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A Worthy Meal

Feb 01, 2018 12:00PM ● By Linda Ditch
Have you tried The Worthy Kitchen yet? This younger sister of the Worthy duo (the older being the Worthy Burger in South Royalton) is a casual farm to table restaurant that specializes in craft beers and food from the farm. Owner Jason Merrill, also known as “the Food Guy,” describes it as a very interactive and fun place.

For newbies, there is a bit of a trick to ordering. You first stand in line—yep, there will probably be a line since the food is that good. You’ll order at the counter and be given a buzzer to take to a table. When the buzzer goes off, you go pick up your food. It’s simple once you get the hang of it.

The ingredients come from area farms, and there are around 20 craft beers on tap, many of which originate in Vermont. “Some menu items change on a weekly basis, but we have several staples that do not change,” Jason says.

One of those popular staples is the Buttermilk Fried Chicken—two country-fried boneless chicken thighs served with parsnip puree, farm onion, roasted Honeycrisp apples, and Mousam Valley mushrooms, with a thyme-infused Vermont honey drizzle. Another is the Farm Burger, a Worthy bun loaded with two Almanack Farm Wagyu beef patties, cheese, lettuce, red onion, fancy sauce, and bread and butter pickles, all served up with delicious fries.

Jason says customers also like the Veggie Burger, a worthy bun holding a portabella mushroom with mushroom duxelles, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, Brie, watercress, and balsamic vinaigrette. If you’ve got a hankering for fried chicken but you can’t eat the entire generous meal, you can get the Chickenwich—fried chicken on a bun! There is also a daily special, but be sure to order early. Jason says it usually sells out.

Worthy Kitchen is located at 442 Woodstock Road. The restaurant opens up at 4 pm during the week and 11:30 am on weekends.

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