- Marcelina Morfin
Brattleboro is a gorgeous town located in the southeast area of Vermont. The area is great for local chefs who want to flex their creativity by producing dishes inspired by local ingredients. From bakeries to fine-dining to cafés, Brattleboro, Vermont, has many delectable options that foodies will enjoy. We check out ten of the best.
Amy’s Bakery Arts Cafe
An artisan bakery and café, Amy’s Bakery Arts Cafe is a charming establishment, complete with views of the river, delighting customers with sweet and savory treats. Making everything from scratch using the best ingredients available, the team at Amy’s creates both European and classic pastries along with a variety of artisan breads, soups using house-made stock, plus salads and sandwiches. They also offer daily specials, which can be found on their Facebook page, with past highlights being curry sweet potato soup, Mexican lentil soup, and a chicken sandwich with mozzarella, cranberry chutney, cheddar, and bacon.
Amy’s Bakery Arts Cafe, 113 Main St., Brattleboro, VT, USA, +1 802 521 1071
Hazel is a lively restaurant specializing in BBQ and handcrafted New York-style pizza. In an open space, guests can savor a variety of pies, BBQ plates, sandwiches, salads, and more. Tasty choices include ‘The Toby’ topped with house-smoked pork, fresh pineapple, whole milk buffalo mozzarella, Hazel tomato sauce and fresh basil and ‘The Davey,’ a flavorful combination of mozzarella, house-smoked chicken, Asian wing sauce, crushed peanuts, tomato sauce, and scallions.
Hazel, 75 Elliot St., Brattleboro, VT, USA, +1 802 579 1092
Also a roasting company, Mocha Joe’s is a café serving delicious coffee drinks made with single-origin coffee. This cozy coffee house also offers a selection of sweet treats, including pastries, pie, and cake, fresh-squeezed lemonade, a variety of gourmet teas, and more. Guests can try tasty options such as the maple latte paired with a delicious scone. Mocha Joe’s also serves as a gallery and it showcases a new show each month.
Mocha Joe’s, 82 Main St., Brattleboro, VT, USA, +1 802 257 7794
Peter Havens is a favorite among diners seeking to savor delectable, local cuisine. Open for dinner Wednesday through to Sunday, the culinary team headed by Chef Zachary Corbin, creates flavorful dishes based on what is in-season. A warm and inviting space enhanced by local art makes for a perfect spot for a romantic evening or night out with friends. Enticing options on the current menu include pan-roasted duck breast with French green lentils, caramelized apple, and sauce bigerade and house-made potato gnocchi with butter, diced tomato, fresh herbs, and shaved parmesan. Tantalizing desserts, an impressive wine list, plus several specialty cocktails are also offered.
Peter Havens, 32 Elliot St., Brattleboro, VT, USA, +1 802 257 3333
Superfresh! Organic Cafe
Located in the heart of downtown, Superfresh! Organic Cafe is a restaurant set along the Connecticut River featuring healthy vegetarian and vegan cuisine. A community supported restaurant, the culinary team seeks out the freshest ingredients, which are non-GMO and free of gluten, dairy, soy, egg, and peanuts, from regional farmers. The menu offers tasty options such as oven-baked pancakes with chocolate chips, strawberries, and bananas, the falafel wrap with raw falafel, various veggies, and a house-made ‘tzatziki’ sauce, and raw lasagna made with layers of zucchini, marinara, cashew cheese, fresh herbs, and basil-nut parm. Many beverages, including fresh juices and smoothies are available as well.
Superfresh! Organic Cafe, 30 Main St., Brattleboro, VT, USA, +1 802 579 1751
Three Stones Restaurant
Three Stones Restaurant is a wonderful, friendly restaurant specializing in authentic Mexican Mayan cuisine. Named after the traditional ancient Mayan cooking method, this family-owned and operated dining spot features a variety of dishes that will please any diner whether they are meat lovers or vegetarians. The menu includes options such as a variety of tortillas, uah (grilled), salbute (deep fried), and panucho (stuffed), with choice of meat and toppings, empanadas, which is meat and/or cheese wrapped in corn mesa and deep fried. Complete the meal with a sweet boca negra, a delightful chocolate dessert with a touch of chili pepper.
Three Stones Restaurant, 105 Canal St., Brattleboro, VT, USA, +1 802 246 1035
Owned by Chef Michael Fuller, T.J. Buckley’s is an intimate, fine-dining restaurant tucked inside a renovated diner car. With a total of eight tables, the space is cozy and romantic and features an open kitchen where discerning diners can watch all the action. Procuring the freshest products from local purveyors, the chef changes the menu often in order to reflect the best seasonal ingredients. Rather than have a printed menu, the server tells seated guests which dishes are available for the night, which usually includes three appetizers, four entrées, and four desserts. A selection of beer and wine are also available at this local gem.
T.J. Buckley’s, 132 Elliot St., Brattleboro, VT, USA, +1 802 257 4922
Top of the Hill Grill
Top of the Hill Grill specializes in BBQ, Mexican and Cajun recipes. Guests will have the option of sitting on the patio or inside the heated deck house both of which afford lovely views of the natural landscape. Making everything from scratch using the freshest ingredients available, the menu has something for everyone, including vegetarians. Highlights include hickory smoked beef brisket with coleslaw, corn bread, baked beans and sauce; red beans and rice served with corn bread; and the Cajun catfish sandwich with a chipotle-lime sauce.
Top of the Hill Grill, 632 Putney Rd., Brattleboro, VT, USA, +1 802 258 9178
Twilight Tea Lounge
The Twilight Tea Lounge is a lively yet relaxing café that serves an impressive selection of tea plus a variety of baked goods. Guests can choose among over 200 teas, including black, green, white, oolong, herbal, and more, and with so many choices, tea lovers will want to return again and again. To complement the tea, an array of enticing pastries, including those that are vegan, organic, and gluten-free, are available. The lounge also features many games, cards, wifi, and other forms of entertainment, making it a great place to have fun and unwind with family and friends.
Twilight Tea Lounge, 41 Main St., Brattleboro, VT, USA, +1 802 254 8887
Whetstone Station is an experimental brewery and restaurant serving unique dishes inspired by local ingredients. Established by Tim and Amy Brady and David Hiler, this downtown venue creates a great selection of brews but never creates the same beer twice. Two outdoor decks provide gorgeous views and guests can choose from a variety of seasonal items including small plates to sandwiches to entrées. Delicious highlights include the parmesan-basil encrusted salmon served with herbed rice and sautéed baby kale and the roasted Buddha bowl with various veggies, rice, and a vegan chili ‘cream’ sauce.
Whetstone Station, 36 Bridge St., Brattleboro, VT, USA, +1 802 490 2354