Stowe is a sport enthusiast’s paradise, with visitors flocking to Stowe Mountain Resort on Mount Mansfield each winter for skiing and snowboarding. During spring and summer, Stowe is also perfect for other high-octane sports including canoeing, kayaking, swimming, hiking, and mountain biking. In addition, the area is an ideal place to soak up the culture and cuisine of Vermont and New England as a whole. Here are the top 10 restaurants to check out in Stowe.
The Green Goddess Cafe offers beautiful, freshly prepared breakfast and contemporary style lunch. The ever-changing menu includes sandwiches, soups, salads, baked goods and fresh juices and smoothies. One particular favorite is the ‘Goddess’ sandwich, an exciting combo of eggs, feta cheese, mushrooms and spinach, served on the diner’s choice of bread or wrap. The menu caters to vegetarians too, with the zesty cinnamon/raisin/maple French toast, the herb tinged Tofu Scramble and the meaty ‘Experiment’ all vying to tingle the taste-buds.
Housed within the Ten Acres Lodge, the Bistro at Ten Acres allows guests to take in the serene views of the lodge gardens and nearby mountains while dining in a classy yet comfortable space. The Bistro offers a hearty menu of contemporary American fare, including roasts, grilled seafood, creative salads, and hamburgers made with handmade buns and patties. An adjoining bar features an exciting selection of wines, craft brews, Scotch and Bourbons as well as cocktails.
Located close to Stowe Golf Course, this restaurant is well suited to those looking for an after-course dining/drinking experience. The Crop Vermont Bistro & Brewery believes in offering customers simple, flavorful food. The beer menu has a solid selection of bottled and canned beers, plus specialized ales from the UK, Germany, Belgium and the US, including home-brews.Try the Wedge Salad – a delicious combination of bacon, egg, cucumber, tomato and local farm blue cheese dressing.
The Stowe Mountain Lodge is an attractive destination resort in Stowe. The cuisine served at Solstice is typical New England style, delicately created by Executive Chef Josh Berry. Taking inspiration from the name of the restaurant, the menu at Solstice changes to reflect the seasons, a marking of new beginnings, adventures, and culinary delights. The restaurant uses local farmers and cheese-makers to supply ingredients for the best possible cuisine. The restaurant also features tasteful decor, with hand-carved Vermont wood furniture.
Flannel & The Roost provides an exquisite dining experience in contemporary, sophisticated surroundings. The restaurant serves tasty cuisine and delicious drinks. Flannel’s kitchen team uses the finest of Vermont ingredients with a seasonal flair to provide meals best enjoyed alongside the restaurant’s amazing mountain views. The menu features a variety of Vermont favorites, including fresh New England Dayboat Scallops with chorizo, new potatoes, spinach, garlic and saffron, and Misty Knoll Chicken, a fragrant delight with a one-of-a-kind golden raisin cake, fregola, pistachios, squash and herbs.
The Hen of the Wood Waterbury is housed in an antiquated, restored grist mill, offering customers a taste of Vermont’s cuisine with a look into its past. The food is primarily contemporary American, with infusions of Quebecois cuisine, and incorporates ingredients sourced locally from the Green Mountains and the Champlain Valley. The menu changes on a daily basis but some standout dishes include tender rabbit leg with celery, parsnip and cranberry, winter squash fritters with smooth honey, and melt-in-your-mouth brown buttered crepes.
The Blue Moon Cafe is a fine dining establishment with a seasonally evolving menu showcasing contemporary American flavors with Mediterranean infusions and East Asian influences. Ingredients here are locally sourced, and fresh fish from Boston dock, locally baked bread, and foraged mushrooms ensure that meals are of the highest quality. Inspiring pieces from local artists adorn the walls of the Blue Moon Cafe.
Bar, Restaurant, American, Fast Food, Street Food, Sushi, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub, $$$
As Stowe’s only riverside restaurant, The Matterhorn has a certain distinction for spectacular water views. The restaurant and bar has a reputation for being one of the best nightspots in Stowe with a large selection of grilled meats, innovative pizzas and gourmet sandwiches, as well as an extensive sushi menu. The decor offers guests a chance to dine and drink in cozy, comfortable surroundings with a warming fireplace, perfect during the winter season.
This restaurant is the place to go for dog lovers. Owners Sue and Archie named the restaurant after their shelter rescue dog, Gracie, after struggling to find a name for their new venture. The full blown doggy themed restaurant serves dishes whose names are inspired by dog related terms. There is also a gorgeous ‘Gracie’s Doggie Bag’ filled with tasty sweet treats. The sugary biscuits inside the Bag are shaped to look like tasty milk bones. The restaurant itself is an intimate dining venue with dual fireplaces creating a cozy feel. The open plan kitchen also allows visitors to watch their doggy delights being prepared with precision.
Harrison’s is a tribute to owner Kathy’s deceased husband, from whom the restaurant takes its name. From the pan seared Pecan Encrusted Ahi Tuna, to the orange infused Grilled Steak Tips, or the mixed Vegetable Stir-Fry, there is something for everyone on the menu.