In Montpelier, the question isn't can we find a good restaurant for fine dining, the question is where would you like to eat. With over forty restaurants and night spots with a few blocks in the downtown district you may peruse a considerable ensemble of establishments before situating yourself in the setting of your choice.
From a steakhouse voted Best Steakhouse, Best Seafood, Best Sunday Brunch by Times Argus- J. Morgans Steakhouse to the acclaimed authentic Italian restaurant Sarducci's, along with the traditional Thai at Royal Orchid, Japanese fusion at Asiana House or Philamena's- serving cuisine prepared northern Italian style with fresh pasta along with a number of nooks where one can find a unique and delightful graze, don't expect to be disappointed when venturing to the city for an evening meal.
For some unique combinations try the New England Culinary Institute downtown restaurant. The menu fuses Vermont country favorites, local produce and unique recipes from the college's kitchen staff of students and faculty.
I'd also mention Kismet for fine dining as you'll find a brief but select tantalizing menu that includes raw oysters on the half shell.
Lots of Nooks for Nosh
You might just interested in a quick bite.
For midday or evening respite there are a myriad of restaurants serving a variety of foods including Vermont favorites, American Chinese, New York style pizza and even traditional Indian cuisine at the Tulsi Tea Room.
The environmentally conscious might certainly enjoy The Skinny Pancake, a restaurant that is a member of the Vermont Green Restaurant Program as a result of recycling and redistribution programs to food shelves and other initiatives, along with their great menu.
For a quick take out as you're heading back to the office or on your way to the airport, don't miss Alla Vita, a purveyor of oils, vinegars, wines, sea salts and maple products. You'll savor some of the finest panini and salads made with their unique oils and vinegars.
Julio's Cantina is a local favorite that serves a combination of Mexican and traditional American "comfort food" day and night. There you may order up a Chimichanga, Enchilada or Cobb Salad and Burger and Fries.
La Brioche is a bakery that is also a part of the New England Culinary Institute that may surely delight connoisseurs of breads, croissants and confections.
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A focal point of entertainment, local talent and nightlife, Montpelier is the place to visit for an evening out.
Whether it's a Friday or Saturday night or just any night of the week, local talent along with the occasional well known artist performs in the City. Bagitos Bagel & Burrito Cafe presents live music most every night of the week, with bands playing on Saturday starting at 2pm and Sunday's at 11am.
Three Penny Taproom is a local favorite with a long bar, beer on tap and menu.
Positive Pie is a local late night favorite with the music playing from 10pm till past midnight on weekends. The restaurant features local hip hop, rock and rhythm and blues. They're also serving pizza, burgers and select entries including; Shrimp Scampi, Local Bolognese and Grilled New York Strip Steak. The restaurant is truly a "must check this out" on a Friday or Saturday night.
In terms of live music and entertainment, there's more in town.
Charlie-O's hosts local comedians, along with local musical talent. Sweet Melissa's provides Sunday Karaoke, in addition to their scheduled selection of musicians, just to name two.
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