Driving Dinner Tour #2 – Southern NEK| 06.24.19
From the Sea to the Green Mountains – Restaurants in Caledonia County
Southern Driving Tour: Featuring restaurants in St. Johnsbury and restaurants in Lyndonville
Updated June 1, 2021
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.
Riley’s Fish Shack has some of the best options in the area: Scallops, shrimp, fish, lobster rolls, the option for platter style meals or just a basket full of seafood. There are so many items to choose from. Riley’s was one of our first reviews – you can read it here.
After leaving Riley’s Fish Shack, head along the back roads past beautiful farms, to Lyndonville.
Go all the way through town, and park close to the village (street side or in one of the parking lots close by) There are a few great restaurants to try in the downtown district as well as a number of fun shops to browse while your food settles.
The Freighthouse Café, housed in an old railroad depot, offers breakfast and lunch, as well as ice cream all day. Their little store is filled with wonderful Vermont treats from maple to pickles to jarred jams and jellies. A great light menu, and a dining room that faces the railroad tracks will have you invisioning times long past, adding a bit of romantic fantasy to your lunch.
The Freighthouse is also the only Starbucks in the NEK.
Another stop in the village is Sweet Basil’s Café. Serving lunch and dinner Wed. – Fri, and dinner only on Sat. (Take out only at this time due to Covid restrictions) this restaurant features an eclectic blend of American and Mexican inspired items.
The Village Pizza restaurant, a sandwich shop run by the local store (White’s Market), Asia’s Chinese Restaurant, and a wonderful drive thru/take out spot – Mosaic- are all within walking distance so there are plenty of munchies to take advantage of.
When you are finished in town, make your way to Juniper’s Restaurant and the SpokeEasy Lounge. Both spots are located in the Wildflower Inn. A fantastic menu filled with local produce and meats, a view that can’t be matched anywhere, a wonderful outdoor dining experience, and even a small beer garden. This is one of those spots you just want to be at on a warm Vermont summer’s day. WRead up on the wonderful treats we tried at Juniper’s Restaurant– their menu has also gotten a facelift post Covid so we will be re-visiting them this summer.
Ending your tour at on Darling Hill Road means sampling delicious deserts and trying a few of their signature cocktails while watching the sunset behind the mountains – a satisfying finish to a day filled with Vermont pleasures.
This driving tour does feature a little walking about if you’re interested in trying a few lunch places, but the walk does get you into a few shops and helps you work up an appetite between Riley’s and Junipers. Other options are checking out a number of covered bridges in Lyndonville, spending some time in the park, or even scoping out a few of the local antique places.