Cheese and Maple, a Love Affair in Vermont
Vermonters love their maple and cheese. Artisanal cheese rivals maple as the Green Mountain State’s most well-known culinary delight. The Vermont Cheesemakers Festival held each year on the gorgeous grounds of Shelburne Farms, just outside Burlington, draws crowds from across the country--all in the name of cheese. Cheddar, chevre and farmstead cheese from Vermont producers have been recognized as some of the best in the world.
Vermont cheese seems to make its way into a variety and sometime unusual dishes at popular Burlington restaurants. In the Old North End neighborhood, for example, you'll get inspired by the inventive mac and cheese pancakes at Butch + Babe’s. And at Misery Loves Co., a two-time James Beard nominee, you'll be tempted by cheddar-infused beignets with honey butter.
The other Vermont signature food, maple, complements more dishes than one could ever imagine. Flaky maple biscuits or frosty maple creemees—what Vermonters consider their soft-serve ice cream cones—are regular features on most Burlington restaurant menus. There is also the burger from Vermont Pub & Brewery topped with a maple barbecue sauce, maple Brussels sprouts from E.B. Strong’s Steakhouse, or, for an afternoon pick-me-up, a maple French roast from local coffee roaster Speeder & Earl’s.
Butch + Babe’s