June 19, 2013
Eat / restaurants / Red Hen

Red Hen

I think you know that I don’t write bad reviews. If I’m not enamored, I just don’t write anything at all. Which brings me to my story. I ate at The Red Hen the day after opening, and while the food was fine, the space and staff needed some fine tuning. I finally headed back last week for dinner with a friend. First up, see Mary at the bar for her fresh concoctions. I tried the Gigi: grapefruit vodka, ginger liqueur and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. So zingy, so zesty…and goes down so easy! Donna had prosecco with homemade shrub (a word to love): a preserve of rhubarb and strawberry with a hint of balsamic.

This time, the dining room was buzzy; full of families, couples and girls’ nights out. Make a meal of the menu of small plates or choose a hefty entree with a slightly Latin touch: my grilled pork steak with chimichurri, avocado and arugula salad and fried plaintains was interesting and delicious. On Tuesdays, Gigi (and all martinis) are half price, Wednesdays it’s half price wine by the glass and Sundays kids eat free with a paying adult.  And if you’re heading to The Kate (conveniently right next door!) take 10% off your bill.

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Tags: Old Saybrook, dinner, wine, main street, latin

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