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, Building
a Better Brattleboro.
Cafe,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. 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).
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 19 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).
A very nice expatriate Mexican guy named Daniel cooks up Mexican
specials a couple of days a week, and breakfast is served
all day. Lots of food, reasonable prices.
Elliot Street - This is where you go for a real beer. 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?
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).
Pizza , Elliot
Street downtown. Frankie and Linda have made pizza, sandwiches,
spaghetti, and salads in the middle of downtown for more than
twenty-five years. Now the next generation is taking over.
The shop has moved from its longtime digs in the parking lot
to a larger, nicer place directly across the street from the
parking garage entrance. When we asked Frankie to give us
prizes for the Brattleboro Criterium some years ago, he didn't
hesitate to support it.
says he can make different kinds of pizza, but he tried this
thick and chewy style and people liked it, so he stays with
it. We often get subs here, especially meatball subs with
cheese and chicken parmigiana ones and hot turkey and bacon
ones (not, repeat, not light fat). What we really like about
this place is that two people can get an antipasto and spaghetti
for, well, pretty cheap.
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.
Moose Cafe, High
Street. Coffee, breakfast & lunch, panini, sandwiches
and soups. Have your eggs and WiFi in the morning. Really
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,