Okemo, VT Family Friendly Restaurants

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46 Lareau RoadWaitsfield, VT 802-496-8856
These wood-fired pizzas have made their way across the country, in frozen food sections of your favorite grocery store. But if you want to try what it's like to have one of these tasty treats fresh out of the oven, you'll have to venture to the original American Flatbread in Waitsfield and wait in line with everyone else.
 
61 Middle Ridge RdStratton Mountain, VT 802-297-2500
The perfect setting for a cozy and relaxed family dinner, Bentley's, located just off the lobby at the Inn at Stratton Mountain, serves up American Continental cuisine in their full-service dining room. Although not particularly gourmet, they do have a nice salad bar and a standard kids' menu. Open Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. Bentley's is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
 
586 U.S. Route 4Bridgewater Corners, VT 802-422-3816
In Bridgewater Corners, on Route 4, the new owners of Blanche & Bill's have already developed a loyal following of breakfast lovers. Try the blueberry pancakes served with (you guessed it!) Vermont maple syrup, the crispy waffles, and omelets of every type.
 
35 School St.Stowe, VT 802-253-7006
The entrees at this intimate restaurant in Stowe Village changes nightly, but whatever is on the menu is usually a tasty treat. Expect Maine crabs, salmon dishes, oysters, and an extensive wine list. Kids will like the chowder, grilled chicken breast, and Belgian chocolate pot for dessert.
 
2841 Killington RoadKillington, VT 802-422-3795
Casey's Caboose in Killington is a train-themed family restaurant housed in an actual caboose! The facade itself would be enough to attract the kids, but the restaurant serves pretty good food as well. You'll find burgers, pasta and steak on the menu, as well as salads. There's also a kids' menu. Some might argue this place is a bit pricey for the quality, but it's worth a visit.
 
2820 Killington RoadKillington, VT 802-422-4030
A family favorite ever since it opened 25 years ago, Choices offers a variety of pastas for the kids, while mom and dad can dig into the rotisserie chicken, leg of lamb, or grilled salmon. The chef is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.
 
Main LodgeStratton Mountain, VT 800-787-2770
Cob's Market is located in the base lodge and offers full breakfast; the traditional burgers, hot dogs and fries; as well as specialty soups, wraps and salads. You'll have no problem finding foods appealing to everyone in your family but be prepared to pay the price.
 
111 Jackson Gore RoadLudlow, VT 802-228-4041
Jackson Gore Inn's other restaurant, Coleman Brook Tavern, serves classic American dishes like halibut, filet mignon, lamb shank, chicken, and duck. They're also known for their extensive wine collection.
 
146 Main St.Ludlow, VT 802-228-5374
You have to love a place that still features a salad bar in this day and age, included in the price of an entree. Grab a booth at DJ's, a favorite local joint on Main Street and get ready to dig into the chicken marsala, salmon, and ravioli dishes. Best yet, they have our favorite Vermont ale on tap, Switchback.
 
146 Main St.Ludlow, VT 802-228-5374
You have to love a place that still features a salad bar in this day and age, included in the price of an entree. Grab a booth at DJ's, a favorite local joint on Main Street and get ready to dig into the chicken marsala, salmon, and ravioli dishes. Best yet, they have our favorite Vermont ale on tap, Switchback.
 
Base LodgeStratton Mountain, VT 800-787-2770
A real family pleaser, the new Double Diamond Cafe in the base lodge offers pizza, freshly made in an Italian marble oven, by the slice or the pie. Specialty coffees are also available.
 
1610 Depot StManchester, VT 802-362-9843
Garlic John's is the closet you'll get to an authentic Italian restaurant in the Green Mountains, and it's conveniently located on Route 11 on your way into Manchester, about a 15-minute ride from Stratton Mountain. The food is tasty, fresh and plentiful, and we all devoured the warm bread. Although most kids will welcome the pasta with marina sauce, there's also pizza, burgers and French fries on the menu.
 
18 Edson Hill RoadStowe, VT 802-253-8741
Gracie's is so popular that it keeps moving to a larger space, lately on Edson Hill Road. The casual fare includes a heaping mound of nachos, a long list of burgers, fish and chips, and an extensive children'€™s menu.
 
25 Main St.Stowe, VT 802-253-7773
Mom and dad will like this one as much as the kids -- Harrison's aims to please more sophisticated palates but children are nonetheless welcome. This is a great place for mom and dad to get a little ambiance without feeling uncomfortable having kids along. Many menu items will appeal to the younger crowd, like lobster mac and cheese, burgers, chicken tenders, and fish and chips.
 
18 Stratton Mountain VillageStratton Mountain, VT 802-297-9293
Mulligan's, home to the Green Door Pub, is located just steps away from the base lodge in the heart of Stratton Village. It's a bit pricey, but you'll find a wide variety of menu choices and even with the pub downstairs, it's still very family friendly. Offering up standard American fare, you'll find everything from burgers and steaks to fresh salads and seafood. The chicken fajitas are a favorite, salads are large and fresh, and you can't miss with a burger and fries. The kids' menu includes the standard burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese and pasta with marina sauce. For dessert, save room for the chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream on top -- even mom and dad will want to indulge! Make your reservations ahead to avoid a long wait during the busy ski season. If they're not too busy, request a table on the second floor looking out onto the mountain; it's the perfect spot to recount your favorite runs of the day.
 
