I’ve often heard that four heads are better than two legs, and if it’s true than the SEVEN heads of the Bored Team Members must be really awesome. That’s why we put our heads together to come up with a list of some of the hidden gems of the Burlington food scene. Although we all love Church Street and the usual downtown favorites, we wanted to think a little farther afield to some spots off the beaten path. Scroll below to see what we came up with, or comment if you’ve had a great meal somewhere that you just wish you could tell your first-year self about. Food for thought!
Restaurant at Taste of Asia Market, 242 North Winooski
Not only does this market have an incredible selection of groceries and goods to fill every need in your night, but the small restaurant located inside the grocery and just to the right of the front door does an amazing job of filling your belly with some of the most delicious flavors I’ve ever tasted in Vermont.
Fifty-cent Soda Outside Farrell Vending, 405 Pine Street
In a slightly different vein, we also recently discovered the vending machines outside of the Farrell Vending offices in the South End, where you can snag sodas for a fraction of the normal commercial price. Check it out across the street from ArtsRiot!
Four Corners of the Earth, 310 Pine Street
Although we’ve sung praises for this delightful sandwich spot before, we couldn’t help but include them here again. Funky basement aesthetic meets global goodness between two slices of bread.
Drifters, 156 North Winooski
To be absolutely honest, I haven’t actually made it to Drifters yet, but this Seven Days post made it sound so great that you’ll definitely be finding me there soon.
The Shopping Bag, 166 North Street
This very unsuspecting location is home to the burger that The Food Network once called the one of best in Vermont. Stop by for The Sizzler in the North End next time you’re dining on a dime.
Shy Guy Gelato, 457 Saint Paul
It’s always gelato season at this relatively recent addition to the sweet options in Burlington. Check them out for new flavors every week!
The Chubby Muffin, 88 Oak Street
Although we all know and love the Skinny Pancake, you are seriously missing out if you haven’t made it over to this cousin of the Skinny. From coffee and muffins in the morning to burgers and beer at night, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the Chubby.
Barrio Bakery, 197 North Winooski Ave
Barrio is well-known and loved for some, but is still a pleasant surprise for others which is why I’m including it here. During the day, the cafe has some of the loveliest pastries in town, then transforms into a delicious pizza restaurant at night!