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Worthy Burger

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
96
world-class

21 Reviews
Reviews: 21
Visits: 56
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: n/a
Taps: 14
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

56 Rainbow St
South Royalton, Vermont, 05068-0457
United States
phone: (802) 763-2575

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Reviews: 21 | Visits: 56
Reviews by slander:
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4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Vermont play day en route to Maine, the looong way around. South Royal, with cheese. Running back down I-89 and now winding along some river off some exit, a bridge and spin the square. Parked across the tracks (should not be playing on) and rolled on up to meet friends, old and new...

In an old freight house across the tracks from the train station, split between Worthy and what will be Freight House Brewery at some point. Longish narrow place you enter into midway through. Beige walls over deep red slat vertical wood lowers and bench backings. Local art for sale, a ‘train tracks/body of water/gas station/church/barn’ scene painting, and a Worthy investors print showing their farmer folk. Like! Wood framed ceiling with corrugated foldiness. Track spots on the boards fore and aft, and drop rolo lamps on spinny fans across the middle.

Concrete topped ‘L’ shaped bar with a red wood base and piping foot rail; seating for just shy of a dozen on swivel back leather stools mounted. Barback is a phat wood plank counter top with 3 round stainless steel towers holding 5 taps each on nondescript handles, and a cylinder tower of 3 holding 2 wines. Jarred pickled things, glassware, & books on the barback sill, and wood door lengthy cupboard space below. On the wall above, large framed double horizontal blackboards listing ‘worthy drafts’ (beer, brewery, style, ABV, state, $) in alt colored chalk, a small vertical board in between for specials and ‘what’s tappening’, and long narrow vertical boards on the ends with Worthy goods (shwag & glassware) and wine, soda, cider, kombucha, & seltzer selections.

5 seat bar counter back with chairs below a 4x8 horizontal board listing food stuff (burgers, extras, cheeses, fries, salad, soft drinks, desserts). 4 slat wood square hightops along the wall adjacent to the bar, and 5 diagonally slat wood rectangular tables on the far wall past the door sharing benchage on the wall. And they’ve got a covered deck out back with a ½ dozen tables and a wood stove; busy, busy, bustling.

Kitchenings down on the far end; you order food here, you pick it up there. I should have put in for food upon my arrival instead of mulling about beering, ‘cause there’s a wait now. Grrrr! Started with the house made pickle plate; pickled garlic scape, mushrooms, and sweet & sour dill chips. Them pickles have some heat, and the garlic scape was scallionesque (king of all onions!) And I ordered the Worthy Burger, as one does, and added 2 year Shelburne Farms cheddar and baaacon. You know, come to think of it, she didn’t ask me how I wanted it cooked (but didn’t have to ‘cause they all come pink in the middle). Okay, that was one amazing burger, toothpick skewered down so it didn’t run off, and a small order of crack fries that were just that. They were sweet, they were spicy. Added a toffee brownie pops for dessert; the meth amphetamine coating was the deal.

On revisit, I started again with the house made pickle plate; dilly beans, bread & Butter pickles, & habanero pineapple. Dillys were silly good, but the habanero pineapple was the full on wow. Word is, the turdurkey (turkey & duck confit) does not suck, and truth be known, I was eyeballin’ the Fish’Wich (salmon today). But I couldn’t stray from the burger, which was awesome, and we split a shorty worthy fries. Condiments dealt, the dijon mustard was the best of the dips. And deep fried bacon with butter caramel sauce for dessert, ‘cause it sounded like a good idea.

Beer here! 14 taps; half of them goods from Vermont (Lawson’s, Hill Farmstead, Zero Gravity, Fiddleheads, Lost Nation, Foley Brothers, & Citizen Cider), and the other half a mix & match of American craft near and far. Over my 3 visits there, I’ve drank Lawson’s Spring Fever, Mystic Table Beer, Jack’s Abby Leisure Time, Fiddlehead IPA, Hill Farmstead Edward, Susan, James, & Double Citra. Everything's been in fine, fine shape.

