Last post about Stowe, I promise! If after all these posts, you're planning a holiday to Stowe Vermont, you should definitely know the good places in town. And since I've already told you all about skiing in Vermont and the best place to stay, today's post is all about the food. I've listed 9 restaurants and bars in Stowe where you can have good après-ski food and a couple local beers.
1. Doc Ponds
I've written a full review of this restaurant, click here to read it. In short: fantastic food, laid-back atmosphere, friendly staff and overall my favorite place in Stowe. The cauliflower salad and mac & cheese are to die for.
This is a nice family restaurant which seems to be a safe option. The menu is big enough for everyone to find something to their liking, and they have some good home-brewed beers. Take the beer sampler and find out which ones are your favorites! The dishes we tried were the root vegetable salad (delicious), fries, confit duck (the lentil stew that came with it was sooo good), steak & fries and the squash soup. You also get some freshly baked biscuits (something like a bread roll and savory scone hybrid) as an appetizer. Bear in mind that you get a lot of food at Idletyme!
3. The Bench
This is also a local favorite, which has a really cool bar-area and a restaurant. We had some pizzas, salads and fries here. The food was not very refined and kind of heavy, very “American” if I may put it that way. I did really like my mushroom pizza and I think it was the best option. I’d come here for some beers and snacks instead!
4. Green Goddess Café
We discovered this place on our last day in Stowe, and I fell in love straight away. First of all the name, second of all the delicious food & juices they serve here and third of all, the fact that one of the owners is also called Athena. Like we say in Belgium “coincidence doesn’t exist”! I had an amazing fresh beetroot juice and a vegan wrap with tofu. The blueberry muffins were also approved!
5. Harvest Market
I’d never expect to find a Wholefoods type of place in the little town of Stowe, but I did! Harvest Market is like a mini-Wholefoods/deli where they sell mostly local produce (a very Vermont-thing). It’s the kind of place where you just want to try everything, and I think they’ve made a very attractive selection of products. Their bakery section was my favorite, with all the muffin flavors you could think of and freshly baked thick-crusted bread. You can also grab a coffee here, which I’d highly recommend (of course with a muffin on the side!)
6. The Dining Room and The Tavern at Edson Hill
I’ve also written about this restaurant in my Edson Hill post. This restaurant is part of the hotel but open to outside guests. I’d recommend this place if you want to have a nice long meal and a good drink afterward (just move from the dinner table to the Tavern downstairs). The Tavern is also nice for an apres-ski drink and board game!
7. Black Diamond BBQ
This place was recommended to us by a local in a ski lift, which later turned out to be the owner of the restaurant (we were tricked! Hahah). This is the most local place we went to in Stowe, which was a nice experience. I don’t think we would have found this place any other way! The menu is focused around BBQ meat, but there’s also a vegan (!) burger, which I took. They make a lot of things from scratch, such as the bread for example. The best thing was dessert: a homemade caramel/speculoos cheesecake. One of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever tried mmmm.
8. Octagon Café
This restaurant on top of the skiing resort was our favorite for lunch/coffee. They have some very fresh and tasty wraps, and the views from the mountain are just the best.
9. The Alchemist Brewery
This is the brewery which makes the famous Heady Topper beer, a beer which they only export to a radius of 20 miles around the brewery, therefore it’s only available in Vermont. You can go to the brewery to sample a couple of beers and buy some. Unfortunately, there was a private event the night that we went, but we had Heady Topper beer a couple of times because they serve it at most bars in Stowe. Just ask for it because it’s not always on the menu!
For most restaurants, you don't need a reservation, but if it's a busy weekend and you want to be certain of a spot it's better to make one, like at Idletyme. Another place I think I would have loved was Hen Of The Wood, but we were too late with making reservations, so if you want to go then definitely call them a few days ahead. Although Stowe is quite a small town I was surprised with the amount of good restaurants. There are plenty of options! My favorites were Doc Ponds, Harvest Market, and the Green Goddess Café!