By: Tabitha Armstrong | 08.23.19

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

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 08.10.19

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

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 07.28.19

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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Approachable Menu, Great View, Surprising Flavors at Noonan’s in Newport, VT

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 07.18.19

flank steak with blue cheese cream on bed of fried onions from Noonan's restaurant in Newport, VtPros: Affordable; Great View; Full Bar; Plenty of Parking; Plenty of Seating; Family Friendly; Friendly Staff; Great Outdoor Space

Downside: Smaller Menu; Sometimes Service Can Be Slow Depending on Time of Day

Mountain Rating: 8/10

We recently ate at Noonan’s Supper Club in Newport, Vermont. We really enjoy this restaurant. Located at the Newport Country Club, but it’s completely open to the public. There’s plenty of seating in the restaurant dining area, as well as in the bar space, and the entire restaurant has a comfortable atmosphere – you really do feel right at home.

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Driving Dinner Tour #3 – Central NEK

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 06.29.19

Farmland and Lake Views Highlight the Restaurants in Orleans County

steak-burger-from-carriage-house-restaurant-in-orleans-vtThe Central portion of the NEK, or lower Orleans County, is easy to reach – sitting just off I-91. This makes it a great place to start a driving food tour. And the first stop is in sight from the exit ramp.

The Copper Plate is a stationary food truck located at Riverside Farm Stand.

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Driving Dinner Tour #2 – Southern NEK

schnitzel from Juniper's restaurant lyndonville vt

From the Sea to the Green Mountains – Restaurants in Caledonia County

mussels, seafood dish from lyndonville vt restaurant Juniper's at the Wildflower InnSouthern Driving Tour: Featuring restaurants in St. Johnsbury and restaurants in Lyndonville

In Caledonia County there are a number of restaurants that are spread out and off the beaten path. To start we take you outside of Saint Johnsbury, to a little fish house you’d never know was there.

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Driving Dinner Tour #1 – Western NEK

local burger from Greensboro vt restaurant

Scenic Driving Leads to Culinary Art at these Vermont Restaurants

Western Driving Tour: Featuring restaurants in Hardwick,  restaurants in Greensboro, and restaurants in Danville.

locally sourced burger from the Hardwick Street Cafe in Greensboro, VT

This tour starts in Hardwick, VT. A great cross roads for those leaving the Kingdom and heading for Montpelier, Stowe, or Burlington, we decided to start our tour here because it is the first town coming into the Kingdom from the western part of the state, and for those in the Kingdom it is the farthest west you can go.

There are only a few restaurants in Hardwick village, but what you have to choose from is pretty spectacular.

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Delicious Authentic Italian from Lago Trattoria

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Pros: Authentic Cuisine; Fantastic Food; Sophisticated Atmosphere; Great Bar with Signature Drinks; Plenty of Free Parking Nearby; Great Place to Watch Baseball

The Downside: Not Recommended for Young Children; Higher Price Point; Service Can Be Slow

Mountain Rating: 8.4/10

Lago Trattoria has been a Newport staple for 19+ years. Serving authentic, award winning, Italian cuisine, the menu is filled with those classic dishes you know and love.

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A Cultural Experience Unique to The Kingdom

Appetizers from the Hardwick Street Cafe in Greensboro VT

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.

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

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.

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

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…

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