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Handy's Lunch

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74 Maple St, Burlington, VT 05401-4724
+1 802-864-5963
07:00 - 15:00
Closed now
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Sun 08:30 - 13:00
Mon - Fri 07:00 - 15:00
Sat 07:30 - 13:00
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Dover, Vermont
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92 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Simply stated --- what an incredible breakfast! The portions were HUGE, the food was delicious and inexpensive, and the staff were friendly. We have never seen such large servings; the "Black Belt" was a "breakfast sandwich" made with three Texas toast slices as french toasts (top, middle, and bottom) that held an egg, cheese, and three meats; and they had... More 

Thank Ira C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Great food and quick service. Clean establishment with a cute old fashion diner feel. My husband enjoyed the fench toast and I loved the veggie omelet- very yummy! We would go back again ☺️

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Milton, Vermont
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Handy's is a wonderful place to grab a bite to eat. It's been family owned and run for decades and one of the few places where you can sit down, get a sandwich and fries or a breakfast that is just plain, good food. I know that doesn't sound like a rave review, but in a place like Burlington, where... More 

Thank kfountain44
Goffstown, New Hampshire
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

We were in VT for a roller derby bout for my daughter and decided to have breakfast/brunch in the town. Two other places, a little closer to the city center had wait times of 1.5 hours or 2 hours! We had google maps open and saw Handy's was a little further out but still easy to walk too. It's a... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Breakfast and lunch you can always count on . I've never had a bad meal from this diner . Food has been great since I started eating their over 30 years ago. We had them cater a party for us and everything went smoothly.

Thank Gary W
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Best darn hot pastrami on rye I've had in a long time! The family behind this - we met the matriarch, daughter and son - were kind and hardworking. Very familiar bunch of regulars were nice too! Perfect spot for lunch, near the water and the older part of downtown.

Thank luckjr
Jonesboro, Arkansas
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55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

We walked here from our hotel for breakfast during a recent stay and ended up being one of the highlights of our trip. It is a classic diner-style restaurant complete with a horseshoe countertop that runs along the entire length of the restaurant. Make sure to try the blueberry pancakes with maple syrup, and don't forget the bacon!

Thank Brandon C
South Burlington, Vermont
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Fantastic home cooked food, awesome new sandwiches like the "Hilly" deep fried Cheri Ken patty with ham , provolone, capitola lettuce tomato! Make you feel like family since 1945! Look for Chuck Norris!

Thank Bill F
Montreal, Canada
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48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

First and foremost, the food is incredible! Try the subs and make sure to get an order of their famous tater tots! Listen, everything about that place is awesome- even their mustard tastes better than usual mustard - and I'm sure it's just plain regular mustard - it just tastes of LOVE. The service is great, friendly and personable. The... More 

Thank AllySalh
Cleveland, Missouri
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Had the SST breakfast sandwich with French toast and it was incredible! My husband had the big daddy breakfast and loved it as well! Really wonderful food for breakfast:)

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Diner, Delicatessen
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:30 - 13:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:30 - 13:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 74 Maple St, Burlington, VT 05401-4724
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Burlington
  • Phone Number: +1 802-864-5963
Hungry? You won't be after you've eaten a Handy's Big Daddy Breakfast (curious? Come on in to try one!) Or our famous Texas Chili dogs with a side of fries and an ice cold Coke. At Handy's, we make it our mission to not only fill you up with delicious food but to also make you part of our family...Sixty years strong and still growing! Food for thought (no pun intended),we were voted "Best Place to Meet a Stranger" by Seven Days.....So whether you choose to dine alone or with a group, we always have a seat waiting for you at Handy's.

P.S. UVM also lists Handy's Lunch as one of their Top 25 Things to Do Before you Graduate...Not that we're saying you haven't graduated yet........Alums also welcome!

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