7 Must-Try Restaurants in Montpelier, Vermont
Montpelier, the capital city of Vermont is a perfect spot for a weekend getaway. It is the seat of the International Vine and Wine Fair. Montpelier is also one of the least populous state capitals in the United States. While the city is famous for attractions like Place de la Comedie, the Musee Fabre, and the medieval streets, its food scene is very often underappreciated.
Here is a list of the top must-try restaurants in Montpelier, Vermont for your next visit
1. The Skinny Pancake
This happening joint at 89 Main St has sweet and savory crepes of every variety. The place has a funky vibe accompanied by superb customer service and mouth-watering options to try.
Heart Breaker: a sweet crêpe with warm Nutella, strawberries, bananas, and whipped cream is a crowd favorite. Vegan Crepe Vegan Monster is made from vegan and gluten-free buckwheat batter. Skinny Fries and Sweet Potato Fries are also party pleasers to try.
Located on 3 Main St, this Italian restaurant offers a full five-course Italian dining experience. It is a perfect date night spot owing to the view of the Winooski River by the porch and the river deck.
Pizza made in the wood-fired oven gives the authentic Italian experience. Capellini de mare is also a must-try dish here. With great main course options, do not forget to leave some room for dessert. Ganache Chocolate Cake and tiramisu are my top favorite options to satisfy my sweet tooth.
3. J. Morgan’s Steakhouse
Located at 100 State St, J. Morgan’s Steakhouse is a staple and quite popular. It is usually advised to book a table in advance if you want to guarantee your spot. The filet mignon steaks are something that looks great on the plate and even better on the palate. Served with a whole, buttery lobster on top, the creamy Lobster Mac and Cheese is also a fan favorite. This place also offers options that are vegetarian-friendly, vegan-friendly, and gluten-free.
4. Three Penny Taproom
As the name suggests, this place offers mostly local Vermont brews and is enough to attract brewing aficionados. The intriguing menu emphasizes artisan sandwiches and flatbreads to go along with their New England-brewed lagers, IPAs (India Pale Ale), and witbiers (Belgium-style ale) as well as a craft beer selection from Hills Farmstead.
The Buttermilk Fried Wings are insanely crispy while remaining nice and juicy and Quinoa Salad and a Kale Salad offered at this place are insane. This gastropub is located at 108 Main Street and even features Vegetarian Friendly and Vegan Options.
5. Wayside Restaurant, Bakery & Creamery
Located at 1873 US-302, this place is a 1918 American mom-and-pop diner known for its baked goods & ice cream. Your host Brian & Karen Zecchinelli offer authentic American experience serving farm-fresh vegetables all year that are locally grown in season. This place has been serving its customers since 1918 and has been going strong during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Breakfast is served all day here. Do not miss the McKenzie Special, served with hand-cut ham, eggs, home fries, and toast; and the (corned beef) Hash and Eggs, which also comes with home fries and toast.
6. La Brioche Bakery and Café
Located at 89 Main Street, this joint is known for being the number one bakery in Montpelier. Peanut Butter Chocolate Cup, Oatmeal Raisin, and a Vermont Crunchie are some of the crowd-pleasers.
Cheese, garlic, red pepper quiche was an excellent delicacy to try. Moist bread pudding and giant chocolate chip cookies are something you should not miss even if you are in a hurry.
Kismet was a popular, higher-end restaurant that shut down when the pandemic hit and never reopened. Chef-owner Crystal Maderia let the lease go at the end of August and is now operating a takeout and finish-at-home business at her Kizy location at 207 Barre Street.
Kismet is a farm-to-table restaurant with a menu created with whole foods accomodating special diets including Gluten Free Options, Paleo, Vegetarian Friendly, and Vegan Options.
Oysters for an appetizer is a definite try and while you are here, try Florentine Benedict with bacon. Huevos Rancheros is also a must-try dish here.