- courtesy of bluebird barbecue
- Bluebird Barbecue
317 Riverside Ave., Burlington, bluebirdbbq.com
Above the swirling eddy of Salmon Hole, a famed fishing spot on the Winooski River, Bluebird Barbecue invites diners to "meat here" for down-home brisket, pulled pork and ribs, slow-smoked on the premises seven days a week. There are also traditional sides — from creamy mac and cheese to coleslaw — plus 24 mostly local beers on tap. Pay attention to the daily specials, which include early-bird deals, ramen nights and Tex-Mex.
Al's French Frys
1251 Williston Rd., South Burlington, alsfrenchfrys.com
- Don Eggert
- Al's French Frys
Even the hand-cut fries here are a throwback to the '50s. This retro space also sells corn dogs, cheeseburgers and, in season, creemees.
4066 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, archiesgrill.com
Diners pile in daily for local beef burgers, hand-cut fries and jumbo hot dogs at this always-fresh locals' favorite.
Butch + Babe's
258 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, butchandbabes.com
- matthew thorsen
- Corn cakes
A portrait of Pee-wee Herman presides over a dining room that serves varied global fare, from mac-and-cheese pancakes to housemade ramen.
155 Bank St., Burlington, 862-9010
This local landmark offers breakfast all day and home-cooked dishes in a cozy, old-school atmosphere. Try the Greek specialties.
Our House Bistro
36 Main St., Winooski, ourhousebistro.com
- matthew thorsen
- Our House Bistro
The "twisted comfort food" here ranges from frickles (fried pickles) to mac and cheese with lobster or pulled-pork add-ons.
1696 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 652-1155
- Alice Levitt
- Hot turkey sandwich, Parkway Diner, South Burlington
This Worcester Lunch Car, parked in SoBu since the 1950s, serves breakfast all day. Don't miss the crispy-on-the-outside, buttery-on-the-inside home fries.