Worthy Burger

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51 Ratings
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.65
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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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 23
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Photo of slander
4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Hockeyschtick
5/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of mihkeljaanhaus
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Best food and beer in the state, I've been to all the competitors

Photo of Rifugium
4.13/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of indianabeerman
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Awesome food , with great service and an ever changing awesome tap list

Photo of ricknelson
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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...

Photo of Leftbob
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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

Photo of richobrien
3.5/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Photo of beerdedbiker
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The Worthy Burger is my favorite place to hang out. I've been there more time than any other bar. The beer selection is always great and with a constantly rotating tap list its hard to get bored drinking the same beer all the time. For non beer drinkers they have a couple wines, a new mead tap, and a hard cider. Non alchoholic drinks include sodas Rookies Root beer and Ginger ale, I believe iced tea, and lately hot spiced cider. The same can be said for the food. While the menu may be limited its always changing. New specials every week.

The staff is great. I love sitting at the bar and chatting with them or anyone else who may be there. Most other customers are friendly and interested in beer so its hard not to have a good time hanging out.

Personal favorite foods are a simple Worthy with cheddar, poutine burger, the fish is always pretty good, sausage gravy fries, chicken pot pie fries, fried bacon, and that's just a few.

Photo of Heavy-G
4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

This is just a really cool burger joint with an outstanding beer selection. The beer selection is written on a large chalk board behind the counter and beer selection rotates. They always have a great selection of brews and always have some delicious local, rare Vermont beers as well as a great overall beer selection.

This is my favorite burger in the world, but, I had to work a bit to get the selection right. My first trip I tried the TurDuckey Burger. It was too dry for my liking. My second trip I ordered the Extra Worthy, a double beef patty. The chef had to come out of the kitchen to remind me to breathe! It was too much. My third trip I had the classic worthy burger with Vermont Cheddar. Heaven!! The perfect burger, grilled over an open wood flame, organic, with all local accoutrements. The best burger I ever had paired with a delicious brew or two!

Take my advice. Go here, get the classic Worthy Burger and talk to the friendly staff. They gave us great information on where to go on our Vermont Beercation!

Photo of youbrewidrink
4.03/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a tough place to describe, Great place to get a craft beer and burger seems to work.

There is always a great beer selection, usually a Hill Farmstead or Lawson's offering, plenty of other well thought out beer offerings.

All the varieties of burgers, beef, fish,turducky, veg, with fun toppings, daily pickle plates and crazy ass tasty desserts.

Everything about this place is different, you order at the bar and the bring you signalling device to let you know when your food is ready, Remember, cash only.

Photo of Dmbphoenix
4.61/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

WOW WOW WOW. So this place is door to door, a 4.5 hr ride from NY to Smugglers Nothc and is well worth the stop. Over a dozen local breweries on tap and the burgers and fries are absolutely awesome. Im a sucker for local grown foodstuff and this is the place. Also, as a history buff, I love that its set inside an old train freighthouse.

I would absolutely do a day trip just to come to this place.

Photo of corbydrone
4.49/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Small, crowded, and convivial, join the queue when entering to order burgers and beer. The beers are served in 12 oz tulip glasses with a good (14 or 15 lines, draught only) selection of West and East Coast standards (e.g. Sierra Nevada & Victory) with some of the more rare Vermont locals like Hill Farmstead. The burgers are grilled over a wood fire and delicious. My wife thinks their kimchee burger with a fried egg on top is the best burger she has ever eaten.
The Worthy Burger is nearly on a par with great Philadelphia bars like The Grey Lodge Pub or the Memphis Taproom and merits a side trip if traveling on I89.

Photo of velcrowe
4.73/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

My expectations were very high for this joint and they were surpassed easily.

I was slightly disappointed that they had no Lawson's or Hill Farmstead on tap this time around, but the 15ish taps were packed with quality and diverse beers. Plenty of local stuff like Lost Nation, Jack's Abbey, Citizen Cider, Smuttynose, etc. A couple farther away breweries like Victory and even Green Flash.

The burgers and fries (especially the parmesan truffle fries) are very, very good. One of the best burgers I've had in a long time. Great condiments and sides (the free pickles are out of this world).

I would highly recommend in all aspects. I only wish they had a little more room!

Photo of otispdriftwood
4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

This place was recommended to me by a store owner on my way up to see my sister- in-law in NH. Problem was, we got to the town where it was but since I didn't write down the name and since it's kind of hidden away, we couldn't find it. But...when we got to my sister-in-law's place, she told us we would be going to a place called the Worthy Burger for lunch the next day since all of her co-workers recommended it. Well, I was not disappointed. The beer selection was outstanding, the food was outstanding, the employees were friendly and helpful and as a bonus, the glassware was just the style I was looking for my home use so I bought a couple. The only reason I didn't give this place a 5 across the board is because I had to pay for the meal and only freebies that are this good would get a 5. I fully expect this place to be on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives but I'd like to get there once more before then so I can enjoy it the way it used to be.

Photo of brewtechnik
4.45/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Great Craft Beer selection and probably one of the top 3 burgers I've ever had...really.

BEER: Just some of the on-tap beers that stood out were Hill Farmstead Citra, Stone Ruination, Lawson's Double Sunshine, Evil Twin Yin & Yang Stouts and Jack's Abbey Hoponius Union.

FOOD: I got the Worthy Burger with Bacon, Cheddar and Jalapenos. The bacon was thick-cut and overhung their specialty buns. The cheddar was also thick cut...it was like a block of cheese you could taste in every bite. Well Done! The Burger was also very thick (see a pattern here?) almost couldn't bite into it but managed to unhinge my jaw bones and python that shit in! Wow..great tasting burger and cooked perfectly (pink in the middle).
The fries are killer as well...fresh cut and lots of'em. Reminded me of the fries you'd typically get at the fair, only a bit more refined.

