Stowe is a great town for foodies. It’s ALWAYS a good idea to have reservations whenever possible. Here are some of our favorite picks…
1031 Mountain Road, Stowe ~ 802-253-3800
Want to pick up a prepared meal for your family? Some gourmet nibbles for après ski? Freshly baked pies, cakes, pastries and bread? A delicious coffee and egg sandwich? This is a great place. Insider tip: Check out their website for a menu of order ahead items for your holiday meals.
1 Stowe Street, Waterbury ~ 802-244-0123
A must for craft beer lovers. Everyone is greeted with a friendly welcome at this basement level pub in the center of Waterbury. The recent expansion to 30 taps make this the heart of craft beer action in what is already a beer mecca. The selection is lovingly curated by owner Dave Juenker, who you’ll often find behind the bar. Jamie Nelson, the chef, turns out comfort food to die for. Insider Tip: Pub Nachos, Pub Nachos, Pub Nachos (corn chips smothered in cheddar and blue cheeses, bacon and scallions, drizzled with maple syrup with a hint of orange).
179 Guptil Road, Waterbury ~ 802-244-8134
If you’re up for a little drive toward Waterbury, Zenbarn is sure to be a hit. We like to call it a Community Center disguised as a fabulous bar and restaurant. You’ll want to check their Facebook page to see what live music might be taking place. Farm to table cuisine. Great for families with kids. In the summer, the patio has a ping pong table set up on it. The parents of the owners own the Stowe Craft Gallery and Design Center, which explains the very cool decor. Insider Tip: Check social media for specials like Taco Tuesdays or Wednesday night burger and beer specials. Accepts reservations via Yelp.
492 Mountain Road, Stowe ~ 802-253-5100
It’s all about the wood burning oven here. Pizzas are fantastic. Burgers are local and delicious. Truffle fries are decadent. Really, you can’t go wrong. Good selection of craft beers on tap, but I find the bar hear a little noisy and crowded, so it might not be my first stop if I were planning to sit at the bar. Insider Tip: They don’t take reservations, but nearly always under promise and over deliver on wait times.
Cafe on Main
38 Main Street, Stowe ~ 802-253-0077
This place is always busy, and for good reason. They do a great job with sandwiches, salads and baked goods, but my favorite is the soups. They often have five to choose from and they’re all made in-house. Insider Tip: if you’re looking for Vegan or Vegetarian soup options, you can feel confident that their stocks are vegetable based for soups without meat in them. Call your order in and pick up or combine a stop with shopping at the Mercantile. They also own the Stowe Sandwich Shop at Gale Farm (formerly The Kitchen).
Black Cap Coffee & Beer
144 Main Street, Stowe ~ 802-253-2123
Great spot right in town for a beautifully poured latte and a bite to eat. Insider Tip: Parking is tricky. Try for a spot behind the Community Church across the street.
25 Main Street, Stowe ~ 802-253-7773
A local favorite. Cozy booths, varied menu. Opens earlier than a lot of places in town. In the original site of another local favorite that has since closed, Gracie’s. Harrison’s is owned by the Kneale Family. Insider Tip: The parking behind the restaurant is a little dodgy (and by dodgy we mean difficult to get in and out of, not crime ridden). Go early and park in town. You can walk off your dinner… Accepts reservations through Open Table.
The Bistro at Ten Acres
14 Barrows Road, Stowe ~ 802-253-6838
Open Wednesday to Sunday. You know when you ask the server what’s good and they say “everything.” (We can hear your eyes rolling now…) It’s true here. They do a particularly beautiful job with seafood. Insider Tip: Go early for a craft cocktail or Vermont draft at the bar. Open Wednesday through Sunday. Reservations recommended.
1880 Mountain Road, Stowe – just across from the Red Barn Realty office ~ 802-760-6151
Hands down the best coffee in town. A super sweet spot to enjoy a cup and a newspaper or hop on the wifi. Insider Tip: These guys have a “frequent flyer” program. It’s the easiest one we know of to join. So if you’re going to be in town for a bit, sign up!
