Foodie Life in the Valley Part Two

Part two of a series savoring the flavors in Southern Vermont's Deerfield Valley.  Check out the first part of the series here.

11. The White House Restaurant - Wilmington

The White House has seen significant renovations in the last few years including its now state of the art kitchen.  A revised menu offers something for everyone from burgers to gnocchi.  One of the few restaurants to serve a proper Sunday brunch that will leave you in a food coma from unsuccessfully trying to choose between fantastic challah bread french toast with whipped marscapone or their hand rolled sushi and ending up getting both.   Sushi on Sunday?  It’s on point.  Great food is only part of the equation as the dining room and bar enjoy one of the best views of the valley due to the Inn’s location as you enter Wilmington on Route 9.


12. Cask & Kiln Kitchen - Wilmington

Elevated comfort food comes close, but does not capture the quality and variety of the Cask & Kiln’s offering.  Menu staples include a whole chicken, deboned and brined and slow roasted in the wood fire kiln and served with brulee lemons and chicken jus.  The kitchen isn’t the only hub of creativity at the Cask.  Custom cocktails are created and released several times a year with names themed from classic movies and books.  Innovative cocktails with just the right amount of everything.  If you are a gin or whiskey afficianado this is the bar for you.  A comprehensive selection of award winning gins, bourbons, whiskey and ryes including Vermont’s own Whistle Pig Ryes and Bar Hill Gins is on hand for your sipping pleasure.


13. North Star Pizza - Wilmington

Stuffed pizza.  Two pizzas layered together and jam packed with your favorite toppings.  Another valley institution, North Star has been a favorite place for locals and visitors for over thirty years.  A big plus for me is North Star has begun delivery service for those days when you just don’t want to get bundled up, but you really want something delicious for dinner.


14. The Roadhouse - Wilmington

One of the other restaurants committed to serving seven days a week in the valley.  Diners rave about the fresh homemade bread that accompanies all the meals.  Thursday nights are a must for a thick, juicy slice of slow roasted prime rib.  Beer geeks rejoice!  The owners are gradually beginning to add more draft lines as they transform into the go to spot for craft brews in the valley with over 14 taps and another 12 planned within the year.


15.  Speaking of Beer… Wilmington & Dover

Don’t miss the second annual Craft Brew & Chili stroll on Friday March 30th in historic Wilmington.  Rave reviews from last year’s events including for Chili contest winner Cask & Kiln Kitchen’s Wild Boar and Venison chili.  Stellar Vermont craft brews from Rock Art, Stowe Cider, Burlington Beer and Alchemist brewing were all poured during the two hour stroll.  This year look for a few new breweries to be debuting on the stroll including Burlington’s award winning Foam Brewing.  More information & Tickets here.


16. Sticky Fingers Bakery - West Dover

When you’re looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, be sure to check out Sticky Fingers Bakery. Open since 2010, Sticky Fingers serves up the highest quality home-made pastries, ice cream, desserts, cookies, breads, and celebration cakes that you will find. Located on Route 100 in West Dover,  Sticky Fingers features some incredible treats that are all cooked fresh daily in their bakery. It is a one-stop-shop for your breakfast, snack, and desserts just minutes from Mount Snow and right up the road from downtown Wilmington. These tasty treats don’t last forever, so call ahead to reserve your favorite before it’s gone! “A "must do" for all those who visit Dover and the Wilmington area.” - Trip Advisor


17.The Village Roost - Wilmington

House made bagels, gluten free and vegetarian options on many of their sandwiches and soups from scratch. Go for the classic grilled cheese on sourdough with a cup of their house made tomato bisque or one of their other savory soups the next time your passing through Wilmington. 


18. Austrian Haus Vegetarian Buffet - West Dover

Timing is everything with this dining option.  On the Sunday during the second weekend of the month from December through March head north on Route 100 for this delightful treat. Trip Advisor reviewer sums it up best with this recent quote, “Authentic indian food at a reasonable price. The folks who work there are very friendly and welcoming. They kept offering to give us more naan or to fill our water glasses. Try everything at the buffett - it was all flavorful. The rice pudding dessert hit the spot. There is some spice in some of the dishes, so be warned on that. It helps to bring some beer with you to wash it down.”

Upcoming Buffet Dates : February 11 March 10


19. The Food Truck -The Nutmeg Meals to Go - West Dover & Wilmington

This is not your average food truck with sandwiches and small bites to go.  Who wouldn’t love to be able to stop in to grab savory rotisserie chicken served with fresh bread and gourmet sides that rotate on a weekly basis.  It’s the food you would expect from a fine dining restaurant, served in the comfort of your own home.  Keep up to date with weekly specials and truck location by following them on Facebook and Instagram


20. Wicked Wednesdays at the Wilmington Inn - Wilmington

If you missed the inaugural night on February 7th, make sure to reserve your spot for the next Wicked Wednesday.  Innkeepers Charlie & Megan Foster have brought the team from Nomad Chefs to the house and it’s not to be missed.  The plates were perfectly sized, reasonably priced and absolutely DELICIOUS! 


Click here for more information and to reserve your spot at these fantastic valley restaurants.


Bon Appetit




 Guest Blogger: Sharon Cunningham - Tasting my way through life one bite at a time.