ORDERING: Basically just go up to the bar and put your order in with the bartender (no wait staff except for outside deck I believe). An order number is given and called (yelled) out when it's ready.

Overall: GO THERE RIGHT NOW! no...NOW!

Photo of Resuin
4.63/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Stopped here for lunch at around 2 PM on a Friday. Beautiful sunny day - there were a couple people inside hanging at the bar and a couple tables of people on the deck. We gave the (very nice) bar tender our food and drink order (I went with Hill Farmstead Edward) and waited for our food outside on the beautiful deck.

Not too much later our food came, I had an absolutely delicious burger (cooked medium, perfectly) with jalapenos, bacon and caramelized onions. The french fries were incredible also. They also had a bunch of awesome sauces which I used with the fries.

The beer menu was pretty good - lots of local stuff as well as some Stone and other bigger distribution craft beers. There were maybe 15-20 taps of craft. All drinks came in snifter/tulip-type glasses with the words "Worthy Glass" on them - pretty cool.

I'll definitely be back - all the staff was very friendly, the food was amazing and the beer selection was great (although I only had 1 beer last visit).

Photo of Omtare
4.43/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

in VT? You better check this spot. Hill Farmstead on tap, as well as other 'best in the world beers (Founder's, Lawson's, Dogfish Head). Great burgers and veggie burgers. The pickles are awesome and change all the time. The fries are cooked in tallow... who else does that???

Photo of NHbeerfishing
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

We decided to go there today because its the closest place to New Hampshire(that I know of) that offers selections from Hill Farmstead and Lawsons Finest Liquids. It was well worth the trip in both the beer selection/quality and food. The menu is focused and had four main selections: Grass fed beef burger, salmon burger, veggie burger, turduckey burger that has a duck confit. The special was a shrimp po' boy sandwich that I should have gotten for the hour and fifteen ride back to Concord NH.

The burgers were just so delicious, I grabbed a second for the ride home. My girlfriend didn't love the veggie burger but we all polished off the huge order of hand cut fries that were as good as any I've tried. Next time I'm heading up to grab a case or two of headies in Waterbury, I'll definitely make sure to sneak a few minutes off of exit 2 on Route 89 in Vermont to chow these burgers and great beers.

Speaking of beers, this is the place. The owner is a super nice and chill guy who knew all about the lineups from Hill and Lawsons. They had Abner, Edward, Life Without Principal and Foster from Hill Farmstead with Double Galaxy waiting for a free tap. Wish the Doub Galaxy was flowing today to drink with the delicious Abner. They had run out of Lawsons(we were there on a Sunday) but he said they had a barrel of Maple Nipple waiting for a tap. Supposedly Heady Toppers will be making their way down soon also. It's a really fun place to go with good food that started with great ingredients(local VT cheeses for your burgers also). The beer selection speaks for itself, they had other great brews on the many taps but we never get past the local VT brews. You really can't beat fresh Hill and Lawsons. This place is worth the trip, grab your appetite and ideally a friend to drive back home.

Photo of Gilmanbrz
3.88/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Just a hole in the wall.. .. But holly Molly good beer, good food and great people, and what I love about it is. All the good craft beers served daily bases, and the simple and unique burger menus, including the cheeses and all the pickeled treats and the start of having deserts too. Any ways. I'm sure to recommend anyone that wants to have a real organic burger or a real craft beer to go there... Because I'm very impressed with an overall, and very shortly THE FREIGHT HOUSE BREWERY will be on tap.... Can't wait for that, thanks to Patrick for being an amazing brewer from the Norwich inn... I'm dam sure it will be some really good beers that's for sure.
Thanks Dave for a great place.

Photo of skibumbw
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I still find it hard to believe that a place this awesome exists so close to home. First, the beer, they usually have 15 great beers on tap. From Hill Farmstead to Green Flash Brewing they have craft brewers covered. The often serve up hard to find beer and its all served by knowledgeable staff at reasonable prices. Beyond the beer is the food. Their local/craft focus continues to their menu with Burgers served with fresh and local ingredients. Try the turducky burger which is exactly what it sounds like. Bottom line is that this is a valuable place to spend a free night if you enjoy good beer and good food from good people.

Photo of Vtcraftbrew
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Recently found out about this place and had to go the following night. It did not disappoint. No longer do I need to drive for an hour to have a great craft beer, something that we were getting very tired of doing. The night I went there were three hill farmstead beers on tap as well as many other craft beer previously unavailable in this area. The service was great, everyone very knowledgable. The burgers and fries were delicious and everything is moderately priced for the high quality of the product. Finally a bar in the upper valley where I will not be forced into a long trail, magic hat, or harpoon. This place is the real deal!

Photo of ScottP
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Finally, a great eatery in the Upper Valley. This place is awesome! If your looking for a burger and a craft beer this is the place for you. The burgers are grass feed beef and wood fired. All of the beef, chesses, and bread comes from vermont. The burgers are wood fired and man are they good. The wood fired grill gives them a smokey flavor. The fries are fried in beef tallow. The best fries I have ever had! If your looking for a craft beer and especially a hill farmstead brew or lawsons's this is the place for you. Taps change daily so you never know what will be on . Always great choices.

As for the owners, Dave, Chris and Jason. These guys are knowledgeable and personable. They make you feel at home which is always nice. Kind of like the bar Cheers.

The Worthy burger is more than Worthy and I can not wait to go back!!

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