The Fairport Burger

It probably has something to do with my age, but I was never a big fan of The Hilltop in Rochester. It wasn’t a big deal to me when it closed, so when I heard that someone was opening a new restaurant there I didn’t have any great expectations.

Then I heard that it was going to be an upscale restaurant with an experienced chef. That got my attention.

Then I saw the menu. Sold.

The Fairport – Rustic American Cuisine

Replacing the famous Hilltop Restaurant, The Fairport presents an exciting menu from a Certified Executive Chef.

The name is actually a bit of a history lesson that is detailed on their in-house menus. The menu explains that way before the name Rochester came into being, the area was referred to as Logan’s Town, East Bridgewater, and Fairport at different times in its history.

The kitchen at The Fairport is run by Chef Darrell Borghi. His resume is nothing short of impressive and includes positions in downtown Pittsburgh, Mt. Washington, Florida, and California. Chef Borghi stresses the importance of fresh ingredients and making everything from scratch.

The Fairport Nachos

My Lunch at The Fairport

After looking at the menu sitting on my desk at work all weekend, I knew what I was going to be ordering for lunch well before I ever stepped into the restaurant. Two things that never fail to grab my attention on a menu are nachos and a great burger…and The Fairport just happens to have both.

The nachos were loaded with all kinds of good stuff and accompanied by sides of salsa, pico de gallo, and sour cream. I was really impressed with the way the cheese was melted, as well as the flavors of the spicy beef that was used.

To be honest, by the time I made it to the burger I wasn’t even hungry anymore because the nachos were so enormous…and I only ate half of them. That didn’t stop me from taking this mammoth double burger with Monterey Jack cheese for a test drive though!

Then, suddenly, trouble arose out of nowhere in the form of fresh-cut shoestring French fries that were perfectly salted. These fries were awesome, but there was nothing over-the-top about them. They were just cut, cooked, and salted perfectly.

Back to the burger. This thing was seriously big. It is also worth noting that the tomato and onion slices used were HUGE as well. I’m not a ketchup person, so I asked the bartender if I could have a side of BBQ sauce for my burger. As you can probably guess by now, the sauce he brought out was clearly homemade and absolutely delicious.

After I threw in the towel on finishing my lunch, I also ordered a Veggie Wedgie for my wife and Burrito Fundito for myself for dinner. Susan thought the Veggie Wedgie was excellent, and the Burrito looks great, but I am still too full from lunch to eat it!

The Fairport Burger

Other Notable Aspects of The Fairport

In addition to the food being absolutely fantastic, The Fairport also looks great inside.

One of the coolest features for me was that they have charging stations right on the bar that have attachments for just about any type of device I’ve ever seen. It just so happened that I had forgotten to plug my phone in the night before, so this was truly a lifesaver!

Another cool feature is that the bar contains an extensive selection of whiskey and bourbon. If you are a cigar smoker, you will be interested to know that smoking is permitted in the bar area and that they also have a selection of cigars for sale.

Don’t know much about whiskey or cigars? Me either, but everyone I talked to at The Fairport was so friendly that I wouldn’t have any trouble asking for their advice.

With The Fairport, Beaver County now has another upscale restaurant with an amazing menu. The bonus for me is that they are also open for lunch, which means that you will see me there quite often!

The Fairport Veggie Wedgie

More Information on The Fairport

  • Website:
  • Phone: 878-201-3280
  • Address: 318 New York Ave, Rochester
  • Lunch Hours: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm – Monday through Saturday
  • Dinner Hours: 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Monday through Saturday

The Fairport Burrito

Andrew is a professional freelance writer and lifelong resident of Beaver County. He created Your Beaver County to promote and showcase all of the positive aspects of our incredible local culture! You can find more of Andrew’s professional information at Brooklyn Content, or you can also follow him on his personal twitter account, @theAndrewSelby.