Offering scratch-made everything, Honey Road makes sourcing from local small farms a high priority. During the warmer months, approximately 95% of the produce is local and either certified organic or organically grown. The seafood is fresh and mostly wild-caught. The beef is local and pastured, but unfortunately, it’s grass-fed and grain-finished with GMO grains. The lamb is pastured but we were unable to determine its diet. Several organic and biodynamic wines are available.
Mediterranean inspired cuisine in the form of small sharable plates (Mezze) that include lamb, tuna, chicken, and octopus, as well as a plethora of veggie plates and dipping sauces. Honey Road offers a full liquor menu with an extensive wine and beer list.
What I Ordered
I ordered the Sweet Harissa Chicken Wings and a plate of Crispy Potatoes with Chili Labne, and I’m so glad I did. With spots of crispy edges and moist interiors, the wedges of Crispy Potatoes arrived piled atop the green chili-infused yogurt sauce. Thinly sliced sauteed scallions with a touch of lemon put the finishing touches on this outstanding dish…a dose of deliciousness in every bite. Not your ordinary Chicken Wings, the Harissa coating sprinkled with sesame seeds made for a crunchy exterior that was spicy, sticky, and sweet. With just a touch of lime, the finger-licking-good yogurt-based dipping sauce proved to be an incredibly refreshing dunkable for the wings. Both dishes were insanely delish!
Always bustling, Honey Road has the feel of a finer neighborhood tavern with soft lighting and casual decor. Contemporary music playing in the background can barely be heard as the restaurant is usually packed with chatting patrons. A copper-topped bar and numerous tables are available inside with several available outdoors under a large canopy along the Church St sidewalk.
Honey Road is a popular spot in downtown Burlington, therefore reservations are recommended. I was able to grab a seat at the bar which offers full menu service. The staff suggests that 2-3 Mezze plates equal a full entree, I was full after two. Overall, the food was exceptional and the staff was knowledgable and friendly. Locally sourced, scratch-made goodness, while maintaining sustainable practices in a nice setting is what Honey Road is all about.