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Vermont Best Restaurants 2012

Yankee Magazine chooses Vermont’s best restaurants for 2012.

Table 24, Rutland
Owner/chef Steve Sawyer’s diverse menu, ranging from duck fritters with goat cheese to wood-fired rotisserie chicken with grilled asparagus, has brought a note of sophistication to this casual in-town spot. Entrées: from $13. 24 Wales St. 802-775-2424;

Sticky Fingers Bakery, West Dover
A voluptuous cinnamon sticky bun or blueberry Danish might seem like a modest choice when you could’ve gone with a “Luxor” (milk chocolate mousse with pineapple center) or chocolate bombe plumped with Bavarian cream. 210 Route 100. 802-464-9463;

Cloudland Farm, North Pomfret
From beef to butternut squash, everything served in this cozy restaurant is grown or raised right here on the farm or on one close by. Family-style meals are served Thursday nights ($26-$28); Saturday three-course dinners are more formal ($36-$42). BYOB. 1101 Cloudland Road. 802-457-2599;

Salt Café, Montpelier
Although the menu at this intimate restaurant changes frequently to incorporate seasonal local ingredients, quality and creativity seldom waver. Homemade sausage and pasta are among house specialties. BYOB. Entrées: from $16. 207 Barre St. 802-229-6678;

Mangowood Restaurant at the Lincoln Inn, Woodstock
Singapore native Teresa Tan infuses contemporary American dishes with Asian spices to create succulent treats such as grilled-plum-and-mint-glazed rack of lamb and sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce. Entrées: from $21; prix-fixe four-course dinner $38. 530 Woodstock Road (Route 4). 802-457-3312;

Perennial Pleasures Nursery Tea Garden Café, East Hardwick
What could be more delightful than an English cream tea served amid one of the area’s finest perennial gardens? Perhaps a slice of homemade five-nut tart or a hot-fudge sundae. Tea options: $9.95-$25.95. 63 Brickhouse Road. 802-472-5104;

The Farm House Tap & Grill, Burlington
The Queen City’s newest destination eatery–an upscale, cheerful (and sometimes boisterous) spot–showcases local food, homemade charcuterie, and an abundance of beers and cheeses. Burgers are a standout. Entrées: from $13. 160 Bank St. 802-859-0888;

Brandon Music Café, Brandon
The newest British invasion comes from the Divine Art Recordings Group, which operates a café where patrons can listen to classical music and jazz while sipping tea or having lunch. There are also live concerts Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. 62 Country Club Road. 802-465-4071

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.


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