Bratbike people eat
are lots of places to get good food in and around Brattleboro. We're
listing some of our favorites. You are welcome to vote for your
favorite food emporia and we'll be happy to include your comments
in the list.
complete listing of cafes and restaurants in downtown Brattleboro
can be found at our
downtown organization's site.
Lower Main Street This place is always packed,
so plan a little wait. Personal-sized, brick oven-fired, gourmet
pizzas with unusual combinations. In fact almost everything
on the menu has some kind of unexpected twist, but you do
have to think about how the menu is put together. The burgers
are simply good burgers. Recently expanded to have a full
bar and music.
Buckley's Uptown Dining,
Elliot Street This is going to be hard to believe,
but this is one of those places you go when you want a meal
you'll think fondly back on for years to come. Elliot St.
is a lousy place to park a bike, but if you are in town anyway
or are staying at the Latchis, you make a reservation at this
little, 5-table diner place where everything is prix fixe.
It may be next to a laundromat, but we know a couple who were
happy to have a romantic dinner there after they got married.
Chef Mike rides a Litespeed, and we don't hold it against
him that he didn't buy a bike from us. (Hi, Mike, just kidding).
Main Street This is the place right across the street
from us. Nice atmosphere in the dining room, and you can also
have a lite menu around the side on High Street while you listen
to live jazz in the Lounge.
and casual places
Royal Diner, the
last thing on Rte. 9 in Brattleboro We
like diners, and the Chelsea Royal is Brattleboro's diner.
We have never had a bad meal there in 30 years. Bike parking
there is just locking your bike to the railings, but they
sell soft-serve ice cream around the side in the summer months.
are interesting specials every day ($5-$12) in addition to
a rotating, blue-plate special (funny, the plates are white).
They grow their own vegetables and make their own ice cream.
Lots of food, reasonable prices.
Elliot Street Brattelboro's original micropub. Ray
McNeill can often be seen riding a nice road bike on Route 30
when he needs to work off some of the calories from his award-winning
brews. His daughter rode across the country with our former
mechanic a few years ago, but that's another story. Actually,
you can't call this a restaurant because there isn't any food
served. No worries, the oatmeal stout will take the place of
a meal, right?
Thrush , High
Street Our newest art brewery. HT specializes in sours,
so not everybody's beer choice. No food either, but if you're
going around town tasting you'll want to give it a try.
o' the Hill Grill, al
fresco barbecue on Putney Rd. just up the hill from the Marina.
We honestly can't remember any other place quite like this.
It's a barbecue shack with a really nice deck and attached
alpine chalet, all perched (literally) overlooking the West
River and Retreat Meadows. The food is quite good, and they
have a mobile unit if you want a catering job done.
though we have known Jonathan, the proprietor, for years,
we hadn't made it to this, his latest venture until one of
our customers insisted we go and offered to buy us a meal.
We're really glad he did, because Heidi's Favorite is a tempeh
& veggie burrito-style sandwich in a flavored flour tortilla,
and it's definitely worth the trip.
is ample space to keep an eye on your bike here.
Brattleboro does not have a pizza that we would remember fondly
We don't know why. We are regular customers at pizza shops
here, and gladly spend lots of money on local offerings, but
classic pizza comes from other places. New York. Atlantic
City. Bay and Goodman's in Rochester, NY. King of Pizza in
Philadelphia, before the INS cracked down on them. And New
Haven, certainly, New Haven. Just not Brattleboro (sigh).
Street downtown. Hip and edgy, all the house pizzas have people's
names. We order the poutine (loaded up) and an Addy. These
are really good pizza combos.
Rte. 9 in West Brattleboro next to the 7-Eleven - The place
in town for a thin crust, Italian pizza. Calzones, pizza by
the slice. No bike parking to speak of, though.
Toscanella, Rte 100 West Dover. Okay, this is way out
of downtown Brattleboro - but many of our customers have second
homes in the Mount Snow region and this is the place to get
pizza over there. Try the Veggie Deluxe or Piero's white pizza.
and Coffee Joints
does Brattleboro have enough places to get a cup of coffee
and a munchie? We go to all of them, but mostly to these:
Bakery Arts Cafe, Main Street. Amy does everything right.
And aside from the espresso, artisan breads, breakfast treats,
cakes and cookies, you can also find very good and nutritious
lunches with soups, sandwiches, quiche. Our usual: coffee
and a chocolate croissant. At lunchtime. Upscale but friendly,
small, art on the wall.
Main Street (walkdown under Turn It Up). Minimum munchies, max
coffee. This is the place to find people who talk about the
mouth feel and nose appeal of their coffee - because Mocha Joe's
is a coffee roaster. (Don't confuse the coffee shop on lower
Main with the roasting operation down the alley from us!) Coffee
Street. The only place downtown where you can get a bagel.
When the famous Hamelman's Bakery went out of business in
what is now our storefront, Keene Bagel Works came to the
auction to buy the state-of-the-art French bread oven that
sat where we now display our bikes. From the moment they became
familiar with the workings of that oven they ceased to be
Keene Bagel Works and became The Works. But it took ten years
to open a place in Brattleboro (it's store number seven).
All the usual bagel sandwich stuff like at Bruegger's, but
with a bigger menu of smoothies and sandwiches. Spacious,