05/01/2012Provided by Citysearch -
There were 5 of us guys that went out to dinner to Hattie's on a Friday night. We had reservations, had to wait about 20 minutes for our table, and I eagerly anticipated seeing the menu. This was my first visit and I heard good things.
The decor of the place is nice. I think they did a good job. Nice bar. The restaurant is kind of long and narrow, yet the tables are small and cramped. 3 of 5 of us are over 6'4"" and we were squeezed on a round table meant for 4, barely room for our plates. A shared appetizer had to be very carefully placed around the candle/sugar/salt/pepper items on the table and of course our plates and glasses.
The food here is the star. The eclectic menu is a nod to Southern cooking with a modern twist, plus additional nouveau cuisine added to the menu. We shared an appetizer of an amazing onion tart with a fig jam. Absolutely delicious. My main course was scallops that had a whole lot going on between the sauce and veggies it came with. I give this place high marks for the food.
The service wasn't so great. Our waiter, although annoying, seemed dismissive. The food that came out of the kitchen was more Applebee's style: ""who had the salad? OK... hang on for the next round of plates to come out"". Not impressive. The waiter also misstated the info on the glass of wine I ordered, which wasn't a cardinal sin, irritated me nonetheless. What was a cardinal sin, however, is the overcharging of my credit card. Waiter decided to add extra money to his tip despite getting 18%. Not only is this deceitful, but unacceptable of a restaurant of this caliber.
If they fix the service in this place, it would be ranked excellent. Go for the food but don't expect much for service.