Best Places to Live

Burlington, VT

Population: 42,570
Photo: Kevin Young

Burlington is one of the best food cities in America. Beer may be Burlington's biggest consumable attraction, but any legit foodie knows that where there's good beer there's usually good food. Local restaurants in Burlington receive strong support from residents, and in turn, support the city's breweries. Farm-to-table restaurants, sandwich shops, pizzerias, bistros and brew pubs permeate this college town.

Vermont Pub & Brewery, the state's oldest craft brewery, serves traditional English pub grub and elegant dinner entrees with more than a dozen beers, in a surprisingly intimate dining area.

Farmhouse Tap & Grill offers an assortment of Vermont cheese and house-made charcuterie with local, seasonal ingredients used in most dishes. American Flatbread, a local chain and brewery, creates highly craved pizzas with locally sourced meats, cheeses and vegetables.

Summer and winter farmers markets provide artisan wares, seasonal produce, baked goods and other prepared foods. 

See where Burlington ranked on our Top 10 Beer Cities list.

Burlington also made these lists:

Top 10 College Towns 2011

Top 10 Downtowns