East Burke , Vermont
Tel: 802 626 3514
Concierge.com's insider take:
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 American food. Located in East Burke, it's on the same road that leads to Burke Mountain ski area and also the Kingdom Trails mountain biking area. For lunch, chef Steven Hartwell serves fresh bruschetta with toppings that change daily (sun-dried tomatoes and artichoke pesto, for instance). At dinnertime, owners Bobby Baker and David Thomas dim the lights, turn on the jazz, and offer such dishes as roasted pork tenderloin stuffed with wild mushrooms and prunes, and rainbow trout stuffed with bacon and caramelized onions. Prepare to be stuffed yourself.
Open Wednesdays through Sundays 11:30 am to 2 pm and 5 to 9 pm.