The Southern chain gets it just right with its decor - but not with its entrees
Tucked away behind the large stairway in the center of Downtown Silver Spring is Hen Quarter, a local Southern food chain with other locations in Alexandria and D.C. It looks like a quaint little restaurant, with neatly arranged tables and a picturesque white pergola lining the outside of the building.
However, as I walk inside, I am immediately transported to another world further south. Rows and rows of sturdy wood tables fill the vast interior. Light bulbs hang off cords of rope from the ceiling. Quirky signs of chickens and grits adorn the walls.
The waiters are prompt and friendly, showcasing their Southern hospitality. The music is enjoyable enough - they play everything from Camila Cabello's "Havana” to Sam Smith's "Too Good at Goodbyes” to accompany ones eating experience.
There are separate breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Perusing the menu reveals how Hen Quarter manages to stick to its Southern roots while adding a new twist. They serve a wide variety of dishes, from Southern caesar salad to the HQBLT (Hen Quarter's BLT).
The Hen Quarter Special, two pieces of fried chicken served with Yukon smoked potatoes, collard greens, a biscuit and honey butter, is an acceptable take on a classic main dish.
The HQ burger, on the other hand, was a little too far out there. Short rib, brisket and chunk blend beef, crispy onions, pimento cheese, and lettuce were smushed between two brioche buns.
The appetizer and two entrees ended up costing nearly $50. The decor was top notch and the food was fine, but for that high price, Hen Quarter leaves something to be desired.
Hen Quarter is located at 919 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20910 and is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday .
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