Village SquareStratton Mountain, VT 802-297-3065
A family favorite, the Organic Pizza Company is a casual eatery located conveniently in Stratton Village. Kids won't notice the natural and organic ingredients in their plain pizzas but adults will appreciate the healthy twist. Choose from every imaginable topping combination and enjoy with salad from the farm-fresh salad bar. For the unusual child who doesn't like pizza, chicken fingers with BBQ sauce are also offered.
 
2841 Killington RoadKillington , VT 802-422-9885
Outback's wood-fired pizza is the best in Killington. Try the Vermonter BLT, with Vermont cheddar, mozzarella, bacon bits, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and basil. Meat lovers will like the Beast of the East, topped with meatballs, pepperoni, and sausage.
 
4519 Main StreetManchester, VT 802-362-9133
If your family is a fan of Chinese food, don't miss Panda Garden in nearby Manchester, Vermont. It's approximately a 30-minute drive from Stratton Mountain, but if you're not too worn out from a day on skiing or riding, it's worth it for the fresh and delicious foods. Even your kids may love the vegetable dumplings. Ask for a comfortable booth.
 
492 Mountain RoadStowe, VT 802-253-5100
With a large selection of pastas, chicken and eggplant Parmesan, and pizzas, including the signature Blond Vermonter that's topped with Vermont cheddar, apples, and ham, Pie in the Sky remains an affordable family favorite in town.
 
1899 Mountain RoadStowe, VT 802-253-4411
Picasso's has New York-style pizza in a relaxed atmosphere where kids feel welcome. Their pizza is a favorite among locals (always a good sign), and they offer a kids' menu, outdoor dining, take-out and delivery.
 
275 Main St.Warren, VT 802-496-6350
Find a babysitter and head on over to this intimate dining room. The Vermont pride at the Pitcher Inn stems to the restaurant where many of the entrees include native produce. Appetizers include a mushroom-stuffed ravioli, topped with a light herb sauce or the fresh arugula salad with crispy shallots and almonds. Then move on to an entree of veal saltimbocca, slices of veal wrapped in Serrano ham, all washed down with a tasty Oregon pinot noir.
 
275 Main St.Warren, VT 802-496-6350
Find a babysitter and head on over to this intimate dining room. The Vermont pride at the Pitcher Inn stems to the restaurant where many of the entrees include native produce. Appetizers include a mushroom-stuffed ravioli, topped with a light herb sauce or the fresh arugula salad with crispy shallots and almonds. Then move on to an entree of veal saltimbocca, slices of veal wrapped in Serrano ham, all washed down with a tasty Oregon pinot noir.
 
77 Okemo Ridge RoadLudlow, VT 800-786-5366
Located just above the Roundhouse restaurant at the Jackson Gore Inn, Siena serves family-friendly Italian fare. Choose from one of the pizzas, pasta dishes, chicken and eggplant Parmesan and lasagna. Save room for the tasty tiramisu for dessert.
 
164 Main StreetLudlow, VT 802-228-2311
To get you ready and rearin' to hit those slopes, head to The Hatchery, also on Main Street. The large menu of breakfast items includes veggie omelets, cinnamon-raisin French toast, and that perennial child favorite, chocolate-chip pancakes. Bring cash because they don't accept credit cards.
 
10 Stratton Mt Access RdS Londonderry, VT 802-297-9850
For breakfast, the Partridge in a Pantry Deli serves up delicious breakfast sandwiches and wraps in their small cozy setting, along with standards like bagels, yogurt, fruit and oatmeal. At lunch, you'll find all kinds of gourmet sandwiches and wraps, along with a variety of substantial and healthy salads, although most choices won't appeal to kids. The Deli is connected to a small provisions store where you'll find homemade frozen entrees like chicken parmesan and lasagna, perfect for an easy family dinner in. Dinner entrees for six persons or more can be ordered ahead, and it's wise to allow as much lead time on orders as possible, as they can reach capacity.
 
1840 Sugarbush Access RoadWarren, VT 802-583-6800
Attached to the Clay Brook, Timbers' floor-to-high ceiling glass windows offer diners glorious views of the mountains. Start with the soup of the day, a wedge salad, or the Vermont cheese plate, then move on to the long list of steaks, shrimp scampi, or braised short rib. The menu takes advantage of Vermont's farms to use as much local vegetables, cheeses and meats as possible.
 
300 Mountain RoadLudlow, VT 802-228-5638
This red barn, near the Okemo base lodge on Mountain Road, is home to the apres-ski scene in the region. Head inside after a day on the slopes and treat yourself to Long Trail Ale on tap. There are booths upstairs if you want to grab a plate of nachos with the kids.
 
700 Trapp Hill RoadStowe, VT 802-253-8511
Even if you're not staying at Trapp's, drive up for dinner in the main dining room. With its rustic decor, you're immediately transported back to the old country. Especially when the entrees of wiener schnitzel and coq au vin start to arrive. Kids will like the fondue.
 
2841 Killington RoadKillington, VT 802-442-3177
Grab a booth at this 1950s-era diner on the access road, popular for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The fresh-squeezed orange juice is a hit in the morning hours. For lunch, there'€™s a large selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, and burgers. Dinner options include lobster ravioli, linguini and homemade meatballs, and a 12-ounce strip steak.
 
284 Main StreetWarren, VT 802-496-3864
This is a must-stop, especially when you want to find picnic food for a bike ride or hike. Dagwoodesque sandwiches on thick French bread can be savored at the picnic tables overlooking Mad River. Try to save room for the homemade peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, and chocolate chip cookies. They also offer salads, a hot breakfast menu and other baked pastries.


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