Some of Vermont’s  freshest takes on classic comfort food come off the stoves at Elements Food & Spirit (98 Mill St., 802/748-8400, www.elementsfood.com , 5–9 p.m. Tues.–Thurs.; 5–9:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat., $15–21). The blue-plate specials are always a hit (most diners just order those), but the kitchen also takes pride in dishes like smoked trout and apple cakes. There’s a lengthy list of reasonably priced wines and Vermont-brewed beers.
Standard burgers, sandwiches, and nightly specials are the all-American fare at family-friendly Mooselook Restaurant (1058 Main St., Concord, 802/695-2950, 6 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Mon.–Thurs. and Sun.; 6 a.m.–8 p.m. Fri., $7–14).