I remember when I was a little girl, my grandmother and I would get all dressed up, in our finest dresses of course, hair done, fresh curls, pearls galore wrapped around our necks and wrist.  She would take me to a really nice hotel, one of the fanciest and finest and we would eat finger sandwiches, cookies, petit fours, sip tea and she would teach me about etiquette, how to be a lady at the table and anywhere else of course.

Hattie’s Restaurant, located in the heart of artsy Oak Cliff, Bishop Arts District, reminds me of those nostalgic times with my Grammy.  Everything reminds me of a Southern tea room where girls gossip and can just be…girly girls.  There’s white everywhere, old, polished hardwood floors, rustic wood chests and placed on each table is a single white vase and inside, a single white lily.  Simple and elegant.

Cocktails are always a must in my book.  They make the experience that much better.  Every drink described, sounded irresistible.  My choice to sip on, the South Beach Martini.  A concoction of vanilla vodka, sour apple liqueur and pineapple juice.  I loved it.  I really loved that they didn’t go light on the alcohol.  I’m usually not a fan of anything sour apple, but this I enjoyed.  The vanilla vodka helped to downplay the sour apple flavor.

South Beach Martini

South Beach Martini

At a restaurant like this, where you know everything is made with either a lot of butter, cream, fried, sweet and/or savory, like in the South, it’s kinda hard to choose what to stab your fork into.  Of course I glanced at the menu before my visit, the popular choices were Chicken & Waffles, Shrimp & Grits and the Macaroni & Cheese, but I wanted to be different, I tried another route.  I mixed things up and got the Chicken & Cornmeal Griddlecakes.  I could’ve eaten the whole stack, but I just couldn’t.  I tried, trust me.  The syrup soaked into each cake, every forkful reminded me of my mom’s cornbread, so sweet, it could be cake.  The chicken, huge breast, friend to perfection, crispy on the outside, juicy and hot on the inside, but the piece of chicken itself, wasn’t seasoned at all.  Neither was the breading.  That was a disappointment to me, but I promise it didn’t ruin my experience.

I do know that on my next visit, yes there will be another visit,  I already know what I’m going to get that will make my experience even better.  I’ve heard the Slow Roasted Pulled Pork, which comes with grits and greens, is fantastic.  Word of mouth, means a lot to me and I mean, you can’t ever go wrong with pork, grits and greens.  Great combination!

Chicken & Corn Griddlecakes

Chicken & Corn Griddlecakes

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