With brisk springs, balmy summers, vivid autumns and snowy winters, it almost doesn’t need to be said that no matter which season you’re visiting Vermont in, it will always be memorable. But, no matter what the season, always make time to drive up to the tucked-away neighborhood of South Burlington for some brunch spots won’t find anywhere else. Here are our 10 favorites.
The Pour House
A family-style crowd pleaser in its own right, The Pour House is a Sunday favorite brunch spot for the whole family. As Vermont is practically the maple syrup capital of America, there’s no shortage of the pure stuff at The Pour House. Sunday is, of course, the day to get your brunch fix, but the Sunday specials are switched up constantly, so you never get the same brunch twice. What you will always encounter, however, is an amiable atmosphere. ‘There are no strangers here, only friends you have yet to meet!’ they declare.
Address and telephone number: 1930 Williston Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403 +1 (802) 862-3653
Trader Duke’s is situated inside of the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in South Burlington, which explains why it looks so elegant and upscale for a tavern. What sets Trader Duke’s apart is the super-early brunch, so you don’t have to wait until Sunday to enjoy a three-course meal designed to keep you and your family around the table for at least three hours. The food keeps customers loyal, with a special menu reserved for guests who know to ask for it. It contains local fare, only using ingredients produced at local farms or bought from nearby farmers’ markets.
Address and telephone number: 1117 Williston Rd, South Burlington, VT 0540 +1 802-660-7523
Sneakers Bistro is a diamond among the incredible assortment of brunch-themed restaurants in Downtown Winooski, just outside South Burlington. Everything here is as fresh as it can possibly come:. The bread is baked each morning from scratch, the strawberry sauce simmers over the stove until it’s ready to be drizzled on your pancakes. For a brunch menu free of pretension and convoluted descriptions of simply sweet and simply savory breakfast foods, come to Sneakers Bistro, your home away from home.
Address and telephone number: 28 Main St, Winooski, VT 05404 +1 802-655-9081
McKee’s Pub & Grill
McKee’s Pub & Grill seems an unlikely spot for a brunch, given its cult status as an Irish watering hole, but stop by first thing on Sunday morning and you might be surprised to discover crispy-hot home fries and spicy-sweet Bloody Marys. The portions you get for brunch are ample and generous, the staff is always laughing and joking around, and everyone in the restaurant seems to be in the highest of spirits.
Address and telephone number: 19 E Allen St, Winooski, VT 05404 +1 (802) 655-0048
Diner, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Parkway Diner is such a hole-in-the-wall gem that there isn’t even a website for you to click on to pre-screen their Sunday brunch menu, in a way, its anonymity makes it that much more special. The Parkway Diner finally got its much-deserved exposure when Alice Levitt of Alice Eats raved about the joint in Vermont’s independent online culture magazine, Seven Days. So drop what you’re doing and check out this retro diner serving up brunch on a budget. Forget about the 21st century obsession with planning ahead, trust us, everything is good here.
Address and telephone number: 1696 Williston Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403 +1 (802) 652-1155
The Skinny Pancake
The Skinny Pancake is committed to coming up with innovative and healthier ways to have the most important meal of the day. The skinny pancake is simply an affectionate name that the restaurants owners, Jonny and Benjy Adler, give to their crepes; their tagline, ‘Local. Really.’ is their way of conveying to customers how each ingredient is sourced locally from farms or farmers’ markets whenever possible. Sunday brunch options are unbeatable at The Skinny Pancake, ranging from ‘skinny fries’ and sweet and savory crepes, to gooey paninis and omelets served all day. And since this branch is located within the Burlington International Airport, it opens at the excruciatingly early time of 4:30am every day. No matter when you rise in the mood for pancakes, The Skinny has got you covered.
Address and telephone number: 1200 Airport Drive, Burlington International Airport, South Burlington, VT 05403 +1 802-497-0675
The Rotisserie serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday, and one look at the menu online is sure to get your taste buds salivating. With options like the Veggie Omelet served with home fries and Prime Rib Hash & Eggs served with fruit and toast, you’ll be left full and happy in no time. The warm, honey-colored lighting and casual atmosphere make this a great place to go with friends and family, and the huge portions at decent prices will leave your wallet intact.
Address and telephone number: 1355 Williston Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403 +1 (802) 658-1838
Harpers Restaurant And Lounge
Located inside South Burlington’s Holiday Inn, Harpers Restaurant and Lounge is a wonderfully calm atmosphere to enjoy brunch, whether you’re staying at the hotel or you’re just stopping by. The impressive selection of light fare and lunch options, which can be altered to your liking, include dishes such as Potato Skins stuffed with chopped bacon, and the Fish and Chips made with a batter using Vermont’s own Switchback beer. Don’t miss the opportunity for brunch accompanied by five-star service from the staff and manager.
Address and telephone number: 1068 Williston Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403 +1 (802) 419-6200
Pauline’s Café is probably one of the few places in South Burlington that you’ll find brunch options that exceed two full pages. If that isn’t an indicator of how well Pauline’s knows brunch, we don’t know what is. Their seasonal brunch offerings are imaginative and based solely on what’s available at the local farmers’ market, a theme that is pervasive throughout Vermont. David Hoene, the executive chef and owner of Pauline’s, is dedicated to the idea of fine foods at affordable prices, so you can enjoy your corned hash and scrambled eggs without breaking the bank.
Address and telephone number: 1834 Shelburne Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403 +1 (802) 862-1081
The Bagel Place
Whether you need a breakfast bite on-the-go or are craving a sit-down meal in the morning, The Bagel Place has something for you. Founded in 2012 on a poignantly simple mission, The Bagel Place seeks to ‘positively impact the days of other people’ by providing the best possible bagel they can, toasted to honey-brown perfection and coated generously with all-natural cream cheeses, nut butters and fruit jellies. Come with your family, come with your friends, or come on your own, all bagel-lovers are welcome at the Bagel Place.
Address and telephone number: 1166 Williston Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403 +1 (802) 497-2058