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Vermont restaurants

With all that hiking, biking, and skiing that Vermonters undertake, they've upped the ante in how to refuel properly. These days, dining in Vermont restaurants is a back-to-the-land affair: The "eat local" movement has swept through the Green Mountain state with a particular fervor, and thanks to its 6,000-plus small farms, organic, seasonal ingredients are just about everywhere. Even the Ground Round in South Burlington features locally raised beef and Vermont bread on its menu. Look for places that belong to the Vermont Fresh Network, the state's consortium of farmers and chefs.

Reflecting the independent spirit of the state, Vermont's dining scene is also abundant with eclectic restaurants, such as the River Run in Plainfield (a fish-out-of-water tale, serving Southern-style catfish in snow country) and Waitsfield's American Flatbread, where devotees wait hours for superlative pizza. From artisanal cheeses and smoked meats to silky chocolates and piquant berries, Vermont fare is anything but the bland New England boiled dinner of yesteryear, and everything is washed down with pints from one of Vermont's many fine microbreweries, or a glass of vino from the state's increasingly impressive wine lists.

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American Flatbread, Waitsfield

A 800-degree clay and stone oven dominates the center of this 19th-century barn-cum-restaurant, which serves inspired pizza combos. The Punctuated Equilibrium...more

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A Single Pebble, Burlington

The best Chinese food in Vermont, without question. Chef-owner Steve Bogart has cooked at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing and regularly tours China in...more

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Elements, St. Johnsbury

Inhabiting a renovated mill on the banks of the fast-flowing Passumpsic River, Elements is all brick, golden wood, and gleaming glass, reflecting the...more

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Hen of the Wood, Waterbury

Just as some of France's Michelin three-star restaurants are found in the most obscure country towns, so, too, has Hen of the Wood outshined its humble...more

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Perfect Wife

We'll refrain from commenting on the tongue-in-cheek name of this place, or the T-shirts and panties it sells. Instead, we'll focus on the food, which has won...more

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River Garden Café, East Burke

The River Garden Café is the kind of place that inspires Vermonters to drive long distances for dinner, just to eat its simple but perfectly cooked New...more

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River Run, Plainfield

River Run answers the eternal question: "Where can I get good gumbo for breakfast in Vermont?" Okay, maybe not that eternal, but owner Jimmy Kennedy's...more

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Trattoria Delia, Burlington

Step through Trattoria Delia's massive oak door and you enter what could be a dimly lit farmhouse outside Siena, complete with wooden rafters and a fireplace....more

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Trattoria la Festa, Stowe

Brothers Giancarlo and Tony DeVito have created the kind of casual joint they most loved in their native Rome, complete with checkered tablecloths and the sharp...more

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Up for Breakfast

A hangover does not mix well with a flight of steep stairs, a long line, and a hot room. But once you finally get seated at this Manchester café, all is...more

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