Are you always on the lookout for a good burger and beer? Sometimes perhaps a cozy traditional pub; other times a classic roadside diner or the understated elegance of contemporary architecture. But at the end of the day, we bet you are really looking for good food and a memorable dining experience. There’s a lot to explore here in our valley and these are just a few places to try. Join us on this tasty culinary road trip—or drop us a line with your favorites.

Killarney Irish Pub

The search for a fine burger and beer began in the likeliest of places: an Irish pub. The Killarney’s location at the base of Okemo Mountain’s access road puts it at the crossroads of convenient and appealing. Its unpretentious comfy interior offers a warm welcome on a winter’s night. What’s more, the pub dishes up food and drink seven days a week.

Irish memorabilia covers the walls and ceilings—eye candy to lovers of all things Irish. Come winter, cozy up to the fireplace or soak up the warm vibes over one of 15 draft brews or 30 bottled beers. The Killarney also has a full bar, which boasts an excellent selection of Scotch and Irish whiskey.

As for the menu, the Verbacon burger caught our attention. Our server, Molly—daughter of chef and owner Mark Verespy—assured us that the 8-oz. Black Angus burger brushed with Vermont maple syrup and topped with Cabot cheddar cheese and maple smoked bacon would be cooked to your liking. Another enticing meal is the mushroom Swiss burger served with Jameson flamed mushrooms and Swiss cheese. The fries are always crisped up just right. A big tasty pickle will cap it off. If you’re really on a Celtic roll, try the Colcannon mashed potatoes with cabbage and leeks or Champ mashed potatoes with chopped scallion. Welcome home.

Killarney Irish Pub
44 Pond St., Ludlow
802-228-7797
www.killarneyludlow.com

Honeypie
Located in a former gas station, Honeypie has inordinate curbside appeal. You will immediately have a soft spot for its nostalgic exterior and country
industrial interior. Still, looks are one thing. Could it deliver on taste?

Honeypie’s burgers, ground fresh daily, come on a toasted Martin’s Famous potato bun (the bun ultimate) with a special sauce, pickled red onions, and Cabot cheese. A dollar adds an option of bacon, kimchi, sautéed mushrooms, 63hot peppers, or caramelized onions. The high quality ingredients make all the difference in their (essentially simple) food. You might even find something you never knew you needed in life: a burger with kimchi.

Honeypie’s veggie burger, made of marinated beets, pickled onion, tzatziki, and cabbage with melted cheddar cheese, sounds like pure inspiration.
Selected craft beers and wines vie with a persuasive menu of milkshakes. Accompany your burger with a salted caramel milkshake with no regrets.
After placing your order, you’ll pick up your food on a stainless steel tray and belly up to a wood plank table. Adults and kids like the no-fuss vibe and the food. If you’re hungry, add a handmade sausage to your order. We recommend the Moroccan. Meet us at the Casbah!

Honeypie
8811 Route 30, Jamaica
802-548-4999
www.eatathoneypie.com

Mr. Darcy’s Bar & Grill
Oh, Mr. Darcy, do tell! This Ludlow restaurant with the intriguing name is open seven days a week year-round—a big plus in our book. Mr. Darcy’s Bar & Grill is a friendly establishment known especially for its selection of burgers, handcrafted cocktails, and Vermont beers. It features a half-pound signature blend of chopped chuck and short-rib beef hamburger, which arrives with Parmesan truffle fries—ooh la la! Be sure to check out the Diablo burger or the Frenchie for a less traditional, very tempting burger.

Check in for the specials, which sometimes include enticing prices for burger night. Burger and beer nights are the best!
Good for special diets: Darcy’s includes gluten free and vegetarian items. To eliminate allergy issues, no nuts are used in any menu item.
Thank you, Mr. Darcy!

Mr. Darcy’s Bar & Grill
31 Route 103 South, Ludlow
802-228-7222
www.mr-darcys.com

The Downtown Grocery
HomeStyle Hotel

When we asked around about top local burger picks folks also suggested either The Downtown Grocery (41 S Depot St.) or Homestyle Hotel (119 Main St.), both right in Ludlow. We like to save The Downtown Grocery for date night and often opt for whatever delightful special Chef Rogan has on the blackboard. It’s one of those rare places where you might not want the same thing every time.

Ditto Homestyle Hotel, where you can get great eats from Weston native and head chef Alyssa Prouty. You could even just get a scrumptious dessert and a nightcap, such as the Dainty Hooligan—a meal in itself. Wherever you go, enjoy our delicious Vermont food and drinks. Call ahead for hours and reservation options. Happy trails!

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