1128 Mountain Road, Stowe ~ 802-253-4135
Hibachi and sushi with a few fusion dishes thrown in to round it out. Lively atmosphere. Insider Tip: Arrive between 3 and 6pm for free sweet chili chicken wings. These guys have a bus and will do the driving for you… Reservations recommended during holidays.
Tres Amigos & The Rusty Nail Stage
1190 Mountain Road, Stowe ~ 802-253-6245
The new kid in town, recently opened by the owner of The Bench and The Reservoir. Pool and pinball upstairs. Go for dinner, stay for a show. The Rusty Nail Stage has a long and storied place in Stowe history as its premiere live music venue. Great tacos, active bar scene, plenty of parking. Insider tip: Ask for the Taco Truck lager if they have it.
294 Mountain Road, Stowe ~ 802-760-6066
You want a server who can tell you which kind of hops are in your IPA or recommend an outstanding german-style lager from the up and coming award winning craft brewery you’ve never heard of in Tennessee? (That would be Schulzbraü.) Doc Ponds has delectable food (it’s owned by award winning chef, Eric Warnstedt, of Hen of the Wood fame). It’s family friendly. A very popular apres ski spot. Insider Tip: Parking lot gets crowded. Try parking behind the wine shop/attorney’s office/boutique next door and sneak through the side yard.
The Alchemist Brewery
100 Cottage Club Road ~ 802-881-8165
If you’re on the craft beer trail, The Alchemist Brewery is an obvious stop. There is often a line out the door, but no worries, it’s full of happy people all stoked to be there for some Heady Topper, Fokelbanger and Crusher. Great merch you won’t see anywhere else. Insider Tip: plan ahead – The Alchemist is closed Sunday and Monday. Parking lot opens at 10:00am, Doors at 11:00. (Pre-game at McCarthy’s for breakfast!)
454 Mountain Road, Stowe
Breakfast at McCarthy’s is a Stowe tradition. It’s definitely worth waiting in line. Freshly baked cakes, pies, pastries. Lots of options on the menu. One with a local twist that stands out is the Woodchuck Omelet, with green apples, maple sausage and local cheddar. Check the specials board. Lunches are great too. Insider Tip: Cash only. ATM on premises.
91 Main Street, Stowe ~ 802-253-2691
Plate is a cozy restaurant with a great menu. Lots of options for vegetarians and vegans that aren’t just afterthoughts. Carnivores will be quite pleased with the menu too. The craft cocktails in vintage glasses make for a festive evening. And don’t miss the banana pudding served in a mason jar! They’ll give you a lid so you can take half home for breakfast. Mmmm… banana pudding and coffee! Make a reservation, because this place is wildly popular and you don’t want to miss out! Insider Tip: ask for the counter that opens into the kitchen – it’s a fascinating window into the process of culinary greatness and the kitchen staff are pretty cool.
151 Main Street, Stowe
The name says it all, 25 Taps of interesting beer from near and far. Great live music, big screens for sports enthusiasts and some pretty dang good flatbreads. Insider Tip: Ask your barkeep to recommend a flight of samples rather than committing. Flights aren’t listed on the menu, but they’ll gladly put one together for you.
Trattoria La Festa
4080 Mountain Road, Stowe ~ 802-253-8480
Stowe’s original Italian restaurant. Tony, Patty and John Carlo make everyone feel like a celebrity at this authentic trattoria complete with checkered table cloths. Insider Tip: Patty makes all the desserts by hand. Save room!
Grey Fox Inn: (Dutch Pancake house with a huge variety, marvelous for breakfast located on the Mountain Rd).
Pie-Casso: (Voted Top 11 Slices in the Country by Travel and Leisure, beautiful atmosphere located on the Mountain Rd).
Stowehof Inn: (Emily’s fine dining with Mt. views, fireplace and traditional European fare. Great hamburgers and brew located on Edson hill road just off of Mountain Rd).
Sunset Grille & Tap Room: (Family restaurant and sports bar, their Barbecued Baby Back Ribs are the tenderest ribs piled high in their own special sauce).
Dining Guide for Stowe area, click on this link to see many restaurants choices: www.gostowe.com/restaurants