Our seasonal tour of eating and sipping in New England has begun. We kicked off the tour in Woodstock, Vermont at Worthy Kitchen, a worthy relative of Worthy Burger, a craft beer and burger spot in South Royalton. The Kitchen is a farm diner featuring comfort foods with a new twist and, yes, all of those tempting craft brews.
Diners are heartily encouraged to sample the brews so soon after arriving that's exactly what we did. I went right for the Oxbow, a farm house pale saison. Excellent. The brews are rotated out and we were just in time for the lighter, seasonal sips. Virtually everything we tried was, well, worthy. There is absolutely no doubt anyone will find something to like, if not love.
It's a relaxing, casual atmosphere, no rush at all. As we enjoyed our beers a gaggle of frat boys from nearby Dartmouth College arrived. They must have been regulars, already knowing exactly what they wanted to order. Couples and locals rounded out the crowd.
The menu, at first glance, can be overwhelming. Everything looks so good I have to admit we felt bewildered. We opted for The Worthy Bomb, a farm burger with a nice hunk of buttermilk fried chicken on a delectable bun and served with truffle fries.
The portions are ample. Both the beef patty and fried chicken were delicious.
We also tried the Brisket Melt, a beef brisket cooked in a root beer and sriracha BBQ sauce with Plymouth smoked cheddar and fire-roasted onions served on a pretzel roll. Messy, yes. Also terrific. The side here was an odd-looking potato salad made with fingerlings and more German style, a vinaigrette/mayo dressing more than the typical just mayo.t BBQ sauc cheddar, and fire-roasted onions on a pretzel roll
How could we resist a side of Mac 'N Cheese? Again with Plymouth Cheddar, a local cheese, and topped with herbed bread crumbs. No truffle or lobster here, the simple version was still good. One of the great things about Worthy Kitchen is the access to all of the great artisan food products being made in the area, something Vermont has really become famous for. So, the meats, cheeses, and produce is all local. Even the rolls and breads are made at the nearby King Arthur Flour campus, which we'll visit later.
And, of course, there are always the best food photos.
The namesake dessert is the Worthy Doughnut, a beignet-like cinnamon puff served with an excellent vanilla bean creme anglaise. A total fave, worth the visit alone.
Don't forget to browse the local art work on display when there, a good representative of the experience one gets here. Local artisans, a knowledgeable, attentive staff and a classic yet comfortable, upscale farm stand feeling.
442 E Woodstock Road
Woodstock, VT 05091
We were invited to dine as guests of Worthy Kitchen and the Go Woodstock tourism organization with no promise of any editorial consideration.