Last September, Iliyan Deskov and his wife Savitri Bhagavati moved from Los Angeles county to Vermont in pursuit of an intimate, more sustainable setting. They found a real sense of community in Waitsfield. In a time when non-traditional dining is cornering the restaurant market, MINT Restaurant and Tea Lounge is ahead of the curve. MINT doesn’t advertise as a vegetarian spot, they prepare savory dishes from around the world that simply taste good, and happen to be meat-free. Their hope is that non-vegetarians will be surprised by how much they enjoy their meal. Just as co-owner Deskov realized he was a de facto vegetarian after spending time at Los Angeles vegetarian hot spots so long ago. MINT’s ever-evolving small menu approach allows for seasonal specials, adaptable dishes, and favorite staples. While they have no designated kid’s menu, their $7 rice bowl, falafel and seasonal vegetables with tofu have proven to be favorites for customers of all ages. Drop by while you’re in town for a bite, or warm up with a warm cup of loose-leaf tea.