It’s mid week afternoon chill here, one could get used to this. Good staff, playful, attentive. Lau-ra served last time out, she was pleasant +, meaning that she didn’t punch either of us in the neck. Food is nicely priced, and the bearings in pints & 12 ouncers applicably reasonable. Great tap list, and the food, well they cook on a wood fired stove, so you get the crazy smokiness burgerwise. Goddamn, the food is good here. In and out in an hour, but I could easily do serious time here. (4,461 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of mklisz
4.66/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of seanchai
4.54/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of rodmanfor3
2.65/5  rDev -40.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Don't believe the hype. The food is very average. The taplist is ordinary. The service is poor. Avoid this place and get better food and beer further north. (156 characters)

Photo of Kevincredible
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of garyloveman
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Hockeyschtick
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Best beer selection in the region. Best burgers just about anywhere. Chill rural hipster clientele. (99 characters)

Photo of Uconnelmo
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of benzalman
4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of mihkeljaanhaus
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Best food and beer in the state, I've been to all the competitors (65 characters)

Photo of TBonez477
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of emottram
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Rifugium
4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25

I went out of my way to go to this place during an otherwise typical VT trip, as there was a Lawson's tap (and bottle) takeover going on. Good enough reason. As my GPS told me I was getting nearer and nearer to the place, my doubts rose. The location is really bizarre...you drive through an otherwise unassuming town/village/whatever it is, and then take a wacky turn over a railroad track, to find the building. Looked like a converted old train station. I don't even think there was a visible sign outside. Inside was pretty nice, pretty basic. Good small bar and some tables. I got to the event about a half hour before it started and was lucky enough to snag the last bar seat.

Obviously the beer selection was top-notch, with every tap being dedicated to a different Lawson's beer, including one-offs, AND Fayston Stout variants and Maple Tripple being poured from bottles. No joke when it comes to beer here.

Service was fine. The bartenders were friendly and seemed to know their stuff. Ordering food involved getting a beeper that tells you when it's ready, and then going to pick it up yourself at a counter. I guess this is because of the serve-yourself fix-in area. As far as the food goes, I was actually pretty disappointed. Obviously, the main focus here is burgers, and while they had a lot of good options, I just didn't think mine was very good. I don't remember what kind of burger I got (knowing my m.o., it might've just been a bleu cheese burger or something), but it was pretty small, and overall basic and kind of bland. It might just be me, but I expected a little better from a place specifically called "Worthy Burger."

Overall, I had a good time here, and I would definitely go back again. It's nowhere near where I usually make my rounds in VT, as it's like 50 miles south of Waterbury. But it is basically right off 89, so it's a totally conceivable stop on the way home or the way up north. I'd probably opt to get food elsewhere though. (1,972 characters)

Photo of d_brommer_nh
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of indianabeerman
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Awesome food , with great service and an ever changing awesome tap list (71 characters)

Photo of ricknelson
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Great location in Central Vermont, some what hard to find and rather small inside. However it is a very popular spot among locals and visitors. Great burgers (limited menu). Great beer selection. Here you can find some of those hard to find Vermont Craft beers; like Lawson's and Hill's Farmstead; plus many of the other 30 plus Vermont brewers. In the area? Yes! stop here... (376 characters)

Photo of Leftbob
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Found via the usual beer websites and was the only decent place that was coming up. Not exactly on the beaten path but it should be.

VERY nice selection on the 15 taps covering a full range of craft offerings from the northeast.

Menu as you can guess was burger based cooked on wood fired grill. My only complaint was that the burger deserved a better bun,

Very comfortable atmosphere with the craft beer well respected and well treated (444 characters)

Photo of BGsWo22
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Petegrieco
4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Masters
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of richobrien
3.5/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Great beer selection, love the fact that they'll do half pours too. Beer prices were very reasonable.

Bar staff was friendly, when you could get their attention long enough to order something.

If you want to be self-service and cash only and a place that focuses on burgers they need to focus on their consistency. Our burgers were not cooked anywhere near the way we wanted (medium rare) and the table next to us sent theirs back because they were not cooked enough. (471 characters)

Photo of Whatuponit
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of ctone
5/5  rDev +12.4%

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Worthy Burger in South Royalton, VT
96 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.