So, by now you know that the Stratton Mountain area is a great place for fun and adventure, with golf, skiing, hiking, biking, and camping opportunities, but what about off-mountain adventures? And, just as important, what about off-mountain food? To answer this question, we have assembled our Best Off-Mountain Eats Near Stratton VT guide, and, as you read on, you will discover that one of the unique characteristics of these outlying areas is that food and community go hand-in-hand.
Best Off-Mountain Eats – Jamaica & Newfane
Honeypie, 8811 Rte 30, Jamaica, VT
AVG. Price: $25
Despite being a term of an endearment, a 1968 song by ThemBeatles, and a tasty, sweet treat,
Honeypie is also a classic roadside burger joint, offering tasty, hand-ground burgers, homemade sausages, hand-cut french fries, old-school milkshakes, and craft beer and wine. Located in an old gas station along Route 30, bring the whole family for a rocking good time.
Asta’s Swiss Inn Bed & Breakfast, 3894 VT Rte. 30/100, Jamaica, Vermont
AVG. Price: $50
Serving quality authentic Swiss and European cuisine, like Grilled Knockwurst and Bratwurst and various Schnitzels, stepping into Asta’s is like stepping into a small European town. Maybe that is because the owner/chef, Michel is really Swiss and loves using traditional ingredients.
North Country General, 3796 Route 30, Jamaica, Vermont
AVG. Price: $15
Alex and Dean Fraser have been running this general store for about a month, which was formerly a cafe. As it stands, North Country General is trying to be community place to hang out for young families, and the Fraser’s hope to add live music to the mix this summer. Thus far, they have received a lot of help from the community, and that is kind of the point. In Alex’s words from a recent local interview, “They’ve welcomed us with open arms, and that’s huge.”
Williamsville Eatery, 26 Main Street, Williamsville, Newfane, VT
AVG. Price: $40
Williamsville is an unincorporated community in the town of Newfane, and the Williamsville Eatery is the place to gather and relax with friends if you are in the area. Located in an historic general store dating back to 1828, the eatery is owned by brothers Glenn & Dylan Richardson, and their goal is as much supporting local food producers as it is feeding tasty fare to the community.
Best Off-Mountain Eats – Peru & Winhall
J.J. Hapgood, 305 Main Street, Peru, VT
AVG. Price: $25
J.J. Hapgood General Store opened in 1827, and, after some time of disuse, it reopened in 2013 with new owners, Juliette & Tim Britton. New features include a wood-fired oven and one of the best breakfast and lunch menus in the area; think, Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffles, Pastrami Hash & Eggs, Local Beef Burgers, and Wood-Fired Pizza.
Cilantro “The Shack”, Junction of VT 11 & 30, Winhall, VT
AVG. Price: $15
Cilantro is a quick stop lunch snack, or maybe it is a delicious fresh frozen custard dive… Either way, the ramshackle hut is found on the way to either Stratton or Bromley Mountain Resort area, depending on your route. And, like its big brother, a sit-down dining restaurant in Manchester, it features burritos made with local, fresh produce, and naturally raised meat.
Red Fox Inn, 103 Winhall Hollow Rd., Bondville, Vermont
AVG. Price: $70
A family-run operation since 1960, the tavern and restaurant have the feel of an authentic Irish pub and specializes in New England-style comfort foods. A meeting place for friends and family for more than 50 years, Red Fox Inn features homemade meals like Traditional Shepherd’s Pie and Coq Au Vin as well as Pan Roasted Elk Chops and Smoked Duck Breast.
Best Off-Mountain Eats – Londonderry
SoLo Farm & Table, 95 Middletown Road, South Londonderry, VT
AVG. Price: $65
SoLo Farm & Table is an ongoing project and persistent dream of Chloe & Wesley Genovart. Established in 2011, the menu is always changing by design, dictated to what is fresh and in-season, what is available in the gardens, or what is sourced from local farmers and growers. All meat procured locally, and whole animals are butchered in-house to maximize freshness and minimize waste.
AVG. Price: $30
For over 30 years, Chef-owner Judith Platt has offered menus are influenced by the pure and subtle flavors of Europe and Asia. Every meal is served on antique plates and garnished with edible flowers. Signature dishes like the Bombay Vegetable Curry, Eggplant Roulade, Filet Mignon, Grilled Teriyaki Swordfish Kabob are sure to delight all the senses
New American Grill, 5700 VT Route 100, Londonderry, Vermont
AVG. Price: $60
Established in 2004, the menu is classic American bar/grill food, and you can choose from the soup of the day, mussels, or pot stickers for appetizers. Then dinner fare ranges from burgers to lobster ravioli, BBQ, and curries. Highlights include Crispy Duck, the Black and Blue Burger, and Cashew-Ginger Stir Fry.
Best Off-Mountain Eats – Ludlow
Harry’s, 68 Route 100, Ludlow, Vermont
AVG Price: $50
This longtime family-friendly joint serves dishes made from scratch. Promoting a casual atmosphere, Harry’s has been around a while, but that does not mean the food is old and tired. The appetizers alone make your mouth water – Shrimp in Crisp Skins (Cilantro and Garlic-Marinated Shrimp inside a fried Wonton Wrapper), Green Curried Mussels and Fresh Basil, and more.
Mojo Cafe, 106 Main St, Ludlow, Vermont
AVG Price: $30
Founded in 2014 by owners John & Jodi Seward, Mojo can best be described as cajun-mexican fusion. For starters, you have got to try Dry-Hopped Chicken Wings and the Crawfish Tamale. Then, move into the a la carte tacos, like the Chicken & Molé (slow-roasted Misty Knolls chicken, housemade molé sauce, jicama, cilantro, queso fresco). Yum.
The Hatchery, 164 Main St, Ludlow, Vermont
AVG. Price: $25
With a name like the hatchery you know there has got to be some good eggs, right? With homemade pancakes served with real Vermont maple syrup, omelettes, creative sandwiches, and a full vegetarian menu, and mammoth portions, you might want breakfast all day. With house-made corned beef and crab cakes on the menu you wouldn’t figure the cilantro omelette would be what folks are talking about, but there you have it.