. All dining venues are wheelchair accessible. Reservations are recommended. (802) 862-1081; www.paulinescafe.com.

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Morgan’s Tavern — Middlebury Inn on the Town Green. This historic inn, which dates back to the early 1800s, has an exceptional dining room open to the public for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu in this Vermont-style public house features food prepared from fresh, locally sourced ingredients from small farmers, artisan cheese-makers, and specialty meat suppliers in the Vermont Fresh Network Partnership. Serving breakfast daily, 7 to 10 a.m.; lunch Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; afternoon tea daily, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.; and dinner Wednesday through Sunday, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Available for private dining, meetings, weddings, and events. (802) 842-4666; www.middleburyinn.com.

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Leonardo’s Pizza — 83 Pearl St.,Burlington, South Burlington, and Winoosk. Leonardo’s Pizza has been around since 1997. Offerings include traditional, gourmet, and vegetarian pizzas as well as salads, breadsticks, and wings. Leonardo’s makes its own dough daily using King Arthur Flour, and you’ll find over 20 specialty pizzas for carry-out or free delivery. Look for business charge accounts and mobile-app or online ordering at www.leonardosonline.com. The locations are open seven days a week: Burlington, (802) 862-7700; South Burlington and Winooski, (802) 951-9000.

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McCarthy’s Restaurant — 454 Mountain Road, Stowe. McCarthy’s is a Stowe institution since 1974. One look at the menu — breakfast or lunch — conjures up memories of places your parents took you as a kid, but with a modern, Farm-to-Table twist. For breakfast, you’ll find freshly baked goods like cinnamon rolls and sticky buns, and local eggs cooked just about every way imaginable. Think eggs McCarthy on an English muffin, or scrambled with broccoli and Cabot cheddar on pita. Or try huevos rancheros or a breakfast burrito or quesadilla. Lunches feature wraps with funky names like Chicken with the Blues (cheese, that is). A lineup of panini includes a Tuscan with grilled marinated chicken, roasted red peppers, mozzarella, red onions, and spinach and walnut pesto. Burgers, homemade soups, smoothies, Speeder & Earl’s coffee. Makes you want to go now, doesn’t it? (802) 253-8686; www.mccarthysrestaurantstowe.com.

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Joyce’s Noodle House
5 Carmichael St., Essex Junction. For dining in or takeout, Joyce Fong, the chef-owner of Joyce’s Noodle House, creates lip-smackingly authentic Chinese dishes generous with vegetables. Joyce’s will make any menu item a vegetarian one on request. Specialties are dim sum Mandarin-style, Cantonese meat, spicy Szechuan and Hunan dishes, and noodles — soft, crispy, fried, in soups — delicious noodles. The menu includes several Thai dishes, and combination dinners are served all day. Full bar. No MSG is used, and Joyce’s cooks with only 100% vegetable oil. Prices are reasonable, and credit cards are accepted. (802) 288-9828; www.joycesnoodlehouse.com. •

To make your restaurant part of the next Dining Out, call (802) 862-4109.