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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A Single Pebble — 133 Bank St., Burlington. Mention A Single Pebble to anyone who’s dined there, and Mock Eel will eventually come up. Made from crispy shiitake mushrooms glazed in a ginger-scallion soy sauce, it’s good enough to create longtime memories and encourage returning. It’s only one of a feast of options made from authentic ingredients, both Asian and local, in the extensive menu. Chef/owner Chiuho Duval says a meal is like a journey back home to her native Taiwan. Each dish carries its own history, and each bite brings the essential flavors of China to the table. Meals are served family style, encouraging diners to share food and stories, re-creating the spirit of Chinese dining. Open for lunch Monday through Saturday at 11:30 a.m.; Dinner seven days a week from 5 p.m.; Sundays for dim sum at 11:30 a.m. www.asinglepebble.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 recently 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 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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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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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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Leonardo’s Pizza 
83 Pearl St., Burlington; 1160 Williston Road, South Burlington. This year marks the 28th year for Burlington’s own Leonardo’s Pizza. Founded in 1990, Leonardo’s offers traditional, gourmet, and vegetarian pizzas, as well as salads, breadsticks, and wings. Leonardo’s makes its own dough daily using King Arthur Flour and offers more than 20 specialty pizzas, both carry-out and delivery. Business charge accounts, mobile app, and online ordering at www.leonardosonline.com. Open seven days a week: Burlington, (802) 862-7700; South Burlington and Winooski, (802) 951-9000.

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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 percent vegetable oil. Prices are reasonable, and credit cards are accepted. restaurantji.com/vt/essex/joyces-noodle-house-/ (802) 288-9828.

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