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Where to Eat on a Budget in Wilmington, Vermont

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After a long day of skiing, snowboarding, sleigh rides, and ice fishing, you'll probably be experiencing some powerful hunger. Lucky for you, Wilmington, Vermont isn't just an awesome town for winter activities. We have lots of fantastic restaurants to suit every taste -- and wallet. Read on to learn about some of the affordable places to eat in Wilmington after a long day.

Dot's Restaurant

There's a reason that we call some foods "comfort food." They make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, and make you feel full from the toes up. And in Wilmington, there's no better place for some old-fashioned comfort food than Dot's Restaurant.

Dot's Restaurant

Dot's is something of a local legend -- it was nearly destroyed in 2011 by Hurricane Irene only to be rebuilt by the community, and its status as a local institution only grew. The owners are proud of their family-style comfort food, and for good reason. Every Vermont governor in the last 30 years has had their picture taken there, and their blueberry pancakes have been called "a national treasure." Whether you're fueling up for the day or looking to unwind, Dot's is the perfect place.

Maple Leaf Malt & Brewing Co.

If you're in the mood for a delicious burger and a cold beer, you'd have a hard time doing better than the Maple Leaf Tavern. With its diverse menu and huge selection of beers, almost everyone will find something they'll love. Though the restaurant no longer brews its own beverages, the beers it features on tap will please even the pickiest of craft beer drinkers. You'll also enjoy its legendary customer service, featuring what might be the friendliest staff of any restaurant in New England. Visit and see for yourself!

Tommy's Pizzeria

It's tough not to love a good pizza, and at Tommy's Pizzeria, good pizza is the only kind they serve. A casual dining atmosphere and an affordable but wide-ranging menu combine in this modest restaurant to create some of the best pizzas anywhere in the Northeast. The restaurant also features homemade dressings, sandwiches, pastas, and more. We guarantee that you'll enjoy the food, the prices, and the friendly service.

Wahoo's Eatery

Though many of Vermont's signature attractions are only available in the winter, there is plenty to do here in the warmer months as well. One of the best just happens to be Wahoo's Eatery, a summer-only food stop that has perfected the hamburger, hot dog, and especially the ice cream cone. On a hot summer day nothing will cool you off faster (short of jumping into a river). And in case you're in Vermont when Wahoo's is closed, you can still get a taste of what makes it so popular by tracking down one of the local ZooHoo's Food Trucks, the mobile versions of Wahoo's.

There are plenty of other great places to eat in Wilmington beyond the few we've listed here. If you want to explore them all, you'll need someplace to stay in between meals, like one of our long-term rental homes. Only a few miles from Mount Snow, you'll have all of southern Vermont at your fingertips.

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