Set on Riverside Ave between Burlington and Winooski, Bluebird Barbecue offers some of the best barbecue around, away from the summer crowds on Church Street. They boast all-natural meat, slow-smoked on the premises 7 days a week (as your nose can attest to if you go for a walk along Riverside during smoking times). Come hungry, as their dishes are usually enough for two. You can’t go wrong with the Carolina-style slow roasted pork butt or their 15-hour brisket. Bluebird is very family-friendly — kids under 12 eat free on Sunday, and the kids’ menu offers staples like mac and cheese and pulled pork sliders.
For adults they have a great offering of Vermont-heavy craft brews. The selection which usually includes several of the much-sought-after Hill Farmstead beers – and some tasty cocktails. On nice days try to get a seat on the back patio, overlooking the Winooski River.