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Monday, June 17, 2013

Berry Happy Breakfast At The Fat Hen Grocery & Grill

I visited The Fat Hen Grocery & Grill restaurant for breakfast Sunday. They serve breakfast all day and also serve lunch & dinner starting at 11am. I really didn't know what to expect, because the reviews for the restaurant were half and half. I must say my experience was very good. I had a 'Berry Good' time at The Fat Hen from beginning to end. Below is my review.

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The restaurant is located on St. Charles Avenue and really charms you from the very beginning. It has beautiful frosted windows, an adorable hen with over-sized Mardi Gras beads strewn around her and a mix of cute potted plants that line the window sills & front of the restaurant.
When you walk inside, there is a long wall mural that is divided into pork, hen, beef and lamb parts. Booths, wooden chairs, white table cloth draped tables and ceiling fans makeup the decor. I really enjoyed the artwork on the posts and painting of legendary jazz musician Louis Armstrong. Joyful New Orleans jazz music plays in the background and truly makes for a happy time.

I was impressed with their freshly squeezed orange juice. You literally saw a lady squeezing bright beautiful oranges behind the counter. Sure, many restaurants offer freshly squeezed juice. However, do they offer it in a cute mason jar with umbrella? For me, not only should the food be good but also presented accordingly. I thought the umbrella and mason jar was a very nice touch. I also decided to try their parfait, which is a greek style organic yogurt, layered with granola, strawberries and blueberries (seasonal fruit). The parfait could be a meal in itself. It's that rich and filling. I only ate a portion of mine, because I had to leave room for what was next.
What was next, was The Fat Hen's 'Berry Happy' Belgian Waffle. It has the perfect name, because it filled me up and I was BERRY HAPPY! They give you fresh butter, jam and WARM syrup. Another nice touch! My waffle was tender, the fruit was fresh & tasty, and the powdered sugar was the perfect topping. I'm very finicky about syrup, but their syrup had a wonderful taste to it. Did I mention it was WARM? That just elevates it to an entirely different level.

The person I was with ordered their Fat Hen Omelet. That particular omelet had shanemade ham, applewood bacon, cheddar, onion and mushrooms. A side order of potatoes was also ordered. I did have a chance to taste it and it was good. The potatoes also had a nice taste. The presentation for this dish was not nearly as glamorous as mine, but it tasted good. The freshly baked biscuit was yummy delicious! Is it the best omelet I've ever had? No! It didn't blow me away, but it was good.

My Final Thoughts: I had a really nice experience at The Fat Hen Grocery. I would definitely visit it again. I would like to give a huge shout-out to our waiter Walter. He was attentive, timed all of our dishes perfectly, made wonderful suggestions and really made us feel at home.

I can only think of two negatives for The Fat Hen Grill. One, is that it is pricey. It's nice, but to pay $45 + gratuity for just two people may definitely be too much for some just for breakfast. Two, we purchased two of their homemade chocolate chip cookies. Well, The Fat Hen Grill is a BBQ place and that BBQ scent worked it's way into the cookies. They definitely had a distinct smoke taste! HaHaHa So I would ask management to keep the cookies separate from the BBQ. Other than those two things, it was great! I plan on reviewing it again for it's BBQ and sides.

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  1. Mmm, the food looks great and I love freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast! The images on the walls made me smile, always good to know the anatomy of a chicken and a pig ;-) I think you're right though, $45 for breakfast alone is a little bit pricey, on the other hand, if it's a treat, heck, why not ;-) Have a lovely start to the week xo

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  2. This place looks amazing - everything looks so delicious! You can't beat freshly squeezed orange juice xo

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  3. The waffle looks so delicious! It would definitely make me berry happy too.

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  4. Delicious, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    and I am talking about your pretty faces too, Kim, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Much love from
    Miss Paps.
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  5. Hiya Kim!! Happy Monday :) The food looks amazing. I would have loved the omelette with all the fillings, so good :)) Shame it was so pricey, but I guess if your not going there all the time, it's ok to treat yourself. Your waffle looked too good as well!! I love to eat breakfast food all day, haha!! Wonderful. I hope your weekend was bliss doll & your new week will be too!! Xxx

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  6. The food looks so delicious and you look gorgeous in that second last pic.

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  7. Kim I have to stop coming to your blog! I knew what was coming when I scrolled to that video of the syrup over the waffle but still I watched it as it loaded.....so hungry! haha!


    The food looks delicious :) Shame about the cookies though!


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  8. This place seems very good!
    Nicky
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  9. Oh kim, seriously now i am starting to get hungry just starring at these pictures. Hummm... So yum!

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  10. Oh my goodness, Kim, you have me craving waffles! The Berry Happy waffle looks sinfully good with all of that fruit on it, and with warm syrup on top... I'm drooling just thinking about it :) It's a shame about the chocolate chip cookies, though, I can't see a cookie being improved by a smokey flavour, ha ha!
    xox,
    Cee

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  11. It looks like an adorable spot! And, those waffles look yummy!!! Glad you had a great time, Kim! And, that's a lovely pic of you. :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  12. Wow Kim, the Fat Hen breakfast looks delicious, those waffles yummy. I am not much of an Orange Juice drinker but I would try those freshly squeezed orange juice with the umbrella. That drink looks fab. I have never tasted smoked BBQ cookies. That's something unique.

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  13. I need to wait to read your posts until after I have had breakfast, lol! The food always looks delicious. The outside of the restaurant is just as cute as the inside. Heather

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  14. YUM! I love a good belgian waffle with strawberries.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  15. Oh my! That waffle with fruits look so delicious! And warm syrup, a real treat :) the potatoes look really tasty as well but my sweet tooth would definitely had me going for the waffle.

