Jericho Center Country Store makes the best Vermonter in Vermont!

Craftsbury General Store, Newport Natural Market & Cafe, J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery and Morse Block Deli in top five

The Vermont food scene is characterized by its fresh, local ingredients, and there's one sandwich that exemplifies this food philosophy: The Vermonter. While the sandwich varies from deli to deli, it often includes a combination of ham, turkey, fresh apple slices, Vermont cheese and mustard on fresh-baked bread.

  • Martone's Market & Cafe
    Essex Junction

    Diners at Martone's Market & Cafe can order the Vermonter as a half sandwich, whole sandwich or as a wrap (not to mention hot or cold). This variation of the classic includes maple ham and turkey, cheddar cheese and honey mustard.
    Photo courtesy of Martone's Market & Deli / Facebook

  • Klinger's Bread Company
    South Burlington

    At Klinger's Bread Company in South Burlington, the Vermonter ranks as one of the most popular sandwiches. It starts with hearty Cranberry Pecan bread with layers of lean smoked turkey, Vermont cheddar cheese, granny smith apples, lettuce and a house-made raspberry sour cream spread.
    Photo courtesy of Klinger's Bread Company

  • Red Hen Baking Co.
    Middlesex

    The Johnny Appleseed, Red Hen Baking Co.'s take on the Vermonter, features North Country Smokehouse turkey, Cabot cheddar, fresh apples from Champlain Orchards and apple butter on Cyrus Pringle bread (baked from wheat grown within 150 miles).
    Photo courtesy of Nikki Eddy

  • August First Bakery & Cafe
    Burlington

    The Vermonter from August First Bakery & Cafe in Burlington features turkey, Cabot cheddar cheese, crisp apples, lettuce, red onion and cranberry mayo on house-baked Country French bread.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • Woodstock Farmers' Market
    Woodstock

    At Woodstock Farmers' Market, the Vermonter is called the Moonlight in Vermont, and it features roasted turkey breast, Vermont cheddar, sweet apple slices, lettuce and mayo on sourdough white bread.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • Morse Block Deli
    Barre

    The Vermonter sandwich from Morse Block Deli in Barre includes Black Forest ham, Cabot sharp cheddar, Vermont-grown apples, local greens and a House IPA mustard on local honey oat bread.
    Photo courtesy of Morse Block Deli

  • J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery
    Peru

    Diners craving a Vermonter will find it listed as the Plymouth Hunter on the J.J. Hapgood menu in the town of Peru. This take on the sandwich is made with arugula, caramelized onions, apple, Fox's mustard and raw cow's milk cheese on multigrain bread. Ham is optional.
    Photo courtesy of Danielle Visco, Luv Lens

  • Newport Natural Market & Cafe
    Newport

    Newport Natural Market & Cafe in Newport serves a classic version of the Vermonter with Vermont-smoked turkey, cheddar cheese, crisp apple slices and honey mustard.
    Photo courtesy of Newport Natural Market & Cafe

  • Craftsbury General Store
    Craftsbury

    A popular menu item at Craftsbury General Store is The 05826, a Vermonter made with Mckenzie all-natural turkey, Cabot cheddar, sliced apple, crispy bacon and maple wholegrain mustard aioli on sourdough bread from Klinger's Bakery. The entire sandwich gets pressed panini style.
    Photo courtesy of Craftsbury General Store

  • Jericho Center Country Store
    Jericho Center

    At Jericho Center Country Store, hungry diners can order a Vermonter Panini stuffed with ham, fresh granny smith apple, cheddar, honey mustard, tomato and onion.

    Photo courtesy of Shannon McGee / Flickr

The sandwich was the brainchild of Jason Maroney, owner of Sweetwaters American Bistro in Burlington. He came up with the idea in the 90s after recognizing how little apples were being used in local food.

10Best and Sandwich America wanted to find the best Vermonter in the state, and to do so, 10Best editors joined forces with local Vermont food writers and The Food Channel to nominate 20 worthy restaurants. After four weeks of voting, the results are in.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Vermonter in Vermont are as follows:

  1. Jericho Center Country Store - Jericho Center
  2. Craftsbury General Store - Craftsbury
  3. Newport Natural Market & Cafe - Newport
  4. J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery - Peru
  5. Morse Block Deli - Barre
  6. Woodstock Farmers' Market - Woodstock
  7. August First Bakery & Cafe - Burlington
  8. Red Hen Baking Co. - Middlesex
  9. Klinger's Bread Company - South Burlington
  10. Martone's Market & Cafe - Essex Junction

Congratulations to all these winning sandwich shops!

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