By: Tabitha Armstrong | 02.06.21

Chocolates and roses for valentines dayDespite the pandemic dragging on, here in the NEK we know how to make the best of life’s challenges.

Our local restaurants are putting together some wonderful meals for dine-in and take out so that you and your sweetheart can enjoy a romantic, weekend, Valentines together.

And for those not too keen on the holiday, but that love great food – there are plenty of options and specials available.

We’ve reached out to every restaurant on our list – so check back througout the week for updates!

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Parson’s Pub and Grille: A Downtown Dinner Destination

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 01.09.21

Pros: Wonderful use of seasonng; Consistency; Family Friendly; Friendly Staff; Great Vibe; Plenty of Parking

Downside: Dinner service can be slow (they are still new with young servers)

This restaurant in Barton, Vt is a great example of simple food done well – exactly as downtown country food should be. Everything we have tried from this location has been well seasoned, and well proportioned. And while they are really just getting started, and have had to contend with Covid restrictions, this local eatery is hitting the ground running.

(Stay tuned for more on the best Haddock we’ve had in the Kingdom)

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Thanksgiving in the NEK

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 11.17.20

Thanksgiving 2020, NEK Style


IMPORTANT: Due to Covid 19, many restaurants that often offer in-house dining for the Holiday will be providing to-go meals. Please contact restaurants early and reserve your meal. For those that are still offering in-house service, reservations are required.


Thanksgiving may look different this year, but the food spread doesn’t have to!

We know that for many people, this year’s Thanksgiving may not be filled with the faces of loved ones, friends, and neighbors. As we all strive to keep our celebrations consisting of immediate family, that doesn’t mean we have to skimp on the food. In fact, traditional foods have a way of transending time and place, of helping to heal, of getting us through.

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Local Restaurants Respond to Covid 19

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 03.17.20

NEK Restaurants:
*Updated: Feb. 6, 2021

burger with peppers and onions from the Copper Plate restaurant in Barton, VT


Who’s Open, Who Delivers, and Who’s Offering Takeout

The Governor has announced that restaurants can open at 50% capaciy for indoor seating as of June 26. We have reached out to all restaurants in the NEK and have updated all that responded to us. We will add other changes as we hear from restaurants – Happy Eating!

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St. Patrick’s Day in the NEK 2020

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 03.12.20

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day 2020?


IMPORTANT: Due to Covid 19, the governor of Vermont has called for all restaurants to close at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17. Restaurants may offer takeout or delivery only! Please call restaurants before making your plans to be sure they are offering takeout or delivery options!

There Are A Lot Of Events To Choose From This Year!

Saint Patrick’s Day is on  a Tuesday this year, so while some restaurants will be celebrating mid week, others will focus their events this coming weekend.

We wanted to share all of these events with our readers, and so we have compiled the most extensive list of NEK St. Patrick’s Day events you’ll find anywhere on the Internet.

Take a look at what’s happening – and check back as we’ll update it as we hear more from other restaurants…

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Valentine’s Day Special Events

heart shaped box with Valentine's candy

Looking for a Romantic Dinner This Valentine’s Day?

In the NEK, You’ll Find Just What You’re Looking For!

From special prix fixe meals to regular menus and specials, from multi course dinners to dancing and shows, there are options for all tastes and budgets.

Below we have compiled as many Valentine’s Dinner events as we could find. Browse through them, choose your favorite, and make your reservation soon. Space fills up fast!

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A Fine Dining Experience Unrivaled in the NEK

Pros: Creative Culinary Masterpieces, Delicious menu options, Unique dishes, Showcases local and seasonal ingredients; a dining experience you’ll remember for years to come, comfortable, wonderful and knowledgeable service

Downside: Expensive, Not a restaurant for picky eaters, Is farther out from many of the area attractions so may be a hike for most NEK Diners

Mountain Rating: 9/10

Dining at the Rabbit Hill Inn was a culinary experience unlike any other in the Northeast Kingdom. Located in Lower Waterford, this restaurant is in the most southern area of the NEK, but the drive is more than worth it.

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Delicious Thai Cuisine at the Top of Vermont

Best Features: Wonderful Food, Awesome Sushi, Beautiful Atmosphere, Authentic, Friendly Service

The Downside: Service Is Slow, Beer and Wine Selection Minimal

Mountain Rating 7/10

Dusit Thai restaurant in Newport, VT  is a local favorite. For an area that once had little for ethic cuisine, this little gem took over Main Street.

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Summer Featured in the Menu at this Greensboro VT Restaurant

mussel appetizer from the Hardwick Street Cafe

a bowl filled with mussels in a white wine butter sauce from a restaurant in greensboro vt

Pros: Delicious Food; High Quality Ingredients; Tapas; Menu Items Unique to the Cafe; Full Bar; House Made Delicious Deserts; Location and Venue; Plenty Of Seating; Sunday Brunch Available

The Downside: Some Items Have A Higher Price Point; Not A Lot Of Options for Picky Eaters

Mountain Rating: 7.7/10

On a beautiful summer afternoon, we met family for dinner at the Hardwick Street Café in Greensboro, VT. A relaunch of the menu this summer added fantastic sharing plates, and a few new menu items that focus on the quality ingredients that can be found in the local NEK or Northern, VT region.

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Goob’s Restaurant: Small Town Restaurant with Big BBQ Tastes

plate of bbq ribs, pulled pork and brisket with coleslaw and mashed potatoes from Goob's BBQ restaurant in Derby Line VTPros: Delicious BBQ; House Brewed Beer; Inventive Menu Items; Great Space; Homey Feeling;

Downside: No Heat to the BBQ

Mountain Rating: 7.2/10

Goob’s Barbecue may be a funny name for a restaurant in Derby Line, Vermont but there is nothing funny about the food they serve. We have been meaning to swing up to this eatery for quite some time, though it is a little far from our current location. But, after eating there on a recent trip, the distances is no longer an issue – we will be going back!

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Pica-Pica Restaurant: A Taste of the Pacific Here in The Kingdom

fried monk fish filipino style

monk fish served with salsa, rice, and vegetables from a Filipino Restaurant in St Johnsbury, VTPros: Comfortable Space, Close to Good Parking, Close to Shops and Entertainment; Nice Atmosphere, Delicious Food, Beer and Wine,  New Experience

Downside: Service Can Be Slow

Note: This is Authentic Cuisine so be Aware That Some Items Are Not What You May Expect

ountain Rating: 7.2/10

Pica Pica Filipino restaurant in St Johnsbury Has added an entirely new dimension of flavor to the Kingdom. Introducing ingredients, and interesting meat cuts, that many local diners have never tried before, the dishes are exciting and a bit exotic.

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