By: Tabitha Armstrong | 04.17.19

salmon tapas plate for an appetizer at this Greensboro restaurantPros: 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

The Hardwick Street Café offers an experience you can’t find anywhere else in the Northeast Kingdom.

Located within the Highland Center of the Arts (HCA), this café gives new meaning to dinner and a show.

To begin with, the space is beautiful, warm, and inviting. Large glass windows and glass doors that lead to a patio and yard shared with the HCA really bring the outside in and make the café bright.


The Locals Restaurant in Lyndonville: Full Sized Restaurant with a Small Diner Feel

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 04.04.19

hand battered fried chicken with onion rings, coleslaw, and a biscuit from Everybuddy's restaurant in Lyndonvill, VTPros: Great Parking, Plenty of Seating, Affordable Prices, Friendly Staff, Community Driven, Large Portions, Menu is Simple and Straight Forward, Full Bar, Family Friendly

Downsides: Service Can Be Slow,

Mountain Rating: 6.8

Everybuddy’s Casual Dining is just that – Casual dining meant for every buddy! Walking in the door you are met with what looks and feels like a very large diner. Friendly staff greet you at the register counter, and there always seems to be a crowd of people enjoying themselves.


St. Patrick’s Day: Wearing O’ the Green in the Green Mountains

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 03.15.19

Looking To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

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

Saint Patrick’s Day is on Sunday, but that isn’t dampening the fun. Here in the NEK, there are events on Sat. and Sun. plus most restaurants are hosting weekend long specials.

We wanted to share all of these events with our readers, and so we have compiled the most extensive list you can find anywhere on the Internet, at least for Vermont’s NEK that is.

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


Promising Space at This New Downtown Newport Restaurant

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 02.21.19

fried tempura shrimp appetizer from the Warehouse Restaurant in Newport, VTPros: Affordable Food; Take Out Fried Chicken Bucket; Pool Tables; Great Menu Options; Full Bar; Fun Atmosphere

The Downside: Parking can be Difficult; Though Located in the Tasting Center this is not a Local Food Only Restaurant; Acoustics in Space are Challenging

Mountain Rating: 7.2/10

The Warehouse Restaurant has brought something new to downtown Newport. Taking over a large portion of the Tasting Center, there has been some talk about how the restaurant doesn’t fit the theme of that space. But, the restaurant does fill a hole that existed in downtown Newport – One of a local tavern where good food, drinks and a causal atmosphere all come together. And this could be good for Newport’s Downtown.


Valentine’s Day Dinners in Vermont’s NEK

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 02.11.19

Looking for a Romantic Dinner This Valentine’s Day?

There are plenty of options to choose from in the NEK!

From special prix fixe meals to multi course dinners, from regular menus to chef specials made for the night, there are options for all tastes and budgets.

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


The Gap: Experience the Heart of the NEK at this Local Restaurant

fried shrimp dinner from The Gap Restaurant in Westmore Vt

Fried Shrimp Dinner from restaurant in Westmore vtPros: Comfortable Atmosphere; Affordable; Full Bar; Great Location; Plenty of Parking; Family Friendly up to 8 p.m.; Plenty of Seating

Downside: Dinner Only Available Thurs. – Sat. Through the Winter

Mountain Rating: 7.2/10

It’s been a while since I found myself in Westmore, mistakenly know as Willoughby due to the overwhelming presence of that beautiful liquid gem. But recently my husband and I made our way to a little restaurant with a lot of personality that just happens to have one of the best views of Willoughyby Gap.


Juniper’s Restaurant: Picturesque Vermont Inn Features Paired Down Local Menu

schnitzel from Juniper's restaurant lyndonville vt

Schnitzle with cranberry, dinner entree at Juniper's Restaurant, Lyndonville VTPros: Beautiful Atmosphere; Breathtaking View; Family Friendly, Local Ingredients Used; Full Bar; Relaxing Place to Dine, Outdoor Seating and Beer Garden in the Summer

The Downside: Higher Price Point; Parking Can Be Tight if the Inn is Busy

Mountain Rating: 7.7/10

In December we tried out the new and improved Juniper’s Restaurant. Now, this restaurant has been on our radar for many years as we really love the view and outdoor seating in the summer time. But, over their fall break (the restaurant shuts down from the end of foliage until just after Thanksgiving) they changed their menu!


Bien Fait Cakes: Local Bakery takes traditional holiday classic to a new level

fruit cake sampler from bien fait cakes

fruit cake sampler from bien fait cakesAfter sampling some delicious cakes for desert at the Scale House Restaurant in Hardwick, VT, I was excited to  include that restaurant’s feature. I later learned that these cakes came from a local bakery – Bien Fait, in Greensboro, VT.

Now, I was familiar with the bakery as they have been an online fruitcake company for a long time. But on hearing about their new line of restaurant desserts, I had to see what else they were up to. Luckily, I was able to schedule a tour of their bakery, and there’s a whole lot more than fruit cake going on there.


Eastside Restaurant in Newport Doesn’t Disappoint

Eastside Restaurant in Newport VT has shrimp cocktail

large shrimp cocktail from the Eastside Restaurant in Newport VtPros: Beautiful Location with a Great View, Deck for Outdoor Dining in Warm Weather, Bar or Dining Room Seating, Full Bar, Family Friendly

The Downside: Often Busy – Plan Ahead and Make Reservations, Lunch is More Pricey Than Other Local Restaurants

Mountain Rating: 7.8

The Eastside Restaurant is a staple in Newport, Vermont. Positioned on the banks of Lake Memphremagog, this restaurant has been the destination of many locals, our Canadian neighbors, and area visitors for years.


Adult Dinner Tour #4 – Saint Johnsbury

fall foliage st johnsbury vtSaint Johnsbury has a wonderful downtown when it comes to easy of walking. There are many shops and restaurants to choose from and navigating sidewalks and traffic is easy (this is not the case for all NEK towns).

There are also some wonderful restaurants to choose from, all offering different flavor profiles, making this another perfect spot for an adult dinner tour.


Adult Dinner Tour #3 – Newport, Vermont

view from Newport VT restaurants of Lake Memphremagog

view from Newport Vt boardwalk of Lake Memphremagog, Newport vt restaurants along the lakeMany of Newport’s restaurants line the banks of Lake Memphremagog. This provides some with wonderful views, and makes others in close proximity. This makes Newport a perfect place for an adult dinner tour.

We like to start by parking in the free lot next to the State Building overlooking the lake. From here you can