Hatchet Hall


We went o Hatchet Hall this past Sunday for dinner. It was just OK this time. I’ve enjoyed our previous visits, but this time some of the food was a bit flat.

It was quite dark, so a lot of the photos didn’t turn out well.

Benne Yeast Rolls w/ sweet butter and KY ham - this was delicious. Sweet, salty, creamy, and fatty. Perfect starter.

Red Beans and Carolina Gold rice - This right here was the highlight of the night! Beautiful savory flavors with outstanding rice texture. Total care for ingredients. Sloppy pic. Dug in before the GF could snap a shot.

Chicken Schnitzel w/ hunter’s sauce, mushrooms, bacon, dill - This was ok. A little subdued in flavor. The chicken was super crunchy. To the point that it cut up the roof of my mouth.

Duck Breast w/ chanterelle, cherry mostarda, duck fat - This duck was cooked to absolute perfection. The fat was expertly rendered and the meat was a beautiful rosy pink med rare. My qualm with this dish was that the combination of the mostarda and chanerelles brought out an almost BBQ sauce flavor to me. It kind of overpowered the duck flavor. If you closed your eyes and ate it, you would think it was grilled chicken with BBQ sauce. A bit dissappointing…as is the pic.

Beef Fat potatoes were wonderfully crisp and creamy at the same time.

Again, I apologize for the dark pictures.


[quote=“Aesthete, post:12, topic:351”]Here’s a little better lit shot of the pork chop I took recently, the mushroom powder and smoked lard they brush it with makes it totally obscene.

Okay THAT pic looks as good as the pork chop tasted! You have been an unapologetic champion of this place and now I completely understand why. I’m already planning my next visit and will definitely be trying that delicious looking peas and rice!

Looks like we dodged a couple of bullets because I was definitely eyeballing that schnitzel and duck. Good to know!


Yeah, it all sounded good on paper! LOL

I love duck and chanterelles, and it sounded like a classic pairing with cherries, but the mix of everything together just took it in a completely different direction than I expected. I don’t know if it’s just me or my taste-buds, but I felt like it distracted the flavor of the duck and tasted like a $31 backyard BBQ dish. It could totally just be me.


that fucking game hen was the highlight for me too. i have to go back and try the fat on that damn pork chop.


Dunsmoor’s heritage ingredient dishes are delicious. The rabbit schnitzel was a highlight, but next time I’m there, I will avoid the chicken schnitzel. Thanks for gearing me up for my next visit!


Another wonderful meal at Hatchet Hall.

Cocktails were on point and food was fantastic as usual. We ordered the yeast rolls, tomatoes w/ blue cheese and bacon, pole beans with bacon, turnips with chicken fat, chicken livers, stuffed peppers with lamb sausage, and the game hen.

Standouts were the chicken liver, which I’d heard great things about but never tried, and the tomato salad, which was wonderfully fatty, acidic, and crunchy.

Still one of my favorite places in town to get dinner. And I’m clearly not alone – the joint was hopping on a Tuesday night.


What did you think about the yeast rolls? I went recently ish, and I felt like they’d changed. Something about the exterior was off to me. A bit harder? They were still good, but with the increase in price, I don’t think I’ll be getting 'em again. Especially since they no longer offer the country ham selection they used to.


I love it too, though, I wish they would shake some of the menu up.
Only the large format meat dish, and maybe an appetizer or two, seem to vary regularly, the rest stays the same. I think they are capable of much more creativity and deliciousness.


Interesting. No, I didn’t notice a difference. But the firm, almost-but-not-quite crisp exterior is one of the things that appealed to me in the first place, so I may not be the best judge.

It’s so funny you say that, as I was just thinking the opposite. One reason I went this time was because I noticed one of my favorites (the game hen) was back on the menu after being off for a month or two. Also, four out of the eight dishes we ordered (tomatoes, pole beans, turnips, and stuffed peppers) aren’t on the current website menu. That said, I don’t go there nearly enough to be able to comment definitively.


I think they do an excellent job with their vegetable dishes, and those change up fairly often. When okra is in season, they do an amazing fried okra, and I consider okra a vile vegetable for the most part.


Agree 100% on the okra - I ususally don’t like it much, outside of a gumbo, but HH’s is excellent… FWIW, so is the okra at MTN on Abbot Kinney.


Hahahaha - the game hen and the other main dishes - are kind of what I was thinking of when I wrote about the menu above. I go about every three months and the game hen (which is great) always seems to be on the menu, and the only main dish that speaks to me (other than a 100 dollar steak, pork, lamb dish that I cannot get my girl to “sign off on” that often). I am always hoping for some other mains that I want.


Hit Hatchet Hall with the crew the other night and tried two new additions to the menu, both of which were outstanding. A delicious duck confit over apples, and Oaxacan beans with peppers.

The beans, in particular, were outstanding. One of the best things I’ve ever had there. Simple and delicious – I would’ve drunk the sauce from plate if we weren’t in public.

Only downer was the pork chop, which was underdone and way too chewy. At least one piece was straight up raw. We pointed it out but didn’t make a stink since we’d eaten almost all the rest lol.

PS: Game hen is currently off the menu.