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The Hen and The Hog, A Exceptional Evening

1907548_987271114641142_8671169114532001316_nLiving in a small town off Hwy. 95, there is no shortage of fast food or chain restaurants.  I am not a food snob; I like fast food, chain food, healthy food, comfort foods, gourmet foods, and anything else you can think of.  It does not have to cost a lot to be good just prepared correctly. A couple weekends before Christmas I had the pleasure to go to The Hen and the Hog.  This is a restaurant in Halifax , NC.

4d2973_6cb9f528576646b99b5f590969f115b4Glenn Wilson, a native of Halifax NC, is the Vice President of International Design for Marriot Corporation. She has made a private investment in her home town. Buying and restoring some properties in the Historic downtown area. Her first venture was The Hen and The Hog.  10672385_992595287442058_2001444066812615960_nUsing her skills she created a place that is homey, elegant, and just blends into it's Historic area. I was  delighted as we walked through the doors.

4d2973_77df5f23391a4227b6e6b5a1ae0d683cChelsi Hogue, Owner /Proprietor and Executive Chef of The Hen and The Hog is from Goldsboro, NC. Wow were we lucky. Her food was outstanding. The ideas, parings, and individual attention was delightful.

I would have wrote this sooner but was trying to get some better pictures.  I did not bring my camera and took these with my phone. It usually takes good pictures but I think the flash was off.  Not being phone savy it takes a lot for me to fix things.

Our Evening started with being seated in the window.  Looking around I saw several tables of people I knew. Talked with several tables at different times in the evening.  The whole atmosphere was festive and fun. Ellen and Paul ordered the oysters. They were as good as they look.IMG_0360

Steve ordered the Seared Tuna with thin Fried Sweet Potatoes on the bottom.  The seared tuna on top was fried on the outside and rare in the center. It was cut in large pieces and placed on top of the sweet potatoes with a Sriracha Mayo and Sriracha Sauce smeared and dotted on the sides. I am sorry I did not get a picture , it was a pretty plate. I ordered The duck confit stuffed with collards and wrapped in pastry.  This was a large appetizer and I could have eaten it for dinner but I shared instead. This is one of the best things I ever ate. I do not even like collards but all the flavors melted together so perfectly.IMG_0329

Those were Chelsi's photos now for some bad photos

Ellen and I ordered the Duck Breast and were not disappointed. I could not use the picture I took. Paul ordered the Steak, he was very happy with the choice.  It was tender, lots of flavor and cooked perfectly. Those fried onions were enjoyed by everyone.20151218_201636

Steve ordered the Pork chop with grilled sweet potatoes that were cooked but still held together.  The seasoning were a great blend of spicy and sweet, perfect for pork. He loves ordering pork chops at restaurants and this did not disappoint.20151218_201648

We travel and eat at many places and the food here was "Exceptional".

The service was very nice, the young girl who waited on us was 16 and served us with style.  I was floored when I found out her age. She handled telling us about the food, taking our orders, and suggesting things like a pro.  Chelsi came and chatted with us about the food and wine. We tried so many different things, talked to friends, and celebrated the season.

If you have not been to The Hen and The Hog, GO GO GO.  Please support this little treasure we are so lucky to have.  If you need to travel to get there, I still suggest you GO.

Our evening was not over because on the way home we saved a lady in distress, but thats another story.

Enjoy,

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Comments

Mary 12-01-2016, 20:06

Love hearing your review! I know how discriminating you and Steve are about food. I definitely want go when I visit the lake in April.

Peggy Morse 12-01-2016, 22:39

So hope We can stop in on our next visit to N.C.
Frances sent your E Mail, I have enjoyed it very
much.Give Steve a hello Joe and Peggy

Marianne 12-01-2016, 23:15

Ironically, someone just told me about this gem this week. I think a road trip for lunch is in order, Game?

yvonne 13-01-2016, 00:41

Peggy Steve said to say Hi. I am glad you like the blog. If you are this way definitely give us a call.

yvonne 13-01-2016, 00:44

Mary, it was truly a great meal and the chef was a delight.

yvonne 13-01-2016, 00:46

Marianne, I am in for lunch, just let me know. I cannot drive for 1 more week. Lunch is very different than dinner but I still enjoyed it.

Chris fromal 14-01-2016, 00:30

The food is always amazing!

yvonne 14-01-2016, 02:06

Chris, I agree with you, I just wanted everyone to know.

Mary Ricks 14-01-2016, 03:34

Wow! You slowed down enough to be home. Every time I see Steve you are
OOT. WE NEED TO MEET FOR LUNCH, COFFEE, DINNER? I saw oh shit! my Aerocept did not work today. It Came yeah! Cindy in Wilson with a very handsome man shopping. It may have been a relative. She did not see me we had seen each other earlier and awe discussed the 3 of us getting together for coffee or tea. We always had a good laugh and I need a good haircut. LOL. No laugh I really do!
It just would be great to catch up. Tell Steve when he goes to Cedar Island fishing look for Carter he is doing a Wildlife Biologists job there. He Graduated last May and he went back for 2 classes the dean of Natural Resources suggested he take so the week he finished those in Dec. he got a call for this job. His degree is Wildlife, Fisheries and Animal Conservation. He has a Flounder study job. He moved the 7th of January to Jacksonville and started yesterday orientation and starts Saturday. He and one other guy are covering Onslow and Carteret Counties gathering data on the 3 species of N.C. Or invasive species caught. Thank god he has no desire to do anything officer type; if they say no he writes refused survey. He works late afternoon to early am or Early am to late am. He already has a offer for Florida next year for a friend in Grad. School collecting data for her thesis. That depends on his pay for that but look out beach here comes Carter and friends all summer. They can do what ever they want at the dock when not busy. Of course he is excited about being so close to the Croatan National Forest. He says he'll have no time for home. So there it is I guess Steve needs to put a filling in that mouth so I can see him. He has none. Phil is 54 and has none. I should be so lucky?..
Anyway let's get together soon I want to hear about your adventures, I'm on disability due to my neck injury and the small vascular incident of the L Brain after my Gallbladder was removed.

yvonne 14-01-2016, 18:13

Mary, So good to hear from you. It is hard to believe Little Carter is grown. It sounds like he has found himself. I would love to get together for coffee or lunch. Cindy has a friend she has been seeing for awhile and is very happy. Call me when you want to get together, my number is on my web page. I need a good haircut also, it is hard to find what I want, I am very picky.

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