Hilary Frew / Lantern photographer
After arriving at the Worthington Inn Restaurant I had high expectations for my meal, and I was not disappointed.
As we arrived we were greeted by a friendly hostess who told us the restaurant was built in the 1830s, and I definitely got a sense of that with the colonial look and feel of its interior.
I noticed the full bar on the left, extending through a spacious area. Red and black leather couches were on the right of the entrance, further emphasizing a casual and cozy vibe. The room was pretty well lit, with old-fashioned oil lamps and lanterns. There were about 10 round wooden tables, with the sounds of quiet conversations among the crowd of diners.
After being seated, our server quickly greeted us. I ordered the key lime chicken salad sandwich at $11 with a side of fresh fruit for $5. While the texture of the chicken salad was chunky, the fresh flavors of the sandwich pleasantly surprised me. The sandwich was light yet filling. The key lime flavoring was unexpected but nice. The light mayonnaise-flavored chicken and lemon poppy seed bread took this ordinary-looking lunch takes the taste to a sweet and refreshing level.
The fruit was mostly fresh and crisp, particularly the pineapple, though the strawberries and blueberries were a little too soft for my taste.
The prices at Worthington Inn are a little high, which might explain why there were only a few younger people dining. Lunch prices range from $6 for to $17 for lunch items.
The Worthington Inn is located at 649 High St. in Worthington. The restaurant is open seven days a week. Lunch hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Sunday brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Dinner hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Carry out and online ordering are also available.