We’re celebrating the flavors of Oconee County! Let’s explore some of the best burger and beer pairings in the area. Get your taste buds ready as we travel from Downtown Watkinsville to Epps Bridge with burger and beer flavors you must try.
Chops & Hops
At Chops & Hops, located in Downtown Watkinsville, try the restaurant’s Bacon Jam Burger paired with the Southern Brewing Company’s Hobnail. The burger includes house-made bacon jam, pepper jack cheese, fried spicy pickles, mixed greens, and red onion served on a H&F Bread Co. bun. The Hobnail is locally-brewed out of Athens, and is described as “crisp with a clean citrusy finish.”
Chops & Hops Bacon Jam Burger paired with The Southern Brewing Company’s Hobnail. Photo provided by Chops & Hops.
“Great food and service, but the beer selection tops any in the area. Great variety of local and regional breweries’ offerings on tap, as well as in bottles and cans.” – John G. via TripAdvisor
Traveling Hobo Cafe
You’re in for a treat at The Traveling Hobo Cafe. This popular burger spot offers some of the wildest and flavorful burgers you can think of. Try the restaurant’s 8 oz. Bison Burger topped with melted cheddar cheese, crispy fried onion rings, and for even more flavor — chili! Top off this western flavor with the diner’s root beer float served Southern-style in a mason jar with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
The Traveling Hobo Cafe’s popular bison burger. Photo provided by The Traveling Hobo Cafe.
“After hearing EVERYONE at work talking about it, I decided to try it and OHHH MMMMMM GGGGGGG it was sooooo great!!! I would recommend this to anyone who likes hole in the wall deliciousness. This place is [definitely] my new favorite place” – Mindy Lacey via Facebook
Pour Restaurant & Bar
Pour Restaurant & Bar is one of the newest addition to Downtown Watkinsville, and offers delicious beef sliders on their list of appetizers. Served on Hawaiian sweet buns and topped with a teriyaki glaze, the beef sliders offers sweet moisture to the taste buds. The Oberon Ale is a perfect pairing with mildly fruity aromas, described as a classic summer beer.
Pour Restaurant & Bar’s Trio of Beef Sliders paired with Oberon Two Hearted. Photo provided by Pour Restaurant & Bar.
“What a fabulous addition to the downtown Watkinsville restaurants! Great Food and Service!” – Robert Rainz via Google
In for a surprise? Catch22 Gastropub’s customers highly recommend the Chef’s Choice Burger. Be surprised with anything from burgers topped with BBQ and pork skins to a cheesy jalapeno fest. Pair these flavor-filled burgers with the pub’s flight of beers to find the perfect match to the chef’s creativity.
“Great Burgers & Beers” submitted by WAHMto5 via TripAdvisor.
“Excellent beer selection and a diverse menu that does not overwhelm you with options. I had the “Chef‘sChoice” burger and was completely blown away with the creative license taken on this work of beefy, cheese, jalapenoey art. It felt like an episode of Man v. Food.” – Jokiga8 via TripAdvisor
Located at Epps Bridge, Groove Burgers is perfect for those looking for traditional burgers or something with a twist. Try the restaurant’s firecracker burger topped with jalapenos, spicy ranch, and Havarti cheese to pair with Terrapin Beer Co.’s Hi-5 IPA. The local brew has a tropical, citrus flavor with biscuit and caramel malt notes that perfectly pairs with the spiciness of the firecracker burger.
“Yummy! Great service!” submitted by Sarawilson8 via TripAdvisor.
“Everything we ordered was delicious! The burgers are fresh and the sides are original and yummy. The atmosphere was perfect for visiting with the family and watching the games. Great service. Will be back!” – Terry Chadwick via Google
Let us know your favorite pairings to enjoy in Watkinsville-Oconee County. Also, taste these pairings and share your favorites by tagging us in your photos online using the hashtag #OconeeEats.