The Worcester Niche List

Whether you’re a college student or simply a new resident in Worcester, we want to welcome you to the city that we call home. In order to help make your adjustment a little easier, we put together the Worcester Niche List: a rundown of our restaurants and our must-try menu items at each! Enjoy!

The Fix Burger Bar
108 Grove Street
Worcester, MA 01605
Instagram: @thefixburgerbar

The Fix Burger Bar is Worcester’s first true burger bar. Guests can enjoy a selection of fixed up burgers designed by our chef or choose from over 40 toppings to build their own. One burger stands out as a staff favorite: The Phenomenal Burger. It’s topped with bacon, smoked gouda, fried egg, frizzled onion, and sweet chili ranch on brioche roll. Paired with a classic milkshake and crispy fries, it makes for an awesome dining experience.

112 Harding Street
Worcester, MA 01604
Instagram: @nonnasworcester

Nonna’s Pizza & Pasta specializes in pizza, pasta, and gelato in a fast casual setting. We have two kinds of pizza in house: a traditional Grandma-Style Thick Pan Pizza and a New York Style Thin Crust Pizza. All of our dough is made fresh every day and feature only the freshest ingredients. The BLT Pizza is the perfect mash-up of two of our favorite things. A crispy pan pizza topped with Nonna’s cheese, smoked bacon, tomato, shaved romaine, and garlic aioli. This pizza paired with an order of meatballs and chopped Italian salad makes for an incredible Friday night dinner.

Steam Energy Café
112 Harding Street
Worcester, MA 01604
Instagram: @steamenergycafe

Steam is a health food café that has been serving up coffee, cold-pressed juices, smoothies, acaí bowls, green & grain bowls, and wraps since 2017 in Worcester’s Canal District! The combination of great WiFi and comfortable tables & chairs makes it a great spot to host a meeting, work on an assignment, or just hangout with friends. The Steam House Acaí Bowl is our must try. The base is a blend of acaí, banana, strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, and almond milk that is then topped with fresh strawberry, blackberry, banana, housemade granola, and honey. It is both Instagram-worthy and absolutely delicious.

Mezcal Tequila Cantina
30 Major Taylor Blvd
Worcester, MA 01608
Instagram: @mezcaltequilacantina

Mezcal Tequila Cantina blends traditional Mexican plates with the flavors of the Southwest. A huge patio in the summer combined with large sliding glass doors makes for an incredible indoor/outdoor dining experience. The menu consists of creative tacos, fajitas, burritos, and margaritas featuring fresh squeezed citrus. The made-to-order House Guacamole is a classic. The perfect balance of fresh avocado, onion, tomato, lime, cilantro, and jalapeno served with crispy tortilla chips. In addition to our house guacamole, we have six other flavors including Buffalo Chicken and Tropical!

The Citizen Wine Bar
1 Exchange Place
Worcester, MA 01608
Instagram: @thecitizenwinebar

The Citizen Wine Bar is located in a historic brick building downtown. Our menu is a mix of cheese, chocolate, and comfort food paired with wine and craft cocktails. Our wine list has received multiple awards including Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence two years in a row. You cannot enjoy an incredible wine list without an incredible cheese board. The Chef’s Board features a baguette with a sampling of 3 charcuterie and 3 cheeses served with hand-picked accouterments. After you finish your meal, head to our speakeasy Still & Stir located in an old jail cell for a craft cocktail.

Bocado Tapas Wine Bar
82 Winter Street
Worcester, MA 01604
Instagram: @bocadotapasbar

Bocado Tapas Wine Bar focuses on Spanish tapas style dining that centers around ordering small plates for the table that are shared by everyone in the party. This is a social dining experience, you are meant to talk and enjoy each other’s company as plate after plate comes out for you to enjoy. Our skilled servers will guide you through the menu and our extensive Spanish wine list. The Fried Goat Cheese has taken on a life of its own and become the signature dish at Bocado. It’s served with a crispy baguette, a drizzle of honey, and a side of quince paste. The balance of the savory and sweet on the crispy bread is just perfect.

Railers Sports Tavern
90 Commercial Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Instagram: @railerssportstavern

The Railers Sports Tavern is a casual sports bar featuring 20 draft beers, 22 HD TV’s, and priceless memorabilia covering the walls. The menu features elevated pub fare with sausages, burgers, wings, and chef’s award winning chili. From the Spring to Fall, the back of the restaurant transforms into an outdoor brew yard featuring Wachusett Brewing’s Airstream Trailer. It’s a great spot to catch live music on weekends, enjoy lawn games, or simply enjoy a beer outside with your friends. The menu item that you have to try are the Totchos. They are exactly what you think, Tater Tot Nachos. Crispy tater tots topped with diced tomato, hot cherry peppers, onion, pickles, cheddar cheese, and garlic sour cream. Delicious!!!