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The Localvore Connoisseur: Uncommon Eats

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In a state that focuses on community and the rural economy, “Buy Local” has become the anthem of Vermont. With so much abundance within the Waterbury region alone, “Feast Local” is our uncommon manifesto.

Cafes and Snacks:

Find the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Café & Visitor Center in a meticulously restored 1875 rail station. Grab your coffee drink, read about coffee’s long journey “From Bean to Cup,” and shop for a wide assortment of K-cups and accessories. If your timing is right, you may even catch the Amtrak “Vermonter” as it rumbles in for its stop.

Stowe Street Cafe and Hender’s Bake Shop both offer exquisite home-made baked goods, breakfast items, and lunch options. Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea is a small coffee roaster crafting fresh coffee daily. Visit their European style coffee bar or attend their School of Coffee to learn to roast and brew your very own blend!

Dubbed the "Happiest Place in Vermont,” the Ben & Jerry’s Factory hosts 30-minute guided tours, concluding with a generous sample of the flavor of the day. Want more? Visit the scoop shop. If you’ve just finished dinner in the village on a summer evening, find The Udder Guys ice cream tricycle scooping up at the intersection of Stowe and South Main streets.

As you head along the Green Mountain Byway, the Cabot Farmers’ Store, Smugglers’ Notch Distillery and Lake Champlain Chocolates make up a three-in-one destination. Sample an assortment of more than 20 different varieties of Cabot cheese, a fine selection of award-winning spirits, and an extensive array of fresh chocolate delights.

Discover the Waterbury Farmers Market every Thursday from late-May through mid-October starting at 3 pm at Rusty Parker Park. Find seasonal produce, prepared foods, and artisans. Stay for the free concert hosted by the local Rotary Club.

Restaurants:

Cold Hollow Cider Mill and Apple Core Luncheonette and Brew celebrates the tastes of Vermont in a classic country store setting with an extensive array of Vermont-made edible goods, but the cider donuts are a favorite. The onsite restaurant serves locally-sourced comfort food and Cold Hollow hard cider.

Maxi’s Diner at the rotary is the place to go for a hearty, sit-down meal. Their extensive menu has everything to fuel you up for a day of adventure or fill you up after one.

Chef-owned Michael’s on the Hill creates seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine, sourcing from a network of local farms. The menu focuses on fresh, sustainable, and unprocessed food. Chef Michael has been celebrated by Wine Spectator and Sante.

Hen of the Wood Restaurant, located in a preserved gristmill on the banks of the Thatcher Brook, serves simple, uncomplicated, and down-to-earth dinners, much of it sourced from the Green Mountains and Champlain Valley.

The Reservoir Restaurant and Tap Room features more than three dozen draft beers and is one of the only places in the world where you’ll find Hill Farmstead and Lawson’s Finest on tap. Savor delicious eats sourced from Vermont farms on the outdoor patio in summer.

Prohibition Pig and its brewery serve an extensive selection of craft beer and serious southern-style barbecue. The main restaurant offers lunch and dinner, while the brewery out back has a seperate menu of lighter fare, as well as outdoor seating.

Blackback Pub is a quintessential local’s bar. With over 30 beers on tap, both local and global, it’s been named the best beer pub in the state. Come in for a pint or settle with something from the food menu showcasing season flavors in creative yet familiar dishes.

The Blue Stone has some of Vermont’s best pizza and proudly serves as many locally and regionally grown products as possible. In addition to pizza, The Blue Stone features a full pub menu, a diverse bar menu with wines by the glass, craft & specialty cocktails, and 45 beer options (draft & bottled).