My wife and I thought we'd try something new for our Saturday afternoon lunch, so we settled for Hutch & Harris. We opted to dine outside, as it was an uncharacteristically cool day for August.
Beside each menu item, the location that lays claim to being the "home" of the particular item is noted (i.e. 'Candy Store Burger' Newport, RI; 'Watermen Crab Cake' Chesapeake Bay, MD; etc.). The menu featured dishes from the world over and it was a pretty extensive selection, all of which sounded unique if not tasty. After a bit of indecision, here's what we settled on:
PIMENTO CHEESE PIZZA (Appetizer). All I can say is an emphatic "WOW"! Not to spoil the rest of the review, but this was the highlight of the meal, hands down. The menu described it as "Homemade pimento cheese, served ‘Pizza Style.’ On a thin crust with sliced hardboiled egg ‘pepperonis’ and freshly ground black pepper", and it did not disappoint. The portion was generous, and could have easily been a main course for one person.
CANDY STORE BURGER. "An 8oz fresh ground Angus beef patty char grilled & topped with apple wood bacon, smothered with Gorgonzola cheese, on grilled ciabatta." The Candy Store burger may not be for everyone; gorgonzola is a fairly strong cheese, and my wife thought it was a little much, but if you're a cheese freak like me, then throw this burger into the mix. The kitchen cooked it a little more done than I had asked, which made the burger a little dry; so if you like a burger that's medium-well or higher, be sure to get a side of mayo to compensate.
THE GREEK BEAST. Thinly sliced slow roasted beef served cold on toasted pita with sun-dried tomato gorgonzola cheese spread, grilled onion, and bacon. My wife went for the Greek Beast and thought that it was average. She didn't think there was anything about the sandwich that really separated it from a pita or deli sandwich that you can get anywhere else.
While the meal was pretty good overall, the service was below par. It took way too long to get a glass of water, and an Oyster Shooter that I ordered never showed up, not to speak of a side of mayo and ketchup that we finally had to track down for ourselves. Normally, you can chalk this glossing over up to either a short-handed staff or a bustling restaurant scene, but neither excuse works here. My wife went inside to try and find our server, and the place was empty (not a reflection of H&H, as this was a late afternoon lunch). There were no more than a half dozen diners (all seated outside) at H&H when we were there, so staffing shouldn't have been the problem.
Hutch & Harris is a relatively new eatery that deserves the benefit of the doubt. Yes, there's a little room for improvement, but overall I would recommend that you at least try it and decide for yourself. There's absolutely nothing here that should deter you from giving it a shot!