Foodies Paradise: Best Plates This Year In The Shires

This week is Taste of The Shires Spring Restaurant Week in Southwestern Vermont!

As you enjoy the specialities that our chefs and culinary masters whip up, don’t forget that this food haven doesn’t only exist during Restaurant Week. 24/7, 365 if you want to discover the food mecca of the northeast, it's time to check out The Shires of Vermont.  Take in the scenery and stop every so often to sample craft brews, eclectic cafés, comfortable bistros, and upscale fine dining restaurants.  Here are the best plates this year in The Shires of Vermont:

Allegro Ristorante - Best Dish: Gnudi with Bacon and Peas ($9): Maplebrook Farm Ricotta gnudi tossed with applewood smoked bacon, peas and a light cream sauce


Bennington Pizza House - Best Dish: Melpo’s Choice ($15-20) Ham, Onion, Green Peppers, Pineapple pizza

Blue Benn Diner - Best Dish: Chicken Picatta ($10) sauteed chicken pieces in a white wine and lemon caper sauce

Kevin's Sports Pub & Restaurant - Best Dish: Marinated Sirloin Steak ($24) Hand cut sirloin steak cooked to perfection in Kevin’s famous marinade

Lil' Britain Fish And Chip Shop - Best Dish: Fish and Chips ($10) Britain's most popular dish, cooked in Lil’s secret batter

Madison Brewing Co. Pub & Restaurant - Best Dish: Flat Iron Steak ($20) Flat iron steak with seared shrimp, Cajun cream sauce, smokehouse cheddar mashed potato, and grilled asparagus


Northside Dairy Bar - Best Dish: Cheeseburger and Fries ($10) Want a meal that reminds you of the carnival any time of year? Check this classic out.

Pangaea - Best Dish: Vegetable Strudel ($24) Root vegetable strudel over ancient grains with roasted tomato marinara

Ramuntos Pizza - Best Dish: Steak Bomb Hoagie ($11) Seasoned steak, American cheese, green peppers, onions, & mushrooms

Spice Root Modern Indian Cuisine - Best Dish: Chef's Special Grilled Lamb Chops ($26) New Zealand rack of lamb, marinated overnight in coriander, sour cream, peppercorn, ground spices

The Grille At Mt. Anthony Country Club - Best Dish: Roast Pesto Salmon ($25) - Fresh cut Faroe Island salmon rubbed with basil pesto and crushed walnuts served over rice and sauteed baby spinach.

The Publyk House - Best Dish: New England Baked Cod ($23) - Cod with Vermont Cheddar, Butter & Seasoned Cracker Crumbs


The Dorset Inn - Best Dish: Rosemary & Garlic Grilled Pork Ribeye ($28) - Balsamic Glazed Wallingford Locker Bacon, Crimini Mushrooms & Pearl Onions, Mashed Potatoes

Barrows House Inn - Best Dish: Jerk Chicken ($25) - Coconut Lime Rice, Arugula, Lemon Oil Vinaigrette

Your Belly's Deli - Best Dish: The Vermonter ($9) - home cooked roast beef with ham, pastrami, cheese, onions, lettuce and horseradish sauce

South Street Cafe & Bakery - Best Dish: Curried Chicken Salad with an Iced Voodoo drink ($10) - Four shots of espresso, chocolate, half & half and whipped cream over ice.

Elm Street Market - Best Dish: The Mapleicious ($9) - Honey Maple Glazed Turkey, Honey Maple Glazed Ham, Vermont Cheddar Cheese, Crisp Granny Smith Apples, Baby Spinach and our own House Made Maple Sriracha Mayo on a Delicious Round Roll

Two Brews - Best Dish: Ranchero ($5) - Eggs, Avocado, Black beans, VT Cheddar, Pico

Raven's Den Steakhouse & Taproom - Best Dish: Steak Au Poive ($36) - Classically prepared. Twin filet mignon medallions that are pan-seared with whole peppercorns, cognac, dash of cream, & house-made demi glace.

J.J. Hapgood General Store and Eatery - Best Dish: New England Cod ($24) - Cod in Tomato Lobster Broth, Risotto Cake, Smoked Mussels, Pickering’s Baby Fennel, Saffron Aioli, Madeira Style Bread

The Miller's Toll Dinner Club & Lounge - Best Dish: Baked Brie Plate ($14) - Bourbon Caramelized Apples, Red Wine Poached Pears, Blueberry Preserve, Candied Nuts, Crackers, Toasted Baguette Slices


Bistro Henry - Best Dish: Fat Henry’s ½ Chicken ($22) - slo smoke cooked with secret spices and cider glaze

Union Underground - Best Dish: Vermont Chicken & Waffles ($18) - Sweet Corn Malted Waffle, Country Fried Boneless Chicken, Maple Butter, Sriracha Lime Syrup

Ye Olde Tavern - Best Dish: Crispy Blackberry Duck ($29) - Blackberry Demi-Glace and Grand Marnier Liqueur flambé

Show us that you went to and tried at least 5 of these this year and you could win a Shires giveaway!