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- Mirabelles Café & Bakery
Mirabelles Café & Bakery
198 Main St., Burlington, mirabellescafe.com
Open since 1990, Burlington's first gourmet bakery crafts a dizzying array of crave-worthy sweets. Key lime tarts, maple old-fashioned chocolate cakes and handmade spins on Little Debbie treats are all displayed in tiered trays and glass cases near the door. But don't let those stop you from venturing farther inside for a proper popover breakfast, heaped with scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and lemon-shallot crème fraîche.
10 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, duinoduende.com
A stone's throw from the always-packed Penny Cluse Café, ¡Duino! (Duende) plates line-free lox and latkes, eggs Bennies, shakshouka, and a bangin' tofu scramble — available with or without a hair-of-the-dog brunch cocktail.
131 Main St., Burlington, gryphonvt.com
Hunker down in the elegant Historic Vermont House for a weekend brunch of buttery shrimp and grits — not to mention one of the stoutest Bloody Marys in town.
41 Cherry St., Burlington, hotelvt.com
Just off the Hotel Vermont lobby, chef Doug Paine crafts daily breakfasts using local eggs, house-smoked fish and farm-fresh produce. In a hurry? Eat at the bar — mimosa optional.
1696 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 652-1155
Find breakfast all day — and drool-worthy open-faced turkey sandwiches — inside this vintage Worcester Lunch Car. It's been parked on Williston Road since the 1950s.
Penny Cluse Café
169 Cherry St., Burlington, pennycluse.com
Long lines signal food that's worth the wait — even visiting celebs like former vice president Joe Biden have joined the café's devoted following. Try the Zydeco Breakfast: two eggs any style, black beans, corn muffins and andouille sausage.
28 Main St., Winooski, sneakersbistro.com
Weekend brunch at Winooski's retro café is the stuff of legend. The daily specials are always eclectic, and the classic eggs Benedict is a home run.