Little Hen is a very special restaurant and I think it takes a certain kind of person to really appreciate it for what it is and is meant to be. My husband LOVES Little Hen. I appreciate it, but also see that there are some issues to be resolved.
Little Hen is family owned and partnered with local farms in the area. It is committed to a farm to table concept and changes its menu regularly to reflect the seasons. It offers cheese/meat boards and a big board centered on proteins that could easily feed several people. The al a carte menu choices may be considered slim by some and the portions are on the small side by many Americans’ standards (Though I feel they are fine for a single dish – no leftovers. More restaurants should do this!). The dishes themselves are always wonderful and the pasta is perfectly prepared. I’ve really enjoyed the gnocchi I’ve had at Little Hen, and as the menu changes, I have been able to have several different preparations. Really, really excellent mains and boards.
Now for the downsides of this place:
I’ve never had a good appetizer here. You’d think the appetizers would be strong because the mains are good, but really they are just . . .meh. Not good. Not terrible. Just blah.
The service is also very inconsistent. I am okay with slow food and even slow service if it is crowded, but there are times when I have felt we were all out ignored for way too long. If you’re a busy waitress, you should at least acknowledge your new table with a “welcome! I’ll be with you in just a minute” especially in a small place like Little Hen. Also, the waitstaff does not tend to check in on tables enough to service their needs. This can be a difficult balance, I know, and many of these problems boil down to a lack of training.
Additionally, the prices are high and the wine pours are obnoxiously small. So small in fact that I believe they must be using a measuring instrument to pour exactly 4oz. I know, I know – this is technically an acceptable pour, but honestly, most of the restaurants I’ve been to pour 6oz. I’m paying a little more for the farm to table concept and I’m okay with that, but frankly, I feel like because I am paying more for the food, the wine pour should be a bit more generous. I do admit that last time I went with my husband the wine pour was a bit better. . .perhaps this issue has been resolved or maybe it was just a mistake.
My husband has been very forgiving of these issues, and I love their meat and cheese boards and pasta dishes enough to get over them. I do, however, hope the owners can improve the appetizers and the training of the waitstaff. I don’t know that everyone will be so understanding of the service issues or starting with food that is just. . .meh.
I do recommend Little Hen. If you go, try the gnocchi mentioned above and the boards are always fun if you have someone to share them with. :-)
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