Roots the Restaurant
Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, $$$
Rutland’s favorite farm-to-table venue, Roots the Restaurant, not only offers incredible locally sourced cuisine, but also has a full bar featuring amazing seasonal selections of wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. Roots boasts one of the best wine lists in Vermont, in addition to a great local draft beer selection on tap and a fantastic farm-inspired cocktail menu with drinks like maple martinis. The North Branch Vineyard Seyval Blanc from Montpelier, as well as the variety of fruit wines are highlights. The draft beers are fairly inexpensive, and though the selection doesn’t have much variety, it has included great choices in the past such as Long Trail Ale, Switchback Ale, and Shed Ale. The restaurant’s seasonal cocktails are also truly special, with favorites like the Kiwi Blueberry Mojito, the Berry Lemon Cooler, the Citrus Basil Julep, the Whiplash, and the Beatnik, which is a lovely combination of pressed beet juice, gin, and lime. The restaurant’s interior is beautiful, with brick walls, clean wooden floors, gorgeous nature-themed artwork, and a small bar lit up with cool blue neon lights, giving it a cozy and romantic, yet simple and modern Vermont vibe.