By: Tabitha Armstrong | 07.15.21

scallops-with-avocado-central-cafe-restaurant-st-johnsburyA star in downtown St Johnsbury is tucked into what appears to be a small coffee house. Elegant design, with a bit of tongue in cheek humor has made the Central Café coffee shop and restaurant in Saint Johnsbury, VT a regular stop for those living and working in the downtown area.

But their dinner service is quickly transforming this space into a restaurant destination!

A Rising Star: Dinner at Central Cafe Restaurant in Saint Johnsbury Read More »

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 07.06.21

the-family-running-rocky's-new-york-style-hot-dog-cartA new food business has taken the heart of the Kingdom by storm, and captured those hearts just as quickly.
Rocky’s New York Style Hot Dogs (a food cart in Lyndon) has brought an authentic NYC tradition to the NEK, and locals are loving it as much as weary travelers are.

A traditional NYC hot dog cart, positioned in front of an old Victorian home on Memorial Drive in Lyndon catches the eye of those driving by, and the call of an authentic NYC hot dog captures the imagination.

toppings-being-added-from-rocky's-new-york-style-hot-dog-cartWe’ve all seen these carts in movies and shows, and many have experienced them in person on a trip to NYC. But, now, these tasty treats can be found right here at home!

I am a Vermont gal, and hot dogs here are a much different experience. So I was super excited to give this cart a try.

Authentic NYC Flavor in the NEK Read More »

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 05.03.21

Celebrate Mom At A Northeast Kingdom Restaurant Near You

It’s Almost Mother’s Day!

Every year we set aside time to celebrate moms. The woman that gave you life, or is the mother of your children. Or maybe, that special lady in your lfe that is like a mom…

And what better way to celebrate than with deliious, local food?

Throughout the Northeast Kingdom many restaurants are offering a Special Mother’s Day brunch, a special menu, or other treats to honor mom.

Take a look at what’s happening for Mother’s Day at local restaurants and bakeries.

We’ll be adding to this list throughout the week, so check back.

Mother’s Day 2021: Who’s Doing What and When Read More »

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 03.23.21

The Salt Bistro restaurant in St. Johnsbury, Vt is one that has worked hard to find a place within its community through an incredibly difficult year – and it seems to have succeeded!

Salt moved to its St. Johnsbury location not long before the pandemic began. This restaurant has managed to carve out a name for themselves through consistent takeout options, navigating regulations, offering delivery, outdoor dining through the warm months, reopening for indoor seating when the time was right, and sheer hard work and perseverance.

Flavorful Pairings at Salt Bistro in St. Johnsbury Read More »

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 03.13.21

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day 2021

It’s Time!

Last Year, we posted our St. Patrick’s Celebrations just in time for Lock Down. But this year, our local restaurants are open, and they are producing delicious food. So browse through these local specials and  reserve your St. Pattrick’s Day meal or book your plans as soon as possible!

Saint Patrick’s Day in Vermont’s NEK 2021 Read More »

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!

Valentine’s Day: Despite the Challenges, NEK Restaurants Are Still Getting Creative Read More »

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)

Parson’s Pub and Grille: A Downtown Dinner Destination Read More »

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.

Thanksgiving in the NEK Read More »

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 03.17.20

NEK Restaurants:
We have retired this page. It will not be updated unless there is a renewed need for regular updates on Covid related regulations.





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


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


Local Restaurants Respond to Covid 19 Read More »

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…

St. Patrick’s Day in the NEK 2020 Read More »