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If you find yourself in a diner in Vermont, you know you re within spittin' distance of Vermont pure maple syrup. That's for starters, but there is so much more. Vermont has a long history as a farming state, particularly in the area of dairy farming, so the dairy products -- cheese, ice cream, chocolate -- at any eatery are going to be top-notch. In recent decades, Vermont has embraced the local food and slow food movement, so your breakfast or lunch is going to be made of the freshest foods possible. Enjoy!

Find diners in CT, Maine, MA, NH, RI, and VT

CHESTER

Country Girl Diner

46 Route 103 South Chester, Vermont Phone: 802-465-8284 Hours: Open daily, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Fridays, 5-8 p.m. for dinner in the summer; Sunday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Country Girl Diner is a 1940s-period Silk City Dining Car built in New Jersey. Its slogan is “great food and great friends; that’s what we’re all about.”Breakfast and lunch are served using local Vermont foods – for instance, pancakes with Cabot butter and Vermont maple syrup. Usual hours are daily, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., but on summer Fridays the diner serves dinner, 5-8 p.m., including prime rib, beer battered fish, and other specialties. Email: cgdiner@gmail.com.

BELLOWS FALLS

Miss Bellows Falls Diner

90 Rockingham Street Bellows Falls, Vermont Phone: 802-463-3700 Hours: 6 a.m.-2 p.m.

Built in the 1920s by the Worcester Lunch Car Company, Vermont's only surviving barrel-roofed diner was moved here from Massachusetts in 1942. Look for part of an earlier name painted on the back. Try the beefalo burgers with sweet potato fries!!

BENNINGTON

Blue Benn Diner

318 North Street Bennington, Vermont Phone: 802-442-5140 Hours: 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

You are in the soul of Vermont, so, clearly, the first choice for breakfast is blueberry pancakes and Vermont maple syrup. (Ok, the blueberries may have come from Maine.) The Blue Benn also is vegetarian-friendly, serving scrambled tofu, veggie enchiladas, and raspberry crunch french toast, nut burger, and vegetarian meatloaf. Portions are big and tasty. Plenty to entice full-fledged meat-eaters, too. Enjoy the nostalgic jukebox.

BRATTLEBORO

Chelsea Royal Diner

487 Marlboro Road Brattleboro, Vermont Phone: 802-254-8399 Hours: Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

At the foot of Vermont's Green Mountains, the Chelsea Royal is a vintage 1938 Worcester Diner. The Royal Diner’s cuisine is high-end home style, with daily Blue Plate Specials, generous portions, and EASY pricing. Mexican fare is served Friday and Saturday evenings; prime rib is served Friday and Saturday nights with real mashed potatoes, homemade soups, breads, pies and desserts. Breakfast, featuring homemade pancakes and Belgian waffles, eggs Benedict, and the Cajun Breakfast Skillet, is served all day. Classic eats include foot-long hot dogs with fries, and double cheese burgers. Take-out is available for every item. April through October is the season for the Royal soft serve stand.

BURLINGTON

Henry's Diner

155 Bank Street Burlington, Vermont Phone: 866-796-9231 Hours: Daily, 6 a.m.-4 p.m.

Treat your taste buds to a delicious meal at Henry's Diner with entrees including Belgian waffles. This family-friendly diner is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with almost everything made from scratch. This diner has been around since 1925. With several years of restaurant experience, our skilled chefs have been serving up the freshest food in the downtown at prices you can afford. Affordable prices, carry-out services.

SOUTH BURLINGTON

Parkway Diner

1696 Williston Road South Burlington, Vermont Phone: 802-652-1155 Hours: Daily, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Parkway (a Worcester Lunch Car No. 839, for aficionados of the architecture) is a Vermont establishment, so that means, first, you will find Vermont maple syrup, and, second, lots of the food will be locally sourced. Great breakfasts, eggs benedict on cheddar biscuits, corned beef hash. Popular with the local folk (always a good sign) and equally welcoming for first visitors. Open for breakfast and lunch.

CASTLETON

Birdseye Diner

590 Main Street Castleton, Vermont Phone: 802-468-5817 Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

The Birdseye Diner is a 1940’s Silk City Dining Car manufactured in Patterson, NJ. It spent 18 years in service before returning to the factory for a face lift, adding more chrome to cover up the old fashioned wood. After the rehab it was brought to Castleton Vermont to replace the former Birdseye, a wooden diner that had burned. Today, the Birdseye chow is a staple of the community. Among the highlights on the menu are Birdseye meatloaf, Philly cheese steak, jumpin’ pepper jack flash, eggs benedict, buffalo wings, puddings and much more.

PUTNEY

Putney Diner

Main Street Putney, Vermont Phone: 802-387-5433 Hours: 6 a.m.-3 p.m.

Serving classic Vermont cooking with a few surprises, like the Cajun Skillet Breakfast, a short, tasty trip from sugar maple forests to the Gulf Coast bayous. Also displays the work of local artists.