    You lookso cute, love that lip colour.
    xo Irene

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  16. This place looks amazing, and the food look great
    xx
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  17. Hi Kim! First of all, thanks a bunch for your nice comment, I am truly happy and grateful, with lots of pleasure I put also my like on your page!:) Btw, you know I have a passion for breakfast, is my fav meal since I can eat many sweets!:P This place sounds amazing, the fresh juice mut be really good as well as the waffles!:) What a shame for the expensive price, though sure it is worth!:) Kisses and happy Monday dear! xo

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  18. Wow, it looks so good, and I love the name. Too bad it's a bit expensive ... I'd want some Alaskan salmon included to even out the price. haha! Thanks for sharing. /Madison xxoo

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  19. You have now made me SO hungry I need to leave my computer and make breakfast! The baby thanks you, by the way...

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  20. Yum, can we have breakfast there Kim? I would love to start with the parfait and have an omelette as well.
    You also look positively gorgeous! Your skin is just so beautiful!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  21. I am definitely not a fan of BBQ but the food you got for breakfast looks delicious. I would love to have one of those waffles right now.

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  22. The sweets look so goooood! Lucky you!

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  23. Oh man, I am all sorts of hungry now! Haha! That is kinda pricey though, I agree. Still looks amazing!

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  24. THE FAT HEN GROCERY! That is the perfect name; genius! Those waffles are calling my name. OMyGosh!

    Thank you for your nice words of love and celebration for our Anniversary.

    HAVE A TREMENDOUS BLOG WEEK, my friend!

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  25. I'm a BIG fan of all-day breakfasts, and this place sounds right up my alley (although it is a bit too pricey for me:P) I'd be BERRY happy if I ate what you ate too:D

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  26. All I really need is a warm Belgium waffle with some fruit on top--yum, yum and yum!

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  27. Noooooo... How could you tempted me with such a delicious first pic of the waffle and strawberries??? Oh my, seeing somebody squeeze your orange juice is such a rare sight now. Often I order "fresh orange juice" only to see the staff pouring my juice from a carton.

    The Fat Hen Grocery & Grill sounds like where I would love to go for brunch too.

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  28. I loved the "jar of juice" - and your waffle just makes my mouth water. You should hold a waffle give away ;)

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  29. Ermygerrrrsh, that first photo has me drooling! *_* This looks SO good!

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  30. Kimmie let me tell you you look stunning in this picture!! I'd love that waffle right now!!
    xoxo
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  31. Lovely place! And the food looks delicious;-)

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  32. ok now Kim this post made me want to go order some waffles. The food looked awesome!

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    Dawn

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  33. Hi Kim, I really enjoy your restaurant reviews, it gives me a sense of your city and shows me places I would otherwise never see. I am all for fresh OJ and the waffles look divinely yum!

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  34. This restaurant looks amazing!!Have a fab week Kim:)
    ~Anne

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  35. The Fat Hen looks like a really charming place and it's awesome you enjoyed the food cause those waffles look absolutely amazing! I'm sure the great service from your waiter made your experience all the much better. The service is always something I pay attention to when I visit a restaurant. And you look so pretty Kim!

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  36. The food looks delish! I'm not sure I'd like to have to be a table facing those diagrams on the wall though..
    Chic on the Cheap

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  37. Hey Kim, what a cute restaurant! I love waffle and it looks delish! I'm just thinking when would I get a chance to visit New Orleans, maybe when my boys are a bit older. Have a lovely week.

    xo Jo

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  38. Kim, I wanted to visit you before going to bed and now I know for sure I'll have a dream with that waffle, it looks delicious and also the hence symbol is really cute.
    I'm glad you enjoy your breakfast although it was a bit pricey.
    Have a great week.
    xxxx

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  39. KIm, you always find the cutest places to write about, but then living in New Orleans I guess there's so many! That belgium waffle looks delicious. I think the price for what you got was not bad--but prices here where I live are pretty high, so I'm probably biased. Sounds like you had a good weekend!

    xo Mary Jo

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  40. Yum- the waffle looks delish!

    always, koru kate

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  41. Hi Kim! That berry waffle looks so mouthwatering! I love breakfast anytime of the day and quite often order breakfast for lunch or dinner ... never get tired of it! They have to be happy with such a great review. Had to giggle at the BBQ-scented cookie! They may have to make them in another kitchen lol! Sending hugs and once more must tell you that your blog is one of my happy places ;) xox ~S

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  42. Hmm another food escapade. If only the places u features are nearby id probably go visit. The food and taste especially the waffle looks yummy. But hmm $45 cud be expensive for me. And i only give gratuity if im satisfied :-) surely u enjoyed

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  43. sweet vines :)
    xo
    MOSAMUSE

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  44. Wow this looks amazing, how beautifully presented too. Love the little animations too that is so adorable.

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  45. Oh, yum! I love a good waffle! And I'll take fresh OJ in a Mason jar anyday, umbrella or not.

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  46. This place sounds, and looks great! You are right the presentation of the food is just as important as the taste of the food. Love the little umbrella! :)And freshly squeezed orange juice is really lovely.

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  47. you find the cutest places!!!! and i have no clue how to link um to my posts i wish i did :)

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  48. YUM - I think a visit to your neck of the woods must be on the cards soon - wish I was a travel blogger ;-)
    Love Axx

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  49. $45 for two is spendy especially for just breakfast, but if the food was great then good!
    ♥laura

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  50. It does look really good but 45 bucks is way too much for breakfast. I think I like to spend less than 30 for two people, generally.

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  51. Everything here looks SOOO nice =) Very fancy but homey at the same time ^_^

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  52. you ordered all of my faves...greek yogurt + waffles! mason jars make everything taste better, no?

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